When you walk into a Starbucks, what do you usually order? A Skinny Latte? On hot summer days maybe you enjoy iced coffee? While loyal customers repeatedly order these classic drinks off of the Starbucks official menu, people that are looking to change it up a notch will be pleased to discover that the coffee branch also has a secret unofficial menu.
That’s right! Baristas and dedicated customers everywhere have concocted a mind blowing secret menu with unique and delicious items to choose from. As these items are secret, you certainly won’t find them on the menu at Starbucks but if you manage to get your hands on the recipe, you can ask a barista at any Starbucks location to prepare one.
According to the Huffington post, there are over 80,000 different drink combinations at Starbucks making its secret menu limitless. So whatever you feel like having, the odds are that Starbucks can make it for you.
To get started, here are 17 of the best Starbucks beverages you didn’t know you could order.
17 Apple Pie Frappuccino
Who in their right mind doesn’t like apple pie? Starbucks now gives you the opportunity to “drink” your favorite fall dessert under the summer sun and people are definitely in on it. It’s refreshing, sweet, rich and creamy all at the same time and is one of the best secret menu items.
Here is the recipe: ask to fill to first line of cup with cream base and then fill to second line with apple juice. Add 1 to 2 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup and 1 to 2 pumps of caramel syrup then fill with ice and blend. Top with whipped cream and caramel drizzle. You can also make it crunchy by adding grounded biscotti on top of all that! Pure deliciousness!
16 Liquid Cocaine
Don’t worry! This drink is not actual cocaine, but it’s as intense as its name makes it to be! It is definitely not for the regular coffee user and should not be consumed on a regular basis. If you are looking for a caffeine fix to keep you up while studying or working, this drink will keep you wired up and awake for hours. With about five times the amount of caffeine found in a regular cup of coffee combined with the sugar rush from the chocolate, your system will be, without a doubt, stimulated to the max!
The recipe calls for 4 shots of espresso stirred with 4 pumps of white chocolate syrup over ice in a “grande” cold cup. To tame down the beast, you can always ask your barista to mix in some milk.
15 Thin Mint Frappuccino
Starbucks loves to recreate everything into a drink and this one is another twist on a Girl Scout cookie delight. If you are a fan of chocolate and mint together, then this drink has the right balance of both flavors. Just like the thin mint cookies, this tasty drink hits all the right spots!
Start your order with a Tazo Green Tea Frappuccino, add chocolate chips, then 1 to 3 pumps of mocha syrup and 1 to 2 pumps of peppermint syrup.
For a sweet summer day treat, the Thin Mint frappuccino is simply perfect!
14 Dirty Chai
For those tea drinkers who like things a little bit dirty, you can now order a Dirty Chai Latte from the Starbucks secret menu. Spice up your Chai Latte by adding a shot of espresso. If you’re feeling extra dirty, you can add two shots of espresso. The nice thing is that you can feel dirty in the summer and in the winter, as this simple drink can be ordered either cold or hot!
13 Butterbeer Latte
The Butterbeer Latte is a Starbucks hot and creamy beverage that will definitely warm you up on a cold day. To order this magical treat from the Starbucks secret menu, ask your barista for steamed whole milk with 2 to 4 pumps of caramel syrup, toffee nut syrup and cinnamon dolce syrup. Wait, it gets better. Ask to top with whipped cream and salted caramel or crème brulée topping. And if you’re a coffee aficionado, you will surely want to add a shot of espresso.
Seriously, this will be the most delicious thing you have ever tasted!
12 Roasted Chestnut Macchiato
Although chestnuts are reminiscent of the holidays, this drink is available all year long. The flavors are just right, being sweet with a subtle touch of spice. One sniff from this drink and you will be enchanted by the sweet and comfortable smell of holiday roasting chestnuts!
To order, ask for a Hazelnut Macchiato, add 1 to 2 pumps of toffee nut syrup and 1 to 2 pumps of extra hazelnut syrup. Follow that by ½ to 1 pump of white chocolate mocha and finish it with spiced whipped cream and hazelnut drizzle. This drink will work wonders on cool winter days!
11 Fruit Pebbles Frappuccino
Fruity Pebbles cereal is a definite childhood favorite for most of us. Today, you can skip the bowl of cereal all together and head to Starbucks to order a Fruity Pebbles Frappuccino from its secret menu.
This fruity drink tastes exactly like the cereal. The addition of ice chips in the drink also adds texture and mimics the crunchy cereal bits. To order it, ask for a strawberry and cream frappuccino. Add 2 to 3 pumps of vanilla syrup, ½ to 1.5 pumps of both raspberry and classic syrups. If you wish to get extra fruit flavor, you can ask to add a bit of orange-mango juice. This drink will also satisfy those fruit smoothie cravers!
10 Raspberry Cheesecake Mocha Frappuccino
This one is too good to be true! The Raspberry Cheesecake Mocha Frappuccino is literally a dessert in a cup. The flavors of this creamy frappuccino are rich and fruity and promise to satisfy the taste buds of the biggest cheesecake fanatic.
Being one of the most popular items on the secret menu, the raspberry cheesecake Mocha Frappuccino is very easy to order and will gladly be made by any Starbucks barista. Ask for a White chocolate Mocha Frappuccino with 1 to 2 pumps of raspberry syrup. Don’t forget the whipped cream and vanilla sprinkles on top. You won’t regret it!
