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Butterbeer Starbucks: Harry Potter’s Fans Love This Recipe!

Harry Potter fans, gather around! Feel like you’ve stepped into Hogsmeade with this Butterbeer Frappuccino. In case you’re still waiting for your Hogwarts letter, you can get a little bit of Harry Potter magic by ordering a Butterbeer Frappuccino on the Starbucks secret menu.

Starbucks Butterbeer Frappuccino is a delicious combo of toffee nut syrup and caramel creme that mimics the famous Harry Potter Butterbeer (sans the alcoholic content). There are eight Harry Potter-inspired beverages on the Starbucks secret menu, but after trying out different recipes, Butterbeer is our favorite. The good news is that you don’t need to run to the nearest Starbucks. 

Here’s how to make Butterbeer Starbucks step-by-step whenever you’re in need of some Harry Potter magic.

What You Need

  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 pumps of toffee nut syrup
  • 2 pumps of caramel syrup
  • whipped cream
  • 1 shot of espresso (optional)
  • caramel sauce (optional)

At a Glance

Prep Time:

5 minutes


16 oz (grande)

How to Make Starbucks Butterbeer Frappuccino

Harry Potter fans are surely familiar with Butterbeer Frappuccino. But, even if you aren’t a Harry Potter fan, I guess you are wondering – what is a Butterbeer Frappuccino? The Harry Potter Butterbeer Starbucks recipe is a delicious combo of toffee, caramel, and whipped cream. This drink tastes like butterscotch cream soda with extra toppings on top. 

Here’s how to make a Butterbeer Frappuccino at home (it’s even easier than making iced caramel macchiato at home). We guarantee you’ll love it.

butterbeer starbucks frappuccino

Step 1: Make the Butterbeer Starbucks Frappuccino Base

Every frappuccino in Starbucks has a frappuccino base, so you should start by making a basic frappuccino in the next 5 simple steps:

  • Put ice in the blender
  • Add milk
  • Add vanilla extract
  • Add xanthan gum
  • Add syrups

Blend the mixture until it’s thick. And don’t forget that Xanthan gum is especially important because it functions as a thickening agent (1). Add some ice cream to get extra flavor. Vanilla and caramel work best in the Butterbeer frappe. And if you’re a cinnamon lover, add cinnamon syrup. It pairs well with Butterbeer Starbucks frappuccino flavors.

Pro tip 1: Try substitutes if you don’t have toffee nut syrup at home. You can use dark caramel or brown sugar instead of toffee nut syrup, but the taste will be somewhat different.

Pro tip 2: Use sugar-free syrup if you’re watching your sugar intake. For example, vanilla sugar-free syrup is a good substitute. 

Pro tip 3: Need extra caffeine to get you through the day? Add one or two shots of espresso.

Step 2: Pour the Butterbeer Frappuccino Into a Cup

Transfer the drink from the blender to a tall cup. Add whipped cream on top. Store-bought or homemade are both fine. If you are a fan of decorative drink ideas, add some cinnamon to the whipped cream.

Pro tip 1: Add caramel syrup for an extra caramel flavor. Drizzle caramel syrup on the inside of the cup and whipped cream for a sweeter and stronger caramel flavor.

Final Thoughts

The Harry Potter Butterbeer Starbucks recipe includes affordable ingredients such as whole milk, vanilla extract,  xanthan gum, delicious toffee nut, and caramel syrup.

You’ll love having this icy drink to cool down on a hot summer day or anytime you want to feel you’re a part of Harry Potter land. Make sure to share the Butterbeer Frappuccino recipe with your Harry Potter friends. Even better, make a Harry Potter-themed night with the Butterbeer Frappuccino as the centerpiece.


You can order a Butterbeer frappuccino at Starbucks by asking for a Grande Vanilla Bean frappuccino with whole milk. However, Butterbeer is a Starbucks secret menu drink, so make sure to ask for two pumps of caramel and toffee nut syrups (while the vanilla frappe is being blended). You can also ask the barista for extra caramel on the inside of the cup and on top.

No, butterbeer isn’t alcoholic at Starbucks. Starbucks secret menu Butterbeer is made with two pumps of caramel syrup and two pumps of toffee nut syrup with a frappe base, whipped cream, and ice. However, the Harry Potter Butterbeer contains some alcohol. The drink is described as having a slight alcoholic content.

A Butterbeer latte is a grande latte, hot or cold, with two pumps of caramel syrup and two pumps of toffee nut syrup. You can also ask for extra caramel drizzle in the cup and on top. This drink is similar to Butterbeer frappuccino, but unlike Starbucks frappuccinos (including this Starbucks strawberries and cream drink and our favorite cotton candy flavored drink), the latte doesn’t have a frappe base.

  1. Xanthan Gum: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning. (2019). Webmd.com. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-340/xanthan-gum
Marina Maletic
I grew up surrounded by people who drink Turkish coffee. This was the only kind of coffee I knew for a long time, and wasn’t a fan of because it was too strong. It wasn’t until I started uni that I delved more into the world of coffee by trying out my classmate’s Aero Press. Nowadays, I can’t imagine starting a day without my espresso machine. If I’m not drinking or writing about coffee, I’m connecting with fellow coffee enthusiasts and looking up ways to perfect my dialing in technique.

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