This recipe for Butterbeer (non-alcoholic) is going to transport you to Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and you will find yourself wishing that you never had to get out of it!

Butterbeer Recipe from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

“That’s what books are for. To travel without moving an inch” – Jhumpa Lahri. How many of you have travelled with your favorite character and lived your favorite books yourself? Books are the best way to allow a child to explore. While I did not read as much as a kid (except for the occasional comics and some short stories at the school library), I was always fascinated by stories. I used to lose myself in the mythological stories my grandma told us. I made up for the absence of books in my childhood during my adolescence and teenage years. I became a voracious reader holding on to every word the authors said and living the adventures of the characters in my head.

Cream Soda for Butterbeer

I have been out of touch with that habit lately but books will always stay close to my heart (or Kindle for that matter :P). There have been a few books and authors who have molded my character, my personality and who I am today. One among those is (I am sure you guessed it with the recipe title itself!) J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series!

Harry Potter may have turned 34 this July 31st but for me, the eleven year old bespectacled geek lives on! The 15year old me (that was when I was introduced to Mr. Potter) not only lived an adventurous life and travelled through Europe but also learnt some life lessons like “It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”-Albus Dumbledre. Profound, eh?

Butterbeer recipe from the Wizarding  World of Harry Potter

One of the best things that can ever happen to man is to live their fantasy and that’s precisely how I felt when I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal studios a couple of years. Age forgotten, I went through those few hours as a kid living every page of the book, drank some Butterbeer, bought a wand, and even walked through Dumbledore’s office! While I cannot recreate all of that in my living room, there is one thing I can for sure, and that is Butterbeer!!

Harry Potter recipes

Whether you have a kid who is a die hard Potter fan or you are a potter maniac yourself, this Butterbeer recipe is the closest thing to living a book! I have searched far and wide, tried and tested and tweaked recipes to match the taste of the Butterbeer available at the Three Broom Sticks at Orlando and the Butterbeer I had imagined in my head all those years.

Here is the recipe for



Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2



    For the Soda
  • 2 twelve-oz Cream Soda bottles (chilled)
  • 1/4 tsp professional strength imitation butter flavor (if using anything less stronger, increase to 1/2 tsp) for each serving
  • A pinch of salt for each serving
  • For the foam topping
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp professional strength imitation butter flavor (if using anything less stronger, increase to 1/2 tsp)


  1. Whip the heavy cream with sugar, vanilla extract and imitation butter flavor until soft peaks are formed. Set aside.
  2. In a beer mug (or a souvenir mug), add the imitation butter and a pinch of salt and mix.
  3. Pour in the chilled soda.
  4. Top it with a portion of whipped cream and serve.
  5. Stir as you savor the marvelous Butterbeer!

My Take:

An adult version can include an ounce of rum in the drink.

You can also make your own cream soda at home. I have not tried it.

Yummily Yours’



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  1. Wonderful!!! I loved the idea… And how come you bring something so innovative everytime, Prash??!!! Hats off to you girl… I’ll be making this soon as I’m also a big-time fan 😛

  2. Wow wonderful.. once this aashada month is done, this would be d first thing I making. Between where did you get the imitation butter

  3. What a wonderful post. Will make this for my harry potter 😉 aka sonshine. I am sure he is gonna love this.

  4. This looks awesome! I have always wanted to make my own butterbeer–time to have a Harry Potter party so I can make a big batch. 🙂

  5. Oh Prashanti!
    what a fabulous drink. Pinning it

  6. Wow–this is really amazing, Prash! You have introduced me to an ingredient I never knew about: butter flavor! Your photos are absolutely beautiful, as always!

  7. Definitely not a fan of Harry Potter, but I just had to come by and see what this Butterbeer was all about. The name alone was enough to peek my interest. Love that you drew inspiration from one of your favorite books. Kudos Prash!

  8. I remember drinking this at universal studios, Orlando. My kids enjoyed thus drink a lot. Thx for sharing the recipe will def give this a shot.

    • Thanks Pooja. Yes, I wish I could recreate the studios at home but….. atleast I have this butterbeer recipe 🙂

  9. hi big big fan of harry potter and butter beer both
    i stay in mumbai , india
    do we get professional strength imitation butter flavor and cream soda in mumbai ?
    please help me out ………

    • Manali Gala,
      Thank you:) Well, I have made this only in the US, so, I am not sure but I did some research and here are some tips: 1) Imitation butter – sure! in most big baking shops, next to vanilla extract etc. 2) Which baking shop? – I am not sure, I am not from Mumbai 3) Cream Soda, Internet says it is availible but I not able to get pointers about the store or brand. 4) you can make your own soda, here are couple of links that will guide you http://bakingdom.com/homemade-vanilla-cream-soda & http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Cream-Soda
      Hope these pointers help you recreate your favorite butterbeer at home Manali Gala 🙂

  10. can you use actual butter instead, if so, how much?

    • Hi, I am not sure, I haven’t use actual butter but I doubt it would blend in with the soda. t might just float around on top as some goopy solidified oil??

  11. This recipe is great! Tastes very much like the real thing at Universal. 🙂 I used less butter flavoring (about 1/2), as I found the listed amounts to be a little too overpowering. Other than that, it is awesome! (It also tastes really great with a shot of butterscotch schnapps, yummm!)

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