Hot Simple Butterbeer




Winter is coming. It is the perfect time to breakout all the hot beverages. I have always loved hot drinks and hot soups on cold nights, warms you right up. I am Harry Potter fan and I thought now would be the time to give butterbeer a try. There are tons of recipes out there for hot butterbeer online so I took the main ingredients I could see from those and tried to make my own. I made three bad batches before I came to this recipe. This final recipe laid out in the guide here tastes like a creamy butterscotch in your mouth. If you like it please vote. There is plenty of room here to put your own spin on it, but here at least you have the basics laid out. Butterbeer making is definitely a topic I am going to revisit this winter.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients and Tools

First step of any cooking project is to gather up all the ingredients and culinary tools you will need. There is nothing worst than to start cooking something and having to toss it because you are missing something.


-1 Teaspoon Sweetened Condensed Milk

-1 Teaspoon Butterscotch Topping

-2 Tablespoons Whipped Butter

-1 Cup Cream Soda

-1 Cup 2% Milk (whole, 1% and skim can be used instead but I recommend using at least 1% for taste)

Culinary Equipment:

-Medium Saucepan

-Can Opener


-Mixing Spoon

-Measuring Spoons

-Measuring Cup

-Stove Top Burner

-An Awesome Mug

Cooking Stats:

-Total Time = 7 to 10 minutes

Step 2: Melt the Butter

Measure out and add 2 tablespoons of whipped butter to your saucepan. Turn on your burner on low heat. Continue onto the next step. The butter will melt pretty fast.

Step 3: Add the Sweet Stuff

Retrieve a can opener and open up the sweetened condensed milk. Measure and add the 1 teaspoon of condensed milk to the saucepan. Then measure and add the 1 teaspoon of butterscotch topping to the saucepan.


In my other batches I used a lot more sweetened condensed milk and butterscotch topping. First batch I used a 1/4 cup of each and the second batch I used a tablespoon of each. Both resulted in the butterbeer being way to sweet. I think a teaspoon of each is plenty sweet enough but if you find that it is not up to your sweet tooth then simply add more of both the sweetened condensed milk and butterscotch topping. It is much easier to add more to your butterbeer than to take away.

Step 4: Pour in the Liquids

Get out your measuring cup. Measure and pour in the 1 cup of cream soda into the saucepan. Next grab the mixing spoon and combine the contents of the saucepan. Then measure and pour in the 1 cup of milk. Retrieve the mixing spoon again and combine the contents of the pan. Continue to heat you mixture and stir occasionally until its beverage temperature hot, when it starts to steam. Do not boil your brew. Then turn off your burner and get your awesome mug out.

Step 5: Optional Adult Beverage Step

If you are of legal drinking age then this may be a step you want to take advantage of to give your drink a little extra something to warm you up.

Add 1 shot of dark rum to your mixture and stir it in. I had success with Baileys as well if you prefer.


I also tried a batch with a winter beer. I think the hotness ruined it. I thought the winter flavoring of the beer would work well with the warm butterscotch but it did not taste very good. However, I think there is potential here for a cold butterbeer with beer instructructable that I may come back to in the near future.

Step 6: Pour and Drink Up

Taste test you concoction with the mixing spoon. If it tastes too sweet then add more milk or if it tastes not sweet enough then add more butterscotch and condensed milk. If it tastes perfect then great you have almost finished just get your mug and pour away.

Note if it starts to separate later while you are drinking take a spoon and just mix it back up.

Congratulations, you have made a butterbeer inspired drink and without the use of magic no less. Feel free to experiment on this recipe, I hope I have laid out the building blocks well for you. Now pop in a Harry Potter movie or open up one of the books. Drink and enjoy your brew.

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    4 years ago

    didn't quite follow the measurements (blame the sweet tooth!) and it turned out beautiful!

    1 reply

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi all thanks, live in Belgium/Europe,

    Cream soda , as per your explanation, is not sold here.

    I know Coca Cola tried to sell vanilla flavor coke here, but wasn't a succes.

    So if i would use any sweat soda , and add vanilla, i basically have it?

    The combination of al those ingredients seems so weird that i want to try it.

    6 replies

    if you take a can of regular root beer and add some heavy whipping cream (I prefer about 5 tablespspoons but thats just me) to it it tastes like it.


    I bet you can definitely get away with root beer instead of vanilla cream soda. It is still going to taste good, but probably a little different since the root beer is the base.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    "The combination of al those ingredients seems so weird that i want to try it."

    LOL! Thanks for that!


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I have had two different type of "Cream Soda" in my life. One I consider the original is a vanilla inspired root beer. The newer, more popular cream soda is pink and tastes like bubble gum.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I was a fan of the caramel-colored vanilla flavored kind as a kid, but never cared for the pink stuff. I am now more fond by far of the clear varieties such as those made by Faygo and Jones.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I made this tonight, but tripled the recipe. I used the same exact measures, and it tasted a little "weak" so I added another teaspoon of caramel and another two tablespoons of the sweetened condensed milk (not all at once - I added and tasted and added and tasted) It was still a little plain so I added apple pie spice and blam! What an awesome drink - once it heated up, right before boiling it started to foam, so I poured and the whole family liked it. My son added a candy cane to his to stir and the peppermint flavor was good too. Thank you for the recipe! Now on to pumpkin juice?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    If you are melting the butter, it does not have to be whipped. It can be regular old 'sweet cream' butter. Unsalted would most likely be best. And you won't have to use as much, since it won't have a lot of air whipped into it. So maybe one tablespoon instead of two.

    (also you can make your own whipped butter pretty easily. Just saying!)

    1 reply

    wonder if you could mix up a batch of sweet stuff to keep in the fridge. Then just heat up the milk and add the 'concentrate' to individual taste.

    oh, and why Whipped butter instead of just a cut off the block?

    1 reply

    I think there is a taste difference but you can also use cut off the block as well no problem. It is still going to taste good.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Important to note that you're using sweetened condensed milk, not unsweetened or more commonly called "evaporated milk".

    1 reply

    4 years ago on Introduction

    If anyone's interested, I plugged the recipe into an online nutritional info calculator just for fun. It's probably unlikely that these numbers are anything close to the actual nutritional content, but it's nice to have a ballpark estimate in mind I suppose.

    Calories 441.9

    Total Fat 19.4 g

    Saturated Fat 3.3 g

    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g

    Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g

    Cholesterol 61.7 mg

    Sodium 205.1 mg

    Potassium 454.2 mg

    Total Carbohydrate 54.7 mg

    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g

    Sugars 48.1 g

    Protein 10.3 g

    1 reply

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Ah! If that doesn't say "delicious" I can't imagine what would! :-)

    (But a steady diet of Butterbeer might be a bad idea.)

    Well, its interesting, i will give ya that! All i will say is this.........the words BUTTER and BEER should, apart from in works of magical fiction never be put together! lol..

    i IMPLORE you NOT to try this next bit that you wrote...

    "I think there is potential here for a cold butterbeer with beer instructructable that I may come back to in the near future." From Beer Lovers everywhere, I implore you.....NO!