If you have been following me on social media you may have seen me share on my stories or via IG reels & TikTok about Starbucks drinks you don’t usually see. Truth be told, I am not a fanatic of Starbucks but I do like to try new things and when I came across various secret menu drink options I decided to try them out, share my thoughts, and of course share how to order if you are interested! Before you proceed below, make sure to follow on social media to be informed of the latest posts. You can follow on Tiktok, Instagram, and Facebook! Before you read below, here is a visual teaser of what you can expect while reading this blog post. UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2023: I was curious to try some of the K-Pop secret menu drinks so I have updated this post with those if interested, read below as some were really good!
Let me start with what’s probably my favourite Starbucks secret menu drink, and maybe Starbucks drink ever… the Grogu aka Baby Yoda! And yes, it’s Star Wars, so I had to try it! The matcha and caramel balanced out nicely, it is a little sweet but it didn’t ruin the taste plus the crunch on top was like icing on the cake. See below on how to order or you can view the TikTok or Instagram Reels as well.
How to Order: Matcha Green Tea (for the obvious green) Frappuccino with caramel drizzle to the cup (his cloak), topped with whipped cream, caramel and caramel toppings on top. (Source: Disney Food Blog)
Another favourable Star Wars drink I got was the Chewbacca! It’s basically the mocha cookie crumble with a little added sweetness (but still not overbearingly sweet). The various shades of brown in this drink is a nice nod to Chewy. See below on how to order or you can view the TikTok or Instagram Reels as well.
How to Order: Venti Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappucino, extra caramel & mocha drizzle, with regular whipped cream.
Caribbean Sunset Refresher
Next I want to share probably the most aesthetically appealing drink, the Caribbean Sunset Refresher. I have seen this on Instagram a while ago from different places and forgot to note down where I initially saw this but found it on a post from Taste of Home. I remember when the barista gave me this drink she was stunned by how amazing it looks and note down the recipe/order to try for herself. It tasted pretty good, a bit more sour than sweet but still refreshing.
How to Order: Venti Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade with no inclusions, little kiwi and peach juice, one pump of raspberry syrup, with light passion tea poured on top of the drink.
This drink looked good as well (especially because of the beautiful orange) but I didn’t enjoy it as much since it it has a distinct citrus flavour taste with a sour after taste, but I didn’t mind it and don’t think it was bad at all. See below on how to order or you can view the Tiktok or Instagram Reels as well.
How to Order: Venti pineapple passionfruit with no fruit, strawberry base & sweet cream foam (source: itsjoboi on tiktok)
I’m lucky the barista who made this drink was really into it and did her best to make sure this drink looked as close as possible to looking like a Pokeball (she even asked me where I find these recipes as she thought it was so cool). The drink tastes pretty good on it’s own and I didn’t find it too sweet. I do recommend showing the barista this picture when ordering but see if they can make it a straight line with the crumble. See below on how to order or you can view the TikTok or Instagram Reels as well.
How To Order: Grande Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, 1 pump of hazelnut syrup, mocha cookie crumble topping to be added halfway in (to make the line) strawberry puree on top, before & after whip cream
I actually forgot to save this picture but here is the TikTok (above) and Instagram Reel I created if you were interested in trying this drink. Fans of Sailor Moon would love to try this, but for me, I would say I am happy I tried it once but I won’t be getting it again. It’s not terrible, but it’s not something I personally enjoyed a lot. It did give a strawberry milk feel to it which can be refreshing during summer months.
This was interesting because I saw two version of ordering this drink, one from Totally The Bomb and the other from a picture Natalie Ortega (mother of Jenna Ortega, who plays Wednesday Addams in the highly successful Netflix series, Wednesday) shared on Instagram. Both had an interesting taste but fairly different as the key flavour in both were different (pumpkin vs vanilla). Both tasted strong so I do recommend if you do plan on trying one or both of these, to try it in the morning. See below on how to order or you can view the TikTok or Instagram Reels as well.
How to Order:
- Version 1 (left): Salted Caramel Cold Brew with 2 pumps of Pumpkin Syrup (Source: Natalie Ortega)
- Version 2 (right): Venti Cold Brew with Mocha Sauce, regular cold foam with one scoop of vanilla bean blended in (Source: Totally The Bomb)
Speaking of successful Netflix shows, Squid Game was one of the biggest shows of 2021. This drink is inspired from the uniform the guards wear because although it looks like red, it’s actually pink hence why this drink looks predominately pink. There are little details in this order that nods to the mask and red hues as well. For myself, I decided to leave the strawberry puree and I liked it since it is still more pink than than purple like the reference photo I saw, but more importantly it tasted really good and would say this would be perfect on a hot day! See below on how to order or you can view the Tiktok or Instagram Reels as well.
How to Order: Grande Strawberry Creme Frappuccino, 1 scoop of dragon fruit inclusions, 2 pumps of white mocha and mocha drizzle on top (Source: Totally The Bomb)
While we are on the topic of massive Netflix series, it’s only right we include a drink from Stranger Things. There are some Stranger Things secret menu drinks that doesn’t really look like what it’s supposed to represent but this one seemed the most accurate and it wasn’t bad, even though it’s a demogorgon drink! I like the colour of it because it does have a greyish green that is similar to the monster’s complexion. The puree can be tricky, if you say for it to be at the bottom it might not come out right but it’s up to you and I would just suggest showing this picture as a reference.
