Butterbeer (Alcoholic)

If you were/are a huge fan of the Harry Potter book series, you know that Harry’s birthday is July 31st. When the movies were still being released and when Universal Studios in Orlando opened up the first and then the second Harry Potter portion of the park, tons of people, including food bloggers did something to celebrate Harry’s birthday.

If you look online, there is an incredible collection of recipes from the foods mentioned in the book series, from the drinks like butterbeer and pumpkin juice to savory dishes like steak and kidney pie and yorkshire pudding, to sweet dishes like treacles and pasties.

A few years ago, after finally visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time, I decided to make butterbeer cupcakes and share them on Harry’s birthday. With the recent release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it was only fitting for me to make something else.

Except the idea didn’t come to me until July 31st in the middle of the afternoon. It was too late to get something made and blogged in time for Harry’s actual birthday, but seeing as Hogwarts students would have returned back to the castle recently and Harry and Ginny would be sitting at home in the silence of the absence of their children, I thought they could do with an alcoholic version of one of the popular drinks from their childhood.

Although…I suppose butterbeer is sold everywhere in magical world and it wouldn’t be something they’d need to create at home. But for the sake of this post, let’s assume there’s a shortage and the wizarding world has taken to making it at home.

Butterbeer (Alcoholic)
Source: Intoxicology
Servings: 1 serving
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    • 2 oz butterscotch schnapps
    • 2 oz whipped cream flavored vodka
    • 6 oz cream soda
    • marshmallow fluff

1. In a tumbler, mix together the butterscotch schnapps, whipped cream vodka, cream soda and ice.
2. Strain and pour into a tall glass (or your souvenir Butterbeer glass from Universal).
3. Top with a heaping spoonful of marshmallow fluff.
4. Enjoy immediately, preferably with your HP book or movie.

I’ve tried a few different versions of butterbeer at home and none of them were close to the version that you get at Universal. This alcoholic version was the closest match. I thoroughly enjoyed my glass and was sad that I only had nip sized bottles of the schnapps and flavored vodka that I couldn’t make another one. 


  1. Kathy Bardisbanian

    Hi & thank you for sharing your recipe! I will be trying this tomorrow. Could this recipe be made to serve around 100 people?

    • Absolutely! I think you could mix together the schnapps and vodka ahead of time and then as you’re serving it, add the marshmallow and cream soda.

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