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
- 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 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, 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?