Harry Potter Butter Beer

We’ve had this as part of a Harry Potter Halloween party a few times, including dragon steaks, gnomes (aka baked potatoes with smiley faces because gnomes are described as looking like muddy little potatoes), and venomous tentaculars (green beans). This is adapted from a news site’s butter beer recipe that they posted after Harry Potter land opened. FYI, it is easy to add too much cream to the top of your drink. It’s delicious, but also very rich.

And like most drinks, this one is also naturally gluten free.

Harry Potter Butter Beer

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: medium
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It takes a little work and you have to let the caramel cool, but it makes a fun drink and the cream is delicious.


  • 1 c. Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Water
  • 6 Tbsp. Butter
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¾ c. Heavy Cream, divided
  • ½ tsp. Rum Extract (optional–maybe even better without)
  • 6 c. Cream Soda (about 1 ½ liters or 4 cans)


Gently boil brown sugar and water, stirring often, until candy thermometer reads 240° (230° for high altitude). Stir in butter, salt, vinegar, 1/4 c. cream. Cool to room temp, then stir in rum extract.

Topping: Combine 2 Tbsp. of the mixture and remaining ½ c. cream. Use mixer to beat until just thickened, about 2-3 minutes. To serve, divide brown mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 c. per glass). Add 1/4 c. soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill glass nearly to top with additional soda, then spoon whipped topping over each.


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