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This simple, delicious and refreshing recipe is a fun, cold treat to make and enjoy with your family!
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Mention Butterbeer to a Harry Potter fan and they will instantly perk up. A glass of butterscotch flavored goodness that looks like a pint of beer? Yes, please! And now you can easily make your own butterbeer at home with this easy recipe. It is easy to make with a few simple ingredients and is perfect if you have kids. They will love drinking what their wizard icon drank in the films! 

While you have that caramel extract around, why not try a few more caramel based recipes? A caramel apple dip is ideal if you are having a movie night and want something sweet to dip fruit or pretzels into. Or you could go for another copycat caramel recipe and make Butterfinger cake – it tastes just like the candy bar. 

butterbeer in glass jugs with whipping on top

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Butterscotch Delight | Butter Cookies


BUTTERBEER INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

Butterbeer

  • 2 liter A&W Cream Soda, cold 
  • ½ teaspoon caramel extract 
  • ½ teaspoon butter extract 

Cream Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled 
  • ½ teaspoon butter extract 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • ¼ cup butterscotch syrup 
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Butter Extract if you want a colder, summer version of the butterbeer, you could use 1 quart of vanilla ice cream and 1 quart of cream soda. This will make more of an ice cream soda butterbeer but brilliant for hot days. 

HOW TO MAKE THIS BUTTERBEER RECIPE

STEP ONE: Before you start chill the serving glasses, pitcher, and mixing bowl in the freezer for about half an hour. 

PRO TIP: It is really important to take the first step and add the mixing bowl in particular in the fridge before you make the recipe. If you don’t do this, then it can be hard to get the cream to form the stiff peaks that are needed to stop it sinking into the drink. 

STEP TWO: In a large pitcher combine the cream soda with caramel and butter extracts and gently stir with a spoon. 

A glass of beer on a table, with Cream and Butterbeer

STEP THREE: In a large mixing bowl add the heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and butter extract. Beat together for 30 seconds then add powdered sugar and beat until stiff peaks.

butterbeer process shot

STEP FOUR: Add the butterscotch topping and fold together with a spatula until there are no streaks. 

PRO TIP: Chilling the large mixing bowl is key for this recipe. It will ensure that your heavy cream forms stiffpeaks. Don’t skip freezing your bowl!

butterbeer process shot of ingredients being mixed together

STEP FIVE: Fill chilled glasses with the cream soda mixture then add the buttercream topping. 

PRO TIP: If you use straws to drink the butterbeer, make sure you don’t fill the drink right to the top. That’s because when you push the straw in, the level of the drink will rise a bit. If it is filled right to the top, it will spill over and make a mess. Plus, you’ll waste some of the tasty goodness of the drink! 

butterbeer process shot

STORAGE 

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store the cream soda mixture in the fridge for a day or two but don’t add the cream mixture until you are ready to serve. Otherwise, it will slowly evaporate and leave just an unpleasant lumpy mess on the top.

close up shot of butterbeer in a glass mug with whipping on top

If you are a Harry Potter fan or just love caramel drinks, then this butterbeer recipe will be an instant hit. It is just like drinking caramel butter cookies with that creamy butterscotch flavor. You can adapt the recipe to make a hot drink but with these ingredients, it is a combination of a Starbucks caramel latte and an ice cream soda. Just magic! 

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Butterbeer

5 from 3 votes
This simple, delicious and refreshing recipe is a fun, cold treat to make and enjoy with your family!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Butterbeer

  • 2 cup A&W Cream Soda cold
  • 1/2 tsp caramel extract
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract

Cream Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream chilled
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch syrup
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Prior to starting the recipe chill (in the freezer) the serving glasses, pitcher, and large mixing bowl for 30 minutes.
  • In the large pitcher combine A&W cream soda, caramel extract, and butter extract. Gently stir with a large spoon.
  • In the chilled large mixing bowl add heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and butter extract. Beat together for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
    PRO TIP: Chilling the large mixing bowl is key for this recipe. It will ensure that your heavy cream forms stiffpeaks. Don’t skip freezing your bowl!
  • Immediately add the butterscotch topping and fold together with a rubber spatula until no streaks remain.
  • Fill chilled glasses with cream soda mixture. Top with the butter cream topping.
    PRO TIP: If using straws in your drink be careful. When you put the straw in the cream and push down to the soda it tends to fizz up a bit. If you leave a little extra room on the top of your glass it won’t overflow when you add the straw!
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 592IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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