Harry Potter’s Butterbeer

What better way to start October than with butterbeer? We all know we wanted it when we read the famous series and even more when we saw it on the screen. It’s amazing how the books of Harry Potter influenced the world. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Quidditch in the Olympics someday.

Some colleges and high schools already have a Quidditch team they call “Muggle Quidditch” and a World Cup event for the college teams to compete as well. It seems pretty ridiculous (“Riddikulus!” Sorry, I had to say it) at first when you watch them run around with sticks between their legs. In the end, it looks pretty fun and makes you want to try it out for yourself. I was really tempted to start one at UT Arlington but since I’m about to graduate, I’ll let someone else have the honor.

Not a very consistent look for butterbeer from the film to the Universal Studio’s Hogwarts theme park for reference but as long as it’s good who’s to complain?

Dish: Butterbeer

I used this for “The Pirates! Ham Nite” post and decided it deserved a post all on its own. It was foamier but depleted by the time I got to taking pictures (T-T). Nevertheless, it was still delicious! There are a ton of different recipes for this sweet treat online. Here’s the one I used from yummyplants.com that was meant to be vegan but I changed it to non-vegan:


Yield: Two glasses

1 cup (8 oz) cream soda
½ cup (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
½ tablespoon butter


1. Place butterscotch and vegan butter into a 16 oz glass. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until syrup is bubbly and vegan butter is completely mixed in.

2. Stir for 30 seconds and allow to cool. Slowly mix in club soda. Be careful. The mixture will fizz quite a bit.

3. Serve in two mugs or glasses.

Yup, there’s really butter in it and not too shabby. A few drops of yellow food coloring helped give this recipe more of a golden glow. It’s pretty heavy so it could easily be four little servings for the family. If you want to make it alcoholic, try replacing cream soda with pumpkin apple juice and ginger beer.  The beer helps to give it more fuzz in more ways than one. Try it out and serve it for your Harry Potter marathon or Halloween party!

Side Note:

I’m really looking forward to reading J.K. Rowling’s new book, “The Casual Vacancy”. What’s funny is even if the book doesn’t turn out successful, J.K. Rowling still doesn’t lose because everyone still bought the book. I’m sure it will be fine though and love how she geared it towards the young adults who grew up reading “Harry Potter”. I think the problem might be the hopes that it’s like another “Harry Potter” book because a lot of us didn’t want it to end. I’m going to try to read it without thinking it’s by J.K. Rowling and see it as it is.