Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stoner Cooking: 5 Butterbeer Recipes

In honor of the Harry Potter franchise releasing the final film of the series to record-breaking opening weekend box office, here is a list from of the five best (non-alcoholic, at least) recipes to making the popular Butterbeer drink found at the Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios in Orlando (including one already found at The Koformist blog last year.) Drink up, and feel free to sneak some beer in it!

There are a ton of Harry Potter Butterbeer copy-cat recipes online for you to enjoy when you get home from your Orlando Florida vacation or for a Harry Potter party. Only a few live up to the real thing at the Harry Potter theme park at Universal. It must be served chilled, preferably frozen (like a slush drink), it must have a frothy head, a buttery Scotch flavor, and non-alcoholic (at least to match the Harry Potter theme park version).

So, this is a list of those that come the closest to meeting those requirements; worthy of serving at your next Harry Potter party. It's not the easiest ones (like mixing butterscotch syrup with cream soda), it's the ones that most closely match the version from the Harry Potter theme park at Universal. So many recipes add alcohol (the butterbeer from the Harry Potter books had a slight alcohol content), serve it hot (which was another option from the Harry Potter book series), and have no foamy head.

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #5

This is my own recipe, modified from another I found online. The original called for root beer (root beer?? There's not even a hint of root bear flavor in the Harry Potter butterbeer!).


1 quart butter brickle or vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup butterscotch syrup
32 oz of your favorite cream soda


1. Place 4 (16-ounce) glasses in freezer and chill for at least 20 minutes

2. Mix ice cream and cream soda in a blender until combined

3. Divide between the frosted glasses

4. Top each glass with whipped cream, if desired

5. Serve with spoons and straws

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #4

This one's from the Food Network. This one is served warm according to the recipe, but you could just as easily chill or freeze the drink before serving.


¦1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
¦1/4 cup butterscotch topping
¦2 tablespoons whipped butter, room temperature
¦1 1/2 cups vanilla cream soda

Combine condensed milk, butterscotch topping, and butter in a glass heatproof measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir until butter has melted and incorporated into mixture. Meanwhile heat cream soda in another heatproof measuring cup for 1 minute 30 seconds.

Divide butterscotch mixture between 2 (10 to 12-ounce) mugs. Fill mugs with heated cream soda and stir thoroughly. Serve garnished with an old-fashioned butterscotch candy stick.

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #3

I found this one on e-How. Again, hot and again, you could freeze or cool before serving. I liked how this one used butterscotch chips and the coffee creamer. Adds a real different dimension that still stays on track with the Harry Potter theme park version.


¦10 OZ of Cream Soda (1 & 1/4 cups)
¦1 Tbsp of Salted REAL Butter
¦1/2 Cup Butterscotch chips
¦1/4 Cup Original Coffee Mate Liquid Creamer

Put the Butterscotch Chips and Butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir and Heat for another 30 seconds. Now add your Creamer to the bowl.

Microwave in 30 Second increments again. Stirring each time. It usually takes about 4 times (2 minutes) to get the right consistency. Set your mixture aside. The chips and butter should be a thick stir-able paste.

Heat Cream soda in the microwave for 90 seconds. BE VERY CAREFUL! Microwaves times vary. Make sure not to over heat the Cream Soda or all of the fizz will be gone.

Pour Butterscotch mixture into heated Cream Soda.

Stir & Serve!

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #2

Again, one that I modified to fit the requirements of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter version. This one just sounds delicious!!


1 pint of vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 bottle (24 oz.) vanilla cream soda (very cold)


1. Allow ice cream to soften, about 30 minutes, and bring butter to room temperature, about 2 hours

2. Blend butter, sugar, and spices in large bowl

3. Add to ice cream and freeze

4. Heat cream soda in a pot until warm but still carbonated (at least 3 minutes). You could also just go with the very cold cream soda (my preference) and have a more frozen/slushy drink.

5. Fill each glass with a scoop of ice cream mixture and pour warmed or chilled cream soda over ice cream

6. Serve!

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe #1

This was the recipe put out by AP, FoxNews, and just about every other site after the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened. Seems to be the most likely ingredients, but doesn't serve it cold or frozen, like the park. The final result does seem to be most like the park version, just needs to be frozen.

Servings: 4

1 cup light or dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

6 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

3/4 cup heavy cream, divided

1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

In a small saucepan over medium, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 F on a candy thermometer.

Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

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