A while back I had the amazing chance to take part in a Beverage Making class through my college for my degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Now in this class did we in fact actually make beverages? No, but I did learn a lot of cool information on how alcohol and other beverages are such an important part of not just running a restaurant, but also making a meal more enjoyable. For our final, the jist of it was to basically write something about beverages. Simple right? I enjoyed working on this final so much that I decided I didn't want to just show this too my teacher, I wanted to share it with other people as well.

Me being the nerd I am my first thought for this project was to automatically do something involving Butterbeer, the famous drink that we have all wanted to try from Harry Potter.

According to J.K. Rowling she said that when she wrote about this beverage in the book she pictured it tasting “A little bit like less-sickly butterscotch”. You can try and get "the real thing" at one of the Universal Studios parks in the U.S.A . I have actually tasted it before at the Universal Studios Parks in Florida and can admit it is quite a delicious but also a sugary overload.

However, since not all of us can afford a trip to Florida or LA, many recipes have instead been made on trying to recreate this fictional drink. All with something different about them. With that, I scoured the internet and decided to try and make three versions of this drink all with different recipes: Cold, Hot, and Boozy.

Four opinion’s is better than one, so for this experience I hired along three other people to taste these recipes with me and get their honest opinions. Instead of giving out their names I will actually instead identify them by their Hogwarts House: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

Cold Butterbeer (this is the closest one that tastes like the one in the parks)

Overall Thoughts:

  • The butterscotch froth was the best part
  • The drink was sweet, but overly sweet
  • Spoons needed to be used to swirl the ingredients and get the best flavor combination you could get.

Specific Thoughts:

Gryffindor: “No Aroma”

Hufflepuff: “Great cream soda but no butterscotch taste”

Ravenclaw: “Kind of like a root beer float”

Slytherin: “Could be a little bit colder”

Hot Butterbeer

Overall Thoughts:

  • Strange maple oatmeal-like aroma
  • Stronger butterscotch flavor
  • Not at all “hot” with the inclusion of the soda
  • Better than the first one

Specific Thoughts:

Gryffindor: “If there was no carbonation from the soda it would be perfect”

Hufflepuff: “Perfect for drinking in small quantities”

Ravenclaw: “Has a smoother flavor than the first”

Slytherin: “Very creamy with the froth blended”

Boozy Butterbeer (Must only be consumed by witches and wizards 21 years or older)

Overall Thoughts:

  • The best one out of the three.
  • Very creamy and butterscotchy.
  • No hint of actual alcohol in there and a very light aroma.

Specific Thoughts:

Gryffindor: “Leaves a sweet mouthfeel aftertaste”

Hufflepuff: “Very dangerous!”

Ravenclaw: “Still too sweet for me”

Slytherin: “Tastes like a butterscotch creamsicle”

Overall Thoughts

  • Clearly the boozy butterbeer was everyone’s favorite.

  • After comparing these three recipes to the actual one in Universal Studios though, I can say that the two are like comparing apples to oranges.
  • Still I think every Harry Potter fan should try an experiment like this to taste that sweet and butterscotchy drink that you just know you have always wanted to try.