Frozen Butterbeer for the Deathly Hallows Premiere

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Frozen Butterbeer

There’s something you might not know about me. I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and movies. I wasn’t always, but once I watched one movie, I was hooked. I was devastated when I found out Eric and I were moving away from Orlando before Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Luckily, we were able to fly back over the summer and use our season passes one last time. Even though it was incredibly hot and crowded, it was totally worth it to be able to experience a small part of the Harry Potter world. Walking through Hogsmeade was like being in another country, and I felt totally immersed in it. We loved everything about the park, but I think it’s safe to say our favorite thing there was the frozen butterbeer.

The Hog's Head at Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Butterbeer, for those who don’t know, is a favorite drink of young witches and wizards. While there’s enough alcohol in it to make a house elf drunk, there’s not enough to do the same to humans. The butterbeer at Wizarding World was not made with alcohol, for obvious reasons. Also, it was taste-tested by J.K. Rowling herself. Pretty cool, right? This butterbeer tastes very much like a cream soda, with notes of butterscotch in the background. Like the kind at Wizarding World, it has a slightly slushy texture. However, the really fun part about it is the foamy topping. The frozen butterbeer at Wizarding World comes from a tap, with a separate tap dispensing the foamy topping. Having a butterbeer mustache is something to be proud of, so skip the straws when drinking this drink.

  • YIELD: 2 drinks
  • 1-½ cup cream soda

  • 7 tablespoons butterscotch schnapps, divided

  • 2 cups ice

  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 1

    Combine cream soda, 6 tablespoons schnapps and ice in a blender. Blend until slushy. Pour into a glass or mug.

  • 2

    In a small bowl, combine heavy cream and the remaining 1 tablespoon of schnapps. Using an electric mixer, whisk together until almost whipped. You want the cream mixture to be slightly loose, not as firm as whipped cream.

    Top the butterbeer with the foamy topping and serve immediately.

COMMENTS: ( 87 )
  • That looks so awesome! I’ve had the frozen butterbeer at WWoHP, and I much prefer it to the on the rocks version. I can’t wait to try it! Oh, and nice background in the picture – very reminiscent of the books.

    • Courtney

      I never tried the regular kind while I was there. The frozen ones were just too good! Thanks for the comment about the background. I was quite unsure of what to use, so I’m glad you think it works well! 🙂

  • That looks awesome – so fun!! I’m so freaking excited for HP this week, too!!

    • Courtney

      Thanks, Josie! We’re going to the 12:01 am showing, and this week cannot go by fast enough!

  • YUM! I Love butterscotch and that looks amazing! I also love Harry Potter! SO fun! Thanks for sharing!

  • Miyosha

    This is the perfect thing to make my Harry potter crazed friend for her birthday!! 😀 Thanks!!

  • My friend and I are going to the movie this weekend! I can’t wait! I REALLY want to make this. But my friend is pregnant! Any substitutions for the butterscotch schnapps?

    • Courtney

      I think butterscotch syrup (like the kind used at coffee shops) could work. I know World Market sells Torani syrups, but I’m not sure how wide of a selection of flavors they have. There are a couple independent coffee shops in my area that also sell flavor syrups. Obviously you could order it online, but I doubt it would get to you by this weekend. If you’re able to get some, please let me know how it turns out! I think you should be able to use the same amounts called for.

  • Oh my word. Judd is going to be SO excited about this! Great idea Courtney.

  • Cool! I am so making this for my son!

  • This looks great! I wanna make this!

  • Annie

    This put a smile on my face when I saw the picture. I too, love Harry Potter.

  • Hey there! Just found your blog on foodbuzz and am LOVING this post.

  • Just yum!

  • Looks delicious…I am definitely going to share this on the blog…thanks Courtney!

  • What a great idea! Sounds delicious.

  • Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

    Hey I just found your blog from FoodBuzz-Congrats!

    I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, too, and I cannot wait for the movie to come out (although the books are always sooo much better!) I always wondered what butterbeer would taste like! This weekend I’m going over to Universal Studios for a tennis tournament, I bet it will be packed!

