You Can Order Butterbeer Again Now That Starbucks Has Returned with Red Cups

It’s all about toffee nut syrup, which Starbucks brings back for holiday beverages

Starbucks reintroduced their holiday red cups on November 1.

UPDATE, Nov. 2 at 4:07 p.m.: A spokesperson confirmed with The Daily Meal that there will be a Holiday Spice Flat White, which will be available on November 30. "This new beverage features two Christmas Blend Espresso Roast ristretto shots and a blend of mulling spices (ground sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and a hint of tangerine sugar)," the spokesperson told us.

Each year, Starbucks switches their white cups out for red cups in celebration of the holiday season. On November 1, Starbucks brought back the red cups and seasonal beverages, including the Chestnut Praline Latte, Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Caramel Brûlée Latte, and Peppermint Mocha. The return of holiday drinks also means that customers can now reorder a secret menu item — butterbeer.

Butterbeer, a popular drink from the Harry Potter books and movies, is available at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. It is also part of Starbucks’ secret menu. The catch is that it requires toffee nut syrup, which is only available during the holiday season.

To make a butterbeer latte, ask for steamed milk with two to four pumps each of caramel, toffee nut, and cinnamon dolce syrup, whipped cream, and salted caramel. A shot of espresso is optional. For a butterbeer Frappuccino, order a creme base with three pumps each of caramel and toffee nut syrup. It is recommended to use whole milk for the drinks because it will taste different with skim, soy, or coconut milk.


Starbucks may also be stirring up a new holiday drink this year. We have reached out to Starbucks for confirmation and will update the story when we hear back.