You’ve read Harry Potter, right? I’m judging the “no”s out there. Seriously, go read and enjoy the books post haste.


Today’s topic is butterbeer. Which, in case you have forgotten, is a fictional concoction in the Harry Potter series, written by the ever-so-brilliant J.K. Rowling. There are hot and cold versions and it is described as tasting a bit like butterscotch. You can learn a little more about it here.

The very same day my good friend Alex posted this article on Facebook, I sent Mark off to Starbucks to fetch me my very own butter beer latte (clearly he’s a keeper, and I’m a lazy bum who makes people fetch me things).

I am eternally impressed by that mermaid's flexibility.

I am eternally impressed by that mermaid’s flexibility.

Go figure – the barista had never heard of butter beer lattes and looked very puzzled when Mark requested it. (NEWSFLASH: THE INTERNET LIES).

Thank goodness the rumor mongers provided instructions for how to make it:

  • 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)

Mark tells me those archaic scribblings are Starbucks code, but I am pretty sure they’re a magic spell invoking the gods of fictional beverages.

I don’t really buy into the Pumpkin Spice insanity of the holiday season, but I did find this version of butter beer to be pleasant. It’s overly sweet in your typical Starbucks kind of a way, but the Toffee Nut syrup really goes well with the colder weather we’ve been having.

I’ve also been eyeing this recipe on Mugglenet that involves cream soda, butterscotch topping, and actual butter, but have been a little too wimpy to try it.

I’m also tempted to try an adult version with butterscotch schnapps and cream soda. Next time I find butterscotch schnapps, perhaps.

Have you tried any versions of butter beer (or made your own)? What did you think? Share your recipes and experiences in the comments!

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Cat loves to eat tasty homemade things, yet isn’t terribly fond of the process of making them. She prefers recipes that take shortcuts when possible – without compromising flavor. Her dog, Cheeto, likes stealing her creations from the dining room table.

She lives in the Bay Area and cites her diverse background as her biggest influence: her visual artist mom is half-Chinese, half-Greek, and from Hawai’i; her film-loving, world-music curating dad is from Montana; and she lived in both California and Montana while growing up. She loves at least a little bit about virtually everything (Pokémon Snap included) and aims to be a Jane of all trades. By day Cat is a multiple-hat-wearing media person.

She is also allergic to felines.
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