If you are one of the more than 60 million people who visit Starbucks each week, then saddling up to the counter to place your coffee order is probably no big deal. You are well versed in the standard menu and quite proud of your well crafted order… a coffee beverage masterpiece that is uniquely yours made to the exact specifications you dictate to the barista.
But then you hear someone ask for a Grande “Dirty Hippy” and the coffee drink envy sets in. You start to doubt your Starbucks menu proficiency and are left wondering “do they know something that I don’t?” They most certainly do, but we’re going to let you in on the secret.
Earlier this year, The Daily Meal, one of our absolute favorite sites for all things related to food and drinks, blew the coffee cup top off of the Starbucks Secret Menu. Yep, you heard us right Starbucks traditionalists… A SECRET MENU that boasts some of the craziest, most interesting off-the-menu Starbucks coffee drinks.
Here are a few that intrigued us and several others that nauseated us.
Don’t Mind If We Do Brews
Dirty Chai: A Chai latte (hot or iced) with a shot of espresso. Two shots makes it a “Double Dirty” or “Extra Dirty” Chai. Order it with soy milk instead of regular milk and you have “The Dirty Hippy”.
Triple C’s: Cinnamon Dolce Latte with caramel syrup and chocolate mocha syrup.
French Press: Starbucks will brew any of the coffee they sell in a French Press.
“Short” Drink: The Tall drink’s smaller, less expensive younger brother.
No Go Cups O’ Joe
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.
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.
If you want to be the one to cause curious stares or coffee drink envy on your Starbucks order line today, check out The Daily Meal’s full list of Starbucks Secret Menu options. They also include a running list of reader suggested off-the-menu coffee drinks.
We’d just like to know when coffee got so complicated that it now requires a reference book to order.