9 Chocolate Pumpkin Latte
If you are a fan of the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is available on Starbucks' regular menu every fall…..but you are also a chocoholic and like to drizzle chocolate on everything, then you will definitely want to try the Chocolate Pumpkin Latte. Although this drink is on the secret menu, the recipe is quite simple. Just order a Pumpkin Spice Latte mixed with 2 pumps of chocolate syrup.
During fall, while the air is growing cool and the leaves are turning, this hot comfort drink is just perfect.
8 Chocolate Frosty Frappuccino
Wendy’s restaurant chain offers a popular and delicious chocolate frosty and if you are a fan of this sweet frozen treat, then you will love the Starbucks Chocolate Frosty Frappuccino.
This recipe is more elaborate. When ordering a “grande” ask for cream base, heavy whipped cream for the thickness, 3 pumps of mocha syrup, 3 pumps of vanilla syrup, one scoop of vanilla bean powder and of course, topped with whipped cream. This delicious frappuccino is so thick and creamy, but worth every single calorie!
7 Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato
This drink tastes just as good as it sounds! Based off the classic iced Soy Caramel Macchiato, it is ordered upside down to ensure that all the different layers of the typical macchiato blend together in a creamy and delicious consistency. With the additional blend of cinnamon and vanilla, the taste of this beverage is reminiscent of the caramel covered snickerdoodle cookies Girl Scouts used to sell us. If you were a fan of these cookies, then this drink is a must!
Simply ask for an Upside Down Iced Soy Caramel Macchiato with 1 to 2 pumps of vanilla syrup and 1 to 2 pumps of delicious cinnamon dolce syrup.
6 Mango Milk Tea
The Mango Milk Tea is a new and delicious drink variation from the iced mango black tea beverage that is already found on the Starbucks menu.
Milk tea comes in many fruity flavors and is a variety of the Taiwanese tea-based beverage known as bubble tea. While you won’t find any tapioca pearls in the Starbucks version of milk tea, this mango flavored drink will not disappoint.
Ask for an Iced Black Tea that is made with half and half (instead of water). Then add 1 to 2 pumps of mango syrup. Yum!
5 Coconut Lime Refresher
Starbucks is famous for delivering some delicious summer flavors. Ever since Starbucks introduced coconut milk on its classic menu, its Coconut Lime Refresher drink has become an all time favorite and is demanded by loyal customers every summer.
Coconut and lime are a delicious and exotic combination. One sip of this refreshing treat and you will feel like you are on the beach somewhere in the beautiful and sunny tropics.
Here is the recipe to make it: order a Cool Lime Refresher made with coconut milk instead of water. You can ask to blend it for a slushy treat. Top with whipped cream. If you have a sweeter tooth, ask to add 1 pump of classic syrup.
4 S’mores Hot Chocolate
One of life’s greatest campfire snacks is now a drink! You can now go to Starbucks and enjoy a soothing cup of Hot Chocolate and indulge in a warm, toasted and gooey marshmallow S’more all at the same time! Yes you read it right!
Have you ever been able to have just one S’more? Well this drink is so flavorful that it will definitely leave you asking for more! If you want to order this drink just ask for a hot chocolate and add 3 to 5 pumps of chestnut praline topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of mocha syrup.
3 White Chocolate Gingerbread Frappuccino
Imagine chocolate and gingerbread mixed up together! That’s a nice twist on two holiday favorites, even after the holiday season is over. If Starbucks has the ingredients, they will brew you this little festive drink all year long!
Starbucks secret menu offers a White Chocolate Gingerbread Frappuccino and this drink’s name is self explanatory. It consists of three simple ingredients that complement each other so well!! Blending in the creaminess of the frappuccino, the sweetness of the white chocolate and a bit of gingerbread spice, this drink promises to bring you back to Christmas even in August.
To get this drink, order a Coffee-Based Gingerbread Frappuccino and add 1 or 2 pumps of white mocha sauce. Finally, top it with spiced whipped cream, molasses and mocha drizzle. Enjoy!
2 Cotton Candy Frappuccino
This kid friendly, non caffeinated drink will definitely put a smile on your little one's face….and yours as well. It’s a simple and delicious drink that tastes like…you guessed it…cotton candy! With just one sip, the Starbucks Cotton Candy Frappuccino will definitely transport you to nostalgic and happy memories of your childhood summer days at carnivals, town fairs and amusement parks.
Being one of the most popular Starbucks’s secret menu frappuccinos, you will definitely find a barista that can make it for you. Just ask for a vanilla bean frappuccino with 1 or 2 pumps of raspberry syrup…and don’t forget to top it with whipped cream!
1 The Undertow
Some Starbucks enthusiasts prefer to drink their coffee beverage like a shot. As a result, The Undertow has found itself on Starbucks secret menu. This drink is meant to be drank fast just like you would drink a shot and will provide an unexpected, yet amazing kick to your day.
This drink is made with a drip coffee, 3 pumps of your favorite syrup and a splash of milk. These 3 ingredients are then topped with two shots of espresso. The goal is to create two distinct, un-mixed, layers: a creamy and cold layer at the bottom of the cup topped with a hot espresso layer. When you drink it like a shot, you first experience the kick of the espresso followed by the cool and sweet taste of the milk. This is definitely a new and fun way to get your morning caffeine fix!