Harry Potter cast drinking butterbeer

Butterbeer is available at every corner pub within the wizarding world, but it’s been considerably more difficult to find in the Muggle realm. For the past few years our only real option has been try and replicate it at home, or to pick up an officially licensed tankard at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando.

However, one non-magical establishment has finally figured out a way to make butterbeer as accessible to Muggles as it is to any pureblood. Starbucks has quietly begun offering the drink on its “secret menu,” though you have to know exactly what to say in order to get it. Hit the jump to get the details.

While butterbeer won’t be found on any actual Starbucks menu, Dale Bacar (via EW) reports that the coffee chain will make it on request. The trick is to tell the barista exactly how to make it. Since it’s not officially a thing, most baristas won’t know how to make it.

Here are the ingredients for the cold (frappuccino) version:

  • 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

And the hot version:

  • 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)

As a final note, butterbeer will only be available during the holiday season in most locations, since Starbucks does not stock toffee nut syrup year-round.

Sure, if you want to get real technical about it, all this means is that Starbucks will make whatever you want as long as they have the appropriate ingredients and equipment, and that someone has figured out the right combination for a vaguely butterscotch-y taste. But where’s the magic in that?

And if the Starbucks version doesn’t sound like your thing, never fear: there are dozens of other butterbeer recipes on the Internet. Here’s a good place to start if you’d like to try making your own. Have you tried butterbeer, whether from Diagon Alley, Starbucks, Orlando, or otherwise?

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