We’ve got a secret to spill that isn’t so secret about Starbucks’ menu. Rumor has it that many of your favorite restaurants have secret menus that you can order off of if you know the magic words. Just like many chains, Starbucks has an assortment of off-menu items that are sure to please the adventurous and those looking for that perfect drink that they haven’t tasted yet.
What makes a secret menu so special? A secret menu item uses the ingredients that a store like Starbucks has in every shop, but it is different than anything offered on the official menu. These creative concoctions are often customer favorites and it adds excitement to be able to have the inside scoop about ways to combine syrups or flavors for an original treat.
Starbucks allow customers to make their creations available as long as the location has the ingredients on hand and the barista knows the recipe. Just in case your barista hasn’t heard of a particular item on this vast list, the recipes are listed below with each item. This is a courtesy since this is an undisclosed menu and obviously won’t be printed out behind the bar.
Revel in the covert knowledge that you can order the following drinks, sizes, or other modifications to classic espresso, coffee, Frappuccinos, or teas served at Starbucks.
We’ve compiled a list of the best or most unique underground menu items we found. We have them organized by Special Sizes, Frappuccinos/Lattes, and Espresso/Coffee Creations. Try creating your own clever combination and maybe it will end up on the unofficial list!
Let's start out slow. I don't want to hurt your brains too much with these weird (but delicious) drink ideas. There are actually two special sizes you may not have heard of!
This is a smaller size than the usual 12 ounce tall size. This is perfect for those of you that like less milk with your espresso, for kids hot chocolates, or a mini spot of hot coffee. The Short Drink cup is an 8 ounce cup that allows for stronger flavor and concentration for hot beverages.
This is on the opposite end of the size spectrum than the 8 ounce ‘short’ cup. It is for those in need of a serious shot of caffeine. A whopping 31 ounces is contained in the Trente Drink cup. This is only for hot drinks, so don’t try to order a Trente Frappuccino. That is just too ridiculous!
3. Butterbeer Latte or Frappuccino
The famed wizarding world has made its mark in the muggle world. Although the name butterbeer is not actually butter and beer, it is inspired by the flavors that warm the spirit. Give your barista this recipe if you want to channel Harry Potter in your next latte or Frappuccino:
- Whole Milk Steamer
- 2-4 Pumps Caramel Syrup
- 2-4 Pumps Toffee Nut Syrup
- 2-4 Pumps Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
- Whipped Cream & Salted Caramel Bits
- Espresso (optional)
- Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino
- 1-2 Pumps of Caramel Syrup
- 1-2 Pumps of Toffee Nut Syrup
- Caramel Drizzle on Top of Whipped Cream
4. Three C’s Latte
Although the name is quite vague, this combination of three popular C-named syrups is perfect for those who like a little spice, and everything nice (aka chocolate and caramel) in their latte. Here’s the recipe:
- Cinnamon Dolce Latte
- 2 Pumps Chocolate Syrup
- 1 Pump Caramel Syrup
Things are really going to get interesting in the next few pages, so keep reading!