“Harry Potter” introduced us to all manner of wizardry, from intricate potions and spells to flying brooms and fantastical creatures. But curious drinkers have always gravitated toward one particular invention: Butterbeer. Fortunately, Harry Potter’s favorite drink is simple to replicate, so you don’t need to visit the Three Broomsticks bar to try it. Grown-up wizards and adult muggles alike can make this famous Diagon Alley treat right in their own cauldrons, no spells required.
The Butterbeer begins with equal parts vanilla vodka and butterscotch schnapps, which supply the boozy quotient in this recipe. Cream soda provides the cold, fizzy element, and when combined, the trio yields a drink that is sweet and refreshing. But it’s not a good Butterbeer without a thick, creamy head. That’s where the whipped cream comes in. Heavy whipping cream is joined by butterscotch sundae topping, and the duo is whipped with a mixer until forming a perfect topper. Put it all together, and you’ve got a drink fit for Potter and his pals.
In the event that a few underage fans (or lightweight house-elves) want to join the festivities, it’s easy to make Butterbeer nonalcoholic. Simply remove the vanilla vodka and butterscotch schnapps, and replace them with a dash of vanilla extract and butter extract. The flavor will be similar, but without the heady effects.
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- 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
- 1 ounce vanilla vodka
- 6 ounces cream soda
- Garnish: whipped cream
- Garnish: butterscotch syrup
- Garnish: butterscotch whipped cream*
Add butterscotch schnapps, vanilla vodka and cream soda into a frosty mug.
Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and butterscotch syrup drizzled on top, or top with butterscotch whipped cream.
*Butterscotch whipped cream: In a mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 oz butterscotch sundae topping. Using a hand mixer, whip until soft peaks form.