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Harry Potter Fans, Get Your Butterbeer Fix at Starbucks!

Having read all 7 books, I could pretty much say I grew up with Harry Potter. It didn’t really bother me that I just borrowed all the books from my classmates and never really owned a single copy until I finally got into college. What frustrated me the most is the fact that there are a lot of magical food in Harry Potter I could never get a taste of in real life, and one of them is Butterbeer!

Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

There’s no way I can rub elbows with witches and wizards at Hogsmeade while downing a glass of authentic Butterbeer, and the same thing goes to my chances of heading to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando to get a knockoff version of the drink any time soon. But I’ve recently discovered a secret that would finally put my Butterbeer cravings to rest! Baristas from Starbucks cracked the code to a perfectly yummy Butterbeer. It’s a secret recipe and they don’t have it on their menu, but they will be more than willing to whip it up for you if you just give them this recipe. Take note that this is only available during the holiday season because of the toffee nut syrup, so you still have time! πŸ™‚


Starbucks Butterbeer Recipe

  • Order a Creme Frappuccino – base (no adjustments on the fat so you’d get the right consistency)
  • Add 3 pumps of caramel syrup
  • Add 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup
  • Top with caramel drizzle.
    The sides of the frappuccino should also have caramel all over it to resemble the Butterbeer (see photo).

You canΒ download and print the Butterbeer recipe below:

Butterbeer Recipe

Good thing my sister and I were planning to go out when I discovered this, so we decided to drop by at a Starbucks branch at the Podium to give their take on Butterbeer a try. I initially wanted to write down the recipe on a slightly scorched piece of parchment paper like the ones we used to make when we were in school, but I was too damn lazy and the recipe ended up on a crumpled piece of tissue. πŸ˜€ I had no idea what to say to the cashier, so I just handed her the Butterbeer recipe. She studied it for a while and, with a smile, said that she can prepare it for us. Awesome! We paid Php 170Β (Grande but you can order any size you want) and waited a few minutes, all the while wishing that Dobby, the elf, would come and hand the drink to me. πŸ˜›

Starbucks Butterbeer recipe

We’ve been standing at the claiming area the whole time, so when they called my name to hand me the drink, I was already there all giddy with excitement. The Butterbeer Frappuccino resembled their Caramel Cream Frappuccino. Technically, they’re the same. It’s the toffee nut syrup that is only available during Christmas season that made all the difference.

Our Butterbeer from Starbucks

It leans a bit on the sweet side, but my sister and I took turns in saying what its flavor reminded us of. I said it tasted like the Butter Ball candy from when we were younger, while she clearly tasted notes of wintermelon tea and dulce de leche. But one thing is for sure – it was exactly how I imagined Butterbeer would taste like when I read about it in the Harry Potter series. Now I’ve got something else to order at Starbucks other than my usual Strawberries and Cream! πŸ™‚

Harry Potter inspired Butterbeer from Starbucks

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Kenneth is the chef in the family (he studied Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Art in GCHA). He's responsible for most of the more complicated recipes featured here, and loves preparing pastries and desserts. Aside from being a chef, he's also a Registered Nurse and Midwife. His love for cooking led him to pursue a culinary career.



  • Gryffindor Potterhead :)

    Is this available in the Philippines?

  • Mona V

    I’ve always been curious on what this drink tasted like. Will head for Starbucks when I have the time. Thanks for sharing the recipe! πŸ™‚

  • Janine

    Hi definitely looking forward to trying this!! I wonder if this would count as a ‘holiday drink’ for the planner sticker thingy. πŸ™‚ Btw, I just discovered your blog now, and I’m super hooked already!! πŸ˜€ Oh and if you get to try any other secret Starbucks recipe I hope you’d do a review about them too!! Thankssss!

  • Odelia

    Saw this a few days ago at Entertainment Weekly as well. Good find. Thanks

  • Abbey

    Is the recipe for tall or grande?

    • Hi, Abbey!

      You can order this in whatever size you prefer. We paid Php 170 for a Grande Butterbeer. πŸ™‚

  • Echo

    I tried it early in the morning during my shift @ work. I followed your recipe, put it on a notepad and gave it to the barista… For 190Php Grande with 1 star for starbucks card and 1 sticker for the planner – its all worth it. it reminds me of vanilla frappucino. Luscious! πŸ˜‰

    • Echo

      Oh i forgot – thanks for the recipe certified foodies. Good job!

    • Oh, you paid Php 190. Ours had no caramel drizzle on top, which is why, I guess, ours was Php 20 cheaper. Glad you enjoyed it! And true – creamy and luscious! πŸ™‚

  • Will definitely go to Starbucks later and try that…mukhang sarap eh… Have u tried the pistacchio mix already? The bomb too (“,)

    • We haven’t tried that yet. Thanks for the tip! πŸ™‚

      And yes, masarap sya! Lasang Christmas, if that makes sense… πŸ˜€

  • tsuoshiro

    Yay!I would really love to try that! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • No prob! We love sharing yummy news like this! πŸ˜‰