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What is Butterbeer?

Butterbeer (originally butterbeer) is a very popular drink among the teenage and adult characters of the Harry Potter books, invented by J.K. Rowling. How Rowling came up with Butterbeer is not known. Perhaps it is a kind of homage to J.R.R.Tolkien, whose host Buttercup (in the original butterbur = butterbur) serves Frodo and the others beers in the "Lord of the Rings". The exact composition of butterbeer is unknown, including whether it contains butterbur. All we know is that Butterbeer contains little alcohol and tastes like not quite as sweet butterscotch (see below). There are the wildest recipe suggestions on the Internet, which are of course just as fictitious. If you should come across a really delicious recipe, please send it to me!

Photos from: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Analysis of Butterbeer at Harry Potter

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Butterbeer was first mentioned in Book 3: Ron and Hermione are returning from their first visit to Hogsmeade on Halloween and tell Harry that they wanted to bring it back for him.

The first time Harry drank Butterbeer was in Volume 3, when he sneaked into Hogsmeade using an invisibility cloak and Marauder's map.

Butterbeer was drunk in books 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.

Unlike firewhiskey, underage wizards are allowed to drink butterbeer

The alcohol content is low, but it can be dangerous for beings who cannot tolerate as much, as was shown by Winky, the house-elf, who was constantly drunk with 6 bottles of Butterbeer a day:

(Chapter picture from the American edition Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Luna Lovegood also seems to be a Butterbeer fan, but in a fancy style, because she wears Butterbeer corks on a chain around her neck.

In book 3 the word occurs exactly 13 times, in book 4: 16 times, in book 5: 28 times in book 6: 8 times and in book 7: 7 times. Butterbeer is even mentioned twice in Quidditch. The more detailed list follows:

  • Book 3, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: in chapters 8, 10, 12, 13, 22
  • Book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: in chapters 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 28
  • Book 5, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: in chapters 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 18, 22, 26, 32
  • Book 6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: in chapters 12, 14, 15, 18, 19
  • Book 7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: in chapters 8, 10, 23

In the boar's head, a butter beer bottle costs 2 sickles.

Rowling's Comments on Butterbeer

When asked at World of Book Day 2004, "Will Winky ever recover?", JK Rowling replied, "Poor Winky ... she'll never be entirely cured of her Butterbeer addiction, I'm afraid. "(Poor Winky ... she will never be completely cured of her Butterbeer addiction, sorry!)

How is butterbeer made and what does it taste like? When asked about this by "Bon Appetit" magazine, JKR responded: "I made it up. I imagine it to taste a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch." Bon Appetit "magazine was asked, she replied: I made it up. I imagine that it tastes a bit like not-so-sweet" butterscotch ". -> Note:" butterscotch "is a kind of caramel that comes with Cream, butter and vanilla was made, and it probably tastes similar to Werther's Echte.

Cheerful things on the subject of butterbeer

Since Butterbeer is drunk hot in steaming mugs, one immediately thinks of the lukewarm Cervisia that Asterix and Obelix were offered "by the British" and thankfully refused. Maybe the British are tough because of the constant attacks by the Romans, Vikings, later by Elfric, the Evil One, then Grindelwald and now of course Voldemort? Obelix's comment on the matching dish, Boiled wild boar in a peppermint sauce, "The poor pig!", Also fits here: "The poor beer!"

Recipe suggestion (not meant very seriously !!!!, more serious suggestions see here)

Melt 50 g butter in a saucepan. Add 100 g sugar and 1 packet of vanilla sugar and let it caramelize while stirring constantly.

Since the British add water and milk everywhere: add 0.25 l of water and a dash of milk or cream and bring the whole thing to a simmer

Gradually add 0.33 l of beer, stirring constantly (always stir 7 times counterclockwise and 1 time clockwise in between ) until the smell of stale, stale beer has spread through the kitchen.

