Starbucks Secret Menu


Mack Jackson, Reporter

In the aftermath of the pink drink, a fan-made Starbucks creation that went viral in 2016 the head barista at Target in Waterford, CT has taken it upon herself to come up with her own secret menu creations.  However, a word of caution, the “Secret Menu” actually isn’t a menu at all. Instead, it’s a colloquial term made up by guests and is meant to be followed as more of a recipe for your barista.  Since it’s nearly impossible to remember all of these recipes, you can recite any of these to a Starbucks barista and they would be more than happy to whip it up.

The Peppermint Bark Cold Brew is a great winter-themed drink for those who aren’t too keen on hot drinks.  With just the perfect amount of peppermint without it being overbearing and a wonderful sweet cream cold foam, it’s perfect for an afternoon pick me up. Here’s how to order:

(Grande) Cold Brew with 4 peppermints with vanilla sweet cream Cold Foam with two pumps of mocha blended in and Holiday Sparkles on the top.

A personal favorite on this list, the Spiced Vanilla Chai Cold Brew is a drink perfect for those fall/winter vibes. This drink would certainly be a replacement for the Starbucks enthusiasts that want a substitute for the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Here’s how to order:

(Grande) Cold Brew with 4 vanilla and vanilla sweet cream Cold Foam w/ 2 pumps Chai blended in the foam.  Top w/ Cinnamon dolce sprinkles.

For those wanting a sweeter drink, there’s what was dubbed a “Taste of Summer”.  Using the strawberry Acai Refresher as a base, which has become a secret menu favorite for it’s many variations such as the pink drink.  Here’s how to order:

Strawberry acai refresher with no water and with Peach Juice and Apple Juice.

Another great summer drink for those with a bit of a sweet tooth, the “Caramel Apple Refresher” tastes almost exactly like it’s name. This one can also be substituted with any type of milk or milk alternative that Starbucks serves. Here’s hope to order:

Kiwi Refresher with coconut milk, with no kiwi pieces and ask for extra caramel drizzle on the cup, and on top.

The “Candy Corn Macchiato” is typically only available during the fall, around the same time as the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Despite it’s name, this drink is less on the sweet side and nearly perfectly replicates the taste of Candy Corn, making for a great Halloween drink. Here’s how to order:

(Grande) Caramel Macchiato with 3 pumps of pumpkin spice and no vanilla syrup.

Lastly, another drink perfect for the holiday season, the “Santa Cookie Frappuccino” near-perfectly replicates the taste of a sugar cookie. It’s fans are split, however, with some thinking it tastes more like a chocolate chip cookie.  Here’s how to order:

(Grande) Toasted White Mocha Frappuccino with 3 pumps cinnamon dolce syrup, 3 scoops of Java Chips, whipped cream, and chocolate curls on top.