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Hot and Cold Butterbeer Recipe

Harry Potter's Butterbeer Made With Actual Butter and Beer

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

In the Harry Potter books, Butterbeer is described as a slightly alcoholic, "foaming mug" that tastes "a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch." While there are lots of Butterbeer renditions out there — mostly consisting of heavy cream, spices, and butterscotch soda — I wanted to make one containing actual butterscotch and beer. I wanted it to have natural buttery flavor and a rich, hefty body. After all, it's Winter and we need something other than sugary soda water to keep warm!

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In the movies, the Butterbeer looks slightly orange with a slight foamy cap. Served in a clear, glass mug, it looks inviting whether cold or warm.

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

For this Butterbeer recipe, I chose a pumpkin ale. Ale itself is thick, foamy, and full of sweet, malty flavors, while the pumpkin offers the beautiful orange hue and hint of Fall spices. Combine that with homemade butterscotch sauce, and you've transformed an ordinary Muggle drink into a magical "wizarding beverage." Now, if only we could make merry inside Three Broomsticks . . .

Homemade Butterbeer

Homemade Butterbeer


The recipe only makes enough for one, but it can easily be made in large batches and served at Halloween parties. I recommend serving the hot version in a slow cooker so it stays warm.

Homemade Butterbeer


  1. 12 ounces pumpkin ale, like Uinta
  2. 3 to 4 tablespoons butterscotch sauce, preferably homemade


  1. To make hot Butterbeer: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine beer and 3 to 4 tablespoons butterscotch sauce. Whisk occasionally, and cook until beer just begins to boil. Taste, and adjust with more butterscotch if necessary. Transfer to a mug.
  2. To make cold Butterbeer: Pour cold beer into a blender. As blender is running, carefully pour butterscotch in a steady stream. Blend until just combined. Avoid overblending (which can flatten the beer). Taste, and blend with more butterscotch if necessary. Transfer to a mug.

Join The Conversation
OlamB OlamB 5 years
I like my butterbeer with a little more kick. Here is my reciepe. 1 shot honey whiskey or vodka (I like Kettle One or JD) 1/2 shot butterscotch snaps 1 cup cream soda or more depending on how stronge you like your drinks. Enjoy!
jspeed jspeed 9 years
I've had the cold alcoholic version with ginger ale instead of cream soda - I'm addicted now!
xhan xhan 9 years
aaa I'm so sad - you inspired me to make Philosopher Stone cookies!
JessBear JessBear 9 years
Amazing idea!! I tried the hot version, and it was goooood. Although if I made it again, I'd probably leave out most or all of the was a bit too much, I didn't like drinking butter.
mkathryn24 mkathryn24 9 years
I am going to see Harry Potter on Monday and perhaps go to the Midnight Magic party on Friday at my local Borders. Perhaps I shall whip up some of this and enjoy!
azbezzy azbezzy 9 years
my friend steph and i brought bottles of butterbeer to the midnight showing, and they were delicious! the people around us wanted to know where we got it, and when we told them we made it, they were all wicked jealous. it was fun times. lol
SophiaKatya SophiaKatya 9 years
oh my god! this is amazing!!! whoever made this up is seriously the coolest person ever! i'm so going to make this the night book 7 comes out!!! :)
HellooQueen HellooQueen 9 years
yay for harry potter
scissorz scissorz 9 years
thanks man!
Food Food 9 years
haze1nut - werther's originals are a type of candy that is like a hard caramel, you can learn more about them here. scissorz - in my butterbeer research i did read a recipe that was your favorite pale ales combined with butterscotch schnapps. Also, you could try adding some whisky or bourbon to the first recipe and see how it turns out!
jamiegirl jamiegirl 9 years
I'd like a taste but to lazy to make it myself.
catstarr catstarr 9 years
Oh man, I want some butterbeer. my friends and i tried to make firewhiskey. you know, by lighting whiskey on fire! it was fun. :)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Delicious! I always wondered what this would taste like and now I can find out!
scissorz scissorz 9 years
i like the sounds of these and all....but i was hoping for another boozy one. ya know...cause it is! if someone could come up with a more potent version i would be sooooo stoked. but i like the idea of drinkin the hot one while reading (dont wanna be buzzin when reading!)
MissAntipodea MissAntipodea 9 years
That hot butterbeer sounds delicious! Yum!
amberrosexo amberrosexo 9 years
yummy ^_^
coracorababy coracorababy 9 years
Hmmm...Beef, sounds good! =)
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
so freaking awesome! but what's Werther's Originals??
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