Wizarding World Butterbeer
When we visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, we ordered Butterbeer with our meal at the Three Broomsticks. It was a real treat to taste what we’ve been reading about and watching in the movies for so long. For those who are not familiar with Butterbeer, it is a drink from the Harry Potter books that the author, J.K. Rowling, invented. It is mentioned many times in the books, usually when the characters are celebrating or enjoying time in Hogsmeade.
It is quite sweet, which is not to everyone’s taste. I adapted my version to be a little less sweet as that appeals to my household and this was a big success. I asked my son to taste it and he wouldn’t give it back to me. He said he liked it and wanted to finish it; that is a win in my book!
Butterbeer is described as tasting like butterscotch and shortbread cookies. Shortbread has simple ingredients of flour, sugar, salt and butter. I think the cream soda adds just enough of the shortbread flavor to this drink. Butterscotch is basically brown sugar and butter. I decided on a Butterscotch simple syrup as I don’t care for butter floating around in my drinks, yuck! This method means no greasy feel to the drink, plus it will keep well in the refrigerator.
Wizarding World Butterbeer Recipe
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp butter extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup cream soda, cold
- 3/4 cup seltzer water, cold
- 2 tbsp. Butterscotch Simply Syrup
- In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Heat to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add butter extract and salt. Let cool completely.
- For each serving, pour 2 tbsp Butterscotch Simple Syrup in a glass and add 3/4 cup cold Seltzer Water plus 1/4 cup cold Cream Soda. Serve immediately.
- If you like your Butterbeer a bit sweeter, use 1/2 cup cream soda and 1/2 cup seltzer water per serving.
- If you prefer it less sweet, you can reduce the amount of Butterscotch Simple Syrup.