How To Make Real Butter Beer From Harry Potter [ Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic]

A fter living in Orlando for 5 years now, the Mrs. and I finally decided to get annual passes to Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure. Some of the decision had to do with our son getting older and eventually being able to ride big boy roller coasters soon… but the other huge factor was the 3 of us are HUGE Harry Potter fans, and a few years ago The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened up. In word word, amazing. So authentic. So fun, and so addicting. We’re drinkers AND nerds I guess.

So with all the rides, the recreated buildings, the characters walking around, and the accessories you can buy, I’d have to say the most impressive part about the place was how authentic the Butterbeer tasted. And by authentic, I mean it tastes every bit of amazing as you imagine it from the books descriptions. And it should, it was officially tasted and tested by J.K. Rowling herself. It’s creamy, it’s sweet, it’s liquid gold. Back in 2002, way before the park and the drink was created in real life, J.K. was asked what butterbeer tasted like, and she said: “I made it up, I imagine it to taste a little bit like sickly butterscotch”. That’s exactly the idea Universal took and ran with. If I had to describe it myself, it tastes like a rich cream soda, topped with butterscotch flavored whipped cream. They make two versions at the park, one frozen, and one unfrozen. I tried the Frozen one, which I have now dubbed a Crack Slushy, because it’s that addicting.

If there was one thing I was disappointed in, it was that there was no alcoholic butterbeer version sold. I know Universal is a theme park, and that means a large attraction of families with young one’s, but they do serve liquor and beer all over the park, and the books at times made it seem as though there was an “intoxicating” affect to butterbeer, so that’s how this post got started. I started searching the internet, because I wanted to see not only if anyone had created a copycat universal studious recipe, but to see if anyon had made an alcoholic version.

We searched all over the internet. There were tons of recipes, some simple, some not, some with a few ingredients, and some with way too many. And some that just tasted like crap. So I wanted to try them all so I could share a few with our readers that in my opinion were simple enough to make at home, didn’t take a lot of time, and that tasted good and similar to the one at Universal. Now that we’ve tried the real deal, we know what we’re looking for. Oh and we even found the perfect spiked recipe we were looking for too. So if you can’t fly down or drive to butterbeer How To Make Real Butter Beer From Harry Potter [ Alcoholic & Non Alcoholic]Orlando anytime soon, and still want to try some butterbeer at home, we’ve got you covered.

Recipe #1: This is the simplest way to make Butterbeer. We found this one a few places online. If you want something that tastes good, and only has a few simple steps then this is it. It’s not as good as the real deal, but it will still please most.

Cream Soda

1 tsp Caramel Syrup

1 tsp Butterscotch Syrup

Heavy Whipping Cream

Combine Butterscotch syrup with heavy whipping cream and set aside. Pour cream soda in a chilled mug, but don’t fill to top, as you’ll need space for the cream topping. Drop in a teaspoon of caramel syrup and stir. Now top with your butterscotch whipped cream.

Recipe#2: We tried this recipe from Autumn at Designdazzle. This came in large portions, so we scaled it down so we could make it in a smaller batch. It tasted amazing, and similar to the one at Universal, however it’s got a few more ingredients than the previously mentioned. It’s been picked by several to be the most authentic. It’s not as sweet as the real thing, but the cream topping is the closest we’ve tried so far. Maybe a bit more sweetener in the actual drink would do the trick.

2 liter cream soda

2 tablespoons Butter extract

2 teaspoons rum extract

Cream topping

1 7oz container of marshmallow creme

1 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon rum extract

For your cream topping, Add all items together in an electric mixer and combine until smooth. Pour cream soda into a chilled mug, leaving room at the top. Add in your extracts, and then top with the cream topping.


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