We all have our go-to Starbucks drink that we end up ordering 99% of the time (vanilla latte, anyone?), but here’s why it’s worth branching out: there are actually over 87,000 drink combinations at Starbucks, most of which you obviously won’t find on the menu. You only have to type #StarbucksSecretMenu into Instagram, or search sites like StarbucksSecretMenu.net and HackTheMenu.com, to find a whole bunch of drinks that can be ordered off-the-menu: from hibiscus iced teas with coconut milk (aka ‘Pink Drinks’) to Oreo frappuccinos.
But getting your hands on these drinks isn’t as easy as showing a snap of the drink you saw on Insta and asking for a ‘pink drink’ – it’s all in the ordering. So in the interests of mixing it up and finding a new Starbucks drink obsession, here are some of the best off-the-menu bevvies, and what to say to the Barista to get them.
The pink drink
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This summer, Instagram feeds have been clogging up with snapshots of Starbucks (now not so) secret ‘pink drinks’. It’s cold and refreshing, contains fruit and coconut milk so it’s packed with nutritional goodness. Plus, it tastes exactly like a pink Starburst!
What to ask for: Instagram might tell you to order a Strawberry Acai Refresher and replace the grape juice with coconut milk, but unfortunately, Strawberry Acai Refreshers are only available on the U.S. menu. But don’t fret, us Brits just need to order a Hibiscus-flavoured iced tea lemonade, and ask them to blend it with coconut milk for the same creamy, fruity taste.
The Pokéball frappuccino
The Pokeball Frappuccino!! You’re probably hearing about the major popularity of Pokémon Go or played it yourself! It’s sweeping the world and even if you don't play the game, there’s no denying how popular this game has been. Catch this Pokéball Frappuccino at your local Starbucks! There are many different recipes but this one seems to be a fan favorite! How to Order: Bottom half Vanilla Frappuccino Top half Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino Top with strawberry whipped cream You can also ask for an optional pump of mocha drizzle in between the Vanilla and Strawberry Frappuccino to mimic the ball’s opening. If they don't have strawberry whipped cream, regular whipped cream will do just fine! #starbucks #starbuckssecretmenu
Yep, we’ve all been going mad for Pokémon Go, now you can get a Pokéball frappuccino – that’s a mix of vanilla and strawberry frappuccino with lots of cream.
What to ask for: Ask the barista to make a frappuccino divided into two halves – the bottom half vanilla frappuccino, the top half strawberries and creme frappuccino – and top with strawberry whipped cream. You can also ask for an optional pump of mocha drizzle in between the vanilla and strawberry frappuccino to mimic the Pokéball’s opening. Gotta drink ’em all (sorry).
The purple drink
It was only a matter of time after the Starbucks pink drink started trending on Instagram that we started to see #PurpleDrink selfies filling up our newsfeeds with all their blackberry, milky goodness.
What to ask for: Ask your barista to blend up passion fruit iced tea (no water), soy milk, vanilla syrup and freeze-dried blackberries. Make sure you get vanilla syrup, not raspberry syrup as this will turn your drink pink, not purple. You can also sub the soy milk for coconut milk for a lighter, lavender-coloured drink.
The ferrero rocher frappuccino
This chocolate, nutty, coffee sensation is the ultimate Starbucks indulgence. It’s an essential drink for anyone who has ever managed to work their way through an entire box at Christmas time (we’re not even sorry).
What to ask for: Order a double chocolate chip frappuccino or a java chip frappuccino and ask the barista to add mocha syrup (2 pumps for tall, 3 for grande, 3.5 for venti), hazelnut syrup (1 pump for tall, 1.5 for grande, 2 for a venti) and hazelnut drizzle. Then top it off with whipped cream. Add nutmeg powder for an extra nutty flavour or mocha drizzle for extra chocolate.
The orange drink
First it was pink, then it was purple, then it was orange. This tangoed secret Starbucks drink is super refreshing and ridiculously easy to explain how to make to your barista.
What to ask for: Ask for orange mango juice mixed in with vanilla bean powder and coconut milk. Yep, it’s that easy. If your local Starbucks have orange wedges, get a few of those thrown in at the end for extra fruitiness.
The s’mores frappuccino
Chocolate, coffee, toffee nut, cinnamon, whipped cream – oh yes! The ultimate caffeinated blend that tastes just like toasted marshmallows.
What to ask for: Ask for a grande double chocolate chip frappuccino and ask your barista to blend with in one pump of cinnamon dolce syrup, one pump of toffee nut syrup and whipped cream, then top it off with more whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles.
The caramel cocoa cluster frappuccino
If you’re always the one munching on all the caramels in those Quality Street tins come Christmas time, this one’s for you. Caramel (obvs) is mixed in with toffee nut, coffee, chocolate and whipped cream. Hello.
What to ask for: Ask your barista to blend toffee nut syrup with coffee and top it off with a dark caramel sauce, whipped cream and a mocha drizzle. Chocolate sprinkles, optional (but necessary).
The birthday cake frappuccino
What better way to celebrate your birthday – or let’s be honest, every day of the week – than with a birthday cake frappuccino? This vanilla, hazelnut and raspberry-infused whipped cream drink tastes just like sponge cake.
What to ask for: Order a vanilla bean frappuccino blended with hazelnut syrup (one pump for tall, 1.5 pumps for grande, 2 pumps for venti) and have them top it off with raspberry-infused whipped cream. Pssst: if you love Starbucks cake pops, ask if they can blend a cake pop in your drink too. Not all Starbucks locations will do that, but it doesn’t hurt to ask!
The oreo frappuccino
Everything about this frappuccino is pure, indulgent heaven. White chocolate, chocolate chips and coffee with whipped cream gives it that Oreo-like taste.
What to ask for: Order a double chocolate chip frappuccino blended with white mocha sauce instead of regular mocha and top off with chocolate or regular whipped cream. We recommend buying yourself a packet of Oreos and sprinkling crumbs on top (just try not to eat the whole packet in 2 minutes!).