Starbucks Secret Menu to Help You Save Money (Well, Not Really, It’s Just Fun)
I thought it would be fun to do the painstakingly delicious research to come up with the Starbucks secret menu. Items you won’t find anywhere on the regular Starbucks coffee menu but have become popular enough that most baristas know how to make them.
I have included the ingredients (to the best of my knowledge) in case you have to politely tell the barista how to make something from their secret menu. Have fun with it and I hope you find your new favorite drink by trying some of these out. Below is the full secret menu at Starbucks, use it wisely young Padawan (in alphabetical order):
Here’s the Starbucks Secret Menu:
First, let’s start with all of the secret menu Frappuccino drinks.
For the syrup adds, a good rule of thumb is 1 pump for a Tall, 1.5 for a Grande, and 2 for a Venti.
Starbucks Frappuccino’s Menu:
Apple Pie Frappuccino: If you like caramel apples you’ll love this one. Must barista’s know how to make it. But if not, it’s cream to the first fill line, apple juice to the 2nd, 2 pumps caramel syrup, 2 pumps cinnamon dolce syrup. Then just add ice and blend that bad boy.
Banana Cream Frappuccino: Start with a Vanilla Bean frap and add a pump of vanilla and hazelnut syrup along with a whole banana.
Biscotti Frappuccino: Throw in a tasty biscotti cookie into any frap and make it extra delicious.
Butterbeer Frappuccino: The name is a little scary but it sounds delicious. Start with a Vanilla Bean frap and add a pump of toffee nut and caramel syrup and top it off with caramel drizzle.
Cake Batter Frap: If you’re a fan of cake batter order a vanilla bean frap and throw on some almond flavoring until you get the taste you like.
Candy Cane Frappuccino: Sure to be a holiday favorite, this bad boy is simply a vanilla bean frap with a pump or 2 of peppermint syrup.
Cap’N Crunch Frappuccino (w/ Crunch Berries): Just order a strawberry and crème Frappuccino with a single pump of hazelnut and 1 pump of toffee nut. Supposed to taste just like the real thing.
Caramel Apple Frappuccino: This one consists of apple juice to the first line, whole milk to the second, cream base, dark caramel syrup, and cinnamon dolce syrup. Then add caramel ribbon crunch pieces, caramel drizzle, whipped cream and cinnamon dolce topping.
Chocolate Cream Frappuccino: I like to start with a mocha frap and add chocolate syrup. You can also start with a coffee frap.
Christmas Cookie Frappuccino: To get this Starbucks secret menu favorite, start with a vanilla bean frap, add peppermint and toffee nut syrup. Throw some caramel drizzle on top and have a Merry flipping Christmas.
Churro Frappuccino: Yet again, start with a vanilla bean frap, then add cinnamon dolce and white mocha syrup. Next, add a pinch of cinnamon and top it off with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and even more cinnamon.
Cinnamon Toast Frappuccino: My son loves this one. It’s a white mocha Frappuccino, add cinnamon dolce and hazelnut syrup. Blend in some sugar cinnamon and top it with whipped cream and some cinnamon sugar.
Cotton Candy Frappuccino: This is simply a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with a pump of raspberry syrup blended into it. 1.5 pumps for a grande and 2 pumps for a venti.
Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino: Sweet toothers will love this one. Start with a double chocolate chip frap, then add mocha syrup, hazelnut syrup, and some hazelnut drizzle for good measure.
Fruity Pebbles Frappuccino: Make Barney and Fred happy and order a strawberry and creme frap, then add vanilla and raspberry syrup and a little OJ.
Grasshopper Frappuccino: Order a mocha frap, then have them throw in some java chips and a pump or two of peppermint syrup.
Mint Chocolate Chip Frappuccino: Start with a green tea frap, add peppermint syrup and java chips.
Neopolitan Frap: This American classic is the perfect blend of chocolate drizzle, strawberries, mocha, and of course a little vanilla.
Nutella Frappuccino: Start with a coffee frap, add hazelnut syrup, mocha syrup, then blend in whipped cream. You can also top it with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.
Nutter Butter Frappuccino: I have a major weakness for Nutter Butters, as in I could eat an entire package in about 10 minutes. So needless to say, this is my favorite thing from the Starbucks secret menu.
Orange Creamsicle Frap: Orange mango juice to the first line, milk to the second, cream base, classic syrup, scoop of ice, blend together. Top it with whipped cream.
Oreo Frappuccino: If they don’t know it by name, just ask for a Double Chocolate Chip Frap with white chocolate mocha (instead of the regular mocha syrup).
Pokeball Frappuccino: If the barista knows how to make this Pokemon Go outtake, you’ll get a blend on vanilla frap and strawberry & creme frap, with strawberry whip on top.
S’Mores Frappuccino: Order this sucker and you’ll get a Java Chip Frappuccino along with toffee nut syrup, cinnamon dolce syrup, and whipped cream with cinnamon dolce sprinkles. Um…yes please.
Snickers Frappuccino: This is a Java Chip Frap with toffee nut syrup, whip cream on top drizzled with mocha drizzle. The syrup is typically 3 pumps for venti, 2 for grande, and 1 for a tall.
