Recipe for Hot Butterbeer from Harry Potter
September 29, 2021
Hot butterbeer as "Felix Felices" potion

Recipe for Hot Butterbeer from Harry Potter

Any recipe for hot butterbeer is a friend of mine! I haven't even had the chance to try the real deal at the Wizarding World, YET. But after falling in love with the frozen butterbeer and regular frosty butterbeer while visiting Universal Studios last summer, I figured I'd love the hot stuff too!

So, after trying half a dozen different recipes, most of them too sweet for my family, we created a great new recipe for hot butterbeer that I think you'll love just as much as we do!

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Simple Hot Butterbeer Ingredients

Ingredients for hot butterbeer recipe

You may notice the oat milk in the photo. That was a mistake. This is the dairy version but I did also try oat milk, and almond milk and will give you the subs for a dairy free hot butterbeer recipe as well. {We've had our share of butterbeer lately!}

  • Milk of choice
    • My family loved the regular 2% milk version
    • I opted for the oat milk version {I still want to try coconut milk}
    • But the lowest calorie/carb version is the almond milk
  • Butter – or dairy free substitute {there are SO many options now}
    • I used coconut butter with a little extra salt for my dairy free recipe
  • Butterscotch Instant Jello Pudding mix
    • This hot butterbeer recipe with butterscotch pudding is WAY better than butterscotch syrup versions. Mostly because the pudding makes it super creamy as it thickens. Allowing you to use lighter milk fat without sacrificing texture.
  • Spices: Vanilla, Ginger, and Cinnamon
  • Whipped Cream topping – or dairy free substitute
    • I love making coconut whipped cream. You can also stir in a little butterscotch syrup for an extra dose of yum!
  • Butterscotch syrup for topping {Optional – it's sweet enough without it but looks really fun}

All of the other recipes for hot butterbeer we researched call for brown sugar but it's not necessary when using the pudding mix. The drink is perfectly sweet and creamy without it. But if you've got a sweet tooth, you can definitely add some in.

For a Felix Felices “Liquid Luck” version also add:

Recipe for Hot Butterbeer Instructions

How to make hot butterbeer? It's a VERY simple recipe to make. Just warm up your milk and stir everything in. The longer you let it simmer the thicker it'll become. If it's too thick for you, simply add a little more milk.

Steps to make hot butterbeer

Step 1: Warm your milk and butter until melted. Then add your soda and stir well.

Step 2: Add the pudding mix and whisk to remove any lumps. Once fully incorporated stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger.

Optional Step 3: Felix Felices luck potion – add yellow dye and gold sparkle powder.

Why Try the Felix Felices Potion?

Felix Felices Liquid Luck glass mug

Why not try Felix Felices!? We could all use a little more luck in our lives I think. Although as Ron Weasley proved in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince {6th book} with his incredible quidditch skills, sometimes we make our own luck. And that's just what I decided to do!

We received a set of etched “Felix Felicis – Liquid Luck” mugs for Christmas from a fellow Harry Potter fan and this seemed just the occasion to try them out! The glass etching is so cool I'll definitely have to share a tutorial later on how you can do it too.

Serve Your Hot Butterbeer

Hot butterbeer as "Felix Felices" potion

Now that the potion is brewed, your recipe for hot butterbeer made, it's time to serve it up and enjoy. Top with whipped cream and butterscotch topping if desired.

Plus – how cool are these mugs!? I really love them. {Thanks Amy!}

Gold sprinkled hot butterbeer for Harry Potter Halloween

Then add a little extra luck with gold sprinkles on top. This Felix Felices would actually be a fabulous St. Patrick's Day drink as well!

Enjoy a Very Lucky Party with your Butterbeer

Hot butterbeer in mug with whipped cream

Whether you are serving up your hot butterbeer for halloween, a birthday party or just a chilly night, it's the perfect answer for just about everything! This magical liquid may or may not bring you good luck, but it will definitely delight your tastebuds for the evening.

Hot butterbeer and pumpkin pasties

And don't forget to whip up a batch of pumpkin pasties while you're making your recipe for hot butterbeer! They're a match made in wizarding heaven.

If you try this hot butterbeer recipe or host a Harry Potter Halloween party, I'd love to hear about it in the comments below. And if you share photos, I want to see it too! Please tag us @partieswithacause on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We love celebrating all your hard work! 


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Hot butterbeer recipe by Salt Lake Party Stylist

Hot Butterbeer

A skinnier recipe for a warm butterscotch beverage inspired by Harry Potter
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Harry Potter, Hot Drink, Non-Alcoholic, Wizarding World
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 147kcal


  • Medium Sauce Pan
  • Whisk


For the Hot Butterbeer

  • 1 cup 2% Milk Sub Milk Alternative for Dairy Free – Oat Milk Recommended
  • 3/4 cup Cream Soda
  • 1 Tb Salted Butter Sub Butter Alternative for Dairy Free – Coconut Butter Recommended
  • 2 Tb Butterscotch Instant Pudding Mix Dry
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • Sprinkle Ground Ginger
  • Sprinkle Ground Cinnamon

For a Felix Felices Potion

  • 1/4" line Yellow Food Coloring Gel
  • 1/4 tsp Gold Edible ultra fine glitter

For the Topping

  • To taste Whipped Cream Sub Whipped Cream Alternative for Dairy Free – Coconut Whipped Cream Recommended
  • To taste Butterscotch Syrup
  • Gold Sprinkles for Felix Felices topping


  • Warm your milk and butter until melted. Then add your soda and stir well.
  • Add the pudding mix and whisk to remove any lumps. Once fully incorporated stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger.
  • OPTIONAL: for Felix Felices golden "luck" potion – add yellow food coloring and food grade shimmer powder
  • Serve in mugs and top with whipped cream and butterscotch syrup

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