The Best Things on the Starbucks Secret Menu
Never ordered from the Starbucks secret menu before? Then prepare yourself for a wild ride: There are hundreds of Starbucks drinks on this unofficial menu. And multiple websites have sprung up to document people’s creations and share the best things to order. But if you plan to order one of these Starbucks drinks, best have the recipe in hand: You need to be specific about the ingredients you want, as baristas don’t receive training on what goes into these unofficial drinks.
Below, check out the best things on the Starbucks secret menu. And don’t miss the recipes that you’ll need to order these delicious Starbucks drinks.
1. Arnold Palmer
If your ideal Starbucks secret menu drink involves tea, the Arnold Palmer is a drink you’ll want to try. The unofficial Starbucks Secret Menu site explains that this classic drink, which includes lemonade and sweet tea, was popularized by American golfer Arnold Palmer. You can ask your barista for this beverage by ordering a drink that’s half iced black tea and half lemonade. Then, ask for some classic syrup: 1.5 pumps for a tall, two pumps for a grande, and three for a venti.
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2. Banana split frappuccino
Many people love the banana split frappuccino, a Starbucks secret menu drink that Delish describes as “summer in a cup.” To ask your barista to make one, tell them to start with a strawberry and creme frappucino. Then, add vanilla bean powder, java chips, and a whole banana. (And, just so you know, you’ll have to pay extra for the banana!) Top the drink off with whipped cream and mocha drizzle. And, if you feel like it, add caramel, too.
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3. Butterbeer latte
Harry Potter fans, this is one of the Starbucks drinks best suited for you! (Another is the butterbeer frappuccino.) To order the hot version of the drink — which the unofficial Starbucks Secret Menu site characterizes as a “must-try for any diehard Harry Potter fan” — you’ll need to start with a whole milk steamer. Then, ask your barista to add caramel syrup, toffee nut syrup, and cinnamon dolce syrup. Top it off with whipped cream and salted caramel bits. And if you need some caffeine, go ahead and add a shot of espresso.
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4. Coldbuster tea
You may not need it now, but file this one away for the next time you need a little help to get over a lingering cold. According to the unofficial Starbucks Secret Menu site, this genius beverage “incorporates a handful of cold remedies, all put together in a steaming hot cup of tea.” To ask your barista to make one, order a venti cup with two tea bags: one Jade Citrus Mint and the other Peach Tranquility. Add half hot water and half steamed lemonade. Then, add a little honey and an optional pump of peppermint syrup.
Next: Everyone who’s a kid at heart will love this drink.
5. Cookie dough frappuccino
Delish also recommends trying the cookie dough frappuccino, if you’re ready to give the Starbucks secret menu a go. And who doesn’t love the taste of cookie dough? To order this beverage, ask your barista to start with a cinnamon dolce creme frappuccino. Then, add one to three pumps of mocha syrup, depending on the size of your drink. Blend it with java chips, and add mocha drizzle on top.
Next: This is one of the most classic drinks on the Starbucks secret menu.
6. Dirty chai
Most people have tried the chai latte, one of the more enduring drinks on the official Starbucks menu. But have you ever tried a dirty chai? The unofficial Starbucks secret menu site explains that this concoction works whether you order your chai hot or cold. Just ask your barista to add a shot of espresso into the drink for an extra kick. Or, if you think that one shot of espresso isn’t enough, add two to go “double dirty.”
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7. Honey green tea frappuccino
If you want a frappuccino that tastes great but also has a few health benefits, then you may want to try the honey green tea frappuccino. The unofficial Starbucks secret menu site notes that this beverage uses honey instead of classic syrup for a healthier twist. Just order a green tea frappuccino with honey instead of classic syrup, topped with whipped cream or honey drizzle if you want. The site also recommends ordering this drink double-blended to make sure the honey mixes in evenly, but we all know how much Starbucks baristas hate that.
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8. Mango frappuccino
Love mango? Then you don’t want to miss this delicious Starbucks drink. Spoon University reports that the mango frappucino is one of the best frappucinos on the Starbucks secret menu. To order it, ask your barista for a tall vanilla bean frappuccino with one less scoop of vanilla powder than usual, plus three pumps of mango syrup. Spoon University promises that “Your life won’t be the same” after you try this delicious drink.
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9. Mojito refresher
Only a few Starbucks locations serve cocktails. But you can get the refreshing taste of a mojito thanks to the mojito refresher — one of the best Starbucks drinks for summer, according to the unofficial Starbucks secret menu site. To order it, ask your barista for a cool lime refresher, but hold the lime until after blending. Then, add classic syrup (one pump for a tall, 1.5 for a grande, or two pumps for a venti). Next, add peppermint syrup (0.5 pump for a tall, one pump for a grande, or 1.5 for a venti). Add ice, and then blend!
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10. Peach ring tea
Out of all of our favorite Starbucks drinks, the best ones for summer usually involve some fruit. That’s especially true with the peach ring tea, which The Huffington Post notes is named for the beloved gummy candy peach rings. The publication also reports that the beverage “tastes like it could have come from a Haribo bag.” To order this Starbucks secret menu drink, ask your barista for a mixture of half Valencia orange refresher and half passion tea with no water. Then add one to three pumps of peach syrup.
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11. Pumpkin juice
Another of the many Starbucks drinks invented by Harry Potter fans? This copycat of the pumpkin juice served at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. The unofficial Starbucks secret menu site explains that the Starbucks version “is a dead ringer for the popular drink from the iconic books, and a tasty treat for the kids or yourself.” Just ask your barista for 1.5 to three pumps of pumpkin spice sauce (depending on the size of your drink), apple juice to the top line, and ice to fill the rest of the cup.
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12. Purple drink
Some of the best Starbucks drinks are surprisingly healthy. The purple drink is an easy example. While the famed “pink drink” joined the official menu, the purple drink remains on the Starbucks secret menu. Time characterizes this Instagram-friendly concoction as “decently healthy and low on caffeine.” Just order a passion fruit iced tea with soy milk, blackberries, and vanilla syrup to try it yourself.
Next: A genius flavor combination makes this one of the best Starbucks drinks on the secret menu.
13. Raspberry caramel macchiato
Can’t decide between a coffee flavor or a fruitier beverage? You can have both with the raspberry caramel macchiato, which People characterizes as a drink that is “not only really pretty to look at, but also tastes completely different from its Caramel Macchiato base.” The drink includes raspberry syrup, ice, milk, espresso, and caramel. Just ask your barista to make it like a regular Caramel Macchiato, but substitute raspberry syrup for the vanilla syrup at the bottom of the drink.
Next: Try this order if you think the best Starbucks drinks have a little bit of spice.
14. Russian tea refresher
Not many Starbucks drinks — at least not those from the secret menu — are spicy instead of sweet. So if you want a drink with an extra kick, you should try the Russian tea refresher. According to the unofficial Starbucks secret menu site, “A popular form of Russian Tea includes orange flavoring, as well as some spice.” To order it, start with the Valencia Orange Refresher. Then, add chai syrup (one pump for a tall, two pumps for a grande, or three pumps for a venti). Add classic syrup (in the same proportions) if you want it a little sweeter. And then sprinkle in some nutmeg for extra spice.
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15. Strawberry lemonade
A few of the Starbucks drinks best-loved by secret menu devotees are, surprisingly, pretty simple. That’s definitely the case with the strawberry lemonade, which the unofficial Starbucks Secret Menu website characterizes as a “pink strawberry lemonade slush that won’t leave you disappointed.” Just order a lemonade with strawberry flavoring and blended with ice to try this perennial favorite.
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