Bored with your favorite Starbucks drink and looking to mix it up? Who better to ask than Starbucks Baristas themselves for their favorite secret menu recipes? As a Starbucks barista, one of my favorite things is to give recommendations to customers. So many of our regular customers love our recommendations and order them every day.
Everyone loves the Starbucks secret menu, and one thing I've learned about working at a Starbucks on a college campus is that college students really love the secret menu. So here is a complied list of your favorite Starbucks drinks, created by baristas here at the University at Buffalo.
#SpoonTip: Baristas don't know your secret menu drink by name, but we'll definitely know it by the recipe.
Blueberry Cobbler Frappuccino (The Le)
How to order: Ask for a vanilla bean Frappuccino with blended berry inclusions and add cinnamon dolce powder on top
Why it's awesome: It's super sweet, super refreshing and tastes like blueberry cobbler. It's basically a blended dessert in a cup.
Starbucks Apple Cider (The Tina)
How to Order: Ask for steamed apple juice.
In a tall: 2 pumps chai/ 1 pump cinnamon dolce
In a grande: 3 pumps chai/2 pumps cinnamon dolce
In a venti: 4 pumps chai/2 pumps cinnamon dolce
Optional: Ask for whipped cream and caramel drizzle
Why it's awesome: Seriously tastes just like apple cider. Plus, the chai gives it caffeine (extra bonus!). It's literally everything you need for a late night study treat.
Snickerdoodle Macchiato (The Haley)
How to order: Ask for an iced Caramel Macchiato with soy milk.
In a tall: 1 pump of vanilla/1 pump of cinnamon dolce
In a grande: 1.5 pumps of vanilla/1.5 pumps of cinnamon dolce
In a venti: 2 pumps of vanilla/2 pumps of cinnamon dolce
Optional: Ask for extra caramel drizzle
Why it's awesome: It's super sweet, but with a cinnamon kick. It's an all-around great fall beverage, and you get your cookie craving and some espresso in all at once.
Starbucks Strawberry Tea (The Erin)
How to order: Ask for a strawberry açaí refresher, no water. Substitute black tea and lemonade for water (so basically 1/3 strawberry açaí, 1/3 black tea, 1/3 lemonade).
In a tall: 1 pump raspberry
In a grande: 1.5 pumps raspberry
In a venti: 2 pumps raspberry
Why it's awesome: It's basically the most refreshing caffeinated drink you can get at Starbucks. Black tea has the same amount of caffeine as coffee, and the strawberry açaí has caffeine too. So when you replace the water with the strawberry açaí you're pretty much going to be wired.
Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino
How to order: Ask for a white mocha frappuccino, add java chip.
In a tall: 1 pump of pumpkin spice
In a grande: 2 pumps of pumpkin spice
In a venti: 3 pumps of pumpkin spice
Why it's awesome: The name speaks for itself. Who doesn't like pumpkin pie?
The Medicine Ball (The Lily)
#SpoonTip: Remember, a tall tea at Starbucks comes with one bag. In a tall, you will get charged extra for the second tea bag. Grandes and ventis come with two tea bags.
Optional: Ask the barista for honey packets on the side (baristas do not put honey in your beverages).
Why it's awesome: Barista's can't cure your sickness, but if you have a sore throat the Medicine Ball will definitely take away some of that pain. Plus, it tastes bomb AF.