This easy DIY Butterbeer Vodka is a magical take on the DIY Moonshine trend that is sweeping Pinterest. It makes a great gift for a Harry Potter fan, or a sweet cocktail mix for a Harry Potter marathon!
Recently, my friend came over for a Harry Potter movie night and brought with her this DIY Butterbeer Moonshine.
Now, it’s not really moonshine. It’s a high-proof vodka with homemade flavorings which is a lot more fun to call moonshine, but you don’t have to worry about breaking any laws or setting up a bathroom still with this recipe!
Basically, you make a homemade butterscotch syrup and flavor high-proof vodka with it for a few days. My friend then combined it with apple cider and vanilla vodka which she found perfect – but since we just got back from Universal Studios, I knew that it needed a touch of cream soda so I added a splash when serving.
She used my trick for adding sparkly edible cake glitter to give this homemade butterbeer vodka a shimmery, luminescent quality that is perfect for a magical touch! Make sure to give your jar a shake before pouring to ensure every drink gets a bit of sparkle (as the glitter will settle over time).
Ingredients for Butterbeer Moonshine
- 4 cups high-proof vodka (IE, everclear)
- 2 cups Vanilla Vodka
- 2 teaspoons fresh Ginger ( 1/2 tsp. in each jar )
- 4oz Apple Cider
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp butter extract
- Gold edible cake glitter
- Clear cream soda, for serving (I used Fanta)
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How to Make Butterbeer Moonshine
Combine water and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
When cool, add in butter extract.
Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until use.
Divide your fresh ginger, apple cider and buttered brown sugar syrup among your 4 mason jars.
Add 1 cup Everclear and 1/2 cup vodka to each mason jar.
Close and seal the lids then shake the jars vigorously for a minute.
Place the jars in a cool dark place for a week or two (maximum 30 days or the jar can explode).
Shake them at least once or twice a day.
When ready to enjoy or distill, strain the liquid through a cheese cloth and remove the ginger.
Stir in 1-2 vials of gold edible cake glitter, depending on preference.
Serve with clear cream soda (like Fanta) and enjoy!
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What do you think of this homemade flavored vodka trend? Have you tried any recipes for yourself?