What is it? What does
Butterbeer taste like?
A review of Butterbeer from
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
by Laurel Smith, Roadtrip Mom
What is it?
Butterbeer -- It's what
wizards drink! Universal Orlando's
"Islands of Adventure" theme park is where you can visit the Wizarding
World of Harry Potter. Here is where you get to savor a favorite wizard
drink! Butterbeer is a favorite treat of Harry and his friends. It
was also a favorite treat of my family during our visit to the Wizarding
World. We drank gallons of it during our 2-1/2 day visit to Universal's
theme parks. You can't get it anywhere else, so don't miss it while
What does Butter Beer
is a non-alcoholic butterscotch flavored creme soda drink (like a root
beer) with a whipped cream frothy top. It slightly resembles a root beer
float. It has two parts -- soda and whip cream topping. The
soda is basically a regular creme soda, very tasty and not too sweet.
The topping which is added after it is poured, is a butterscotch flavored
Butterbeer comes frozen or
regular. Both were delicious, although we seemed to prefer the regular
butterbeer over the frozen treat.
At first it seems like they
only add a small amount of the whipped cream topping, but after a minute
or two, the bubbles from your soda float up and inflate your topping, making
it up to an inch thick! Delectable when it is all over your upper
Do Adults like it?
have to be honest and say that I did not expect to like it as much as I
did. It was much better! I thought it would be far too sweet
tasting, but it was just right. The only really sweet part is the butterscotch
whip cream topping which is delicious in small doses (like the way I enjoy
frosting on a cake). The soda part is just the right sweetness,
and nothing beats the fun feeling of having that creamy foam all over your
upper lip when you drink it. MMmmmm. I was delightfully surprised
with how much I liked it.
Our entire family gave it
THUMBS UP with no question. We drank it every chance we got.
They also sell it in a cool souvenir cup.
Secret Magical Butterbeer
We learned this from a staff
member at the park who "warned us" not to use a straw. If you insert
a straw into the drink, it will start bubbling up like magic! The
straw causes the carbon dioxide to expand rapidly in the drink. If
you leave the straw in, it will bubble up to the point it may flow over
the sides of your cup. Messy, but fun. I didn't believe it would work either,
but it really did. The mess part is exactly why they don't give out
straws with the regular butterbeer when they serve this drink. We did get
straws with our frozen version, but the frozen butterbeer didn't have the
same magical quality as the regular.
Don't Wait in Line at
When you first enter the
Wizarding World of Harry Potter, on of the first things you see is the
big cart in the middle of the street selling butterbeer. Naturally
it has a very long line in front of it. Instead, go into the Hog's
Head Pub using rear entrance from the patio. For some reason, most people
don't even notice that entrance. It's just to the right of the Three Broomsticks
restaurant. Go into the back patio and enter from the rear. The line at
the pub for butterbeer is very short, and there is the added advantage
of being able to order a real English beer (Ale) while you're at the pub
Wizards also drink Pumpkin
Our family visited Universal
during Thanksgiving, so we certainly didn't pass up the opportunity too
taste the pumpkin juice as well. While the butterbeer got four thumbs up,
the pumpkin juice was 3 to 1 against it. My son seemed to like it,
but the rest of us were not pleased (see photo below). Pumpkin juice
is made mostly of apple juice with some pureed bits of pumpkin in it, along
with a little pumpkin spice (cinnamon and nutmeg would be my guess).
You can see the small bits floating around. It definitely had a pumpkin
flavor to it, but just didn't seem to go with the apple juice. Oh
well, I guess they can't all be home runs.
Butterbeer vs Pumpkin
We loved Butterbeer!!
Pumpkin juice -- not so much
(FYI, my daughter is wearing
a paper Pilgrim hat in these photos that we made while waiting to get into
the park on Thanksgiving Day)
Recipe for home-made butterbeer
Butterbeer is not hard to
make at home if you have the right ingredients. However, there are many
recipes to choose from and none of them seem to be exactly what we had
at the park. Apparently the best place to drink butter beer is at Hogsmeade.
Here are the top
ten butterbeer recipes if you want an easy-to-make version, but none
of these seemed to quite do it for us. I did finally find a recipe
on MyBakingdom that is supposedly approved by JK Rowling. It is definitely
Before you Go - Get a
can't possibly get all the good tricks and tips from a few articles online.
You need a complete guidebook. I highly recommend the Unofficial
Guide to Walt Disney World & Universal which includes a brand
new complete section for the Universal theme parks including The
Wizarding World of Harry Potter which is part of Universal Islands of Adventure.
favorite part of this book is the touring plans that help you map your
route through the park to make the most of it. This book was invaluable
to me and my family prior and during our visit to Universal's Theme parks
as well as the Disney resorts.
go drink butterbeer with the wizards! Enjoy! Cheers!!!
And, before you go,
be sure to check out my personal TIPS
For visiting Universal Orlando Theme Parks! We hope you enjoy
it as much as my family did.
--Laurel (Road Trip Mom)
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