10 Starbucks Hidden Menu Hacks To Up Your Coffee Game


Starbucks, the icon of coffee shops, is famous for their delicious and unique menu items. They regularly roll out new drink combinations for holidays, special promotions or just because it’s summer.

But did you know there’s more to their drink menu than your favorite half-soy, half-caf, sugar-free caramel latte?

As it turns out, Starbucks has a huge list of secret recipes, created by both baristas and patrons, with some of the tastiest mixes you can imagine.

Check out these 10 cool menu hacks to try on your next visit. One of them might just become your new favorite!

1. Hot Butterbeer Latte

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Now even we Muggles can enjoy a butterbeer anytime. Start with a whole milk steamer and add caramel syrup, toffee nut syrup and cinnamon dolce syrup, then top with whipped cream and salted caramel bits. If you can’t imagine a latte with no coffee, ask for a shot of espresso.

2. Passion Tea Frappuccino

A delicious twist on a regular frappuccino (or regular tea for that matter) this drink combines bright spring flavors along with a bright pink color. Ask for milk, passion tea, ice, three pumps of classic syrup and a crème base. Blend and top with whipped cream. It’s like your favorite gas station slushie, only better.

3. The Green Drink

By now you’ve probably seen lots of Instagram feeds that showcase the Pink Drink, another Starbucks super-secret, not-so-secret beverage option.

Now we also have the Green Drink. It’s only got three ingredients but it’s a nice change from the traditional green tea latte. Simply combine iced black tea, matcha powder, coconut milk and ice.

4. Sunset Refresher

If it’s the days of summer you’re missing, the Sunset Refresher brings it all back to you with the very first sip. Start with Cool Lime Refresher to about one-third full, add lemonade, fresh lime and top with black tea and lots of ice. It’s almost as good as being on the beach.

5. Cold Hot Chocolate Frappuccino

For a cool take on hot cocoa, the Cold Hot Chocolate Frappuccino hits the spot no matter what the weather might be. Start with a Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino, add vanilla syrup and blend in whipped cream, then top with more whipped cream and a mocha drizzle.

6. Spiced Apple Pie

For the perfect drink on a crisp fall day, and something a little different from the usual plethora of pumpkin spice, check out a Spiced Apple Pie. This drink combines half hot Passion Tango tea, half steamed apple juice and cinnamon dolce syrup. Top with whipped cream, graham cracker and cinnamon dolce sprinkles.

8. Coconut Milk Pumpkin Macchiato

Another great change-up from the traditional pumpkin spice latte, the Coconut Milk Pumpkin Macchiato combines the unusual flavors of coconut milk and pumpkin for a creamy and delicious treat. Ask for a Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato but add pumpkin spice syrup instead of white mocha syrup, then top with pumpkin spice topping.

7. White Chocolate Cinnamon Chai Latte

Smooth white chocolate with the spice of cinnamon and chai? Yes, please! Ask for a chai latte, whole milk and no water, add cinnamon dolce syrup and white mocha syrup, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.

9. Holly Jolly Latte

During the holiday season, you can add some Christmas cheer to that eggnog latte by getting it Holly Jolly style. Order an eggnog chai latte with no water, add one to two pumps peppermint syrup, whipped cream and nutmeg sprinkles.

10. Christmas in a Cup Latte

You’ll feel like it’s Christmas every day with the Christmas in a Cup Latte. Start with a cinnamon dolce latte and add one to two pumps peppermint syrup and white mocha syrup. Top with whipped cream and you’ll be singing Christmas carols in no time!