How to Make Butterbeer!

Ever since we returned from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, my boys have been dreaming about Butterbeer! We tried a regular and a frozen Butterbeer in the park and they have determined it was the best beverage ever!

As soon as we got home my oldest son located the recipe online and they have been begging me to make it ever since...so we did! This recipe tasted just like the Butterbeer in the park and would be a fun addition to a Harry Potter birthday party. We found this recipe on the Winona Daily News website.

Authentic Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe


1 cup light or dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

6 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

3/4 cup heavy cream, divided

1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda (I used cold cream soda)


In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 degrees on a candy thermometer.

Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream.

Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine.

Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

Drink a toast to your favorite wizard!

We tried the Butterbeer like this and also put some (minus the whipped cream) into the blender with ice to make a frozen version like they have at the park. After it was blended, we topped it with the whipped cream. The kids preferred the frozen version and I preferred the straight version.

Aside from being delicious, something about the combo of cream soda and whipped cream causes the drink to be super foamy and the whipped cream seems to grow as you drink it...like magic!

**Now, we made this recipe as-is - for us the process was as fun as the result. However, if you are not interested in making this an activity, just mix ready made caramel sauce with the rum extract and add it to the cream soda.

**We made many small drinks for friends rather than 4 large drinks with this recipe since this is a very rich drink. Just remember the 1:1 ratio of caramel to cream soda then stir then top off with more cream soda and whipped cream. We easily had enough for 8 drinks.


  1. We all got the frozen version at the park a week ago, and liked it very much! My youngest son did not like it, so I had to drink his. ;) Great recipe!! Looks like the kids enjoyed it!

  2. great idea...i'd never thought to look for a butterbeer recipe...my kids'll love it...thanks!

    stuff and nonsense

  3. Looks like you and your family had so much fun making the butterbeer.

  4. this looked fun and sounds like something my girls will enjoy....thanks doll! xo

  5. Since I can't get over to Harry Potter world in the near future (I'm a West Coaster) I will have to make this for the next time the kids and I play Harry Potter SceneIt!!

  6. I am very excited about this! We will be having a party when the final movie comes out, and this recipe is a must.

  7. Your Butterbeer looks delicious! I've made some Butterbeer cupcakes. They were a big hit for a party. Here's the link if you ever want to try them out.



  8. Not gonna lie... I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan! haha. So excited to try this out! Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. Yummy! My girls are big Harry Potter fans. We'll definitely have to give this recipe a try!

  10. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I had looked for one online after we visited the park but I could not find one. When I saw it here I got so excited. I went to buy the ingredients after work and we just made some. It tastes just like the one they sell there! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Hi, We also loved this when we were at the park and while we couldn't find a recipe online, my son makes this with butterscotch, cream soda, lots of ice and whipped cream, blending and whipping it all up for a delicious treat.
    thanks for your recipe, (is the rum extract non alcoholic?).

  12. Hi, um, Fox News stole this from you. :( I didn't see any credit or anything.. Here's the link: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/07/02/harry-potters-butterbeer-recipe-uncovered/#ixzz1Nx8tMMrl

  13. Actually, this exact recipe was published in the Huffington Post in June 2010...

  14. Is it safe 2 give kids rum exrtract


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