Wicked Quick Butterbeer Recipe

Is there anything from the Harry Potter books and movies that sounds quite as magical and inviting as butterbeer?? Well okay, probably a lot of stuff, but STILL! Butterbeer made such an impression on me the first time I read the books, as I’m sure it did for you. J.K. Rowling’s version of butterbeer can be served either warm or cold, but the recipe below is to be served cold. It’s very simple, the kind you can whip up quickly once you’ve got the ingredients on hand. When I find a warm butterbeer recipe I love, I’ll be posting that as well. If you know of a good one I should try, let me know!


Harry Potter book, candle and butterbeer.


I made this butterbeer for a Harry Potter party I hosted recently and it was a huge hit with my guests. If you’re interested in seeing more photos, recipes and how-tos from the party, let me know! I have a lot more to share.


Let’s get on to the recipe. Ready? Pay attention or you may miss it.


1 part butterscotch schnapps to two parts cream soda. Top with 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Tough, right? So this stuff is outrageously delicious and just what I’d expect the butterbeer from the books to taste and look like. If you’d prefer a non-alcoholic version, use a butterscotch flavoring in place of the schnapps. If you could lay hands on a butterscotch syrup such as you’d use as an ice cream topping, I’ll bet the thicker consistency would lend itself well to the richness of the beverage. Just keep adding and tasting until you’ve got it just right for you. Remember that you can always add more! I haven’t tried that method out yet, so do let me know in the comments if you give it a go.


Anna pouring butterbeer
Pouring out the butterbeer for my guests behind the bar of the Three Broomsticks Inn. Gillywater and pumpkin juice are also pictured.


I mixed up a large batch for the party and served it out of a growler jug, as you can see above. This made things easy as I didn’t have to mix each glass separately. You may consider doing the same if you’re planning for a party, too. As far as presentation goes, I think glassware is best for displaying the frothy layer up top. But any vessel will do! Be sure to snap a photo of your concoction and tag or mention me on Instagram (@caskandquill) so I can check it out!


Mug of butterbeer



  • 1 part butterscotch schnapps
  • 2 parts cream soda
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream


  1. Pour butterscotch schnapps into desired drinkware. A beer mug looks best!
  2. Follow that with your cream soda of choice and give it a light stir. Sample and adjust to your taste or preferred beverage strength.
  3. Dollop the ice cream right on top. The drink will fizz a bit and disperse the ice cream, making a nice foamy layer.
  4. Make some more and enjoy with your wizard pals!


Hope you love this recipe as much as I did! Try it and let me know what you think. If you have a recipe of your own, let’s hear about it below!




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