DIY Butterbeer Recipe: A STRONG Homemade Harry Potter Cocktail

There are approximately 1.5 trillion DIY Butterbeer recipes on the internet nowadays. So how is this one any different?

Well, hopefully… it’s stronger.

I put together the ingredients to this nifty little concoction with the help of my boyfriend to generate this sweet, yet strong, homemade Butterbeer cocktail. 

The way it should be.

So if you’re looking to get Felix Felicis-style shwasted, follow this recipe for an alcoholic Butterbeer.

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DIY Butterbeer: A Harry Potter Cocktail

Step 1. Get the supplies

The type of liquor you use is up for debate, but ultimately just choose something you can handle! Here is what I used:

1.5 oz. Triple Crown Butterscotch Whiskey

3 oz. Cream Soda

1-2 dollops Vanilla Ice Cream

You can do less whiskey because it’s pretty strong (for me anyway). I used a standard shot glass to measure. If you’re under the age of 21 (or I guess 18 if you’re in the UK), this is an alcoholic Butterbeer so… proceed with caution. 

Step 2. Chill out

This will taste ten times better if you chill everything. Put the whiskey in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Step 3. Concoct

I know you’re looking for something quick and simple, so let me just break down the perfect Butterbeer recipe steps for you.

First, Pour in the liquor.

Next, throw in the cream soda.

Finally, plop in the ice cream.

I used Halo Top Vanilla Bean ice cream because that’s just my personal preference and it makes me feel like I’m being healthy even though the cream soda kind of tarnishes that dream.

Step 4. Let the magic begin

The Butterbeer recipe at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is way too sweet for my tastes. That’s why I decided to use a butterscotch whiskey in lieu on a butterscotch liquor because it wouldn’t have sat well with my taste buds. Also, the one at the WWoHP is not an alcoholic Butterbeer.

Fun fact: J.K. Rowling placed specific rules stating that no one is allowed to pour their whiskey shot into the Butterbeer at the park. I tried to do this once at the park and they wouldn’t serve me the Butterbeer until I had taken my shot.

Whomp whomp.

However, my cousin did manage to do it once, so I guess it depends on which bartender you have? Or you know… just make your own at home!

Anyway, if you don’t want that extra bite to your adult Butterbeer, you can swap the whiskey for something like Mr Stacks Butterscotch Schnapps or Dekuyper Buttershots Schnapps liqueur for about $11 USD.

And that’s it!

There’s been some debate on whether or not Butterbeer in the books ever actually had alcohol in it. So let me just debunk that question right here, right now.

It does.

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Please remember to always drink responsibly. One or two of these babies will probably set you over the limit. But it’s the perfect Harry Potter cocktail to have after a day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or a convention after-party.

Or, if you’re like me, you can enjoy my DIY Butterbeer recipe so that you can do the Drunk Pottermore Sorting Hat Challenge and find out which house you really belong in.



aka @cosplayandcoffee

Oh hey, guys! My name is Tiffani.

I’m a writer turned cosplayer, under the pseudonym Cosplay and Coffee.

When I’m not writing, I’m drinking unhealthy amounts of coffee so that I can work late into the night on my latest costume.

I host my own YouTube channel, indulge in fandom theories, and spend too much of my day cuddling my pug.

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