Butterbeer first made its official debut at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks, but there's one problem: the topping is made with traces of whey, which is a by-product of dairy. Due to a contract between Warner Bros. and Universal Studios, the butterbeer at the theme parks is only allowed to be served with the topping included (and a precise amount of it, at that). We're hopeful that this rule will change in the future.
Butterbeer on draft is also available at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden, UK and at Harry Potter New York's Butterbeer Bar. At these locations, the drink can be ordered without the dairy topping, making it vegan-friendly! Bottled butterbeer is also available at these locations and online. However, the taste is vastly different from the draft version. It has much more of a ginger flavor, while the draft version is officially described as being "reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread cookies."
Every ingredient in our recipe is vegan, from the butterscotch mixture to the cream on top. We think everyone should be able to enjoy this magical beverage regardless of their dietary needs and choices. There is also no alcohol in our recipe (nor in the butterbeer sold at the theme parks, experiences, and stores around the world), but we won't judge you if you want to add your own additional ingredients.
We've tested this recipe with the self-proclaimed "butterbeer experts" on our staff and adjusted our original recipe to create this new and improved version!
Short on time? Simply pour cream soda into a glass and top with vegan whipped cream for a quick version that's still incredibly satisfying and similar to the official drink!
Cheers! Be sure to let us know what you think of this delectable drink in the comments.
Written by Valerie Short
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