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Monday, 16 April 2018

How to Order Off the Starbucks "Secret" Menu

While the Starbucks Secret Menu isn’t a real menu that Starbucks employees are required to learn, they’re almost always happy to create your unique drink if you’re able to tell them the ingredients and steps involved. Know the details of your order ahead of time and be able to give some quick, concise directions to your barista. With tons of secret menu items to choose from, you’re sure to find a drink that’s perfect for your taste buds.


EditPlacing Your Order

  1. Know the recipe, not just the name. When it’s your turn to order, you need to be able to tell the barista exactly what is in your secret menu item drink. Visit websites like https://starbuckssecretmenu.net/ or http://hackthemenu.com/starbucks/secret-menu/ to pick a drink and get the information on how to create it.[1]
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    • It’s a good idea to pull the recipe up on your phone so that you can refer to it if needed when ordering.
    • The Starbucks employees probably won't know about the drink. The Starbucks secret menu is maintained by fans, not by Starbucks, so the employees are trained to make these drinks.
  2. Start with the base drink. Most secret menu drinks will be an alteration of a drink that already exists, so be sure to tell your barista what the base drink is to make their job much easier.[2]
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    • For example, the base drink for a Twix Frappuccino is a Caramel Frappuccino.
  3. Request any substitutions. Once you’ve stated your base drink, specify whether you’d like any substitutions in the liquid. For example, maybe your secret menu item asks for milk instead of water.[3]
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  4. Ask for the type and number of pumps of additions. Most secret menu drinks will have an additional type of syrup or specific number of pumps that should be used. When you go to order, don’t just say you’d like caramel syrup, but know the number of pumps that your drink requires.[4]
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    • Know the specific toppings on your drink as well, such as mocha drizzle, whipped cream, or chocolate chips.
    • Be prepared to pay for the extra additions.
  5. Order the drink as a custom order in 1 sentence. Instead of requesting the secret menu item’s name, ask for the base drink, substitutions, and additions all in 1 swift sentence.[5]
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    • For example, if you’re ordering a Red Velvet Frappuccino, you’d say “a half White Chocolate Mocha and half Regular Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino with 2 pumps of raspberry syrup topped with whipped cream, please.”[6]

EditChoosing a Drink

  1. Order a Pink Drink for a colorful refresher. The base drink for a Pink Drink is a Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk, strawberries, and blackberries.[7]
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    • This drink is well-known, so the barista may already know how to make it.
  2. Pick a Nutella Frappuccino for a chocolate treat. Order a Coffee Frappuccino with 2 pumps of mocha syrup and 1 pump of hazelnut syrup, all blended with whipped cream. Ask for a whipped cream topping and a caramel drizzle on top.[8]
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  3. Try out a Peach Ring Tea for a sweet, fruity drink. Ask for half Valencia Orange Refresher and half Passion Tea without water. Add 1-3 pumps of peach syrup.[9]
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  4. Opt for the Three C’s for a classic. The Three C’s consists of a Cinnamon Dolce Latte with a pump of caramel and a pump of chocolate mocha syrup.[10]
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  5. Choose the Captain Crunch for a drink that tastes like the cereal. Order a Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino with a pump of caramel, 2 pumps of toffee, 1 pump of hazelnut, and 2 scoops of chocolate chips.[11]
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  6. Drink a Citrus Berry Passion Refresher to cool you down. This drink is equal parts of Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, Cool Lime Refresher, and Lemonade. Finish it off with a splash of Passion Tango Tea.[12]
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  7. Ask for a Cotton Candy Frappuccino for a pink concoction. Order a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with 1-2 extra pumps of raspberry syrup.[13]
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  8. Request Raspberry Milk Tea for a soothing thirst-quencher. This drink consists of Iced Black Tea using half and half instead of water. Ask for an extra pump of classic syrup, 1-2 pumps of toffee nut syrup, and 1-2 pumps of raspberry syrup.[14]
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  9. Enjoy a Thin Mint Frappuccino for a minty drink. Ask for a Tazo Green Tea Frappuccino with 2 pumps of chocolate syrup, 1 pump of mint syrup, java chips, and honey.[15]
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  • If Starbucks is super busy and there’s a long line, try not to order off the secret menu unless it’s a simple order.
  • Don’t order a drink with food items like biscotti or brownies mixed in — employees aren’t allowed to put food in the blenders unless it’s fruits like bananas or blueberries.

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