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So last summer we spent a week at Universal Studios and can I say WOW! Seriously we had an AMAZING time. And while the whole park was incredible we of course were the most excited about the Wizarding world of Harry Potter – I mean SERIOUSLY – it was magical! The rides, the stores, the decoration and the BUTTERBEER!!! Did you know there are 6 butterbeer treats and I’m making my own version of each! Cold butterbeer, warm butterbeer, frozen butterbeer, butterbeer fudge, butterbeer ice cream and butterbeer potted cream!

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The base of this is a homemade butterscotch syrup. Do know the difference between caramel syrup and butterscotch? Caramel syrup is made with white sugar and butterscotch using brown sugar – pretty small difference but that’s it. My Caramel syrup actually uses half white and half brown sugar – cause I like the deeper flavor. So this butterscotch syrup is based on that recipe but with all brown sugar – I like to use half dark brown sugar, but that’s options. Now straight butterscotch syrup isn’t quite right for butterbeer SO I also add some apple cider vinegar to counter balance the sweetness and a little rum extract.

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I recently did a live video where I make and compared all the butterbeer recipes I found online along with my version – and the kids and I did a taste test! Not too surprising I liked mine best. I felt the extract version was too fake, the huffington post version was just cream soda and whipped cream with a slight butterscotch flavor, and second place was my version with store bought butterscotch syrup. And of course homemade butterscotch is always better than store bought, so WINNER! But I’d love to hear what you think!!!

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Quick tip – since stirring soda will get rid of a lot of the carbonation the trick I found was I warmed up the butterscotch syrup a little (if it had cooled all the way) and stir the 2 Tbsp into just a few oz to liquefy it then add the rest of the soda.

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Cold Butterbeer Recipe

This cold butterbeer recipe is easy to make and tastes just like the sweet treat from the harry potter parks

4.49 from 113 votes

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Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes minutes

Servings: 17 8 oz cups

Calories: 232kcal

Author: Ashlee Marie



  • 1 1/2 C packed light or dark brown sugar I use both
  • 1/2 C light corn syrup
  • 1/3 C butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Whipped Topping

  • 3.5 oz marshmallow creme/fluff
  • 1 C heavy whipping cream


  • 2 2 liters cream soda cold

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Butterscotch syrup

  • In a medium saucepan bring the brown sugar, corn syrup and butter to a boil

  • boil until the syrup reaches 240 degrees (remembering to adjust temperature for altitude)

  • take off the heat and let cool slightly - about 5 mins.

  • Then stir in the heavy whipping cream

  • add the salt, apple cider vinegar and rum extract and stir

  • let cool



  • stir 2 Tbsp into every 12 oz of cold cream soda - or 3/4 C into a full 2 liters

  • pour the butterbeer into a glass and add some of the topping

  • refrigerate the leftover butterscotch and topping



Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 43mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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So the big question is – which butterbeer flavored treat should I make next? I’ve already mastered the frozen butterbeer (as seen in the video) and as soon as I get some pictures I don’t hate that will be on the blog too. I’ve made a warm butterbeer but since I’ve never tried the official warm butterbeer it’s hard to say how accurate it might be. I’ve already made the fudge so that leaves…. Potted cream or Ice cream….

Our very first night at universal the first thing we did was head over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, do the wand choosing at Ollivanders and then drink our weight in cold and Frozen Butterbeer, then tried the Butterbeer and Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice cream! Then we used our wands and did all the interactive magic and rode the Gringotts ride. And that was just the first few hours we were there!

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  1. Dawn Sunshine

    240 degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius? I tried to get to 240 degrees Fahrenheit and as soon as I added the cream after letting it cool for 5 minutes and immediately solidified. I hope it cleans off my pot and wisk.


    • Ashlee Marie

      Fahrenheit, add the cream slowly while you stir and it shouldn’t seize up! remember to adjust for altitude, since I live so high up I only go to 220 degrees, if I went all the way up to 240 it would be overcooked. Also just use warm water and it will clean up just fine. cooking longer would just make soft butterscotch vs sauce.

