Butterbeer recipe – a copycat of the famous Hogsmeade drink from the Harry Potter Book series!
People of all ages love this sweet, bubbly drink. You can try it at Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or brew your own Butterbeer for a Halloween party. Here I also share a lot of DIY Harry Potter Party ideas so you can bring a piece of the magic into your home too!
Homemade Butterbeer Recipe
It’s now become a tradition in my house every year to host this party. And of course, the highlight of the party every year is hanging globes with tea lights (to mimic the floating candles in the movies) and the Butterbeer.
I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t love Butterbeer. I’ve tried two Butterbeer recipes and I prefer this one by a long shot. The other one consisted of butter, cream, sugar, cream soda, and rum flavor and it was just too much—even for me. I love that easy Butterbeer recipe isn’t overwhelmingly sweet and rich.
I’ve never had the real deal Butterbeer from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but this is just what I’d imagine it to be like. So, in other words, I can’t say it’s a total copycat recipe but no matter, it’s amazing!! And the best part—it’s so easy to make! All you have to do is flavor the soda and whip together the toppings.
For this year’s party, we also had something like a Thanksgiving feast, sans turkey because I couldn’t find one this time of year. So instead I went with ham, mashed potatoes and mom’s ham gravy, pumpkin cornbread with cinnamon honey butter, butternut squash and pomegranate spinach salad, corn, pumpkin cheesecake with salted caramel sauce, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and apple pie (also, here is the recipe of the caramel apples or you can use the microwave caramel recipe which is also delicious).
They always had those big feasts in the Great Hall so of course a big dinner is a must at the party!
Keep scrolling down for more fun DIY Harry Potter Party ideas, and to view the recipe and learn how to make easy Butterbeer at home!
DIY Harry Potter Party Decorations
You can find the glass globes in multiple places online as well as the battery tea lights. And a must are the class banners.
The lanterns pictured reminded me of the lanterns they’d carry into the Forbidden Forest in the movies. Then of course I found a Hedwig for the centerpiece.
Harry Potter-themed Candy Bar
Here we have a very mini version of Honeydukes candy shop. Including chocolate frogs and wands, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, caramel apple pops and real caramel apples, “muggle munch” which is candy corn, and “candied worms” which are the gummy worms. Ferrero Rocher chocolates make the perfect snitch truffles. For the wings, I cut one template and then used that for tracing so all the wings were the same and glued them on with hot glue.
Harry Potter Chocolate Treats
Here is the mold for the chocolate frogs. My kids helped me make the chocolate wands, just chocolate-covered pretzels dipped in sprinkles.
DIY Harry Potter Party Decorations
This dementor below actually moved, it was originally a ghost Halloween decoration but we made it work with some black cloth. And the deer is a patronus (a Christmas decoration). The glitter potions are a mixture of corn syrup and glitter. The gold potion is a combination of sprinkles, cocoa powder, leaves, water, and herbs. These mimic the floating jack-o-lanterns in the Great Hall. The dementor was a skeleton, again, I just covered it with black cloth. Little spiders leading to…Aragog.Wanted signs you can search and print online. Since there were so many kids instead of buying 10 ties I just made felt ones for the kids and bought some cheap Harry Potter glasses. We also played games with the kids like “Find the Horcuxes” (similar to a treasure hunt), a wand/class choosing with a Sorting Hat, and pin the scar on Harry. Candles were everywhere. For those in reach of kids/or near cobwebs I used the battery-operated ones.
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- 1 (2 liter) bottle cream soda, chilled
- 1 to 2 Tbsp butter flavor, to taste
- 3 tsp rum extract, divided (such as Watkins brand)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow cream
- FOR THE BUTTERBEER SODA: Pour butter flavor and 2 tsp rum extract into bottle of cream soda, return lid to soda then holding soda horizontally twist and rotate bottle gently to evenly distribute flavorings. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- FOR THE CREAM TOPPING: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitter with the whisk attachment, whip cream on high speed until it begins to thicken slightly and begins to form slight peaks.
- Add marshmallow cream and remaining 1 tsp rum extract and continue to whip until well blended and smooth. To serve pour soda into mugs and spoon marshmallow cream topping over top.