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By Andrew Sims (@sims) at 10:30 am, October 22, 2013 | Reviewed by Lexxie Ehrenkaufer

Sometimes you get the urge for a Butterbeer, but when you’re not near Wizarding World Orlando or the Harry Potter Studio Tour, what do you do?

A Starbucks hack lets you turn your nearest Barista into a bartender somewhere within the Wizarding World (minus the booze). To order a Butterbeer at Starbucks, the magic recipe: Regular Crème Frappuccino plus three pumps of caramel syrup, three pumps of toffee nut syrup, and a caramel drizzle on top.

This is not an official Starbucks drink, but as they do with all orders, the popular coffee chain will make you whatever you want so long as they have the ingredients.

One Starbucks Barista made the Butterbeer hack her store’s featured frappuccino:


And here’s a look at the final product. Mmm, butterbeer.


Source: Tumblr.

FoodBeast describes the drink as a “festive fall alternative to all the Pumpkin Spice.” In the Wizarding World the drink costs two sickles (about £0.60), but this drink is going to cost you three to four times that at Starbucks.

The only official Butterbeer recipe is kept under wraps at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter and England’s Harry Potter Studio Tour. Naturally the real Butterbeer will be available at the Hollywood and Japanese Wizarding Worlds when they open in the next couple years. The formula to create the official drink was personally selected by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling after Universal presented her with several versions of the treat.

In the books by Rowling, Butterbeer is slightly alcoholic. It can affect house elves more than it does humans. The version shared in the Muggle world – whether at Starbucks or at a Harry Potter attraction – has zero alcohol in it. It made a brief appearance in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie as well, and Hermione appears a bit tipsy from having one.

  • Emily Bryan

    I’ve done many different Butterbeer orders with Starbucks. I can’t remember if I’ve tried this one, so I will soon. I usually just get a caramel frapp with a shot or two of toffee nut & hazelnut (plus it’s easy to remember for me). Yum <3

  • Hugo Weasley

    The Wizarding world butterbeers are way to sweet, after I finished mine I almost puked.

    • Bridget

      It’s funny that you finished it anyway…

      • ImperfectPepper

        Harry Potter fans go great lengths for their fandom…

      • Hugo Weasley

        Im a poor Weasley ;(

    • lankapal

      Same with the one at the Studio Tour – I couldn’t even finish it and it was like 3 pounds to buy!

  • Ben

    Tastes good but confused the heck out of the people taking my order haha

    • Diego Hernandez

      Same here it was like they couldnt read what the other wrote on the cup

  • AshQuill

    I ordered this last week but had it warm (milk steamer). Mmmm! :)

  • Albusedesu

    I work at a Starbucks and like to experiment with drinks like this all the time! I like to get a tall (small) milk steamer (extra hot) in a Venti cup (Large) with 2 pumps Caramel, 2 pumps Toffee Nut and 1 pump Hazelnut then I get a San Pellegrino bottle and add it to the steamer. The result is a very warm (and fizzy) drink that is how I imagined a butterbeer to taste and feel while reading the books =)

    • Hugo Weasley

      I imagined a very fizzy buttery tasting cola. Sort of like a root beer…

      • xoxoKellyLee

        The ones at WWHP do kind of taste like that. I thought it tasted like cream soda with a toffee whipped cream on top.

    • Daughter of Eve

      I just tried this and while I enjoyed the frothiness, the S. Pellegrino mixed with the milk an odd taste. I think it’s a taste preference. I will try this article’s recipe next. Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

  • PotterFan1029

    Hermione gettin turnt up

  • Angie

    Old news, they had this years ago. I ordered one a couple years back, it was good.

  • ImperfectPepper

    Anyone else kind of embarrassed to order anything really complicated at Starbucks?

    • Ellie

      I’m afraid to stray from my normal order in case I pronounce it wrong.

    • Amir

      Just show them this article!

    • Rosalie David

      Me! But I really do want to try this so I’m conflicted….

    • Chris

      They really tell you all you have to say in this article. :)
      “I’d like a (Size) Syrup creme frappuccino with 3 pumps caramel, 3 pumps toffee nut, and caramel drizzle on top.”
      Do NOT be embarrassed to order this! This is actually relatively simple.
      A lot simpler than other drinks we get..really. As long as you tell us what’s in the beverage, we can totally make it! :)

    • Cassie Nova

      I ordered it a few weeks ago after Christmas in a Grande size, Its a Creme Frappe with 3 (or more if youd like to get that extra zing) pumps of Caramel and toffee nut with caramel drizzle on top. Having never had a real butterbeer before, its delicious all the same!

    • ni johns

      i thought it was just me i be like mocha frapp every time

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    I’ve never gotten anything from Starbucks. I generally don’t like coffee type drinks. This sounds good though, but I’d be embarrassed to go in there and order this because its so confusing haha.

    • lankapal

      I almost never get coffee there – vanilla bean fraps have no coffee and are a nice sweet treat, but definitely going to try this butterbeer frap!

    • Rhi

      Trust me, speaking as a barista? This is not confusing at all, it’s actually SUPER simple! Go ahead and order it, no one will hate you. (: Honestly, it’s no more complicated than the drinks we make that are ON the menu.

  • Andres

    Just went to starbucks for this. My opinion? Great, yet not fizzy. Will be getting this again but i didnt feel the whole butterbeer vibe like the one i got officially at the wizarding world :).

  • Daughter of Eve

    I am heading out the door now to try this out.

  • Colin

    This is kind of nothing at all like the drink at Wizarding World though…

  • James

    Read this article this morning and made my way to my local Starbucks this afternoon. I went through the drive through, told them the recipe, and picked it up at the window with no problems.

    However, while I consider my to have a fairly giant sweet tooth, this thing was WAY too sweet. Not really sure how to cut down on the sweetness factor since every ingredient seems necessary for the end result to taste “correct”. Perhaps just less of the respective syrups?

  • http://codeforconfession.com/ Kristen L.

    I’m definitely going to try this! My sister has and says it’s amazing.

    There is also a bottled version of Butterbeer by the brand Reed’s called Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer. You can find them in select local grocery stores. A bit too sweet but super delicious!

    • lankapal

      I have a feeling this isn’t available in the states :(

      • http://codeforconfession.com/ Kristen L.

        I live in Michigan. Just happened to come across it one day. :)

        • Stephen Marks

          I live in michigan as well. Where can i find this Bottled drink?

          • http://codeforconfession.com/ Kristen L.

            Tom’s. Definitely try it!

          • Stephen Marks

            unfortunatly, no such place in my area. i will have to do some searching. you are up by TC?

          • http://codeforconfession.com/ Kristen L.


  • Diego Hernandez

    Save your money i tried it today and all it is, is a carmel frap with creamer it tastes very little like butterbeer

  • Leska

    I tried to show this one to the barista. I said I want a personalized drink but she didn’t finish reading and asked me what’s the name of the drink. We just said butterbeer and she automatically knew. She just prepared a creme frap with toffee nut as an add-on with caramel drizzle on top. Yum

  • http://www.sugar-n-spiceandeverythingnice.com/ sugarnspiceLily

    I had the hot latte version with my lunch today and I’m so glad I did! All I had to do was hand the cashier my phone with the recipe. She wrote it on the cup and they made it. I had soy in mine, with decaf espresso (optional). She said the espresso would tamper down the sweetness of the soy. :)

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