Tell you what,” said Ron, his teeth chattering, “shall we go for a butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks?” (…) Harry drank deeply. It was the most delicious thing he’d ever tasted and seemed to heat every bit of him from the inside.
Prisoner of Azkaban – Chapter 10
What is butterbeer?
Butterbeer is a wizard’s favorite ale since… forever. Some say it was made up – but to the contrary, it certainly was not! It first emerged in the distant past, way before the universe of Harry Potter existed.
The oldest recorded instance is from 1588 (sic!), have a look at the recipe and give it a go. A word of warning though – while the heat burns off most of the alcoholic content, some of it will remain. Therefore a young apprentice of magic might have to wait with this one until adulthood.
The alcoholic content of butterbeer is not explicitly specified in the Harry Potter saga.
In the Goblet of Fire there is mention of houses within which elves get drunk from butterbeer – but then again – they’re tiny little creatures, perhaps their bodies react differently.
What does butterbeer taste like?
Overall, butterbeer tastes like a fizzy cream soda with a butterscotch aroma and often topped with frothy cream. The taste depends on the specific recipe, and where you drink it – but I promise, it’s delicious.
In the books, butterbeer is served at the Hog’s Head Inn, the Three Broomsticks Inn and at the Leaky Cauldron. Two versions are mentioned: hot (served in tankards) and cold (in bottles).
This tasty beverage has inspired an array of new recipes, such as butterbrew frappucino and latte. In the muggle world, they even serve them at popular coffee chains, especially during cold, winter months.
Let’s try my favourite cold version first, shall we?
How to make butterbeer?
Harry Potter's Butterbeer
- 12 fl oz cream soda 2 litre bottle
- 3 tbsp butter extract
- 2 tsp rum extract
- 1 cup whipping cream 36% fat
- 7 oz marshmallow creme 200 gram; jar
- Butterscotch sauce, chocolate sauce
Open the cream soda bottle. Pour both extracts into it and put the cup back on. SLOWLY rotate the bottle until the contents are combined.
Beat the whipping cream on high speed using an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the marshmallow creme and continue whipping. Stop when a loose whipped cream forms.
Pour the butterbeer into a glass and drizzle with the cream topping. Serve immediately.
There is so much more to butterbeer than that! Just google these delicious treats as well:
- Butterbeer Universal Studios style
- Alcoholic butterbeer recipe (adult Wizards only)
- Butterbeer ice cream
- Butterbeer frap & latte
I’ll definitely try these soon in the magical kitchen of the Art of Wizardry! Watch this space and wish me luck.