  2. Kyle Haines

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    Thank you for the great Cold Butterbeer recipe. Ever since my wife and I got back from Universal Orlando I’ve been trying to find something that was cost effective and came close to the flavor of the park’s drink.

    I’ve tried probably 5 or 6 different recipes. From fake tasting extracts to strange butter mixes. Your recipe was the only one that made my wife smile and remember that trip.

    The others tasted fine but this is as close as I’ve come to the original thanks to you.

    Have a merry Christmas



    • Ashlee Marie

      you just totally MADE MY YEAR! I feel like I got it right but you never know if others will love it as much as you do!

  3. Christy jolicoeir

    I hresients call for salt, instructions do not say where to put it


    • Ashlee Marie

      you add the salt to the sauce at the end with the apple cider vinegar and rum extract

  4. Paige Rappleye

    Trying this for my daughters Hogwarts 8th birthday party in a couple of weeks! It looks great!!


    • Ashlee Marie

      I hope you love it as much as we do!

  5. Aimee

    For the Butterscotch sauce as the first step, do I pack the brown sugar down or not in the measuring cup? Thank you!


    • Ashlee Marie

      always pack brown sugar unless someone says not to. I’ll adjust the recipe, thx.

  6. Tracey

    Any ideas how I could serve this all together in a punch bowl? Or bad idea?


    • Ashlee Marie

      you totally can, just figure out how much soda your adding so you can get the butterscotch sauce amt right. and keep a bowl of the topping on the side with a spoon so people can add their own.

  7. Amy Hall

    When you say mix the butterscotch syrup with a bit of the soda first, do you mean do this individually for each glass or for the whole 2 liter(s)? Individually sounds like kind of a pain but I didn’t know if storing it in the fridge for a day would work very well if I tried to mix it all up at once. Hoping to try it Christmas day as a surprise for everyone – we went to Universal Studios in September.


    • Ashlee Marie

      I do it for however much I’ll be pouring. If I’m just making a few glasses I’ll do that, if I’m serving a whole group I’ll do the full 2 liters. I always mix it up fresh, it doesn’t last long well.

  8. Mary

    I’m so excited to try this recipe with my niece tomorrow! Have you ever created an “adult” version of Butterbeer (with alcohol)?


    • Ashlee Marie

      no I don’t drink

  9. Carmen Lipski

    My best friend and I went to Universal recently and when I found your recipe for butterbeer it was like being back there – we both love it! My question is this: while we both love your recipe she is lactose intolerant. You said the version served in the park is dairy-free. She’s tried making it with almond milk but it still had a lot of dairy in the whipping creme (and its not as good). Do you have any recommendations on how to make a yummy, non-dairy version of this?


    • Ashlee Marie

      I have no clue how they make it diary free at the park! sorry!

  10. Dave

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    Hi Ashlee,

    My wife and I love the Butterbeer from Universal and I tried making it one other time from another recipe and the results weren’t great. Yesterday was her birthday so I wanted to give it another try. I found your recipe from Google and based on the reviews I decided to go with it. I’m so glad I did! It was pretty easy to make and more importantly it was delicious! It tasted just like I remember the Butterbeer from Universal. My wife and I both though it might even be better. If I could give it more than five stars I would.


    • Ashlee Marie

      YAY! I’m so glad you liked it as much as we do!!! And I agree, it’s just like at the park!

  11. Lauren

    How does the sauce do if you double or triple it?


    • Ashlee Marie

      it does great!

  12. Daniel Shiber

    Getting ready to try this while the Kiddos and I cant leave will let you know how it turns out


    • Ashlee Marie

      hope you and your kids love it as much as we do!

  13. Susan Wentker

    This is amazing. The whole family loved it!! We made this during the quarantine period and had to make a couple substitutions because lack of supplies but still turned out delicious! (agave nectar for corn syrup, and no marshmallow fluff so just added a little vanilla to make the whipped cream.) A super fun diversion from these quarantine days!! Thank you!


    • Ashlee Marie

      glad you were able to make it work with having to do substitutions! I adore this recipe, and I just made some last week too!!!

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