What Is Butterbeer?

Even if you're not a Harry Potter fan, you're sure to enjoy the series' most famous beverage, Butterbeer, a butterscotch-flavored, slightly frothy libation. Read on for our recipe for the most wizard-worthy Butterbeer you can make at home. Cheers!

What You'll Need

  • mixer with a whisk attachment
  • wooden spoon
  • mixing bowls
  • measuring cups
  • clear glassware, for serving
thick butterscotch syrup


  • 1/3 cup butterscotch syrup
  • 1-liter vanilla cream soda, chilled
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp caramel extract
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar


Step #1: Build your base

Combine cream soda with caramel extract and butterscotch syrup in bowl. Mix well with spoon. Set aside.

barrel of butterbeer

Step #2: Whip it up

In the mixer, with whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream until it begins to form peaks.

Step #3: Flavor the whipped cream

Gently fold in the melted butter, then vanilla extract, followed by the powdered sugar. Whip until evenly dispersed.

Step #4: Bottoms up

Pour the cream soda mixture into a clear mug or glass. Top with the cream topping. Serve and enjoy!

Optional: Garnish with a vintage striped straw or butterscotch candy stick.

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