Homemade Starbucks Butterbeer Latte Recipe

Learn how to make a delicious butterbeer latte at home with this simple recipe! Or learn how to order one (hot or iced) from the Starbucks secret menu!

I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd, so whenever I’m in the mood for a delicious, hot beverage, I whip up a hot butterbeer latte! My sister-in-law introduced me to this drink at Christmas one year, and it is the yummiest thing ever! It’s so simple to make, and you can make it with or without coffee, depending on your preference.

(And, did you know you can order a butterbeer latte or butterbeer frappuccino from the Starbucks secret menu?! I’ll show you how below!)

Butterbeer latte recipe inspired by Harry Potter

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The original butterbeer latte recipe is below, but I’ve also included a few variations at the end, including how to order one (hot or iced) from the Starbucks secret menu!

If you’re looking for some other delicious warm drinks, check out this homemade wassail recipe, and this Starbuck caramel apple spice recipe; you can make them both in your slow cooker!

Butterbeer Latte Recipe

The recipe below is for a single serving, but you can easily double, triple, or quadruple it (or more!) if you need to make a larger batch.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a dash of cinnamon
Ingredients for making a butterbeer latte at home

How to make a butterbeer latte at home

Heat the brown sugar and butter in a pan on medium-high heat. Make sure the pan is large enough to hold all of the milk, which you’ll add shortly!

Stir often and keep heating until it starts to caramelize and you just start to see large bubbles forming on the surface.

Butterbeer latte recipe base - caramelized brown sugar and butter

Slowly add the milk and stir until it’s completely mixed in. Don’t worry if the brown sugar and butter seems to solidify when you add the milk; just keep stirring the mixture over medium-high heat and it will all melt and mix together.

Once the milk is mixed in, add the vanilla extract and cinnamon and stir to incorporate.

Then turn off the heat, ladle it into a mug, add another sprinkle of cinnamon on top, and you have yourself a delicious homemade butterbeer latte!

homemade butterbeer latte in a white mug held by a woman's hand

Alcoholic Butterbeer Latte Alternative

If you want an “adult” version of the drink, add a small shot of spiced rum, Southern Comfort, Kahlua, or Bailey’s. It’s delicious!

Butterbeer Coffee Recipe

If you like coffee based lattes, no worries; it’s easy to do! Just follow the same recipe above, but instead of 1 cup of milk, use half a cup of milk and half a cup of coffee. Or whatever strength milk to coffee ratio you’d like; just make sure it ends up being 1 cup of liquid before you add it to the pot!

Butterbeer latte, or butterbeer coffee if you use espresso, in a white mug held by a woman's hands

Starbucks Secret Menu Butterbeer Latte (Hot)

If you’re a Starbucks fan, you can get a butterbeer latte from Starbucks! It’s on their “secret menu”, but just in case your barista doesn’t know the recipe, here it is!

  1. Start by ordering a whole milk steamer (whole milk makes the whole thing the correct consistency and makes it creamy enough; don’t switch this out for skim or 2%!)
  2. Add Caramel syrup, Cinnamon Dolce syrup, and Toffee Nut syrup (2, 3, or 4 pumps of each, depending on the size of your drink)
  3. Ask for whipped cream and salted caramel bits on top
  4. Optional: if you want the caffeine, add a shot of espresso, or 2 for a grande or venti

Starbucks Secret Menu Butterbeer Frappuccino (Cold)

If you’d rather a cold butterbeer latte, Starbucks can make a butterbeer frappuccino instead!

  1. Start with a Creme Frappuccino base (whole milk makes the whole thing the correct consistency and makes it creamy enough; don’t switch this out for skim or 2%!)
  2. Add Caramel syrup, Cinnamon Dolce syrup, and Toffee Nut syrup (2, 3, or 4 pumps of each, depending on the size of your drink)
  3. Top with caramel drizzle and whipped cream

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Harry Potter Inspired Butterbeer Latte

Butterbeer Latte

5 from 1 vote
This delicious butterbeer latte recipe is so easy to make, and it will be a huge hit with any Harry Potter fans in your home! (Also, learn how to order one (hot or iced) from the Starbucks secret menu!)
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Yield 1 cup
Cost $2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

How To Make A Butterbeer Latte At Home

  • Heat the brown sugar and butter in a medium-sized pan on medium-high heat. Stir often and keep heating until it starts to caramelize and you see large bubbles forming on the surface.
    caramelizing brown sugar and butter in a pan to make butterbeer latte
  • Slowly add the milk and stir until it’s completely mixed in. Don’t worry if the brown sugar and butter seems to solidify when you add the milk; just keep stirring the mixture over medium-high heat and it will all melt and mix together.
  • Add the vanilla extract and cinnamon and stir to incorporate.
  • Then turn off the heat, ladle it into a mug, add another sprinkle of cinnamon on top, and you have yourself a delicious homemade butterbeer latte!

