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How to Order a Harry Potter Butterbeer at Starbucks

How to Order Harry Potter’s Butterbeer at Starbucks

November 12, 2013

How to Order a Harry Potter Butterbeer at Starbucks

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’re going to love this:

You can now order a Harry Potter Butterbeer (frappuccino or latte) from Starbucks.

Will they have it listed publicly? No, but on the site Starbucks Secret Menu, (how do we all not know about this??) they list all the ways to make favorite, unheard of, drinks. This includes a Butterbeer as a Frappuccino, or a Latte.

Go in and order one today. You need to tell them the ingredients for the butterbeer to be made – they won’t know how to make a butterbeer otherwise. If it seems too sweet, do what I did and only do 2 pumps for the grande latte instead of 3. Add caramel drizzle for a pretty top!

Here’s the recipe (for a grande):

Cold Butterbeer: (Frappaccino)

  • A Creme Frappuccino base. Don’t skimp on the fat by asking for skim or 2% milk as whole milk is required for the right consistency.
  • Add 3 pumps of caramel syrup
  • Add 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup.
  • Top with caramel drizzle

Hot Butterbeer: (Latte)

  • Whole milk steamer
  • Add Caramel syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Add Toffee nut syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Add Cinnamon Dolce syrup (2 for tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
  • Whipped cream and salted caramel bits on top
  • Optional if you prefer to add a coffee taste: Add a shot of espresso (2 for a grande or venti)


Recipe via Starbucks Secret Menu


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  • Megan Mouzon

    September 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Also, the customer would have to buy their own cream soda, then you just ring up the extra flavors along with it. It does get expensive and usually they don't use up all the cream soda, so we just give what's left back to them.

  • Megan Mouzon

    September 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Also, the customer would have to actually by the Cream Soda, then we just ring up the add flavors because it can get expensive.

  • Megan Mouzon

    September 26, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    We've experimented at our Starbucks making hot Butterbeer. The real way to do it is by steaming cream soda, adding toffee nut, cinnamon dolce and caramel, then topping with whipped cream. No milk required. It's exactly like the Butterbeer at Harry Potter World in Universal. Since we're a Barnes and Noble cafe that sells Starbucks, I don't know if the regular Starbucks cafes sell cream soda though…. but it is definitely worth a try, it's delicious!

  • Amy Trowbridge

    July 2, 2014 at 4:24 am

    As a barista: Just come in the store (preferably not from 7:30a-11a!) and explain you don't know much about it all, and I am sure they will be more than happy to explain anything for you! I know I always understand and don't mind answering any questions customers might have. I recommend sticking to the menu, especially at first! A lot of these "secret menu" drinks aren't even that great. As for the foam, it's just the result of steaming (basically boiling) hot milk for your drink! It's really not that important, but some people really like it. It doesn't really have much of a taste though.
    Anyways, hope this makes you feel more at ease!

  • Kris

    March 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Great! Now I’ve learned that Starbucks has a secret menu! That’s dangerous!

  • Cassie Nova

    January 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    yes you could, just google butterbeer recipe at home and everything you need is there for you to enjoy 🙂

  • Keri

    December 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    All these comments are so awesome. I love the encouraging comments! I made homemade “butterbeer” for my son and I last night for dessert. Was so yummy. Melted butter in a saucepan and added brown sugar, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Brought to a boil until it was frothy then poured in a mug. SUPER delicious! 🙂 Will have to try this at my local Starbucks – no such thing as too sweet! LOL 😉

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  • Sarah Aleisa

    December 2, 2013 at 6:23 am

    it costs between 4 and 5 bucks, i ordered one the other day.

  • Stephen Harris

    December 2, 2013 at 4:57 am

    My Bux charged ME for a Salted Caramel Mocha and it was no problem…

  • Jessica Mikulik

    November 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    It is absolutely sweet-tooth heaven, I guarantee. (Proudly holds up the mug that came with it)

  • Hope Lunsford

    November 23, 2013 at 1:16 am

    ikr! the butter beer at Universal is amazing!