How to Order: Grande Green Tea Frappuccino with only one scoop of matcha, one scoop of java chips, one pump of white mocha, with strawberry puree and mocha drizzle on top. (Source: Totally the Bomb)
See this drink looks a bit similar to the one above because they both have a Green Tea Frappuccino as the base drink and strawberry puree but I think without the java chips and white mocha, there is that nice green and red balance still shown, which represents both Wanda and Vision. However, it does tend to lose it’s vibrancy pretty quickly so if you plan on taking the pic, do it soon. Also, I liked this one a bit more than the demogorgan one. FYI, it’s probably best that you show the barista this pic because when you just tell them the simple order it might not look like how you wanted.
How to Order: Venti Green Tea Frappuccino with strawberry puree. (Source: WDW News Today)
I’ll admit, I have a sweet tooth. But this drink was waaaay too sweet for me! I was curious because as you know I am a fan of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so when I saw this I had to try it… but not again! See below on how to order, or watch the Tiktok or Instagram Reel.
How to Order: Grande creme frapp base, 3 pumps of caramel syrup, 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup with caramel drizzle on top & to look like this, ask to have it lined around the cup (Source: Starbuckssecretmenu.net)
Hocus Pocus Latte
Whether you’re a fan of this Disney movie or not, it might be interesting to try out this drink during the pumpkin spice season. I liked it, the pumpkin spice gave it a little kick to it and this drink would be best during the warmer days of Fall. See below on how to order, or watch the TikTok or Instagram Reel.
How to Order: Venti Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, two pumps of white mocha sauce, two pumps of apple brown sugar syrup. Top it off with extra caramel drizzle and cinnamon dolce toppings. (Source: Totally the Bomb)
This is another pumpkin spice latter and I remember getting this when I was really tired coming home from work on a very rainy day so this definitely gave me a nice pick me up.
How to Order: Pumpkin Spice Latte with two pumps of pumpkin spice and two pumps of white mocha
This drink I tried on a whim because I saw a comment when looking at another secret menu but made an adjustment. I call this the BTS Borahae drink because as some of you know I am proud to be part of the BTS Army and the colour purple is significant to both the group and fanbase with borahae meaning “I purple you”. Since this came out in a fairly decent lavender colour, it felt right to call it that.
How to Order: Venti Ice Passion Tango Tea, no water, ice, 6 liquid cane sugar, substitute with soy milk. (I believe the person who commented was sansneckfreckles but not entirely sure)
UPDATE: K-Pop Starbucks Drinks
As some of you may have seen on Twitter (@soobinsimple I believe), there was a Starbucks that posted some secret menu drinks in relation to some notable K-pop songs.
I initially wasn’t going to post this because it looked a bit basic but I ended up trying several so might be helpful to include everything I tried. And of course, as a proud member of the BTS Army I had to try a drink that was in honour of Jungkook’s debut single! Also, please ignore the typo in my personal IG story but man would this be great at the beginning of the day! It’s not much with respect to aesthetics but the espresso is a great burst of energy to wake you up in the morning or to power through a stressful day at work.
How to Order: Four shots of espresso, three white mocha, splash of cream, over ice
TXT Sugar Rush
Next up, I had to try the drink in honour of Jungkook’s BigHit labelmates, Tomorrow by Together, aka TXT! Frankly, this drink should not be called a sugar rush despite that being their lead single off the Temptation album which features colours this drink nods to. I say this because it was not sweet at all, but I still enjoyed the matcha drink and it didn’t look bad aesthetically.
How to Order: Iced matcha latte with strawberry cold foam
Stray Kids Topline
I don’t listen to a lot of Stray Kids but I do love their song Topline which was the main reason for why I wanted to try this drink. It was really good in my opinion, I liked how you taste and feel the caffeine with a generous amount of sweetness. I highly recommend this one if you ever need something sweet but not overly sweet like a frappuccino.
How to Order: Iced brown sugar latter with dark caramel cold foam and caramel + mocha drizzle.
Ateez Spicy Cider
Another group I recently started to listen to is Ateez. Their song “Bouncy” definitely grew on me and was stuck in my head. Therefore, I was curious to try their secret menu drink. This is a drink that I initially was going to say wasn’t bad, but as I kept drinking it, I enjoyed the taste more. I wish for the ingredients listed there would be some kick but still tasted great. I would recommend this for anyone looking for something light but refreshing. Also, after my coworker pointed it out, it definitely looks like beer!
How to Order: Iced apple juice with chai and cinnamon cold foam
All in all, it was cool to try these different drinks. I am not a Starbucks person, I like their at home products but it’s not something that I need everyday. However, I do like trying new things so if I am going to spend a lot of money here, might as well try something new and fun. For the most part, baristas were cool about it, but some weren’t unfortunately. When it is busy I tend not to order a complicated drink to be nice but at the end of the day, it is your money and just make sure you let them know exactly what you want and don’t go in with the expectation they know what you’re talking about when stating the secret menu drink name… because it’s a secret menu! If you end up trying any of these let me know what you think and feel free to share this blog post with someone who would love to try any of these. Lastly, stay tuned to the blog for more food and pop culture content by giving a follow on Tiktok, Instagram, and Facebook!