A wizarding world favorite, this “beer” recipe allows you to enjoy a cup full of butterscotchy goodness whenever you’d like, even if you aren’t at a wizarding bar.–Alana Al-Hatlani


You know, we were just going to suggest that. This is a pretty great recipe for young chefs to whip up for themselves…except for the hot butterscotch part. You can go ahead and make the sauce ahead of time (it’ll need to cool down anyway) and stash it in the fridge. Whenever your little wizards are craving a magical beverage after a hard day of getting up to no good, they can whip up a sweet treat. Stored in the fridge, in a closed jar, the sauce will last about 2 weeks.

An Irish coffee mug filled with butterscotch beer with foam on top and a drizzle of butterscotch sauce.

Butterscotch Beer

5 / 2 votes
Made with simple ingredients and not too much mess, these sweet and creamy lemon-lime drinks are sure to be a hit with everyone, kids and adults alike. No one can resist the combination of flavors and the foamy texture.
David Leite
Servings8 servings
Calories241 kcal
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time45 minutes


  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • Ice


  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter.
  • When the butter is melted, add brown sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
  • Cook mixture, stirring frequently, until the brown sugar is completely dissolved, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Whisk in the heavy whipping cream and continue to cook for 1 minute more.
  • Allow mixture to cool to room temperature, 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Fill 8 large glasses halfway with ice. When cool, divvy mixture between the glasses.
  • Slowly top with soda, be careful not to overfill, as the mixture will bubble and foam! Stir to blend and enjoy.
The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook

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Serving: 1 servingCalories: 241 kcalCarbohydrates: 36 gProtein: 1 gFat: 11 gSaturated Fat: 7 gMonounsaturated Fat: 3 gTrans Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 41 mgSodium: 317 mgSugar: 34 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2021 Alana Al-Hatlani. Photo © 2021 Alana Al-Hatlani. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

Butterscotch Beer--Samantha F.

This butterscotch beer is like key lime pie in a glass! This enchantingly sweet soda is rich and delicious and it has the world’s greatest mouthfeel. I tried this recipe with Spindrift Lime Seltzer, Trader Joe Sparkling Limeade, San Pellegrino Limonata, and Sprite. The tastiest versions were with the TJ’s Sparkling Limeade and the Limonata. The others didn’t add much besides bubbles.

I made a full batch but kept half of the syrup aside for other uses because a pint of the butterscotch is basically infinity servings of soda. Just a note, I wouldn’t let a kid make this unsupervised due to the danger of burns from the melting sugar.

Butterscotch Beer--April C.

In all honesty, I spied this recipe first on the list and looked no further. My daughter and I love Harry Potter and jumped at the chance to create this drink that has us dreaming about Hogsmeade. My children were thrilled to indulge in this sweet, delicious treat!

The recipe took very little time to create and the ingredients were those many will have on hand. The butterscotch made enough to fill half a cup for each glass (if using 4 beer mugs). I had enough butterscotch to drizzle over the top of each drink. The only alteration I would make is cutting down the salt (perhaps half a tsp instead of a whole tsp).

This butterscotch beer is a fun drink for adults and kids alike. It is easy to prepare and makes a nice treat for a hot day or a cozy time by the fire. The basic syrup really only took minutes to prepare and the longest part of the whole process was waiting 15 minutes for it to cool so we could make the drinks.

It was sweet but not as sweet as I thought it would be. I found tilting the glass a bit and pouring the soda along the side of the glass kept the foaming to a minimum. And by making the syrup ahead of time and keeping it in the fridge I can have it ready for grandkids and grandpas anytime.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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