Make Your Own Harry Potter Butterbeer

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Food alchemy: Trying to turn ordinary cream soda into butterbeer.

In honor of this Friday's release of the long-awaited Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Virgin found it fitting to try to recreate one of the most magically delicious-sounding libations from the film series: Butterbeer.

There are a wealth of resources on the subject, including a dedicated Wiki entry and a frothy recreation whipped up at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando, but none seem to have the exact recipe found in the enchanted world of J.K. Rowling's books. Why?

It's a made-up drink, of course, so even Rowling doesn't know the recipe. According to the author, Butterbeer tastes like a less sugary version of butterscotch. It seems to have a slight intoxicating effect as well (not a big deal, as the Brits aren't as uptight about underage drinking as Yanks). 

Click through for three ways to make Butterbeer just in time for Thursday's midnight release of the final flick.  

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Basic butterbeer is simple and not too sweet.
Recipe #1: Basic Butterbeer

  • 1 part butterscotch flavored Schnapps
  • 7 parts cream soda

This simple recipe is found all over the Interwebs, occasionally with the substitution of birch beer or root beer for the cream soda. In keeping with the lighter color seen in the films and the "less-sickly butterscotch flavor" described by Rowling, The Virgin opted for the original version.

To make it, pour a shot of butterscotch-flavored (or "flavoured," for you Brits) schnapps into a large mug and top with cream soda. Tip: Pour at an angle and you'll get a nice foamy, head. Granted, it'll last for all of two seconds, so if you want longer-lasting foam top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Recipe #2: Sweet and Innocent Butterbeer

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 dash cloves (optional)
  • 1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream
  • 2 cups club soda


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Real butterscotch -- minus the scotch.

1. To make the butterscotch syrup, melt butter in a small metal saucepan over low to medium heat. Sprinkle in cinnamon and cloves.

2. Add brown sugar and stir until melted and smooth.

3. Add the vanilla ice cream and whisk until mixture is fully combined. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

4. Pour club soda into a tall frosty mug and add butterscotch/ice cream mixture slowly, allowing the fizzy reaction to calm before adding more. Top with additional ice cream if desired.


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Erica O.
Erica O.

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