    • Courtney

      The books are always better! I try not to compare the movie to the books too much, but the film has quite a bit to make up for this time around. I’m sure Universal will be packed, but it will be fun regardless. I was there in the summer when it was hot and packed, and I still had a great time. Make sure to get some butterbeer while you’re there! 🙂

  • I love Harry Potter! I am making an unfrozen version on Friday for some friends before we go to the movie. Awesome post!

    • Courtney

      How exciting! I’m hoping I can make it again on Thursday night for some friends before we leave for the midnight showing.

    • lisa

      How do you make the warm kind????

  • Oh wow! I could do one of those. Love the addition of butterscotch schnapps. In fact, anything with butterscotch rates #1 for me.

  • Kori

    LOVE this! I, too, am a fan of the Harry Potter movies and can’t wait to see it! Thanks for sharing your great idea!

  • OMG! You are so cute and creative and what? Another Harry Potter fan(atic). I love this! The Wizarding World is on my bucket list! You totally deserve being on Top 9 for this!

    • Courtney

      Aw, thank you so much! Wizarding World is so much fun, and I think every Harry Potter fan should have the opportunity to go.

  • This is a VERY cool idea!!

  • Annie

    Ok, so my son and I made the non alcoholic version after I got home from work today and we both loved it! My son commented on how quick and easy it was to make. My husband thought that it was “weird” but he is weird so that makes it even. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Courtney

      I’m glad you and your son enjoyed it!

    • John

      What did you use instead of butterscotch schnapps for the non-alcoholic version?

      • Courtney

        Butterscotch syrup, like the kind they have at coffee shops. Torani and Monin both make it, and you can sometimes find it at World Market or local coffee shops.

  • celena

    What about freezing the cream soda instead of using ice. So when it starts to melt it won’t water down. Think that would work??????

    • Courtney

      I never thought about that, but it could work. The only thing I would worry about is the cream soda tasting flat. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out. PS – The drink is so good that it may not even start melting before you finish it. 🙂

  • Celena

    OMG just made this and it’s great!!! I substituted the schnapps with smuckers butterscotch syrup (not the kind in the jar). I also froze a cup of the cream soda so there was no water in the mixture. It came out FANTASTIC!!! I LOVE Harry Potter and finally got the chance to go to Hogwarts!!! ha ha 🙂 I never even tried the warm version because the frozen was so fantastic and I tried it first…lol I can’t believe this easy version tastes so much like the parks version! Thanks so much for posting! It’s great!!!

    • Courtney

      I’m so glad you liked it! I’ll be making more Harry Potter recipes for the last movie, but I think this butterbeer will still be my favorite. 🙂

  • Joe

    this just made me the happiest person in the world i’ve been dying for butterbeer ever since i left harry potter world me and my friends loved the park and loved the butterbeer. I can not wait to go home and make this ASAP

  • LeisureLife

    That actually sounds very VERY GOOD !!!

  • Lynz

    Oh. My. God. This is AMAZING! Added a little squirt of butterscotch syrup for some extra sweet and whipped some coolwhip and syrup with a whipping blade and it was PERFECT. I’m not a big drinker but now i have something for party time!
    Thanks so much!!! <3

  • anthony

    The butter beer was really good but it was like 12 dollars. Something ridiculous like that. anyways cool recipe

    • Courtney

      At the theme park, I think it was $7. While it may be that much to buy all the ingredients, you can make much more than one butterbeer once you’ve got all of them on hand.

      • Tom

        Butterbeer costs $3.99 unless you purchase it in a collectible Butterbeer Mug, which costs $12.99 (plus the $3.99 for the Butterbeer itself).

  • Rayn

    Is there a way to this minus the alcohol? Thanks!

    • Courtney

      Sure, just use butterscotch syrup. I think Torani and Monin both make it, and I’ve seen it at World Market and some of my local coffee shops.

  • Seth

    GREAT recipe! If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, I recommend adding a shot of honey Jack Daniels to the mix. If you’re not a fan of whiskey, have no fear as the flavor isn’t too terribly strong; it adds just enough character to the drink to make it palatable. Thanks again!

  • Andrew

    I Just made this with clear cream soda, buttershots and ice, but it turned out clear instead of the yellow colour yours is….. Did I do something wrong?