Pour the whole thing into a preheated mug. Spice it up with a little peppermint sauce if you like!

A possible letter from Fleur to Harry:

Dear Arryyy, can't you do something from this chic? Einö Flaschö of the Butterbeer, which so nicely 'att prieckelt in my bellyballs?

Tried and tested butterbeer recipes and other recipes

(You can send further recipe suggestions to me by, also with a photo, if you want)

Delicious pumpkin vegetable pan for 4 people NEW

  • Dice 1 Hokaido pumpkin (unpeeled) into bite-sized pieces
  • Fry the cubes with a little olive oil in the pan over medium heat and stir occasionally until the corners of the cubes are slightly blunt. (about 2 minutes)
  • Dice 1 onion and 1 clove of garlic and fry briefly with the pumpkin.
  • Add 1 level tablespoon of vegetable stock powder and fill up with water so that the pumpkin pieces are just covered.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of grated ginger (or, alternatively, a few dashes of lemon juice)
  • Let simmer for 8 minutes.
  • Finished.

Alcohol-free butter beer or "comforter" NEW

  • boil water
  • Fill a quarter of the desired number of cups / glasses with maple syrup
  • Fill glasses / cups with the hot water
  • If necessary, add a little lemon juice
  • stir and drink

(Many thanks to Cathérine Dressel)

A "delicious" butter beer in no time at all

Preparation time including preparation: <5 minutes

Ingredients for 2 cups:

  • 1 bottle of 0.5l malt beer
  • 2 to 4 heaped teaspoons (warm) butter
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 tips of cinnamon powder
  • 2 knives of ginger powder
  • 2 knives of coriander

1. Melt butter in a saucepan, add spices and sugar.
2. Brown the sugar while stirring constantly (caramelize), but do not let it get too hot / firm, otherwise the caramel will be bitter.
3. Deglaze with the malt beer and bring to the boil briefly. (Caution, foam up a lot!)
4. Serve hot.

If the whole thing is too complex and / or too sweet for you, you can leave out the sugar (and thus the caramelization) and just extinguish the browned butter with the spices.

Good succeed!

(Recipe from Dominik Wondrousch)

Butterbeer (based on an old recipe from the Middle Ages)

Bring one liter of milk to the boil and let it cool down slowly. Bring approx. 0.5 liters of beer (only mild beers, no Pilsener) with half a cinnamon stick or 4-5 cloves to the boil. Please note that the beer foams a lot when it is boiled and that a larger pot is therefore required. After the cooling phase, the still warm beer is carefully poured into the still warm milk. Don't pour the milk into the beer! Then check the taste and, if necessary, add more beer. The drink should not be made in muggy and thunderstorm weather, as the milk could thicken. If you want, you can sweeten something with honey. Butterbeer is more suitable for cooler days and is very sweaty.

(Recipe from Anett Friede)

The "real" Harry Potter Butterbeer

  • 0.5 l Pilsener,
  • 100g sugar,
  • 0.5 l milk,
  • 5-6 egg yolks (NOTE from Butterbier.de: Well, we would leave out the eggs because eggs in drinks make the whole thing too soggy if the liquid is not cold enough when added.)

Bring the beer and sugar to the boil and skim off the foam several times. Bring milk to a boil. (Whisk the egg yolks). Let the beer and milk cool down a little (then pour the beer into the egg yolk while stirring), then stir in the milk. Not only elves get drunk with it. Not just for Harry Potter fans.

(Recipe from Anett Friede)

Pumpkin juice

  • About 1/2 liter of pumpkin meat, e.g. peel the rest of a pumpkin carving, cut into small pieces and place in a tall container.
  • 1/2 liter apple juice,
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Add 1 glass of pineapple juice and use your wand witch small
  • Serve with ice cubes.

How is Butterbeer translated worldwide?

Translation / Translation



English / American





Cerveza de mantequilla














máslový ležák


piwo kremowe


Cerveja amanteigada



Honey oil



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