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3 Steps to Butterbeer – A Homemade Holiday Treat


Words by Marga Buenaventura / Photos by Ina Jacobe

In the world of Harry Potter, butterbeer is served in cold bottles or hot in foaming tankards. The book describes it to taste a bit like butterscotch, which may explain why the kids at Hogwarts love it.

Here at The Start, we’ve come up with a butterbeer recipe that’s easy to recreate at home. With a bit of root beer and caramel syrup, our butterbeer tastes like magic on the tongue.

It’s a great holiday drink or Halloween beverage for kids after a long day of trick or treating. Definitely a liquid treat for wizards and wizard­wannabes all over. And they don’t even have to be sorted into Gryffindor or Slytherin to enjoy it.



1 Can of Rootbeer (can also be substituted with soda water and vanilla extract)

1 Tbsp. Caramel Syrup

Ice (a handful or two)

Whipped Cream 



  1. Pour your preferred can of rootbeer (The Start likes A&W) and the caramel syrup into a blender. Add the ice and pulse until smooth.


  1. Pour mix into mug and top with whipped cream.


  1. Drizzle caramel syrup on top of whipped cream for a sweet accent. Enjoy!




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