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How to Order Butterbeer at Your Local Starbucks

Harry Potter fans: rejoice!

Photograph courtesy of theprettylittleliar [flickr]

Butterbeer, the favored drink of clever young wizard Harry Potter and his gang of mischievous misfits, is now available at Starbucks locations nationwide, reports Entertainment Weekly. Here's the Hogwarts-approved low-down on how to get it:

 Drive or walk or bike or skip or fly your broom to the nearest Starbucks location in Los Angeles.

 Approach the cashier counter.

Request a grande Creme Frappuccino with whole milk, three pumps of caramel syrup, three pumps of toffee nut syrup, and a caramel drizzle.

→ Note that if you ask for a Butterbeer by name the cashier might look at you like the confused muggle that he or she is. (Representatives from Starbucks have not responded with an official comment on the recipe).

Also, a warning: the amount of sugar and caffeine in the drink may cause you to spontaneously take flight.

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  1. CC posted on 11/14/2013 02:34 PM
    But wait... is it hot or cold? What are those flakes on the drink in the picture?
    1. MCK posted on 11/15/2013 05:05 PM
      @CC This is a cold drink...hence frappuccino (their line of frozen drinks). The recipe is specifically for the grande size.
    2. Haleyy posted on 01/21/2014 07:36 PM
      @CC Cold but you can do the same with steamed whole milk for a hot version.
  2. Denis posted on 11/15/2013 04:13 AM
    The # of required pumps to flavor the drink will depend upon the size you order.
    What is shown in the picture above is NOT caramel drizzle on top!
    1. MCK posted on 11/15/2013 05:06 PM
      @Denis I've read a blog post that went into this a little more detailed and gave a recipe for a hot version also. She said this particular recipe is for the grande size.
  3. Aaj posted on 11/15/2013 09:14 AM
    FYI: Creme Frappuccinos don't have caffeine.
  4. Robin Kohli posted on 11/24/2013 11:19 AM
    This drink was pretty gross. Way too much syrup for the size of the drink. Neither my 12 year old son nor I could drink more than a few sips. If I were to order it again (and I don't want to waste my money on this again), I would order it with the lite frap mix and 1 pump of each syrup instead of 3!
    1. Brittany posted on 12/03/2013 11:56 AM
      @Robin Kohli Yes, that recipe is wrong IMO and will send you into a diabetic coma.

      I've had it close to a dozen times in the past few weeks, and the critical point is the ratio: only 1 pump of each for tall, 2 for grande, and 3 for venti. I think that amount gives it the adequate butterscotch flavor, but not to the degree that it's overpowering.
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