Starbucks Secret Menu: The Ultimate Guide

UPDATE: How to order 25 of the craziest, most off-the-wall, and off-the-menu drinks from the Starbucks secret menu

Starbucks Secret Menu: The Ultimate Guide
Here's how to order the craziest, most interesting off-the-menu drinks from the Starbucks secret menu.

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.

Starbucks Secret Menu: The Ultimate Guide

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.

The original article was posted: Aug 8, 2011 @ 12:05 AM

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ive worked for starbucks for awhile now and i can tell you if you ordered any of these drinks from me i'd know EXACTLY what you're talking about :) :) secrets are fun. captain crunch frappuccino is AMAZING (strawberries and cream with toffee nut)..sometimes i'll sample it and have customers guess what they're tasting hahaha...and people..its just coffee. chill out.


you have forgotten the greatest drink of all time, the mighty Stomlaj! Blended strawbery, orang0mango, lemonade, and apple juice with 1 pump classic, 2 pumps frappacino blended


As a tenured sbux employee and manager, i think this article is fun :) BUT pleeeease heed the statement at the end of the intro article!!

"Just remember that not all of the drink names are universal so make sure you can at least explain how the drink is made to your barista."


I've been to Starbucks in a lot of states and I can honestly say that I have never had a snotty barista or a bad cup of coffee. Even when they are packed and running around like crazy, the line goes fast and, the coffee is still great, and the attitudes are all in check with smiley faces!


Frankly, I have never found my starbucks baristas to be anything but pleasant. A bit rushed due to high volume, yes, but they aren't there to make conversation! And for pete's sake if you order something off the menu, they have every right to charge you out the yin yang for it---because it's NOT ON THE BLOODY MENU. the same thing would happen at a restaurant or a bar if you did it, so cool your jets. If you can describe what you want and they have the ingredients, then yeah, why not, but don't complain that it doesn't taste exactly like the one you had at the other starbucks down the road. Sheesh.

where has all the civility gone???


I find it funny when people order these "secret" drinks and 1) get mad at the upcharge 2) have no idea that there drink is ready because the barista doesn't call it by the nickname and 3) get mad at the poor barista glaring at them behind the counter

At our store (licensed), my favorite drink is a Vanilla Bean with vanilla, hazlenut, heavy whipping cream, and a whole banana. But I am prepared to pay the $6 for a grande and I don't call it out or refer to it as a Banana Cream Pie, which is what it tastes like and the nickname it has aquired.

And I've never seen Almond syrup, Chocolate Frappuccino base, or French Vanilla in any Starbucks in Northern CA that I've been to, which is sad because I wanted to try the one that tastes like cookie dough, Oh well, looks like experiment time!


oh my gosh, that drink sounds amazing. A year at Starbucks and I've never heard of the Banana Cream Pie...II'm writing that down and trying it tomorrow, it might be a new favorite. THANK YOU!

Also, none of that is in SoCal either. Never even heard of chocolate Frappuccino base...


In Northern California we do have almond syrup.


Starbucks baristas everywhere (partners and licensed alike) will love this


As a Barista, I can tell you that if you come to my store and order a drink from the "secret menu" I'm probably going to look at you with a very confused expression and say "what?". These are not standard drinks. Just tell us what you want and we'll happily make it. Or, tell us what you want it to taste like and we'll go from there! :3


I worked at starbucks a few years ago and never saw an almond syrup.


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell me blending biscotti in the blender is NOT happening! In addition to nut allergies, there are people with CELIAC disease who would be gravely ill with the gluten contamination! Just washing it is not adequate to remove the allergens.


We usually call the zebra mocha a marble mocha where I work. And yeah, we have been asked to do the Crunch berry one from time to time. Haven't had anyone get too dirty with their chai's yet though.


Or Tuxedo mocha! Dirty chais are delish, especially with soy...yummm


I work at starbucks and yes we can make things not on the menu but these drinks are ones we have learned from being bored at work. There is no secret list they teach us. If you have an experienced Barista we can figure out how to make anything you want but expect to pay big bucks for these. Customizing at starbucks gets pricey. Also we are no longer allowed to blend food items in fraapuccinos so no biscotti frappuccino. A more laid back store might make you one but dont be surprised when we say no.


Try the upside down caramel machiatto!!

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