6 Kinds of Butterbeer at Universal, Where To Find Them

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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, along with the sounds and the smells and, yes, the tastes of the Harry Potter world. 


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Does Universal Studios have Butterbeer?

Here’s the good news: Yes, you can buy Butterbeer at Universal Studios. 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. Before Orlando, it was a fictional drink. They created a drink to match Rowling’s vision, where we once only read about our favorite characters like Harry, Ron and Hermione sipping on it in the Three Broomsticks. Incorporating it into the park is also a massive part of falling into the right frame of mind to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

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You can find Butterbeer in both sections of the Harry Potter Universe (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

What does Butterbeer taste like?

It’s creamy and sweet and unlike anything we Muggles traditionally consume. To me, it can taste a bit like sweeter eggnog minus all the eggs. Butterbeer is a popular choice for many witches and wizards.

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Enjoy a Butterbeer with your Harry Potter breakfast. Pictured: The Pancake Breakfast at Three Broomsticks with bacon, sausage and a croissant (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

What is Butterbeer made of in Universal?

The basic recipe is heavy whipping cream and cream soda. There’s cinnamon and nutmeg, butterscotch and softened butter. If you’re trying to follow along at home and looking for a Butterbeer recipe, you can start with a basic cream soda. But if you want to get fancy, you can add some heavy cream, butterscotch or sugar to make it more authentic. In the park, you can get it served hot or cold. But I strongly suggest a cold beverage over a hot one 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. 

Where can I buy Butterbeer at Universal?

You can get the cold or frozen versions of Butterbeer at places like The Leaky Cauldron, The Hopping Pot and the Fountain of Fair Fortune in Diagon Alley. It’s also available near the entrance of the park at the Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head and at a pair of street carts 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, who is, of course, the author of the Harry Potter books. She approved, and so, the rest is history. Therefore as far as huge Harry Potter fans are concerned, it’s the real thing.

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A cold Butterbeer can be refreshing on a hot day (photo by Morgan Overholt/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. Let’s break down the different types that are available and also where to get them:

1. Cold Butterbeer

This is one of the most common types. It comes with a layer of thick whipped cream foam. You can find it at places like the Leaky Cauldron, the Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley. In Hogsmeade, you’ll find it in Butterbeer street carts and the Three Broomsticks. Also, as a side note, you can request it without the whipped cream if you’re looking for a more vegan-friendly option. However, always talk to a host about dietary preferences or restrictions.

2. Hot Butterbeer

The hot version is available at the Leaky Cauldron and The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley. You can also find it in Hog’s Head and street carts in Hogsmeade.

3. Frozen Butterbeer

Frozen Butterbeer, which is a bit like a Butterbeer slushie, can be found at the Leaky Cauldron, The Fountain of Fair Fortune and The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley. It’s also available at street carts and the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade.

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The Butterbeer ice cream in a waffle cone is kid-approved (photo by John Gullion/HeyOrlando.com)

4. Butterbeer Ice Cream

Butterbeer ice cream, also in a soft serve, is quite good. You can get one of these delicious desserts at the Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlor in Diagon Alley. It’s also at the Three Broomsticks.

5. Butterbeer Fudge

The Butterbeer Fudge is available at Honeydukes and Sugarplum’s Sweet Shop.

6. Butterbeer Potted Cream

The Butterbeer Potted Cream, which is a Butterbeer custard, is available at the Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley or the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade.

Is the Butterbeer at Universal good?

I think it’s good if you appreciate sweet drinks. Cold Butterbeer tastes a little bit like a buttery-rich cream soda. Honestly, it hits the spot on a hot day. Hot Butterbeer is like almost hot chocolate with a butterscotch flavor and maybe a hint of vanilla. Both versions, now available year-round, are very sweet. My grandmother would have called them rich. 

Can you get Butterbeer at CityWalk Orlando?

Nope. If you want to find some Butterbeer, you’ll have to enter the Wizarding World in either of the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.

Do they sell bottled Butterbeer at Universal?

Not really. Though some unofficial brands are 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. 

Is Butterbeer alcoholic at Universal?

No, it’s alcohol-free. It contains no beer.

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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)

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

Not directly, no, there is no official alcoholic Butterbeer. However, 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 some 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. But I suppose they are afraid of someone getting confused and getting a bunch of 12-year-olds loose. Also, be forewarned that the concoction won’t come cheap.

Harry Potter wands for sale
If it’s your second time visiting, return with your wand (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

What else can you do in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

Universal Orlando is broken up into two parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The Universal Orlando side has Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride. It also has the Leaky Cauldron, Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour and The Hopping Pot.

The Islands of Adventure side has attractions like the popular roller coaster Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride (inside the Hogwarts castle) and Flight of the Hippogriff. Additionally, for dining, it has the Three Broomsticks, Hog’s Head and more. It also has the Owl Post. You can shop for iconic souvenirs, like an interactive wand from Ollivanders Wand Shop on either side. Additionally, you can also access the Hogwarts Express from either park. But remember that you need a park-to-park ticket to ride it.

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

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John Gullion

John Gullion, Managing Editor at the Citizen Tribune, is a freelance contributor for TheSmokies.com LLC – the parent company of TheSmokies.com and HeyOrlando.com.

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