Like any other coffee or Starbucks enthusiast, you’ve probably heard whispers of the Starbucks secret menu. But have you ever tried to order an item from it? Do you even know what’s on it? Can you just ask your barista for a funky drink name you heard might be on the secret menu? The truth may shock you.
What Is the Starbucks Secret Menu?
Most people head into Starbucks and order off the posted menu. But not you. No, you’re an adventurer — ready to try some of the yummiest off-menu treats Starbucks offers. There has to be some kind of secret code you tell your barista to see the full menu selection though, right? Sadly, the Starbucks secret menu isn’t exactly what you thought it would be.
But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to the traditional menu options. Starbucks allows and encourages customers to make substitutions to their beverages. And this is how Starbucks secret menu was born.
Customers just like you have brilliant recipe ideas they try out, and word spreads like wildfire. This is partially due to the increasing popularity of TikTok and Instagram Reels, which give these secret menu contributors a chance to go viral. And when they do, the best of the best recipes make it onto the unofficial Starbucks secret menu.
Where Can You Find Starbucks Secret Menu Drinks?
Hard truth: There is no official Starbucks secret menu. But when people create concoctions that catch the attention of others, they can dub their beverage creation a Starbucks secret menu drink. If you’re interested in finding some of the various secret menu items from over the years, a simple Pinterest or Google search will show you hundreds of options.
Don’t worry, though; we are about to detail eight of our favorite Starbucks secret menu items, along with information on how to order them!
You can search for these drinks by the holiday, the season, or whatever flavor you’re in the mood for — perhaps something fruity, sweet, robust or chocolately. The possibilities are endless. If you’re the creative type or an aspiring foodie, you might even try creating your own Starbucks menu item.
How to Order a Secret Menu Drink From the Barista
Ordering a drink from Starbucks secret menu may be more of a challenge than you may think. The problem is that this unofficial menu doesn’t really exist.
So, asking your barista for a Butterbeer latte may or may not work out. If your barista has had others order this secret menu item before, they may know what you’re talking about by name. But it should not come as a surprise if they don’t.
However, sometimes, the secret menu drinks become so popular that Starbucks will actually add them to the official menu. The Pink Drink and the Medicine Ball are two beverages that Starbucks made official in 2021.
Tip: If you want to order a Starbucks secret menu beverage as easily as possible, don’t ask for it by name. Instead, tell the barista the size of your beverage, it’s base, your substitutions, and how you want it made.
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8 of the Tastiest Starbucks Secret Menu Drinks in 2021
Whether coffee-based drinks are your go-to Starbucks order or you prefer a lighter drink, the Starbucks secret menu has something for everyone. Some of the more popular items that made it onto the unofficial Starbucks secret menu are Frappuccinos.
1. Winnie the Pooh Frappuccino
If you want to start your morning in a sweet honey Frappuccino dream, the Winnie the Pooh Frappuccino is for you. Ready to order? Ask the barista to:
- Pour a vanilla bean frapp
- Add honest, caramel drizzle, cinnamon dolce and cinnamon powder
- Make sure it is blended!
- Drizzle extra caramel around the inside of the cup
2. Skittles Frappuccino
A fruity explosion your kids will love, the Skittles Frappuccino literally melts in your mouth. When you’re ready to order, ask your barista for:
- A Venti strawberry creme frapp
- Four pumps of vanilla syrup
- One-and-a-half pumps of raspberry syrup
- Whipped cream on top
3. Caramel Apple Frappuccino
Another menu creation we recommend just in time for fall weather is the Caramel Apple Frap! Order this juicy apple concoction just like this:
- Apple juice to the first line and milk to the second line
- Cinnamon syrup, 3 pumps
- Cream base, 3 pumps
- Add dark caramel, 2 pumps
- whipped cream
- caramel ribbon crunch for added caramel flavors
- top with signature cinnamon dolce topping
Starbucks Secret Menu Refreshers
It’s been nearly 5 years since Starbucks introduced the secret menu refreshers, which originally debuted back in 2012. Originally only available as a limited-time offer, these refreshing drinks are now on every iced beverage list at just about every coffee chain in the country.
4. Peach and Coconut Refresher
This drink has a vibrant red color that is packed with peach and coconut flavors. Here is how to order:
- Order a traditional Starbucks Berry Refresher
- Simply ask for 2 pumps of coconut syrup and 2 pumps of peach syrup
This simple mixture is one of the best Starbucks refreshers that money can buy!
5. Rose Gold Starbucks Refresher
One of the most Instagrammable refreshers is the Rose Gold refresher. To get your hands on one of these tasty treats, ask your barista to:
- Pour a Venti mango dragonfruit refresher
- Remove the inclusions
- Add peach juice (not water or lemonade)
- One pump of raspberry syrup
- One pump of vanilla syrup
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6. Firecracker Ombré Drink
The Firecracker Ombré drink emerged in 2021 as one of the *coolest* secret menu refreshers. You can get your hands on this refreshing beverage by asking your barista to:
- Create a Venti mango dragonfruit refresher
- Add lemonade (not juice or water)
- Remove the inclusions
- Add one pump of raspberry syrup
- Shake the lemonade and syrup first, then pour over ice
- Top with passion tea
7. Starbucks Oatmeal Cookie Latte
Fall and winter are right around the corner, and you know what that means: all the yummy fall flavors — including Oatmeal Cookie. Order an Oatmeal Cookie Latte by asking your barista to:
- Make a latte with oat milk
- Two pumps mocha syrup
- Two pumps brown sugar syrup
- Oat milk foam on top
- Add a drizzle of chocolate sauce
8. Starbucks Pumpkin Patch Latte
With Fall just around the corner, a Pumpkin Patch Latte should be at the top of your secret menu list. Ask the barista to:
- Create a pumpkin spice latte
- Steam in match green tea powder
There are so many Starbucks secret menu options to choose from. The good news? The menu is here to stay. Which menu item are you most excited to try?