Starbucks customers know the situation all too well: You’re standing in line, reciting the precise order of the five different descriptors that constitute “your drink,” when you hear the person in front of you make a request so foreign sounding it completely throws your concentration. That’s right, they’ve gone and ordered some crazy-sounding drink off the Starbucks secret menu.
A Zebra Mocha? A Grande Green Eye? A Crunch Berry Frappuccino? Say what? They may sound like a far cry from the standard drip cup or your simple Mocha Frappuccino, but these drinks are not Starbucks folklore. And really, considering that the coffee giant has in years past boasted offering some 87,000 different drink combinations, that such “secret” items exist should not be too surprising.
As it turns out, many of your fast-food and restaurant chain favorites have “secret” menus — places like Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Subway, Chipotle, and even Jamba Juice. Of course, the one at beloved West Coast cult favorite, In-N-Out, is arguably the most famous. So well-known, in fact, that there’s really not much “secret” about it anymore. Starbucks’ off-the-menu items are certainly not as widely publicized as In-N-Out’s, but they are known enough to the point where you won’t get a dirty look from the barista when you ask for a Double Dirty Iced Chai.
Read on for an in-the-know guide to the “secret” drinks at Starbucks, including additional secret drinks submitted by readers and Starbucks devotees across the country and around the world.
Just remember that not all of these oh-so-clever names are universal, so if you’re planning on ordering one, you better know how to tell your barista to prepare it. (That, and to be prepared to pay a little extra.)
Know another secret menu drink that wasn’t included here? Comment below!
Starbucks Secret Menu Drinks
Green Eye: Three shots of espresso. (Note: At some Starbucks it’s called a Blue Eye.)
Dirty Chai: A Chai latte (hot or iced) with a shot of espresso. Two shots makes it a “Double Dirty” or “Extra Dirty” Chai.
Zebra Mocha: Sometimes called a “Penguin Mocha,” a “Marble Mocha,” or a “Black and White Mocha,” this drink mixes the white chocolate mocha with the regular mocha. Adding raspberry flavor makes it a “Red Tux” Mocha.
Chocolate Dalmatian: A White Chocolate Mocha with java chips and chocolate chips sprinkled in.
Cake Batter Frappuccino: Originally vanilla and almond syrup added to a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino. Since almond syrup is largely unavailable, some recommend subbing in hazelnut syrup and white mocha.
Captain Crunch/Crunch Berry Frappuccino: A combination of hazelnut syrup (though some folks contend it should be toffee nut) with a Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino.
“Short” Drink: The Tall drink’s smaller, less expensive younger brother.
French Press: Starbucks will brew any of the coffee they sell in a French Press.
Super Cream Frappuccino: Ask for a “Super Cream” version of your Frappuccino and you’ll get half a cup of whipped cream blended in.
Affogato-Style Frappuccino: Order any Frappuccino “affogato-style” and you’ll get a shot of hot espresso on top of instead of it being blended in.
Triple C’s:Cinnamon Dolce Latte with caramel syrup and chocolate mocha syrup.
Biscotti Frappuccino: You have to have to buy a package of biscotti cookies separately and ask your barista to blend them into your Frappe.
Reader-Suggested Secret Menu Drinks
Widow Maker: Half iced black tea, half iced black coffee.
Samoa Frappuccio: Mocha coconut Frappuccino with caramel drizzle.
Thin Mint Frappuccino: Tazo Green Tea Crème Frappuccino blended with chocolate syrup and java chips.
Snickers Frappuccino: Java Chip Frappuccino with two pumps of toffee nut and a caramel drizzle.
Banana Cream Pie Frappuccino: Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino with vanilla and hazelnut syrups, whipped cream, and a whole banana.
Apple Juice Orange Blossom: Tazo Orange Blossom Tea steeped in steamed apple juice (with no water).
Grasshopper Frappuccino: Mocha Frappuccino blended with java chips and peppermint syrup.
The Dirty Hippy: Dirty Chai Tea Latte with soy milk instead of regular milk.
Marble Mocha Macchiato: White mocha on the bottom with no whip, shot on the top and mocha drizzle.
Cookies & Cream Frappuccino: A White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino blended with java chips and a dash of peppermint syrup.
Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino: Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino and cinnamon dolce syrup.
Bootleg Brulée: Add two shots to a white mocha, toffee nut syrup, and caramel drizzle.