This recipe for Hot Vegan Butterbeer tastes just how you’ve pictured the most beloved drink in the Harry Potter Universe! With notes of warming spices and creamy butterscotch, it is also easily made into a spiked cocktail that is perfect for a cool evening.
Butterbeer is a drink featured prominently in the Harry Potter universe, a popular series of books (and films). Butterbeer can be served hot or cold and is enjoyed by all ages in the series. It was first mentioned in the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Students who attend Hogwarts School will often purchase it on visits to Hogsmeade Village, at establishments like the Leaky Cauldron.
Yes, butterbeer has a very slight alcoholic content in the series, but really not enough to impact humans. House elves (like Winky), however, can easily get get intoxicated while drinking it. Butterbeer can be made with or without alcohol.
In the wizarding world, it is described as having a “less-sickly butterscotch flavor.” It is available for purchase at Harry Potter theme parks as well.
It is possible that it draws inspiration from Buttered Beer, a beverage featured in A Good Huswifes Handmaide from the year 1594. During the Tudor period, this drink was made from beer, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, cloves and butter.
Ingredients to Make Vegan Butterbeer
- 1-2 TBS vegan butter, such as Miyokos
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/2 cup nondairy milk, such as almond or coconut, divided
- 1 tp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 TBS lemon juice
- Optional shot of vodka or creme soda
Some Tips to Perfect This Recipe
If you’d like a foamier final product, you may use a blender or steamer to whip some of the milk. The recipe will instruct where to do that, if you’d so choose. Vegan milk does not foam very easily but this can lend a bit of an airier quality to the final product.
Vodka is the best alcohol if you’d like to spike this recipe, and butterscotch schnapps would also be a nice (albeit sweeter) option if you have it on hand. I have also added light rum but this has a bit more of a “kick” to it, so keep that in mind.
For an alcohol-free version, use a high quality creme soda (like Boylan’s) to top if off.
I recommend that you make this recipe right before serving (instead of ahead). Nondairy milk can separate one it’s been heated and cooled, so the best texture is guaranteed right after mixing.