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The best butterbeer ever


Today is July 31 which means it’s Harry Potter’s birthday!

I don’t know about you, but in our house that’s a good enough reason to celebrate and tonight we’ll be throwing Harry a birthday party with a little Sorcerer’s Stone viewing and cake eating. But what Harry Potter birthday party would be complete without a little of our favorite beverage from Hogsmeade? That’s right–butterbeer. This post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own.


The best butterbeer ever


About 6 1/2 years ago Mike and I were able to go to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando and of course the place we were most looking forward to was The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. That day we enjoyed more butterbeer than I care to admit, and ever since then I’ve tried numerous copycat recipes trying to find one that was perfect–but I was never able to.

I wouldn’t think it would be that hard to recreate, but it seemed like every recipe I found was either way too complicated (I’m sorry, but I just don’t have time to try and mix 10 different ingredients together), had odd ingredients (in case you didn’t know, melted butter separates and rehardens when it sits in chilled soda and the result is not pleasant), or started with a Root Beer base (have these people never had butterbeer?!). I knew that there had to be a much simpler recipe, one that you could either make one glass at a time or for a large crowd.


The best butterbeer ever

The result is not only super simple, but I believe it tastes the most like the “real” thing. It’s only three ingredients and you can whip it together fast enough to enjoy your own Harry Potter birthday party tonight!


The best butterbeer ever
The Best Butterbeer
Prep Time
5 mins
After trying lots of recipes this is the best, simplest, and most authentic Butterbeer recipe!
Author: Justine @ Little Dove
  • Cream Soda (or Diet Cream Soda)
  • Torani Butterscotch Syrup
  • Half and Half
  1. This is the simplest and most delicious version of Butterbeer you can make yourself at home.  You can either make a whole 2 liter of Butterbeer at once, or mix it up a glass at a time.
  2. Simply add the desired amount of Torani Butterscotch syrup and Half and Half to your Cream Soda. I find that for one glass a pump or two of Butterscotch syrup and a splash of Half and Half is about right.

The best butterbeer ever



Have you tried Butterbeer before? How will you be celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday today?



20 Responses to the best butterbeer

  1. Sara | Mrs. Imperfect July 31, 2017 at 8:34 am #

    Visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was such a great experience. And I love butterbeer!

  2. Crystal July 31, 2017 at 8:44 am #

    Oh yum! I am definitely going to have to try this. Sounds awesome and easy enough.

  3. Dara July 31, 2017 at 9:53 am #

    That sounds yummy. I had an alcoholic version of butterbeer once that was good but I’d like to try the Universal version!

  4. Nina July 31, 2017 at 10:05 am #

    I’ve never tried butter beer but this sounds delicious!

  5. Michaela July 31, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    I am obsessed with Harry Potter so obviously I have to try this! Thanks!

  6. Bethany July 31, 2017 at 6:23 pm #

    I have never had butterbeer but now I want to try it!

  7. Ashley Newell July 31, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

    I’ve only tried butter beer flavored treats but never the drink. I need to make this for the kids!

  8. Belle August 1, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    That looks and sounds amazing!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  9. Leighann August 1, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

    This sounds tasty! I’ve heard of butter beer but have never tried it! Now I must!

  10. Meg August 1, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

    I totally didn’t realize it was Harry’s bday, but I’ve always wanted to make butterbeer. This is SO simple. I’m pinning this for the weekend when I can make it!

  11. Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries August 1, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

    I’ve never heard of butter beer, but this sounds absolutely delicious!

  12. Nicole August 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    I went to the one in California and don’t kill me, but I didn’t try the beer! lol Now I wish I did. Next time!

  13. Rachel August 1, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

    This sounds absolutely fantastic! <3

  14. Sarah August 1, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    Oh wow, I totally want this!!!

  15. Clair August 1, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

    I pinned this recipe and can’t wait to try it out this week…I am pretty sure my daughter is going to love it as well!

  16. Christine August 1, 2017 at 10:24 pm #

    This sound amazing! I definitely want to try!

  17. Annie Thompson August 2, 2017 at 5:41 am #

    I love this and I am so glad that I wasn’t the only one who was celebrating his birthday 😉 I have to try out this recipe, hopefully one day i’ll get to go to Universal Studios!

  18. Katelyn August 2, 2017 at 8:40 am #

    My daughter and did a 4 day marathon of Harry Potter movies in celebration of his birthday I wish we had this drink to share when we watch these movies. Looks like such a easy recipe thanks for sharing.

  19. Julie August 3, 2017 at 10:59 am #

    I’ve never tried but it sounds good! Great post! Thank you for sharing!

  20. Tayler August 5, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    I’ve never had butter beer. But my husband loves root beers, ginger ales, birch beers, etc. He loves finding local and regional bottles to try. We found a local butter beer (had nothing to do with the HP franchise) and he liked it!

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