As a Gold member since 2016, I can personally attest to the greatness that is Starbucks. Besides my favorite drink (grande nitro cold brew) and the best breakfast item available (bacon, egg, and Gouda sandwich, hold the meat) one of the best parts about the Seattle-based coffee chain is the ability to customize—or completely create—the drink of your dreams. Although you can't go wrong with a classic pumpkin spice latte this fall, there are many "secret" menu items you've been missing out on—until now, that is.
Now, the secret menu isn't a tangible item. Some of these drinks are so popular, baristas might know the recipe by name, but others might have absolutely no idea what you're talking bout. The easiest way to order these concoctions is by listing the ingredients. That way, you'll get exactly what you want, every single time. (Plus, you won't get any weird looks from the cashiers.)
Pumpkin Birthday Cake Latte
It's not even my birthday, but once I read about this drink on Bustle, I had to get my hands on one. The pumpkin birthday cake latte is a sweeter spin on the traditional PSL and can be enjoyed hot, iced, or blended up into a Frappuccino. To get your own, here's what to do:
- Order a pumpkin spice latte in your favorite form.
- Substitute half of the pumpkin sauce pumps for equal pumps of hazelnut and vanilla syrup. (For a grande, this would be two pumps of pumpkin sauce and one pump each of hazelnut and vanilla syrup.)
- Add cinnamon dolce sprinkles.
To ensure a proper taste test, we at BHG.com tried both the hot and iced versions of this beverage. The overall consensus is the latte is very sweet, probably thanks to the cinnamon dolce sprinkles right at the top. (However, one person did prefer it over a regular pumpkin spice latte.) So, if you take your coffee on the sugary side, this is the drink for you.
Of course, with Halloween just a few weeks away, we found a few drinks that will be a tasty treat come October 31. (Or any other day of autumn, for that matter.) In honor of the newly released horror film IT Chapter Two, Starbucks sippers have created a beverage inspired by Pennywise himself. Dubbed the "IT Frappuccino," it's a sweet blended mix topped with "blood." Here's how to get your own.
- Order a vanilla bean crème Frappuccino.
- Add strawberry purée.
- Add whipped cream.
Yes, that's it—no complicated concoctions here. The strawberry syrup is a super simple addition that yields absolutely delicious results. As a bonus, because the base doesn't contain any coffee, it's a kid-friendly option. (It's also a nice choice for those looking to cut back on caffeine.) Even if you're not a Stephen King fan like myself, you can still enjoy this fruit-flavored option.
Great Pumpkin Latte
If a killer clown is a little too scary for your taste, we have another idea that will bring you right back to your childhood. In homage to It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, we present: the Great Pumpkin Latte. Here's what to do.
- Order a pumpkin spice latte.
- Replace half of the pumpkin spice sauce pumps for toffee nut syrup.
If you're ordering a grande size of this drink, it would be two pumps of pumpkin spice sauce and two pumps of toffee nut syrup, if that makes things a little easier. (You'll have to double-check what the exact amounts are for a tall or grande.) Although I've seen most people enjoy this nutty latte hot, you can also order it iced or even blended up into a Frappuccino.
Another drink that has been making the rounds recently is the "Cinderella" latte. It was created by Erica from the Instagram account @happiestteesonearth, who worked at the coffee chain for seven years. She writes in an Instagram post that she created the concoction to "spread a little magic" to her customers and co-workers, though she never imagined the beverage would become so beloved. "I had no idea when I created this magical drink that it would be loved and enjoyed by people everywhere. It's a dream come true," she says. To try the mix for yourself, here's how to order it.
This recipe is pretty straightforward. It starts with a PSL and requires one simple substitution.
- Order a pumpkin spice latte. (It can be hot, iced, or as a Frappuccino.)
- Substitute half of the pumpkin spice sauce pumps for white mocha. (Erica notes that if you have a serious sweet tooth, you can opt for full pumps of both flavors.)
And enjoy! Erica reveals the reason behind the name is because the white pumpkin reminded her of Cinderella's coach. Although I'm a boring black coffee drinker myself, I decided to give this one a try. I ordered a grande iced pumpkin spiced latte and asked for half off the pumpkin spice sauce pumps to be swapped for white mocha. According to my receipt, it had two pumps of pumpkin spice sauce and two pumps of white mocha. My thoughts? It's delicious—like fall in a cup. It's sweet without being too sugary, and made for a lovely post-lunch treat.
After you've tried that royal refreshment, there are more classified, cult favorite sips to enjoy. The Starbucks Secret Menu, which is "for fans, by fans," features several seasonal options. One of the many scrumptious sounding items is the caramel pumpkin macchiato. It's a seasonal spin on the beloved caramel macchiato, which you can actually order year round. Here's how to order each drink.
Caramel Pumpkin Macchiato
If you need a bit of a boost to get you out of bed in the morning, this espresso drink will do the trick.
- Order a caramel macchiato.
- Substitute the vanilla syrup for the pumpkin spice sauce.
- Add the pumpkin spice topping.
Both pumpkin and caramel are delicious on their own, so putting them together is one decadent idea. If you prefer to drink your dessert, the pumpkin cheesecake Frappuccino is a sweet treat to try this autumn. To give it a go, here's what you need to do:
Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this creamy concoction that's pure indulgence.
- Order a pumpkin spice crème Frappuccino.
- Add cinnamon dolce syrup. (Do one pump for a tall, two pumps for a grande, and three pumps for a venti.)
- Add vanilla bean powder. (Do one scoop for a tall, two scoops for a grande, and three scoops for a venti.)
- Add white mocha syrup. (Do one pump for a tall, two pumps for a grande, and three pumps for a venti.)
Now, remember to specify that you want the crème-based pumpkin spice Frappuccino when you order because there is also a plain pumpkin spice version. This blended drink actually doesn't have any coffee in it, so you can even let your kids steal a sip. (That is, if you don't slurp down the entire thing in one gulp.)
Now that you have the recipes, make sure to head to your local Starbucks to try these concoctions while you still can. Because they use some seasonal ingredients, such as the pumpkin spice sauce, you can only get them for a limited time.