Vegan Butterbeer

This is an easy, boozy, vegan recipe with a very short list of ingredients. What Harry Potter celebration could possibly be complete without a jug of this warming, caramel-y goodness? I mean, Butterbeer’s probably caramel-y — this version is, anyway. I’ve been on the studio tour but I didn’t bother with the Butterbeer, presumably because I was too excited to sit still for more than 30 seconds, like a puppy given access to an unlimited number of shoes.

(Or like our cat whenever I walk into the kitchen, presumably due to the baseless assumption that he’s about to get fed some delicious cheddar*)

Can you make this without the alcohol? Absolutely! I don’t drink much anymore, which is a relief for my liver and various other sundry internal organs, but when you’re throwing a big ol’ Harry Potter bash, you kind of want to go all-out.

Which means vodka.

Vegan Butterbeer (Gluten-free)

Makes 1 litre
Preparation time: 15 minutes


Saucepan; whisk; wooden spoon; litre jug.


  • 5 heaped tbsp vegan spread
  • 5 heaped tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 heaped tbsp black treacle
  • 50-100ml good quality vodka
  • 800-900ml cream soda


This doesn’t really require steps, as such. First of all we’re making a sort of vegan caramel. Heat the sugar and vegan spread in the saucepan over a medium heat until combined, then leave it to heat through until it’s bubbling and starting to caramelise – about 5 minutes or so. Don’t stir it while this is happening, but you can swill it around the pan if it makes you feel like a more active participant. Once it’s darkened slightly, add the treacle and whisk to combine, taking it off the heat as soon as it’s incorporated. To your jug, add the vodka and enough cream soda to almost fill the jug, with enough space to add your caramel. Pour in the caramel, stirring with the wooden spoon to distribute it – IT WILL BUBBLE UP. Huzzah – you now have Butterbeer!


(You will end up with some weird sugary bubbles on top, as well as getting a layer of alcoholic sugar crystals once it all settles. This is very tasty, but it can be a bit of a bother to get out in the dishwasher, so a quick hand wash may be a good idea when you’re finished chugging it.)

So that’s it! My take on Butterbeer. Can’t have a wizardly bash without such a beverage, I do declare.



*I should probably stop actually feeding him delicious cheddar.** He often comes in when I’m cooking vegan food though? He screams at me until I show him the spinach I’m cooking – he always looks so wounded.

**Turns out I don’t need to feed him cheese, I just need to accidentally leave a chunk of it on the table. I found it the next morning by his bowl, covered in teeth marks. It was an extra mature vintage cheddar… He’s a menace, but at least he has good taste.

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