Starbucks' Butterbeer Tasting Coffee Drinks

November 11, 2013


These are two recipes for Harry Potter butterbeer tasting coffee drinks available at Starbucks. Allegedly they're part of Starbucks' "secret menu", which isn't so much a secret menu as it is a bunch of shit the barrista will have no clue how to make when you try to order it. Plus they'll hate you. Me? I'm a double shot espresso and a splash of cream kind of guy because I'm not at Starbucks to order a $7 McFlurry. As a matter of fact, I'm rarely at Starbucks at all (although I have been known to clog their toilets from time to time). The recipes, cold and warm versions:

Cold version:

A Crème Frappuccino base, made with whole milk (not skim or 2%, which will mess up the consistency)
3 pumps of caramel syrup
3 pumps of toffee nut syrup
Top with caramel drizzle

Warm version:

Whole milk steamer
Caramel syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
Toffee nut syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
Cinnamon Dolce syrup (2 pumps for a tall, 3 for grande, 4 for venti)
Top with whipped cream and salted caramel bits
Optional: 1 shot of espresso (2 for a grande or venti)

Apparently these recipes will only be orderable during the holiday season because Starbucks doesn't carry toffee nut syrup year round. "Thank God," said every person currently working at Starbucks. But seriously, I'm tired of all you barristas drawing penises on my coffee cups -- that's not my name. "Did you not say your name was Dick Drawing?" I did, but it's my name, not a picture. Stop being so insensitive.

Thanks to carrie, who told me she made butterbeer at home with equal parts beer and butter and puked harder than she ever has in her life.

  • I made simmilar coffee at my house with help of this one- Saeco
    kavos aparatai
    , and I believe that taste is simmilar :))

  • nolabarista

    Starbucks partner for 9 yrs here in NOLA, (new orleans)...we have had toffee nut syrup all year for every year I have worked here. Not seasonal.

  • Lauren Williams

    Most Starbucks actually carry Toffee Nut all year round. I'm also wondering why there's cinnamon in the hot version. That would make it taste a lot different than a creme frap. Also, the pictures are misleading. A creme frap with those syrups would be almost pure white in color, not brown. The fraps in the pictures have coffee in them.

    I would also recommend anyone who wanted to order the hot version (which theoretically sounds tasty to me) to adjust the syrup pumps otherwise you will get an overload of just nasty syrup. A normal "flavored" steamer (no coffee) or latte (espresso) has 3 pumps of syrup in a tall, 4 for a grande, and 5 for a venti. If you follow this recipe, you'll end up with 6 pumps in a tall, 9 in a grande, and a whopping 12 in a venti. I would recommend doing either a 1-2-3 or a 1-2-2 ratio, and then making adjustments based on your personal sweetness preference.

    Hope this helps anyone who wants to try this recipe and not get a sugar shock :) Be warned though, asking for copious amounts of extra syrups/toppings can get expensive, and have the recipe with you. If you go up to the average barista and say "I'd like a tall butterbeer latte," They will promptly be confused."

  • It's desert.

  • Matty Spinny

    damn it i swore id never in my life go in there... ... but now i must.

  • Jordan

    I work at Starbucks in TN and toffee nut is year round for us. So...I guess it depends where you are!

  • Rub

    I'm pretty sure you'll take a nice "whole milk steamer" after drinking this

  • Sera Varlane

    This made me laugh way too fucking hard.
    Thank you.

  • namor

    GROW UP.

  • I'll stick to tea.

  • Kristy

    Ugh. Just thinking about all that extra sweet syrup is making me feel ill. But I'm a venti, 5 shot, 2 pumps vanilla kind of girl.

  • Brandon Tyler King

    More of a one pump chump myself.

  • Interesting. I'm a 2 pump kinda guy.

  • Matt Grant

    Part of this is not true. Toffee Nut is available all year long. I work at Starbucks so I know that in Ca at least that is the case.


    Former starbucks employee here (long time since removed). Seasonal for us.

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