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  • Kayla

    November 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    So, fyi, if you’re in Orlando, and even if you just read the recipe rather than naming it, they’ll recognize it and tell you they can’t make it due to licensing issues. I kust visited the park on Sunday and saw a friend share this on Facebook yesterday, but I lrobably won’t be able to try it until I get home!

    1. Stephen Harris

      December 1, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      They can add whatever syrup flavors you tell them to. YOU are the paying customer. They cater to you. As long as THEY aren’t calling it a Butterbeer, there is no copyright infringement.

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  • Elisa Malin S

    November 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    could I make this at home? in germany starbucks is only in the bigger cities 🙁

  • Jessi Jetter

    November 20, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    You popped up all over my feed with this post and I'm like "Hey! That's my awesome friend Diana!" You're famous. I LOVE coffee and have quite the addiction but I avoid Starbucks because I feel so coffee stupid when I go there! I don't feel smart enough to order at Starbucks with all their fancy drinks and pumps and lattes with foam (what is foam and why is it so important?). See what I mean? lol

  • Leah Barth

    November 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Sounds ridiculously sweet!

    1. Mary

      November 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

      It actually wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would be, but also not really what the “official” butterbeer tastes like.

  • Vandillyann

    November 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    As a 4 year barista, I can promise you we won’t get upset at your ordering a complicated drink. That’s what we look forward to. Most of us have degrees anyway: why not challenge us? Here’s what does aggrivate the people in the green: not knowing your recipe and holding up a line/drive-thru. We weren’t ever taught any of these drinks, but we have our own (Liquid Cocaine would bring a cadaver back). Please don’t get offended if we don’t know how to make a Red Velvet latte (still don’t know how!), Twix, or Butterbeer. We’ll try as hard as we can to make it right, but we aren’t much help without a recipe.

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  • EM Schmidt

    November 17, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    So I tried this. It was good but clearly this person had never had the butter beer from the wizarding world at Universal. It wasn't as cookie tasting at that is.

  • Shannon Flowers

    November 17, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    that sounds literally amazing! thank you for sharing, I would never had known.

  • Casey Miles

    November 17, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Should always be priced the same just taxes are different.

    1. Mary

      November 16, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      Not necessarily. I have noticed many times that different Starbucks locations have different prices. A friend of mine that lives a couple hours from me gets the exact same drink I do for about 50 cents less *before* taxes. More touristy places have tended to be more expensive (i.e. the Disney locations).

      1. Thecoffeeqween

        November 17, 2013 at 12:41 am

        Prices are set according to the cost of living. Each market can vary. Then licensed stores can charge more (airports, grocery stores etc) but company owned stores all run off the same computer system so how you are charged should be the same but of course we can always over ride that too.

  • Mary

    November 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I ordered the frappuccino/cold version today. It was good, had a slight butterscotch taste to it (which is what the Wizarding Wold butterbeer flavor is), but it is heavy on the nut flavor, obviously due to the toffee nut syrup, so I am not sure what led the original creator of this recipe (as it has gone viral) to call it butterbeer. Definitely a very distinct flavor difference from the Wizarding World Rowling-approved recipe. I am tempted to try it again but with one more pump of caramel and one less pump of toffee nut to see if that will make a difference. I haven’t had the hot version yet, so I can’t comment about that one.

    1. Thecoffeeqween

      November 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Right now we have caramel brûlée sauce- I wonder how it would taste if you add a pump of that…

      1. Mary

        November 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm

        Oh I might try that! I would probably still do one less toffee nut pump just because the nut flavor was too much for what the “official” butterbeer actually tastes like, but I’ll replace it with caramel brûlée instead and hope that gets it closer. Thanks! 🙂

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    November 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Our Local Baristas are Wonderful and very friendly,,I used to go in and read off a text from my daughter of how to order a drink she got for me,,,LOL but now I often go in and ask what do they recommend. Its almost like talking to your hairdresser now, they say what kind of stuff have you tried, what would you like to try, have you ever had,then they say something they like, or mention an adventurous mix they just tried and BAM–I’m hooked.