How To Order A Butterbeer Latte From The Starbucks Secret Menu

  • Start by ordering a whole milk steamer as the base (whole milk gives it the correct consistency and makes it creamy enough; don’t switch this out for skim or 2%!)
  • Add Caramel syrup, Cinnamon Dolce syrup, and Toffee Nut syrup (2, 3, or 4 pumps of each, depending on the size of your drink)
  • Ask for whipped cream and salted caramel bits on top
  • If you want the caffeine, add a shot of espresso, or 2 for a grande or venti

How To Order A Butterbeer Frappuccino From The Starbucks Secret Menu

  • Start by ordering a creme frappuccino as the base
  • Add Caramel syrup, Cinnamon Dolce syrup, and Toffee Nut syrup (2, 3, or 4 pumps of each, depending on the size of your drink)
  • Top with caramel drizzle and whipped cream
  • If you want the caffeine, add a shot of espresso, or 2 for a grande or venti

Notes

For an “adult” version of the drink, add a small shot of spiced rum, Southern Comfort, Kahlua, or Bailey’s. It’s delicious!
If you like coffee-based lattes, use half a cup of milk and half a cup of coffee instead of a full cup of milk.

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  1. Angel says

    5 months ago

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Caitlyn says

    1 year ago

    I have to confess: I’ve tried a few butterbeer recipes and found it far too sweet for my tastes. So, when I tried your recipe I used Country Crock instead of unsalted butter and an extra cup of milk – it turned out /amazing/. I will definitely keep this recipe for butterbeer latte on hand!

  3. Trisha Harp says

    2 years ago

    My 9 year old son is just getting into Harry Potter, and he loved this. He even helped me make the recipe. Thanks for sharing such an easy and yummy recipe that is kid approved.

  4. Brian Stout says

    2 years ago

    Medium high is was too hot for such a small amount of butter and brown sugar. Impossible to make with these instructions without burning it. I guess I’m going to have to experiment.

  5. Kasssie says

    4 years ago

    How many servings does this many servings does this make?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 years ago

      This recipe is for a single serving (1 cup of milk). But you can easily double or quadruple the recipe if you wish to make it in bulk for multiple people!

  6. Brooke says

    4 years ago

    How does it do reheated?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 years ago

      It’s delicious! Sometimes when you reheat things with milk in them it forms a little “skin” on top, but just get rid of that and then you’re good to go!

  7. Umama says

    5 years ago

    Have any of you tried it with marshmellows?????????

  8. Alli says

    5 years ago

    I just made this and somehow ended up burning it 🙁 it looked fine but tasted awful.

  9. Raquel says

    6 years ago

    This sounds soooooo good Jessi!

  10. Georgia says

    7 years ago

    Just started reading the Harry Potter series again and needed a comforting drink to sit and read with! Wow is this thing great! Super sweet and super delicious!

  11. Melissa says

    7 years ago

    I was looking forward to making an iced mocha in the morning, but I think I’ll be making the coffee version of the butterbeer! Can’t wait to try it!!!!

  12. stormyyskyy says

    7 years ago

    I pinned this to try a day too late to celebrate HP’s bday, and I just tried this tonight. OMG! It’s a caramel steamer with cinnamon. Really delicious. And if you want foam, you can add a tablespoon of cool whip (from a tub, not canned) in the bottom of the cup before you put in the latte. This works for ANY hot drink to make foam.

  13. alanagh says

    7 years ago

    Does one T mean one tablespoon or one teaspoon? I can’t wait to try this!

  14. Carla says

    7 years ago

    Don’t forget to stress the use of *unsalted* butter!

  15. Jennifer Dawn says

    7 years ago

    I made this just now, and I love it! Thanks for sharing! Confession: I’m a BIG Harry Potter nerd too. 🙂

  16. Prajna says

    7 years ago

    Couldn’t sleep, so I thought I’d do a trial run on this recipe before making it for the kids on Harry Potter Day. Amazing! If you have an Aerolatte, you can put a little of the Butterbeer in your mug and froth it before topping it off. Very yummy and easy to make.

  17. Gwen says

    7 years ago

    Oh, my word! That must be incredible! Yum!

  18. Jamie @ Southern Revivals says

    7 years ago

    I am huge HP nerd, too. It will never get old! Love and sharing this!

  19. Shannah @ Just Us Four says

    7 years ago

    Admission: I have never read the books or seen any of the movies! BUT, this sounds delicious. I love that you included the secret menu ordering instructions for Starbucks too 🙂

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      7 years ago

      It’s definitely delicious, even if you haven’t read the books! 🙂

  20. keri @ shaken together says

    7 years ago

    Holy smokes does this sound AMAZING! This will happen once it cools down around here!!

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