This Butterbeer recipe tastes just like Butterbeer at Universal Studios. It’s rich cream soda and butterscotch flavors pair perfectly with the butterscotch whipped cream topping! It’s just like you’re in Harry Potter’s world!
This Butterbeer recipe is so simple to make and tastes amazing. If you like cream soda, you’re going to love Butterbeer.
My kids love Butterbeer, but we’ve only had it at Universal – until now.
Last year, we took the kids to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure to visit Harry Potter’s World. The Harry Potter section of both parks is amazing. Imagine larger-than life buildings, restaurants, and fire-breathing dragons all in one setting. It’s a great way to celebrate your kids reading the Harry Potter books. Both of my kids love the Harry Potter series and couldn’t wait to see their favorite books come to life.
And, come to life they did! Butterbeer was on the top of the list to try. Actually tasting something from a book really makes the story seem so real.
Ever since we visited the theme park and tasted this amazing treat, I knew we needed to learn how to recreate it.
I even asked the Universal employee who was pouring the cream soda-like beverage what was the key ingredient in it. That’s when I knew that we’d definitely be able to make Butterbeer at home.
My kids love Harry Potter and we’ve been enthralled for years. My son is a teenager now, but he’s read (and re-read) the entire series 7 times (so far!). My daughter is in fifth grade and is going to finish the series any day now. So, to celebrate, we decided to make this Butterbeer recipe and watch a Harry Potter movie.
What is Butterbeer?
If you’ve landed on this page, I assume you already know what Butterbeer is, but just in case you’ve never heard of this delightful beverage I’ll tell you more about it. It originated in the Harry Potter book series. It’s a popular beverage at Harry Potter’s school, Hogwarts.
Harry Potter’s Butterbeer is a cream soda drink that incorporates butterscotch flavors into the soda, and also has butterscotch infused into a layer of cream that floats on top of the drink.
Butterbeer came to life for humans at Universal Orlando Resort when they opened the Harry Potter worlds at the theme park. They make and serve Butterbeer at Universal – and it’s divine! It really brings the books to live when you can taste something that you’ve only read about.
The only place you can actually order official Butterbeer is at one of the two Universal Orlando Resort theme parks, so learning how to make a copycat Butterbeer version is a real treat for the kids at home.
cream soda – canned or bottled cream soda drink is the base for this recipe.
butterscotch syrup – don’t skimp on this ingredient – it’s the key to butterbeer. Caramel won’t give you the same flavor. You can find butterscotch syrup where you find chocolate syrup in the grocery store.
heavy cream – we used heavy whipping cream, but any heavy cream will work. Regular milk won’t get thick enough.
sugar – use white granulated sugar so it mixes in perfectly with the whipped cream
vanilla – use good, pure vanilla extract for the best flavor
butter – melted butter adds a richness that compliments the butterscotch inside the main part of the drink, and thus, gives butterbeer part of its name!
How To Make Butterbeer
- Start by combining the cream soda and butterscotch syrup in a bowl. Whisk together until butterscotch is fully incorporated.
- With an electric mixer with whisk attachment, whisk the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Then, fold in sugar, vanilla, and melted butter until incorporated.
- Pour the cream soda mixture into mugs and top with whipped cream
- For an added indulgence, drizzle butterscotch or caramel syrup on top of the whipped cream
We miss having the real thing, but let me tell you, our Butterbeer recipe tastes just as good! It’s like going to Universal all over again!
- 4 cans cream soda
- 1/4 cup butterscotch syrup
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup butter unsalted, melted
- In large mixing bowl, combine cream soda and butterscotch syrup. Whisk to combine.
- In electric mixer with whisk attachment, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form - this will take 2-4 minutes.
- Fold in sugar and vanilla and melted butter until combined. Don't over mix.
- Evenly pour cream soda mixture into four mugs and spoon on whipped topping.
- (Optional) drizzle whipped cream with butterscotch or caramel syrup.