MUSE: Starbucks Butterbeer Latte

By Brooke Jackson-Glidden, Staff Writer
@bufoodist

Why not warm yourself up to a butterbeer lattte?/PHOTO VIA Sarah Fisher

Why not warm yourself up to a butterbeer latte at Starbucks?/PHOTO VIA Noemie Carrant

The muggles of the world are having a mild aneurism over the new discovery of Butterbeer Frappuccinos and Steamers at Starbucks, but the secret gem of the holiday season are the warmer alternative: Butterbeer Lattes.

Butterbeer, in the Harry Potter books, is a foamy, warm beverage that tastes “a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch.” Until now, Butterbeer was only sold in the wizarding village of Hogsmeade (don’t you dare tell me it’s fictional), but now you can have every Potterhead’s favorite drink in the form of a Frappuccino or latte.

As a self-proclaimed Potterhead who may or may not have made a Hogwarts dream journal at age 10, I felt obligated to adapt the various recipes for Butterbeer-themed drinks into the perfect concoctions for the holiday season.

Although Butterbeer was consumed cold in Harry Potter when served in bottles, I think that Butterbeer lattes are optimal for the cold weather. However, for those who are interested in something chilly, here is my adapted recipe for a Butterbeer Frappuccino:

BUTTERBEER FRAPPUCCINO (Grande):

  • Crème Frappuccino Base
  • 3 pumps of caramel syrup
  • 4 pumps of toffee nut syrup
  • 1 pump of cinnamon dulce syrup
  • Whipped cream

So, how does this equal Butterbeer? Easy: caramel is made by heating sugar until it breaks down, and then adding heavy cream. Toffee, on the other hand, adds butter. The alleged “butterscotch” flavor of Butterbeer would require the combination of caramel and butter. The cinnamon-dulce syrup cuts the sweetness of the cream and adds a little bit of magic to the mix.

This adaptation varies from the main recipe circulating online, mainly because they suggest three pumps of each flavor and none of the cinnamon dulce syrup. Having evenly distributed syrups results in a muddled, sweet cream Frappuccino. Plus, the toffee should be more prominent than the caramel: the process of making butterscotch is closer to that of toffee than caramel, mainly because butterscotch requires butter (duh).

But in the freezing cold winter winds of Hogsmeade (or Boston, I guess…), a young wizard like yourself needs something warm and tasty to drink. With finals coming up, you can’t afford to take a trip to Starbucks without pounding down some caffeine. This adapted Butterbeer latte recipe will re-energize you for another round of studying. Who doesn’t need a little magic to get through midterms?

BUTTERBEER LATTE (Tall):

  • Latte
  • 3 pumps of caramel syrup
  • 2 pumps of toffee nut syrup
  • 1 pump of cinnamon dulce syrup
  • Whipped cream

Again, the main recipes recommend equal distributions of syrup, but for an enchanted latte like this one, you need to go full engorgio on the caramel and chill out on the cinnamon dulce. Because the espresso already cuts the sweetness of the toffee nut and the caramel, the cinnamon dulce should be less prominent than the other syrups. Also, the caramel syrup should be more prominent in the latte, because the chocolatey quality of the coffee mimics the flavor the toffee nut when combined with the caramel.

Overall, there should be less syrup in the latte than the Frappuccino, because the chilly shake has a higher water content with the addition of ice.

Make sure to accio some Butterbeer as soon as you can — you can only knock back this Hogsmeade classic while the toffee nut flavor is in season.

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