Butterbeer for adults .. the way I think it should taste

Butter BeerAfter a recent trip to ‘the making of Harry Potter’ at the Leavesden studios, I’ve been trying to track down a recipe that tastes the same (if not better) than the one on sale, and also one that tasted like I thought it would from the books!

(The recipes I found with variations of ‘rum essence’ really don’t work well, and some of the more complex versions just get way too involved!)

This one’s simple though, and it works like a dream!


(serves two, 10 fl oz cups/glasses)

  • 2 teaspoons real butter
  • 2 big tablespoons toffee or butterscotch sauce (the ice-cream topping stuff)
  • Two big squirts of whipped cream  (I have a commercial aerosol whipper, but the ‘squirty-cream’ type one should work fine too)
  • 25ml  Baileys (optional, for adults only)
  • About 15 fl oz Cream Soda  (i.e. 2/3 of each serving cup)


  1. Put the butter and fudge sauce in a microwave dish, and microwave for about 30-40 seconds to melt and heat (mixing half way through, to help save the butter bubbling).
  2. Whisk thoroughly with a fork.
  3. Add the single measure of Baileys (optional), and then the two big squirts of whipped cream.
  4. Blend well with the fork (until it’s a consistent colour, it’ll look a delicious butterscotch colour)
  5. Carefully add the measures of cream soda to the cream mix  (it’ll froth up a bit).
  6. Then carefully pour into your serving glasses, and drink immediately.
  7. Don’t down it too quickly though!

This gives you a slightly warm, slightly warming, frothy, sweet, and delicious drink which tastes like you think it should after reading it in the books.

If all beer tasted like this, I would have started drinking years ago!

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