Butterbeer at Universal: What is Butterbeer made of?

When Universal Studios decided to transport a mythical English magic school from the Harry Potter series to the searing heat of Universal Studios Florida, proper immersion was an issue. 

How could they give a guest the feeling of being transported to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when they were – to put it bluntly – sweating significant pieces of their anatomies off? 

They had to get the look right and the sounds and the smells and, yes, the tastes of the Harry Potter world. 

Does Universal Studios have Butterbeer?

Here’s the good news: Yes, you can buy Butterbeer at Universal Studios.

But don’t get too excited. They didn’t get anybody feeling loose – or not officially anyway. We’ll get to that.

They recreated the signature sweet treat from Hogsmeade and made it available to the sweating, pungent masses in Central Florida. 

But, that’s not quite right. They didn’t recreate it. Prior to Orlando, it was a fictional drink.

They created a drink to match Rowling’s vision and it’s a massive part of falling to the right frame of mind to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

A kiosk to get butterbeer at Universal Studios
You can also find this tasty drink at designated Butterbeer street carts and kiosks around the Harry Potter Wizarding World inside Universal Orlando Resort (photo by Paul Montenegro Stock/shutterstock.com)

What does Butterbeer tastes like?

Butterbeer is a popular drink for the wizarding community. 

It’s creamy and sweet and unlike anything we Muggles traditionally consume.

It puts me in mind of sweeter eggnog minus all the eggs.

Cold butterbeer tastes a little bit like a buttery-rich cream soda and really hits the spot on a hot day. Hot butterbeer is like almost hot chocolate with a butterscotch flavor.

Both versions, now available year-round, are very sweet. My grandmother would call them rich. 

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What is the Universal Butterbeer made of?

What’s in Butterbeer? 

The basic recipe is heavy whipping cream and cream soda. There’s cinnamon and nutmeg, butterscotch and softened butter. 

You can get it served cold or hot in the park, but I strongly suggest a cold beverage over a hot drink unless you happen to be in Florida in a chilly winter month or are the kind of person, like my late father-in-law, who orders coffee with every meal. 

There’s also a frozen version, but it’s basically a slushie at that point.

The Fountain of Fair Fortune Butterbeer in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley at Universal Studios
You can get cold or frozen versions of Butterbeer at the Fountain of Fair Fortune in Diagon Alley at Universal (photo by Viaval Tours/shutterstock.com)

Where can I buy Butterbeer at Universal?

You can get the cold or frozen versions of Butterbeer at The Leaky Cauldron, The Hopping Pot and the Fountain of Fair Fortune in Diagon Alley.

It’s also available at the Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head and at a pair of street carts in Hogsmeade.

The hot version isn’t as readily available with two locations in each half of the world: The Leaky Cauldron and the Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley and the Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade. 

Whatever they put in the stuff, it’s official. During the creation process, they flew to Scotland and made a batch for J.K. Rowling herself – author of the Harry Potter books. She approved, and the rest is history.

So as far as huge Harry Potter fans are concerned, it’s the real thing.

Do they sell bottled Butterbeer at Universal?

Can I get some for the road? 

Not really. Though there are some unofficial brands selling a similar product online, the American parks don’t have bottled Butterbeer to go. If you want the official stuff, you can go online and place the order. 

Butterbeer (right) inside Universal
Butterbeer is available in the Leaky Cauldron (at Universal Studios) and Hog’s Head pub (at Universal’s Islands of Adventure), where they also serve adult beverages (photo by Alaina O’Neal/HeyOrlando.com)

Do they sell different kinds of Butterbeer in the park? 

Yes, there are a variety of Butterbeer concoctions in various forms available throughout the park.

There’s also a butterbeer ice cream that’s quite good. And a Butterbeer fudge and clotted cream – your mileage may vary.

The fudge is available at Honeydukes and Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop while the soft-serve ice cream is at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlor.

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Is there alcohol in Butterbeer?

Can I get an adult version of Butterbeer in the park? 

Not directly, no, there is no official alcoholic Butterbeer.

But they sell Butterbeer in the Leaky Cauldron and the Hog’s Head pub. They also sell adult beverages in both of those establishments. 

I think you’re seeing where I’m going with this.

Unofficially, you can order your Butterbeer and a shot of fire whiskey – which will be served to you in two separate cups. Combine the two and you’ve got something wonderful, my friend. 

A warning, Universal officially keeps their Butterbeer non-alcoholic. In the early days of the Wizarding World, they would tell you not to mix the unofficial concoction at the counter while they were watching.

Why? I’m not sure. I suppose they were afraid of someone getting confused and getting a bunch of 12-year-olds loose. 

Also, be forewarned that the concoction won’t come cheap, running upwards of nearly $20. That’s a pretty stiff price for what amounts to a Harry Potter boilermaker. 

Are you a fan of Butterbeer? Let us know in the comments!

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