The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: Butterbeer

Butterbeer! Ever since I read “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, I’ve always wondered what the most famous magical beverage might taste like…sweet, warming, malty and comforting. J.K. Rowling has an incredible talent for describing everything food-related, from magical snacks and peculiar drinks to the most wonderful feasts in the Great Hall. However, butterbeer was definitely the one thing I’ve always wanted to try myself.

So, guess what I found on Amazon while browsing for something to qualify for free shipping? “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook” by Dinah Bucholz! And yes, I fell into their marketing trap and ordered it. And OF COURSE the first recipe I had to try was…butterbeer! So Julius and I dived back into the magical world of Harry Potter last weekend and brewed up some butterbeer while listening to the Philosopher’s Stone soundtrack. Let’s take a look at Dina Bucholz’ interpretation of butterbeer!

What you need (makes 2 cups)

  • 360 ml (1.5 cups) non-alcoholic beer
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp butter, cut into pieces
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the beer, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Temper the egg yolks and add them to the mixture while stirring constantly. Bring to a simmer and remove the saucepan from the heat before it starts to boil.
  3. Add the butter and vanilla extract and stir until the butter is completely dissolved.
  4. Pour your butterbeer through a sieve into two cups.

Although we both absolutely loved the taste of our butterbeer, it was far too sweet for our taste. We definitely want to try it again, using less sugar and perhaps adding a dash of ground cloves or other spices. Have you ever tried making butterbeer?

Thanks for reading 🙂

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17 thoughts on “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: Butterbeer

  1. kittyp0p says:

    I tried Butterbeer for the first time at Universal and honestly couldn’t stomach it. All my friends loved it, but it wasn’t my thing (almost tasted like cream soda but with a weird flavor) haha idk if this recipe would taste the same- but I’ll be willing to give it a go so my boyfriend can try it (:

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  2. Dippy-Dotty Girl says:

    May I confess to a similar fascination for butterbeer? The name itself. Butterbeer. You can feel the cinnamon-butter deliciousness of it sliding smoothly down the throat. I have to try this out, Nina. Thanks and that photo looks warm and beautiful. xx

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  3. Hannah says:

    I’ve made a butterbeer before but it didn’t use what yours has in, so there’s obviously lots of different recipes around. I think mine was a mix of cream soda and butterscotch sauce/syrup. Butterbeer is soooooo sweet, even the one you get from WB Studio tour, the ice cream is the best though!

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  4. Hannah says:

    I went to the Harry Potter Studios in London and tried butterbeer there! I thought it was okay, although I do like sweet things so the sweetness was not an issue for me. I didn’t realise it had egg in it!!! xx

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