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Posted on Apr 10, 2012 in Food, Recipes | 14 comments



Ahh, butterbeer. You glorious, glorious little imaginary drink. I had my first taste of you on this past February’s trip to Hogsmeade, straight from the taps at the Three Broomsticks, and since then I haven’t been able to get you off my mind.

Frozen Butterbeer Icey

Good thing I have my upcoming Harry Potter-themed birthday party as an excuse to reintroduce you into my life, eh?

Butter me up! Take a sip... Butterbeer!

Of course, the Butterbeers that I had at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter were frozen (which would be hard to replicate at the party) and amazing but distinctly non-alcoholic. And this ain’t a party for house elves, you know. I fully expect my guests to get their buzz on. So naturally, in order to get an alcoholic, non-frozen version right, some experimentation was in order.

Most of the recipes that I found online called for cream soda and butterscotch schnapps, that’s it. And while I’m sure that combination works for some people, the unadulterated amount of sweetness from that concoction was ridiculous. Pretty much undrinkable. Luckily, my lovely friend Lara already had a solution.


She recommended combining the cream soda with light beer as well. That way, she said, you get twice the fizzy carbonation, half the sweetness, and the sugar masks the beer-y flavor. So I took her advice and tried it out: a shot of schnapps, half beer, half soda. Turns out, she was totally on point! The beer flavor is just barely there (it would probably be more noticeable if you used a non-light/stronger tasting beer), and the butterscotch and vanilla flavors still come through!


Even by halving the cream soda, however, I did still find the concoction crazy sweet. The schnapps itself is really sweet and sugary too, after all! So my next experiment was with a ratio of almost 2/3 beer to 1/3 cream soda, and I thought it was great. If you absolutely can’t stand the very thought of tasting any beeriness, you might want to stray towards the first combination, but I found it very refreshing and still totally Butterbeer-y.

I added some coconut whipped cream to replicate the head, purely for photo effect since it added even more (read: too much) sweetness.

So there you go! My only other tip would be to make sure that both the beer and the cream soda are cold. I made my first batch with cold beer but room temperature soda and it was just slightly more cloying than I think it would have been had the entire thing been nice and cold. Not that there’s any actual kind of “recipe” involved in this, but in case you were looking for something a little more neat and tidy, here you are:



Buttershots butterscotch schnapps
Light beer of choice
Cream soda


Pour one shot of schnapps into a glass (or, probably more accurately, a solo cup). Fill it one-third of the way with cream soda, then top off the last two-thirds of the cup with beer. Enjoy, Muggles and wizards alike!



  1. Oh. My. Lanta. Good thing I have a birthday party to attend this weekend and a reason to drink this deliciousness.

  2. So glad I could be of assistance πŸ™‚ I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  3. I need a mug of that sitting on my desk while I work. For real!

    • Oooh, I just had an idea!

      Hard Cider, like Strongbow, instead of beer. Thoughts?

      • Oooh, I would definitely try that! Not sure if the apple-y flavor would enhance or detract from the butterscotchiness, but I can’t imagine it would taste bad!

  4. So I guess I don’t have to know anything about Harry Potter to be able to enjoy this? Sounds AWESOME! I love butterscotch anything. And you’re right- the schnapps is crazy sweet. I would guess that the combo would also work with some club soda in place of the beer… especially if you’re a wuss like me. πŸ™‚
    That being said- I do love mixed beer drinks. My favorite (and a Renn Fest tradition) is mixing Sam Adams Cherry Wheat with stout. I call it “chocolate covered cherry beer.”

    • I never even considered diluting with cream soda. I think that you’re right, it would probably work, though it might be generally less flavorful. Mmmm.

  5. I would like to place and advanced order for some butterbeer come July. πŸ™‚

  6. That.Sounds.AMAZING. Happy birthday week-hope you enjoy it!

  7. I think this sounds great! Also, I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to your party Gretchen but thank you for generously thinking of me. Hopefully we can get together soon!


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