Bring the wizarding world of Harry Potter to life with this butterbeer cocktail! This magical drink is a sweet and creamy blend of butterscotch and whipped cream, perfect for sipping on a cozy night in or at your next Harry Potter-themed party. Follow this easy recipe and get ready to feel the enchantment!
Want even more magical treats? Try some of my butterbeer favorites like my Two Ingredient Butterbeer Fudge, Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes, Frozen Butterbeer Recipe, and Homemade Butterbeer Cookies!
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- Great Mix- This cocktail with butterscotch schnapps and vanilla vodka mixes well with the butterbeer flavors.
- Quick and Easy- Only 5 easy steps to make your butterbeer cocktail.
- Beautiful Aesthetic- Butterbeer cocktail has a creamy whipped topping that is gorgeous on top of your drink!
If you’ve read my Frozen Butterbeer Recipe, you know I’m a fan of Harry Potter and Harry Potter World. This recipe puts an adult spin on the Harry Potter World, Three Broomsticks Restaurant version of butterbeer.
The vodka and schnapps combination smooths the drink out and becomes the perfect base for the butterscotch and cream topping. If you don’t have cocktail making experience, don’t worry! This recipe is so easy to put together. It looks incredible, and it tastes even better!
Ingredients for Butterbeer Cocktail Recipe:
This ingredient list is fairly basic, but does call for some specialty items. Add to your liquor cabinet and watch how quickly this cocktail is requested! Here is what you need:
- Heavy Cream: Also called Heavy Whipping Cream, you can find this in the dairy section of your grocer. It’ll be next to the half and half or coffee creamers.
- Butterscotch Schnapps: Added to the cream as it whips for an extra delicious flavor.
- Vanilla Vodka: Specifically, whipped vodka. It’s the only time I like to purchase Pinnacle vodka. I promise this makes all the difference.
- Butter Extract: You can find this next to the vanilla extract in the spice aisle of your grocer.
- Cream Soda: One bottle. Preferably chilled.
- Butterscotch Sauce: An optional topping, but so delicious. A jar can usually be found in the ice cream aisle, or you can make it yourself with this butterscotch recipe.
How to Make Boozy Butterbeer:
The secret to a perfect finish in this recipe is the boozy whipped topping! Don’t skip it!
- PREP: The whipped topping can be made in advance and stored in the fridge or freezer, up to a few hours. Start by placing your mixing bowl into the freezer for about 20 minutes to chill.
- WHIP: Add the heavy cream into your chilled mixing bowl. Beat with a whisk until soft peaks form, or just as it begins to thicken. Add the butterscotch liquor and whip for 3 to 5 minutes at high speed, or until fluffy. Watch closely to make sure it doesn’t begin to turn to butter. Set the whipped topping aside.
- COCKTAIL: Divide the vodka and butter extract amounts into two chilled glasses. Optionally, you can add 1oz of butterscotch schnapps to each glass if you want a little extra kick.
- TOPPING: Top the drinks with cream soda and gently stir to combine. Add a dollop of butterscotch whipped cream and drizzle butterscotch sauce (if using) to taste. Enjoy!
Tips For This Adult Butterbeer Cocktail
Butterbeer has a rich butterscotch taste, combined with a cream soda, and has an additional cream topping.
Butterbeer was made famous by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Although there is a historical drink based on butter and beer, this drink more likely emerged from fiction, fan-mixologists, and fan-theme parks such as the famous Harry Potter World in Universal Studios, Orlando.
In the Harry Potter series, butterbeer is a drink made from butterscotch, sugar, and water. We like to use cream soda and add the butterscotch. Our cocktail version adds in vanilla vodka and butterscotch schnapps.
The butterbeer cocktail should be consumed when made. However, all of the butterbeer ingredients, except the heavy cream will last for 6 months or more on their own.
Butterscotch schnapps (on its own) does not need to be refrigerated. After you have opened the bottle, reseal and store in a cool, dry place, away from light. It should store indefinitely when stored correctly. However, schnapps will lose its flavor over time. If it develops a bad odor, it should be discarded.
Vodka will stay good for 50 years plus if unopened. When opened, store in a cool, dry space away from light. There is enough alcohol content in vodka that it will store for decades without a problem.
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 oz butterscotch schnapps
- 2 oz vanilla vodka
- 2 oz butterscotch schnapps optional
- 1/2 teaspoon butter extract
- 12 oz cream soda
- 1 tablespoon butterscotch sauce optional
- Start by placing your mixing bowl into the freezer for about 20 minutes to chill.
- Add the heavy cream into your chilled mixing bowl. Beat with a whisk until soft peaks form, or just as it begins to thicken.
- Add the butterscotch liquor and whip for 3 to 5 minutes at high speed, or until fluffy. Watch closely to make sure it doesn’t begin to turn to butter. Set the whipped topping aside.
- Divide the vodka and butter extract amounts into two chilled glasses.
- Optionally, you can add 1oz of butterscotch schnapps to each glass if you want a little extra kick.
- Top the drinks with cream soda and gently stir to combine.
- Add a dollop of butterscotch whipped cream and drizzle butterscotch sauce (if using) to taste. Enjoy!
- Butterscotch sauce can be found in the ice cream section of most grocers. You can also make a homemade version like the one in this recipe for butterbeer cupcakes.
- Chill your mugs in the freezer for a fun frosted glass that will keep your drink nice and cool.