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    November 15, 2013 at 4:13 am

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  • Connie Iona Bear Engelhart

    November 15, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Where do you find the "secret menu"?

  • Karen

    November 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Lol. I use the squeeze butterscotch ice cream topping and add it to cream soda for kids butterbeer…..(substitute the topping for butterscotch liquor for an adult version).

  • Tyra Schalles

    November 14, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Can you say sugar haha. Sounds yummy, but mighty sweet!

  • Brett Weasley

    November 14, 2013 at 3:21 am


  • Brett Weasley

    November 14, 2013 at 3:18 am

    How do you do it?

  • Charlie

    November 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Has anybody tried this? I’m afraid it would give me a stomach ache from being too sweet. Does anybody think it is too sweet?

    1. Ryan B.

      November 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      If you think it would be too sweet try the cold one as a grande with 2 pumps of each instead of 3, and the hot one try a grande with one less pump of cinnamon dolce.

      The normal flavored drinks at starbucks usually have 2 pumps of each flavor for tall, 3 pumps of each for grande, and 4 pumps each for venti, but I agree with you and think it might be a tad too sweet, so would get 2 each for a cold grande butterbeer personally. 🙂

      Also remember the popular flavors (vanilla, caramel, etc.) also come in sugar free version, and depending on your location, there might be more sugar free flavors. 🙂

      1. Stephen Harris

        December 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

        Since they are sugar free, what are they using to make it sweet?? Sucralose/splenda? Aspartame/some other cancer causing chemical?

        Go for the SUGAR, so your body can digest it!

  • Michelle Hill

    November 14, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I want to try that!

  • Amy Stetzl

    November 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Well I just took the plunge and it is great. Came to $3.41 for a grande in Canada. The baristas were very friendly and the elderly lady behind me laughed a little when I mentioned butterbeer. Much better than the unlicensed sodas but I haven’t had anything licensed yet so I can’t compare it to that.

  • Kassy Merdzan

    November 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Original drink (cream frapp or steamer) + syrup + syrup (+ another syrup if it's the hot version) + extras (whipped cream, caramel drizzle, etc.)

    ….it would really depend on the person ringing you up, and how they decided to enter it in the system. It could end up pretty pricey.

    1. Ryan B.

      November 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      No, Starbucks actually will only ring up one fixed price for syrup pumps. You could get 1 pump of caramel, or 20 pumps of caramel and 20 of vanilla and it would be the same price. If they charge you extra ask for a manager. Although this only applies to Starbucks owned Starbucks, not the ones you see in Target and Ingles and other grocery stores. Those are on a different system and will charge differently.

      The cold one would ring up Creme Frap + syrup + caramel drizzle.

      The hot one would ring up Milk Steamer + syrup + whipped cream + salted caramel topping + espresso (optional).

      Hope this helps. 🙂

  • Tia Waldork McFarlane

    November 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    hahahaha, no!

  • Jenn Gross

    November 13, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Tia Waldork McFarlane did you know about this???

  • Dallas Dale Gramiak

    November 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I ordered the hot one today! Pretty yummy, but I think I may be diabetic now…lol

    1. elise

      December 20, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Even if you’re disbetic, you should still be able to drink it. Are you type one or two? I’m type one and am totally going to try it anyway. A note of caution: when trying something new, taste it first if you take insulin based on carbs.

  • Brandy Fortune

    November 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I've had it, and the one at universal is so yummy cold!

  • tra720

    November 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Why is the Cinnamon Dolce in the cold recipe?

  • Jen

    November 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    sounds yummy

  • Leilani

    November 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I discovered a “Secret Menu” today and OMG!!!!!!!!! I totally ran to the nearest Starbucks and ordered it. The barista had never heard of it but I gave him a printed copy. He made it and I was in heaven!! Like it was AMAZING! I also loved that he was cool with making it and I gave him a pep talk about how I have all of these random secret drinks I will be asking him to make from now on. Don’t be scared to order it! Just make sure you take the recipe with you.

  • Sonia Harris

    November 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    But how would the staffer know how to ring you up?

