Butterbeer Recipes: Harry Potter's Magical Drink Come to Life

Updated October 25, 2021
Butterbeer

There are few things better for a bookworm than being able to enjoy things straight from the pages of a book, be it food or drink. Butterbeer is one of those iconic things, prominently featured in the Harry Potter universe. It's a tasty drink everyone can enjoy. Isn't it time you took a sip and fell for the magic, too?

Classic Butterbeer

Classic Butterbeer

This classic recipe tastes just like you've jumped into a bar in a magical universe.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass or mug, add butterscotch schnapps and vanilla vodka.
  2. Add cream soda.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and caramel syrup if desired.

Butterbeer Float

Rootbeer Butterbeer

If you find yourself split between a root beer float and a butterbeer, this solves all the problems.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces cream soda
  • 2 ounces root beer
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass or mug, add butterscotch schnapps and vanilla vodka.
  2. Add cream soda and root beer.
  3. Garnish with vanilla ice cream.

Underage Wizard Butterbeer

Underage Wizard Butterbeer

The butterbeer for those who aren't yet of age or those who want to skip any extra spells.

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce butterscotch syrup
  • ¼ ounce vanilla syrup
  • 8 ounces cream soda
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
  • Caramel syrup for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass or mug, add butterscotch syrup, vanilla syrup, and cream soda.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Garnish with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup.

Creamsicle Butterbeer

Creamsicle Butterbeer

A tasty orange creamsicle butterbeer gives the classic libation a citrus and refreshing flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce whipped cream vodka
  • ½ ounce caramel schnapps
  • 2 ounces cream soda
  • 4 ounces orange soda
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass or mug, add butterscotch schnapps, whipped cream vodka, and caramel schnapps.
  2. Add cream soda and orange soda.
  3. Garnish with vanilla ice cream.

Buzzing Butterbeer

Buzzing Butterbeer

The vanilla and caramel flavors of butterbeer go great together with a splash of coffee for an afternoon treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • Cream soda to top off
  • Whipped cream and ground cinnamon for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass or mug, add butterscotch schnapps, vanilla vodka, and coffee liqueur.
  2. Top off with cream soda.
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and ground cinnamon.

Spiced Butterbeer

Spiced Butterbeer

Sometimes you want your butterbeer to have some spiced flavors to go with the caramel and vanilla. Welcome to your new favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce spiced rum
  • ¾ ounce vanilla schnapps
  • ¾ ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • Cream soda to top off

Instructions

  1. In a mug or highball glass, add spiced rum, vanilla schnapps, and butterscotch schnapps.
  2. Top off with cream soda.

Warming Butterbeer

Warm Butterbeer

When you want your butterbeer to warm you up with its magical properties, this recipe is the spell to cast.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1½ ounces butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka
  • ½ ounce spiced rum
  • Whipped cream and caramel syrup for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add milk, brown sugar, and butter, stirring until butter has fully melted.
  2. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  3. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  4. In mug, add milk mixture, butterscotch schnapps, vanilla vodka, and spiced rum.
  5. Stir to mix.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream and caramel syrup.

Caramel Butterbeer

Caramel Butterbeer

Sometimes you want your butterbeer to be reminiscent of a sweet, caramel candy. The toffee and cream flavors make all this possible, all by using a little sleight of hand. If you really want to punch up the caramel, drizzle the inside of the glass using caramel syrup, and add a little on top of the whipped cream, too!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces caramel vodka
  • ½ ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • ½ ounce vanilla schnapps
  • 6 ounces cream soda
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass or mug, drizzle caramel syrup in a swirl design down the sides.
  2. Add caramel vodka, butterscotch schnapps, and vanilla schnapps.
  3. Top off with club soda.
  4. Garnish with whipped cream and caramel syrup.

Irish Butterbeer

Irish Butterbeer

Whiskey has wonderful caramel and toffee notes that take a butterbeer from its classic flavor to a deeply complex and wonderful beverage. This recipe uses melted butter to emphasize the richness of the whiskey.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces caramel whiskey
  • ½ tablespoon melted butter
  • ½ ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 6 ounces cream soda

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass or mug, add caramel whiskey, melted butter, and butterscotch schnapps.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Top off with cream soda.

Frozen Butterbeer

Frozen Butterbeer

There's nothing tastier or more refreshing than a frozen butterbeer on a hot day.

Ingredients

  • Caramel syrup to garnish
  • 1¼ ounces butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 6 ounces cream soda, separated into ice cube try, frozen
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • Cream soda to top off, if desired
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. Drizzle inside of highball glass or mug with caramel syrup.
  2. In a blender, combine frozen cream soda and vanilla ice cream.
  3. Blend until desired consistency.
  4. In a mug or highball glass, add frozen cream soda blend.
  5. Add vanilla vodka and butterscotch schnapps.
  6. Stir to mix.
  7. Top off with cream soda, stirring.
  8. Garnish with whipped cream

Cheers for Butterbeers!

Butterbeer can be as simple as cream soda with the right spirits, or as elegant as a frozen beverage with caramel sauce and whipped cream. However, you want to enjoy this creamy libation, there's a butterbeer recipe to suit any mood.

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