The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Butterbeer & Recipe

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Butterbeer

There is no doubt that one of the most sought after product inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the Butterbeer. A silky, smooth and sweet drink that remind me of ‘Got Milk?’ commercial is one of the most talk about for visitors to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Even if you don’t want to buy anything else there (which I don’t think it’s even remotely possible), you MUST try the Butterbeer.

Everywhere we would see visitors walked around with a mug and a mustache. There are 2 version of Butterbeer in the Wizarding World’s, the frozen and non-frozen ones. I have only tasted the non-frozen one but have heard that the frozen version was far better.

Mr. Rojo had not just one but two Butterbeer during our visit. And when we came home, he craved for more. So we did a little research to see if it’s possible to make one at home. With the world according to Google, there is nothing you couldn’t find online.

I have found several recipes for Harry Potter Butterbeer and they are all varied in ingredients. So we decided to just pick one.

Here is the recipe for Harry Potter Butterbeer as we found on

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe


Start to finish: 1 hour (10 minutes active)

Servings: 4


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


1. 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 F on a candy thermometer.

2. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

The Verdict

It is NOT the same as the Butterbeer you can get inside Universal’s Islands of Adventure but it’s close enough. I still would love to know how to make the frozen version though. In the mean time, we will just be satisfied with this version and dream about our next visit!

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  1. Can’t wait to get down there and try it! With my upcoming trip, my sister send me a link to a recipe for butterbeer cupcakes (!

  2. sounds delicious! :) couldn’t you just freeze this recipe, in your ice cream maker? (or in the freezer, in a pan, stirring it ever 30 min or so)…yum!

  3. I,too, loved my frozen Butterbeer. Should be fun to try the recipe but it looks like a lot of work. One of those things I’d like to get around to.


    same recipe if you want a printable version

    I agree, it’s not the same as Universal Studios, but it is good


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