    • Courtney

      No, you didn’t do anything wrong. The color comes from the cream soda, and the kind I used had a golden hue.

  • That looks absolutely divine. Cream soda is my favorite beverage of all time. Thanks for sharing.

  • Fince

    2 thumbs up 🙂

  • LastCaress1972

    Couldn’t care less for Harry Potter, the books OR the films. But the drink looks delicious, and I’ll definitely be giving it a go. Thanks!

  • Cline395

    I tried your recipe, but found it to not be sweet enough for my wife and I. Here are the modifications I made to make it just the way she likes it. For the foam, I did 1/3 cup of heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1/2 a tablespoon of butterscotch schnapps, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

    I also only did 5 tablespoons of schnapps for the body instead of the 6. In case anyone is wondering, I use the bottled IBC cream soda. I haven’t tried A&W’s yet.

    Thanks for putting this online. I really enjoyed it.

    • Courtney

      I find that surprising, as everyone I’ve made this for has found it incredibly sweet. I’m glad you were able to make modifications that worked for you, and I’m happy you and your wife enjoyed it. 🙂

      • Cline395

        Which cream soda do you use? Maybe IBC just isn’t very sweet…

        • Courtney

          That very well could be the case. My favorite is Virgil’s, but I used A&W last time I made this.

  • Say!

    Is there alcohol in that piece?

    • Courtney

      Yes, but you can make this drink non-alcoholic by substituting butterscotch syrup for the butterscotch schnapps.

  • Natalie

    I just stumbled upon this and it made me so excited. 😛 This sounds AMAZING! But I’ve never even heard of butterscotch schnapps before! Can you buy it online? (I live in the UK and I’m pretty sure the supermarkets won’t sell it!)

    • Courtney

      I’m not sure if you can buy it online or not since it’s an alcoholic beverage. I guess that would depend on what the laws are there. I hope you’re able to find some, but you can certainly use butterscotch syrup if you’re unable to find the schnapps.

  • Michelle

    Does the soda lose it’s carbonation during the blending process? And how similar is the flavor compared to the WWOHP if used with butterscotch syrup?

    • Courtney

      The soda does lose just a tiny bit of carbonation, but it definitely doesn’t become flat by any means. Some other commenters mentioned that freezing the cream soda and omitting the ice has worked for them, and I’d like to try that soon. I haven’t tried it with butterscotch syrup to know how similar the flavor is, but I can tell you it’s almost spot on when the schnapps is used. There have been several comments from people that used butterscotch syrup with success, though.

  • The wife and I have made this frozen butterbeer several times now, ever since finding this website. It’s absolutely delicious!

    We followed the instructions to the letter, and the drink came out so amazingly spectacular! Here’s the image of ours…

    • Courtney

      I’m so glad you two enjoyed it! Your picture looks delicious!

  • Elisa

    Oh, the disappointment. When I stumbled upon this article I was so excited! Sadly, I live in France and there’s absolutely no way I can get my hands on cream soda or butterscotch schnapps. I don’t even know what those are. Oh well… I’ll try to come up with my own version anyway. 🙂

    • Courtney

      I’m sorry this recipe isn’t useful to you, but I certainly hope you’re able to come up with one of your own. Good luck!

    • Tanya

      Cream Soda is a drink similar to Pepsi or Coca-Cola,and tastes… well, creamy? It’s a kind of root beer (again, a drink similar to Pepsi, etc.) and butterscotch schnapps is a German liquor. I’m sure you have something like them both in your store that you can substitute 🙂

  • Keicea

    Hello! I just found a link to this recipe on Tumblr! This looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it out myself!!

    Time to locate the other recipe for the other “magical” treat you posted!

  • Abby

    i just made this. i just wanted to say i love you. it’s so delicious! i’m gonna serve this at my next Harry Potter movie marathon!

  • Steven

    Wow… I’ve never seen anything like this before, my wife is desperate to make it for an upcoming dinner party we’re having. I suppose for us normal non-culinary folks, we all like to find a unique signature item that we can share with guests at events, and if this tastes as good as it looks, I think we may be on a winner!