    1. Diana

      November 13, 2013 at 10:02 am

      You take the recipe in and tell them what you’d like. I just did it with no problems at all.

      1. Sonia Harris

        November 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

        Oh, ok! Thanks. I meant to confirm that it were even possible to ring up a customized drink that is NOT on the menu? So basically it’s “completely” customized, right? 😀

        1. Diana

          November 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

          Right! But they have a button for each thing – so as I said it they just confirmed and added. It was actually simple – and I’m a total worrier about saying things wrong or having them tell me no! 🙂

  • Brittany Schobel

    November 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    This would only work at your local Starbucks where they know you and wouldn't charge you for all those shots of syrup haha

    1. Thecoffeeqween

      November 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

      You only get charged for syrup once. You will be charged separately for the caramel drizzle however

      1. Diana

        November 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

        I adore how you’re my blog barista. You are so awesome. Thanks for responding to these!! Xoxo

        1. Thecoffeeqween

          November 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

          I’m so happy to do it!!

      2. NHBarista

        November 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

        Like someone else said before, the charging depends on the Barista ringing (which it shouldn’t) and the location. At my location, anything more than normal would get charged. If you order a tall steamed milk and add this syrup and add that syrup, you get charged as a steamed milk+syrup+syrup or a vanilla steamer (syrup substitute)+syrup.

        1. Thecoffeeqween

          November 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

          Actually our computer program automatically does the charging and part of that is one charge for syrup. Whether you get 1 pump or 20 one type or six. The caramel sauce (the thick stuff is a different charge as well) if they charge you for several syrups I have no clue how they are doing it. Remember this is company owned stores I am talking about. Target and grocery stores etc are licensed stores and do not run off Starbucks computer systems. To order a hot order a syrup creme with caramel add the toffee nuts pumps and ask for drizzle and caramel brûlée topping. If getting the frappuccino it’s a syrup creme frappuccino with caramel then your add ins. If they give you any problems you can contact me and I will reach out. I have no problem doing that. I think it’s fun that y’all are so excited and it makes our job fun too!

        2. Thecoffeeqween

          November 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm

          Just wanted to clarify you will be charged for one extra syrup but the cinnamon dolce won’t be a charge.

  • Richard E. Rae

    November 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    My question would be how it compares to the "official," Rowling-approved Butterbeer recipe sold at the Universal park.

  • Kitty Pryde

    November 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I'm gonna drink this and practice my Patronus Charm and study how to make the perfect Felix Felicis Potion

  • Carole-Marie Unger

    November 13, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Poopie pants!!!

  • Matthew Nichiporuk

    November 12, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    To clarify, the “Starbucks secret menu” is not an official Starbucks site. Your local baristas have not been holding out on you all this time, though the drinks described have always been available. “That makes no sense!” you are surely thinking. Here’s the thing: Starbucks has been built around the idea of unlimited customization for years; however, the concept seems to go above most peoples’ heads, and hence the idea of a ‘secret menu’ seems to fill in the gap for these fine folks. Every barista has been trained to respond to a customer asking for a steamed milk with 2 pumps caramel, 2 pumps toffee nut and 2 pumps cinnamon dolce, but few, if any, will know what to do if you ask for a butter beer. Just a helpful tip.

  • Anonymous

    November 13, 2013 at 3:21 am


  • Kate Moyer

    November 13, 2013 at 2:11 am

    As a Starbucks barista, I have never heard of this drink. That being said, write down the recipe and any barista will be happy to make it for you! (Same goes for any "Secret Menu" drink. Most baristas will not know what they are).

  • Elizabeth Webster

    November 13, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I wonder how many of the baristas would shoot me murder eyes if I actually tried ordering this in the morning?

  • Sue Choe Kim

    November 13, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I'm just going to print this out and hand it to them to avoid all the funny looks from people waiting behind me.

  • JillJill

    November 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Okay. I get my free Starbucks item on my birthday next week and I’m going to go for it.. .. In the drive-through so they don’t see me reading this to them. 🙂 Yay! I’ll let you know if I chicken out or do it… 🙂

    1. Anthea

      November 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      You guys have Drive-thru Starbucks in the States??!! Why can’t we have that here in the UK?? That would just make my day awesome.

