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The Ultimate Guide to Starbucks' Secret Menu

Posted: 08/15/11 03:32 PM ET


Frequenters of Starbucks know the situation all too well: You're standing in line, reciting the precise order of the five different descriptors that constitute "your drink," when you hear the person in front of you make a request so foreign sounding it completely throws your concentration.

A Zebra Mocha? A Grande Green Eye? A Captain Crunch Frappuccino? Say what? They may sound like a far cry from the standard drip cup or your simple Mocha Frappe, but these drinks are not Starbucks folklore. And really, considering that the coffee giant has in years past boasted offering some 87,000 different drink combinations, that such "secret" items exist should not be too surprising.

As it turns out, many of your fast-food and restaurant chain favorites have "secret" menus-- places like Taco Bell, Wendy's, Subway, Chipotle, and even Jamba Juice. Of course, the one at beloved West Coast cult favorite, In-N-Out, is arguably the most famous. So well-known, in fact, that there's really not much "secret" about it anymore. Starbucks' off-the-menu items are certainly not as widely publicized as In-N-Out's, but they are known enough to the point where you won't get a dirty look from the barista when you ask for a Double Dirty Iced Chai.

Read on for an in-the-know guide to the "secret" drinks at Starbucks. Just remember that not all of the drink names may be universal so make sure you can at least explain how the drink is made to your barista.

-Maryse Chevriere, The Daily Meal

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  • Green Eye

    A Red Eye or Black Eye, sure -- that's one and two extra shots of espresso in a regular drip, respectively. But those that go for green get a sure-to-jack-you-up three shots of <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>espresso</strong></a> boost to their cup of coffee. <em>Related:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Cafe Gelado</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/Marco Arment </em>

  • Dirty Chai

    A <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Chai</strong></a> latte (hot or iced) with a shot of espresso added in. And if you want two shots? That's called a "Double Dirty" or "Extra Dirty" Chai. <em>Related: </em><a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>10 Herbal Teas That Can Heal You</strong> </a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/vmiramontes</em>

  • Zebra Mocha

    Sometimes also called a "Penguin Mocha," this drink combines the <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>white chocolate mocha with the regular mocha</strong> </a>for those who can't pick a favorite. Or, if you really want to take it to the next level, ask to have raspberry flavoring added for something called the "Red Tux" Mocha. <em>Related: </em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Liquid Candy: 8 Sweet Spirit Recipes</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/TerryJohnston </em>

  • Chocolate Dalmatian

    A White Chocolate Mocha with java chips and <a href="" target="_hplink"> <strong>chocolate chips</strong></a> sprinkled in. <em>Related: </em><a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Watermelon Sorbetto</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/Magnus D</em>

  • Cake Batter Frappuccino

    Perhaps a little deceptively named, as there are no actual <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>piece of cake</strong></a> or cake batter in it, this beverage has vanilla and almond syrup added to a Vanilla Frappuccino. <em>Related:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>The Wedding Cake Martini</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/seishin17</em>

  • Captain Crunch Frappuccino

    No, this doesn't involve bringing the <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>childhood-favorite cereal</strong></a> into the store and asking them to blend it in a frappe. Still, fans say that the combination of hazelnut syrup (though some folks contend it should be toffee nut) in a Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino is a dead ringer for the flavor of the cereal. <em>Related:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Cap'n Crunch Fried Chicken Nuggets</strong> </a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/jeffgunn</em>

  • "Short" Drink

    The Tall drink's smaller, less expensive younger brother. <em>Related:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>The Art of Farming Coffee</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/kenjimori</em>

  • French Press

    Apparently if you ask, Starbucks will <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>brew</strong> </a>any of the coffee they sell in a French Press. <em>Related:</em><a href="" target="_hplink"> <strong>Coffee 101: All About Roasting</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/slettvet</em>

  • Super Cream Frappuccino

    Like to go heavy on the whipped <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>cream</strong></a>? Ask for a "Super Cream" version of your Frappe and you'll get half a cup of whipped cream blended in. <em>Related:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>9 Drinks Made Just for the Ladies </strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/slettvet</em>

  • Affogato-Style Frappuccino

    This one probably classifies more as an in-the-know than a "secret" one. Order any Frappe "affogato-style" and you'll get a shot of hot espresso added on top of your drink as opposed to having it <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>blended in.</strong></a> <em>Related:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>8 Alcoholic Milkshakes </strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/poolie</em>

  • Triple C's

    And the award for best alliteration in a Starbucks drink name goes to the Three C's: <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Cinnamon</strong></a> Dolce Latte with caramel syrup and chocolate mocha syrup. <em>Related:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Banana Cinnamon Smoothie</strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/TerryJohnston</em>

  • Biscotti Frappuccino

    This off-the-menu item sounds a little like a Starbucks version of a <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>DQ Blizzard</strong> </a> or a McFlurry, except you have to have to buy a package of biscotti cookies separately and ask your barista to blend them into your Frappe. Note: There seems to be some contention online as to whether or not baristas are actually allowed to put biscotti in the blender, so maybe only ask someone you know is willing to do you a favor. <em>Related:</em> <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>Fast Food Chains' Worst Summer Drinks </strong></a> <em>Photo Credit: © Flickr/highlimitzz</em>


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