  • rylee

    This is brilliant!
    Ive been to the WWOHP, and it tastes just as swell:)
    ive been making for the kids in our butterbeer cups. they enjoy it just as much as my guest’s do! And i hope youve got the deathly;y hallows part 2 on your calendar! July 15. Im wearing my robes, bringing my wand and timeturner.
    Its bloody brilliant.
    anyway cheerio.

  • Tanya

    I cant wait to try this recipe when my sister comes to visit! For those who live in other countries and don’t know what butterscotch schnapps are/can’t get any, here’s a site where you can buy some online, and the price is in British pounds;

  • Thanks for creating this cool recipe! My first attempt at it was pretty good, but it came out a little bit on the watery-tasting side… Has anyone else had that happen? (I used Jones cream soda) I’m going to try it again with less ice next time.

    The serving size is perfect BTW for the authentic butterbeer mugs from the Wizarding World 🙂

    • Courtney

      I think less ice should fix the problem, or you could try a different brand of cream soda. Mine didn’t come out watery, but the cream soda I had was insanely sweet. Another reader recommended freezing the cream soda and omitting the ice, but I haven’t tried that yet.

  • Angela

    I love Harry Potter! This recipe sounds delicious, I am going to make this for all my friends!

  • Jessica

    I shared your recipe on my blog, with a link back to your blog. I can’t wait to try this recipe for the Part 2 premiere! Cheers!

  • Oh my! I can’t wait to try this…it is, after all, a Harry Potter weekend! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!!

  • Found your awesome recipe the other day so I decided to make it. We loved it so much we shared it on our blog and gave you a credit link. Great recipe!(

    Hope you enjoy the last movie. We are very excited to check it out, looks quite epic!

    PS – New subscriber!

  • Emily H.

    Thanks for the recipe, I’ve went to universal right after it opened last summer and had a blast, me and my family went again this summer and we were able to try everything this time and multiple times at that, last year there was a line for every store and shoppe including stands and we were only ably to try pumpkin juice and chocolate frogs, this year we were able to try the butter beer and cauldron cakes(my sister got treacle fudge which was actually good, we even got our wands, and were able to go into the joke and candy shops and with the Hogwarts Castle being the best ride in the whole park, we rode it multiple times, thanks again, i will be making this for our annual Halloween party!

  • Laura

    That’s so awesome, the only thing is that in SOuth Africa, Creme Soda is luminous green…

  • KatieKate

    Where do you think I could buy the butterscotch schnapps? Because I’ve actually never heard of it before I read this? And is their any substitute that I could use instead of it incase I didn’t find any? Thanks and btw im a hugeee harry potter fan 2!! 😀

    • Courtney

      You can find it at any alcohol store. You can also use butterscotch syrup in place of it, which can be found at any grocery store near the ice cream toppings.

  • Andrew Peers

    Really brilliant recipe! just made some tonight, but the amount of ice i used didnt make it slushie enough and was rather watery. i also had a nightmare by buying diet cream soda (didnt taste quite right).
    I got my butterscotch schnapps from amazon online store if that helps anybody.

    great idea though, i will perfect the recipe and make one that looks as good as yours!

  • Mairsydoats

    Looks great!! And tangentially – Butterscotch Schnapps is one of my go-to liqueurs for baking. A tablespoon or two in apple pie filling – let’s just say that’s where my pie award came from! Mmmmm!!

  • Stephanie

    Does anyone know where I could find the recipe for warm butterbeer? I’m from Canada so a hot drink is definitely ideal. Thanks! 🙂

  • I am thirsty just looking at the picture! No need for butter on the popcorn with this drink! #nom

  • shannon

    this recipe will make me very fat. hahaha- thanks sooo much for posting this-i cant wait to tryit!! 😀

  • livi

    this is delicous

  • Pam Worshum

    Loved the frozen butter beer at WWoHp. Can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks Courtney. Has Clara had some yet? Can’t start them too early on HP!

    • Courtney

      Clara will be reading the books before we know it! Until then, she’ll just have to settle for us reading them to her. 🙂

  • Jessica Lucas

    This looks amazing. I want to go to the HP world this year so hopefully this time we’ll get there. If not I’ll just make this and pretend I’m sitting at Hogwarts sipping on butter beer. Thanks for sharing.