  • Lizz @ Am I a Funny Girl?

    November 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I just got a freebie reward drink in my Bux app… I might ahve to try this!

  • Darcy Lynne

    November 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I’m with Jenny and Diana! It took me weeks to build up the courage to order a “skinny” chai latte. And even then, I had to check google to make sure that was really wanted! (In my defense, I have actually gotten the “this girl’s so stupid” look before, so I was gun shy… thecoffeeqween, can you PLEASE be my barista??)

    1. Thecoffeeqween

      November 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Yes! Totally. It can be totally confusing and it doesn’t help that as much as we try there are aome people out there that aren’t so friendly about it. But you can always run your order by me and I will give you all the lingo!! Lol

  • Tricia

    November 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm


  • Thecoffeeqween

    November 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    So please don’t be scared! Jenny and Diana I wish we lived in the same town so I could be your friendly neighborhood barista. Trust me so many people come in and order what they think is complicated and someone has always been worse! Also we are used to it now with all these “secret menus” we are paid to make your day not just your drink!!!

    1. Kristen

      November 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      I love this reply! 🙂

    2. katie

      November 14, 2013 at 12:11 am

      Amen Thecoffeeqween!!! We are there to make your day not just your drink!! Love this its so true!! Have fun with your drinks make it your way we want to make sure that when you leave for you day you started it they way you wanted it!! I also love it when people come in with the secret menus I always Love trying new things too!!

  • Ashley May

    November 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Sounds delicious!!

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  • Jackie

    November 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Have you tried it yet?

  • Sol

    November 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Lol I love all the secret menu stuff. You can have them make you anything you want and I love that they’ll do it. As a former barista there I still love ordering off menu stuff.

  • Jenny

    November 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I’m so socially awkward that I avoided Starbucks for too long because ordering “the right way” stressed me out. I’ve known about these secret menus for years, but I CAN’T BRING MYSELF TO ORDER THEM. I’ve even been in line with good intentions then chickened out at the last minute. SIGH.

    1. Jenny

      November 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      If only I could walk up and say, “expecto caffeinato,” or something else that isn’t a long, drawn out explanation of how many pumps of what syrup at which temperature.

      1. Diana

        November 12, 2013 at 1:30 pm

        I am THE SAME WAY. In fact, I tend to order complicated things with it all written down and in the drive thru just to avoid the looks of, “What is wrong with her?”

        1. Jill

          November 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

          Yeah, drive thru! 🙂

          1. Anne-Marie

            November 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

            On the app, you can build drinks. WHY CAN’T WE SEND THE DRINK ORDERS FROM THE APP? Why? (sorry for yelling–I just don’t understand and it would save me so much anxiety…)

          2. katie

            November 14, 2013 at 12:07 am

            It makes me so sad to hear people say they are to afraid to order a drink that they want for fear of ordering it wrong. There is no wrong way to order a drink I have worked at Starbucks and was there for a very long time. What made me very happy was when someone would order a new drink or to try something new!! Just go in and do it!! You should never ever get a look from the barista and if you do I am truly sorry!! There are so many fun ways to make your drink and that is what we are there for to make drinks trust me we love to make something besides a regular mocha!

          3. anne brown

            November 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm

            yeah! get your drink on. it’s not a big deal. i work at starbucks. i just hate when people are rude. weird drinks or confusion are just part of the job.

    2. souphead

      November 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      i can’t do it either and now i really really want to try. i feel weird just asking for my iced coffee “with room.” the other day someone in front of me had the most complicated drink i’d ever heard. in a Tall cup. It was a half-caf, 2 pump chai, 3 pump classic, blah blah – seriously at least 6 specifics for a small coffee.

    3. Mandi McClure

      November 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

      I feel the exact same way. I just won’t go because I feel stupid and don’t like the looks I have gotten in the past. If I go, it’s with my sister who was a barista at a local shop adn just have her order for me.

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