Thin Mint Frappuccino: If you dig the famous Girl Scout cookie, you’ll love this one too. It’s basically a Tazo Green Tea Frap with 2 pumps of chocolate syrup, 1 pump of peppermint syrup, then throw in some java chips and honey.
Tiramisu Frappuccino: This secret menu drink is kinda complicated. Get a coffee Frappuccino, then add ½ pump of hazelnut and toffeenut syrup. Follow that up with 1 pump caramel flan syrup, 1 pump mocha syrup, and 1 espresso shot affogato. Then top it with caramel whipped cream, caramel flan sauce, and mocha drizzle. Ugh.
Twix Frappuccino: Start with a caramel frapper, then add caramel and hazelnut syrup along with some java chips. Throw on a drizzle of caramel and mocha and you’ve officially entered heaven.
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Blue Drink: Order an Iced Passion Tango Tea then substitute coconut milk for the water and throw in some vanilla syrup.
Green Drink: While this thing looks like a kale smoothie, it’s actually made with black iced tea, then you add coconut milk and matcha powder.
Orange Drink: This thing looks pretty tasty. You order it by asking for orange/mango juice, add vanilla powder, and coconut milk. Kinda sounds like an Orange Julius if you ask me.
Pink Drink: This Starbucks secret menu drink is quite popular on Instagram right now. It’s simply a Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk.
Purple Drink: Not a very original name for the quite mysterious drink. When you order the “Purple Drink”, you’ll get passion iced tea (with coconut or soy milk), vanilla syrup, topped with fresh blackberries.
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3 C’s Latte: The C’s are cinnamon, chocolate, and caramel. Order a cinnamon dolce latte, then throw in 2 pumps of chocolate syrup, and 1 pump of caramel.
Black Eye (Hot or Cold): Tired? Order an Americano and add 2 shots of espresso.
Ghetto Latte: This one takes stones to order. It’s an iced-Americano, but you order it with no water and half ice. You then add your own half-and-half.\
Green Eye (Hot or Cold): Wow, this secret menu drink is an Americano with 3 shots of espresso added. Have the paddles at the ready.\
Liquid Cocaine: 4 shots of espresso, 4 pumps of white chocolate, then fill with milk in a grande cup.
Red Eye (or Depth Charge): Order any brewed coffee and add a single shot of espresso.
Spiced Apple Chai: Ordered hot or cold, it’s basically a chai infused in apple juice. I’ve never ordered it but apparently it tastes like spiced apple cider. Don’t they already have a caramel apple spice drink though?
Undertow: Need a quick caffeine fix? Order a Caffe Misto, add a pump of chocolate and hazelnut syrup, then add milk and 2 shots of espresso. Boom.
Black and White Mocha: This is a combo of a white chocolate mocha and a regular mocha. I tried this one last week and it was REALLY good. Also known as a “penguin mocha” at some locations.
Cold Russian Tea: This is simply a Valencia Orange refresher but you add a pump of Chai syrup, a pump of Classic syrup, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Love on the Rocks: This thirst quencher is a Berry Hibiscus refresher minus the blackberries. Replace the H2O with apple juice, then add a single pump of Raspberry syrup. Feeling crazy? Add a splash of passion iced tea to top if off.
Mojito Refresher: If the barista does it correctly, they’ll start with a Cool Lime refresher. Then add a pump of Classic syrup, half a pump of peppermint syrup, add ice, blend, then add the lime wheels.
Peach Ring Tea: When done correctly, this one is 1/2 Valencia orange refresher and 1/2 passion tea with no water added. Then add a pump of peach syrup.
Peach Zen Refresher: This beauty is half green tea concentrate, half cool lime. You then add 2 pumps of peach syrup, shake it, and pour it over ice.
Red Mango Explosion: This Starbucks secret menu drink sounds really good. It’s orange/mango juice to the 1st line, lemonade to the 3rd line, a scoop of ice, and finally a pump of raspberry syrup.
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Starbucks “Odds & Ends”:
London Fog: Order this from the secret menu and you’ll get Earl Grey tea with vanilla and caramel syrup added.
Medicine Ball: Got a cold? Try this. It consists of Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, hot water, steamed lemonade, and some honey.
Oatmeal Latte: This odd drink comes together when you order oatmeal with milk (instead of water) along with a shot of espresso. Handy way to eat breakfast and drink coffee at the same time.
Puppacino: Order one for your furry 4-legged companion and you’ll get a cup of whipped cream for them to lick clean.
Below is a pic of our husky, Koda, in her happy place enjoying a Puppacino, also known as a “Pup Cup”.
Raspberry Caramel Macchiato: This bad boy consists of raspberry syrup, ice, milk, espresso and caramel. I have a friend that’s a BIG fan of this one.
S’Mores Hot Chocolate: This soon to be kid’s favorite needs to be broken up into thirds. One-part hot chocolate, one-part chestnut praline syrup (three pumps) and one-part whipped cream with a little mocha drizzle goodness.
Warm Sugar Cookie: A friend recently introduced this to me and it was delish. Start with a white hot chocolate, then add hazelnut and vanilla syrup and top off with some real raw sugar.
Ask the Reader: More drinks to come as I discover them. Any items from the Starbucks secret menu that I might be missing? Let me know in the comments section.
By Kyle James
Photo credit to Noel Reinhold.