In-N-Out is best known for its secret Animal Style burgers. Heck, even McDonald’s has a secret menu with burgers available only in specific regions. But if you’ve been living vicariously through Instagram, you know that Starbucks’ secret menu drinks have upped the ante of viral photo sharing. If your ultimate goal is accumulating as many hearts as possible on your Instagram posts, then you should probably learn how to get those green-smocked baristas to create a drink that will give you temporary Instagram fame.
The Stormtrooper Frappuccino
If you’re a Star Wars fan, then you’ll appreciate the Stormtrooper Frappuccino. While this is a more seasonal drink depending on movie releases, it was first created by Anaheim baristas located in Downtown Disney. So, what is it? It’s literally a Vanilla Creme Frap topped with whipped cream and mocha swirl. How this translates to a stormtrooper, we don’t know! But it was quite popular when The Force Awakens was in theaters.
The Butterbeer Latte/Frappuccino
Harry Potter fans unite—this drink is for you. If you know how to order the butterbeer, you can get it as either a latte or Frappuccino. For the hot latte version, tell your barista to start with steamed whole milk. Add caramel syrup, toffee syrup, and cinnamon dolce syrup. And if you’re feeling plucky, add a shot of espresso. But if you’re more into fraps, this one is a bit more complex, so have the recipe on hand before you step up to place your order. For a grande, direct your barista to:
· Line a cup with caramel drizzle
· Use a creme Frappuccino base, and be sure to request whole milk
· Add three pumps of caramel syrup and three pumps of toffee nut syrup
· Garnish with whipped cream and caramel drizzle
The Dirty Chai
Chai is a standard drink on Starbucks’ official menu. But did you know you could up the ante by using it as the base for an unofficial drink? For this one, simply ask the barista to add a shot of espresso to your chai. Whether you prefer hot or cold chai, this drink booster is said to work for either temperature.
Raise the bar past the typical Pumpkin Spice Latte and go all in for fall goodness with this autumn-in-a-cup creation. “Pumpkin Juice” is created by combining pumpkin spice sauce with apple juice. Specifically, request one-and-a-half to three pumps of pumpkin spice sauce, then fill apple juice to the top line. Add ice and enjoy. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t say this is yet another Harry Potter-inspired drink.
The Purple Drink
Can brightly colored drinks be healthful? Yes! The Purple Drink is a twist on Starbucks’ passion fruit iced tea, which is part of their official menu. To create the “Purple Drink,” simply order passion fruit tea with soy milk. But then request blackberries and vanilla syrup add-ons.
The Dark Side Frappuccino
Back to the world of Star Wars, where of course, Darth Vader gets his own drink. If you relate more to Admiral Palpatine, Kylo Ren, and Darth Vader, this drink is for you. For the curious, the same location that thought up the Stormtrooper Frap also created this rich treat. However, Starbucks Secret Menu warns that “rich” is an understatement because of the ingredients. So either order this drink to “do it for the 'Gram” or because you genuinely love a drink this intense. To order the Dark Side Frap, request an espresso frap with mocha sauce mixed in. Top with chocolate whipped cream and mocha drizzle.
The Unicorn Frappuccino
Yes, of course, we had to share this drink that took Instagram by storm last summer. Of the drinks in this post, this was an official limited edition drink that was available at numerous Starbucks ranging from a week to longer depending on the special ingredient availability. So, while technically this drink isn’t available, you never know when it might fall back into favor. To create the Unicorn Frap:
· Start with a creme Frappuccino base
· Add mango syrup
· Add pink unicorn powder to change the drink’s color
· Add blue drizzle (made by combining white mocha, classic syrup, and sour blue unicorn powder)
· Garnish with whipped cream and pink and blue unicorn dust
While the Unicorn Frap drove likes and engagement on Instagram, people were fairly split on whether or not it was actually any good. Even by Starbucks’ own description, the drink was meant to be sweet and sour thanks to its ingredients—and that led to mixed reviews.
According to The Daily Meal, there are limitless secret drink combinations you can try at Starbucks. However, the biggest issue you’ll face is that not every barista is aware of the obscure drink you want to order. To avoid frustration, make sure that you not only know the name but the ingredients. Also, specialty drinks mean extra money at the register.
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