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Starbucks Drink Hacks + Secret Menu

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April 17, 2019 · 10.9k Views

Everyone knows there is a Starbucks on every corner. Some love it--others not so much. Either way, you know you’re bound to stop by a Starbucks at some point, whether you’re on a road trip or simply going to work. Because of that, we've compiled a list of the best money-saving drink hacks to help you score your 'bucks for less..well bucks.

Also, keep reading to learn Starbucks ultra secret, highly classified menu, shhhhh (don't tell anyone).


Note: Since May 19, 2018, “Any customer is welcome to use Starbucks spaces, including our restrooms, cafes and patios, regardless of whether they make a purchase.” Starbucks’ goal is to be your third place between home and work.


Best Money-Saving Drink Hacks:

  1. Pay half the price of an iced latte by ordering 3 espresso shots over ice in a venti cup then adding the free milk from the condiments area.

  2. Order the secret “short” size (8-oz) which also equals a smaller price.

  3. Ordering 2 frappuccinos? Split a Venti instead! You must order 1 Venti frappuccino with 2 tall cups to get it without an extra charge.

  4. Staying in with a couple of friends? Order the French press and save 50% off your order compared to ordering individually. (Make sure to check if your local Starbucks still does this since they transitioned to Clover, a fancy single-cup brewing machine).

  5. Order a tall coffee in a grande cup to make room for milk instead of dumping it.

  6. DIY cheap chai tea latte: buy a cup of hot water with Tazo chai tea and add the free milk, or you can ask for steamed milk up to one and a half inches. 2 inches or more would be an extra fee.

  7. Want a cheap latte? Ask for their cafe misto (which is half coffee, half milk, and half the price of a regular latte! How about cheap chai tea latte instead? Ask for their chai latte misto (half steamed milk, half brewed chai tea).

  8. Bring your own cup and save 10¢ on your drink!

  9. In the mood for just water? You can ask for a Venti iced water (which is triple-filtered. You can also bring your own reusable bottle and ask them to fill it with water for free.

  10. Ask for no water or light ice when ordering iced drinks to get a better, stronger taste.

  11. For those long days and nights, you can enjoy their free same-day refill policy.

  12. When ordering hot drinks, order a grande, not venti since both contain 2 espresso shots.


Secret Menu: Frappuccinos/Coffee

  1. Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino

    • 1 pump of caramel syrup

    • 1 pump of hazelnut syrup

    • 1 pump of toffee syrup

    • Add java chips

  2. Cake Batter Frappuccino

    • Vanilla bean creme frappuccino

    • 1 pump of hazelnut syrup

    • 1 birthday cake pop blended in

  3. Cookies & Cream Frappuccino

    • Double chocolate chip frappuccino

    • White mocha sauce

  4. Thin Mint Frappuccino

    • Matcha green tea frappuccino

    • 2 pumps chocolate syrup

    • 1 pump mint syrup

    • Add java chips

    • Honey

  5. Chunky Monkey Frappuccino

    • Cream-based frappuccino

    • Banana

    • 2 scoops vanilla bean powder

    • 2 pumps mocha syrup

    • 2 pumps hazelnut syrup

    • 2 toffee-nut syrup

    • Top with light caramel drizzle and light mocha drizzle

  6. Red Velvet Frappuccino

    • Half white chocolate mocha

    • Half regular mocha frappuccino

    • 2 pumps of raspberry syrup

    • Top with whipped cream

  7. Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato

    • Iced soy caramel macchiato (upside down)

    • 1-2 pumps vanilla syrup

    • 1-2 pumps cinnamon dolce syrup

  8. Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino

    • Double chocolate chip frappuccino

    • 2-3 pumps mocha syrup

    • 1-2 pumps hazelnut syrup

    • Topped with hazelnut drizzle

  9. Liquid Cocaine

    • 4 shots espresso

    • 4 pumps white chocolate syrup

    • Ice to fill cup

    • Fill with milk

  10. Fruity Pebbles Frappuccino

    • Strawberries & creme frappuccino

    • 2 pumps vanilla syrup

    • 1 pump raspberry syrup

    • Splash of orange-mango juice (optional)


Secret Menu: Teas

  1. Peach Ring Tea

    • Half valencia orange refresher

    • Half passion tea

    • No water

    • Peach syrup

  2. The Coldbuster

    • Venti cup

    • Refresh Tea (mint)

    • Calm Tea (chamomile)

    • Half hot water

    • Half steamed lemonade

    • Honey

    • Pump of peppermint

  3. Superfruit Iced Tea

    • Iced green tea

    • No added water or sweetener

    • 1 scoop lime

    • 1 scoop strawberries

    • 1 scoop berries (optional)

  4. Arnold Palmer

    • Half iced black tea

    • Half lemonade

    • Classic syrup

  5. Mango Milk Tea

    • Iced black tea

    • Half and half

    • Mango syrup


Which one of these secret concoctions have you tried? Are any your new "go-to" Starbucks drinks?

AricRichardsonApr 24, 2019
Go to the Starbucks every week,1 pump of caramel syrup I have tried yet.Most of coffee perfect for me.If there any new coming I would like to have a try.

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