We Hamptonites love our Starbucks. But are we getting the most of their oddly sized drinks?
Ordering a creative Starbucks beverage can be fun, but with so many options it can also be a bit daunting. Though it’s usually easier to just order from the listed lattes, fraps, juices and hot drinks, it can be tough to ignore all the à la carte choices and ingredients.
By now most people have seen the “most expensive Starbucks drink” or “Quadriginoctuple Frap,” which one intrepid customer devised and bought for $47.30 in February of this year (watch video below). It was a “48-shot mocha frappuccino soy mocha drizzle matcha powder protein powder caramel brulee topping, strawberry, two bananas, caramel drizzle frappuccino chips vanilla bean venti-sized drink, according to foodbeast.com.
But was it good? Probably not. Was it fun to order? Definitely.
So, how do we enjoy the fun of Starbucks’ à la carte menu, but actually get to enjoy the beverage we create? Starbucks Secret Menu is the answer and your ultimate (unofficial) online resource for creative Starbucks combos “created for Starbucks fans by Starbucks fans.” Located at starbuckssecretmenu.net, this site is loaded with dozens and dozens of drink recipes using only what’s available on the Starbucks menu. As the site says, it’s “a collection of beverage creations that have been skillfully concocted by Starbucks baristas and connoisseurs from all around the world.” Just make sure to order by recipe, not by name (though some may be popular enough that your local barista will know them).
Here are some examples to get you started:
The Pixy Stix Refresher – a cold bit of sweet and sour through a straw
Half Passion Tea, Half Valencia Orange Refresher
No orange slices
Classic Syrup (2 for a tall, 2 for a grande, 3 for a venti)
Raspberry Syrup (1 for a tall, 2 for a grande, 3 for a venti)
Willy Wonka Frappuccino – bursting with chocolate flavor, with extra chips for some crunch
Start with a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino
Add extra java chips
Add extra mocha syrup (1 pump tall, 1.5 pumps grande, 2 pumps venti)
Add hazelnut syrup (1 pump tall, 1.5 pumps grande, 2 pumps venti)
Top with regular or chocolate whipped cream and mocha drizzle
Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino – perfect for fall!
Creme based Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino
Add Cinnamon Dolce Syrup (1 pump for a tall, 2 for grande, 3 for venti)
Add Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles
Whipped cream blended in
Top with more whipped cream and Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles
Skinny Mint – delicious and nearly guilt free
Green Tea Frappuccino with soy
Sweetened with splenda
Add peppermint syrup (1 pump for a tall, 1.5 for a grande, 2 pumps for a venti)
Red Candy Apple Frappucino – drink for picking season
Start with apple juice to the bottom line of the cup
Add Raspberry Syrup (1.5 tall, 2 grande, 2.5 venti)
Add Classic Syrup (2 tall, 3 grande, 4 venti)
Add scoop of ice and blend
Top with a little whip and a pump of caramel drizzle
Check out starbuckssecretmenu.net to find a secret recipe that suits your taste, or submit your favorite creative combo, then visit a local East End Starbucks and give them a whirl!