Ever year, Starbucks rolls out their holiday menus, and they're completely festive. Peppermint mochas, juniper lattes, gingerbread lattes, and peppermint hot chocolate, are all options from the popular coffee chain, but sometimes their choices seem a little bit to be desired.
If you're longing for something a little extra festive, don't worry. There's a whole 'secret' menu from Starbucks that you can order from. It's not really a list they hide from customers, but it's different drink combinations that other customers have figured out. You just have to know what to ask for.
1. Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Usually Starbucks makes their hot chocolate with vanilla syrup, but for a new twist, you can ask for them to make it with gingerbread syrup instead. It will add a festive twist to a holiday favorite!
2. Snowball Frappuccino
For a snowball, it's got a lot of flavor! Ask your barista for a grande white chocolate creme frappuccino with 1.5 pumps of toffee nut syrup and 1.5 pumps of hazelnut syrup. Then top it with whipped cream and caramel brulée topping.
3. Chestnut Praline Mocha
If you're looking for something super sweet, this is the drink for you. Ask for a chestnut praline latte with two pumps of mocha (depending on the size you order) for a drink that apparently will taste like a "chocolatey bowl of Lucky Charms."
4. Holly Jolly Latte
Experience the holidays with a holly jolly latte, which is an eggnog chai latter with peppermint syrup. Peppermint and eggnog - two Christmas classics.
5. Apple Pie Frappuccino
For a non-caffeinated, but equally delicious drink, you'll have to remember a few steps but it will definitely be worth it.
Ask for apple juice to the bottom line, add three pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup, add a Frappuccino creme base, and whipped creme blended in. If you want to get even fancier, ask for caramel drizzle lining the cup and on the whipped creme.
6. Candy Cane Frappuccino
They make peppermint mocha Frappuccinos, but if you want something without caffeine, this is na easy fix. All you have to do is ask for a vanilla bean Frappuccino with peppermint syrup.
7. Christmas In A Cup
Starbucks actually promoted this drink in 2014, but it's no longer on their menu. That doesn't mean you can't have it, though. Ask for a cinnamon dolce latte with white mocha and peppermint syrup. It truly does sound like Christmas in a cup.
8. Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino
Okay, now THIS is something I need to try. I get a box of these chocolates every Christmas! For the drink, simple ask for a double chocolate chip Frappuccino with mocha and hazelnut syrup. On top, ask for whipped cream and a hazelnut drizzle. You'll be set with your favorite holiday candy in a cup.
9. Gingerbread Eggnog Latte
You can really take advantage by the Starbucks holiday syrups during the winter months by creating super-festive drinks. Order a grande eggnog latte with about two pumps of gingerbread syrup for a drink Santa himself would deem holiday-worthy.
10. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Frappuccino
This is an easy secret menu item for your barista to make, and a great option if you don't want caffeine. Ask for the strawberries and creme Frappuccino with java chips added. You can order this one all year 'round, but there's something about chocolate and strawberries at Christmas that just feels right.
11. Pumpkin Cheesecake Frappuccino
You can get this drink in both caffeinated and non-caffeinated versions. Ask for a pumpkin spice Frappuccino with two pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup, two scoops of vanilla bean powder, and two pumps of white mocha syrup. If you want this in the non-caffeinated, ask for the creme-based pumpkin spice Frappuccino.
12. Caramel Apple Spice Frappuccino
Another caffeine-free drink for those who prefer it! Ask your barista to fill to the first line with whole milk, then fill to the second line with apple juice. It also needs three pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup before it can be blended into a Frappuccino. Ask for it to be topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
13. Christmas Cookie Frappuccino
Who doesn't love a good Christmas cookie? Ask your barista for a grande creme-base Frappuccino with 1.5 pumps of peppermint syrup, 1.5 pumps of toffee nut syrup, then top it with whipped cream and a raw sugar packet sprinkled on top. You'll get a festive drink that will remind you of homemade cookies.
[H/T: Starbucks Secret Menu]