Every Starbucks barista understands the horror of the “secret menu.” The idea of customizing a drink to make it taste similar to a favorite cereal or candy sounds delicious, but when you add multiple add-ins and request extras of everything, this causes emotional (and sometimes physical) trauma to your hometown barista.
This week, I set out to ask the barista community for advice on drinks that are delicious, creative and easy on your barista. A HUGE thanks to baristas across the Midsouth who responded to my Facebook and Shyft posts!
The Infamous “Pink Drink”
This drink has been a crowd favorite among customers and baristas for over a year. The recipe is as follows:
Order: Strawberry Acai Refresher
Substitute: Coconut Milk for Water
Ask for: Light Ice
The sweetness of the Refresher mixed with the smoothness of coconut milk makes a refreshing fruit drink for a hot day. Rumor has it that Starbucks plans to add this to the menu soon!
Submitted by Mellie
Cap’n Crunch Frappuccino
This recipe may seem strange to some, but it actually mixes nicely! The fruity flavors of the strawberry is very similar to the berries in the cereal.
Order: Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino
Add: Toffee Nut Syrup (pumps: 1 for Tall, 2 for Grande, and 3 for Venti)
Submitted by Kala
Oreo Frappuccino (or Cookies and Creme)
This is my personal favorite Secret-Menu drink. This drink taste exactly like cookies and creme ice cream you can get from Baskin Robbins
Order: Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino
Substitute: White Mocha for Mocha
Use: Half White Mocha and Half Mocha (my personal recipe)
Submitted by Donald and Kix
This recipe taste just like a white cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting. The additional syrup also makes the consistency lighter which allows for a more refreshing drink.
Order: Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
Add Hazelnut syrup (pumps: 1 for Tall, 2 for Grande, and 3 for Venti)
Submitted by Nichole
Cold Buster (also called Medicine Ball)
This drink has a varying name in different markets, but the health effects are undeniable. This drink is the more difficult of the 5, but most baristas prefer to see healthy customers over sick ones!
Order: Venti hot tea with one Peach Tranquility teabag and one Jade Citrus Mint Tea Bag
Substitute: Half Steamed Lemonade and Half Hot Water
Add: 2 Packs of Honey
The honey acts as a anti-microbial, and the mint tea helps to soothe a sore throat. The steamed lemonade also helps to get in extra vitamins and opens the throat.
Submitted by Katie
Thanks to all of the baristas that submitted to this article! Drop a comment below with your favorite secret-menu items that you would not mind making during a rush!
Heart You All!
P.S. The barista with his hand stuck in the first picture is ok! No harm done!