A small glass pitcher filled with homemade butterscotch sauce.

Butterscotch Recipe & Homemade Butterbeer

This butterscotch recipe allows you to make both butterscotch sauce and a rich homemade butterbeer – perfect for a Harry Potter party!

A small glass pitcher filled with homemade butterscotch sauce.
Butterscotch Recipe & Homemade Butterbeer

This butterscotch recipe allows you to make both butterscotch sauce and a rich homemade butterbeer – perfect for a Harry Potter party! This is so rich and perfectly decadent – the great nod to Hogsmead’s favorite brew.

A small glass pitcher filled with homemade butterscotch sauce from my butterscotch recipe.

This post first appeared on October 16, 2011, as part of the Simple Sundays series. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen!

Harry Potter Love

The wizarding world of Harry Potter has been near and dear to my heart for about a decade, which, come to think of it, is as long as my own children have been present in my life. Those long, late nights of pregnancy insomnia when I was expecting my daughter were less lonely with my friends Harry, Ron, and Hermione. And those subsequent hours of nursing would be spent sneaking in chapters about spells, potions, and butterbeer. For my two little ones, they don’t even know of a life without Hogwarts.

As they have grown older, their own love for J.K. Rowling’s brilliant imagination has deepened. It started with me reading to them. And this past year, my daughter devoured the entire series, novel after hefty novel. If you were to come to my house, seeing two blurs running about in wizarding robes and wands would not be a surprise.

Griffindor Birthday Party

For my son’s 6th birthday party, he wanted to celebrate with a few close buds with a pretend sleepover in the Gryffindor Common Room. I immersed myself in last-minute planning. And it was so rewarding to brainstorm with my children on how to transform our house for the evening.

Collage of images from a Harry Potter themed party to go with the butterbeer and butterscotch sauce.

The children were greeted by the Fat Lady at the front door, gaining entrance to the “Common Room” by the evening’s password: pig snout. My daughter made the perfect prefect and escorted the boys to work on their Spell books. Their book of spells had some coloring pages to keep them occupied as guests arrived.

I donned my witch’s hat for a fizzy class on potions. My little wizards hunted for Hagrid’s magical creatures. And of course, there was a Feast in the Grand Hall, decorated in Gryffindor’s colors. Owls delivered notes of thanks to the guests. And our little wizards used their Galleons from Gringott’s Bank to purchase sweets from Honeydukes on their way out of our magical world.

A glass bottle of homemade butterbeer.

Butterscotch Recipe

One of the must-tries for us was Butterbeer, and I was excited to find simple recipes that transform cream sodas into Hogsmead’s favorite brew. I searched for a good quality Butterscotch Sauce or Syrup. But it was hard to find any available in the stores without corn syrup. It was time to make my own.

Homemade Butterbeer

I found Deb Perelman’s butterscotch recipe on Smitten Kitchen to be a delightfully easy method, although I wanted to see how it would turn out with evaporated milk in lieu of heavy cream. I loved the result and found that it made for a very rich Butterbeer. There was no way my kids or I could drink a small glass of homemade butterbeer – let alone an entire bottle. But it was the magical transformation that made it all the more fun.

Butterbeer Recipe and Printable Labels can be found at Serendipity Soiree.

A glass tiered tower of white and chocolate cupcakes topped with Harry Potter themed signs.

Cupcake Options for a Birthday Party

Roasted Berry Cupcakes
Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Coconut Toffee Cupcakes

Butterscotch Recipe & Homemade Butterbeer

This recipe makes about 3/4 cup of butterscotch and 1 bottle of butterbeer (which can adequately serve 2-3 – it’s very rich)!
Course Beverages, Condiments, Dessert
Cuisine English
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 337kcal


Homemade Butterscotch Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed dark or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract plus more to taste


  • 1 bottle of cream soda I used Jone’s Cream Soda
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Butterscotch Sauce


Butterscotch Sauce:

  • Melt the butter in a heavy gauge small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, evaporated milk and salt, whisking well.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil, and let it bubble for about 5 minutes whisking periodically. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.
  • Taking care not to burn yourself, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and vanilla to your preference.
  • This sauce thickens as it cools and can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to reheat it in the microwave before use.


  • Combine cream soda with warm butterscotch sauce. Return to bottle if desired.
  • I prefer the beverage to be warm, because the butter content tended to solidify when cooled. While this is already a very rich drink, you may wish to garnish with whipped cream.


Butterscotch Sauce adapted ever so slightly from Smitten Kitchen. The original recipe calls for heavy cream, and I was pleased to find that evaporated milk substitutes quite nicely.


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 252mg | Potassium: 186mg | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 568IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Recipe Rating

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  1. caroline

    i didn’t like this butterbeer recipe beacuse it was clumpy, and it was so gross.

  2. Norma

    What a great idea for my granddaughter who is a HP follower and a baker. Thanks for this post.

  3. Julia

    I’m the only person on Earth who isn’t into Harry Potter. But anything with the words ‘beer’ and ‘butter’ in the same sentence, I’ll try :) Great sauce recipe!

  4. Jacqui

    How adorable! Love love love Harry Potter, and I’ll definitely be rereading them with my kids, when I have kids, that is. :) Happy birthday to your little wizard!

  5. Elyse @The Cultural Dish

    OMG! This is the best birthday! I want this for mine… lol. I am such a harry potter fan as well and still cannot believe that the books and movies are over. I literally grew up with those books! I love the butterbeer so much. I had also made a couple different butterbeer recipes to try and find the perfect one! Oh, and I need to get my hands on those cupcake wrappers! :)

  6. carolineadobo

    Belated birthday wishes to your little boy! A Harry Potter-themed party is a fun idea. My boys love Harry Potter and been wanting to try butterbeer, thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. kankana

    OMG! I am this huge fan of harry Porter and I have no clue now many times I have seen the movie :)
    Butterscoth is my husband’s fav sauce and I have always wanted to try making it at home. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe !

  8. Alan Cooke

    Looks delicious! Never been into Harry Potter, but I’m a sucker when it comes to Butterscotch…lol Thanks for sharing :)

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