If you’ve ever visited Florida in the summer, you know how hot and miserable it can get. The morning hours can be pleasant, but once it heats up, it’s unbearable. For years, it seemed like Universal Orlando felt the same way. Hot Butterbeer would disappear from menus around The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the only way to get the drink was by waiting for the winter season. However, Universal Orlando has finally heard the prayers of many and hot Butterbeer is now available year-round in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley every day!
If you only visit during warmer times of the year, you may have never even tasted hot Butterbeer. Universal describes the drink as a smooth, hot beverage reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch served with a whipped topping. Shortbread and butterscotch is the flavor combo used to describe all of the Butterbeer varieties, but each has a unique and distinct taste. Personally, I’ve never been blown away by hot Butterbeer. I usually taste a shortbread cake flavor, but not an extreme amount of butterscotch like a lot of the other varieties.
If you asked me to rank the drink versions of Butterbeer, I’d say cold is my favorite, followed by frozen, and finally hot. I’m not even going to throw the ice cream, potted cream or fudge into the rankings… yet. Technically, hot should be the supreme version since it would be closest to the description in the source material, but I just ignore that fact. You can get a rundown of all the versions on Universal Orlando’s Official Blog.
Anyways, if you want to have hot Butterbeer now in August and September when the temperature feels like says “the sun” instead of the real temperature, have at it! I wake up and drink hot coffee every day of the year, so I want rain on your hot Butterbeer parade.