If you’ve ever stepped foot into a Starbucks, you know there are a ton of options to choose from. More coffee and tea then most people have ever tried, or want to try.
Having been a Starbucks barista, I’ve had most of the drinks on the menu, and created a few of my own. Here are a few of the drinks and modifications to drinks that I and some awesome baristas at my local Starbucks recommend.
10, in no particular order, Starbucks Hacks
- Ristretto Shots – A ristretto shot is a richer, smoother, sweeter tasting extraction of espresso. Half the amount of water is extracted, making for a shorter and less acidic shot. I recommend always getting a double ristretto, or more, as they’re only 15mL of liquid vs. the 30mL of a regular espresso shot.
- The Paige – This drink is an iced espresso, quad (4) shot, in a grande cup with white mocha and toffee nut. Iced espresso is fantastic for anyone who likes a nice punch of caffeine in their morning, or afternoon to be honest. The white mocha and toffee nut give enough sweetness for those who can’t do espresso on its own.
- The Christina Smoothie – This is the BEST smoothie, perfect for those days when you want something fruity and healthy. I’ll be honest, this one is a little more spendy some other drinks, but it’s worth it. It will fill you up! Get a Super Green Evolution Fresh juice from the cold case. When at the register, let them know you want it made into a smoothie with a banana, 4 scoops of matcha, 4 scoops of protein powder, and just a little ice.
- Strawberry Lemonade Refresher – Here’s another deliciously fruity and refreshing drink with a slight tang! It’s a strawberry açai refresher with lemonade instead of water. The great thing about this one is that the refreshers have a ton of caffeine in them, so even though I’m not drinking coffee, I’m still getting that pick me up that I may need throughout the day!
- Iced Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato – This is one of the newer drinks around the block for Starbucks, and it is one of my favorites! I like to modify it with four to six ristretto shots (depending on your caffeine need), sugar free cinnamon dulce syrup, and extra cinnamon dulce sprinkles on top. The cinnamon dulce sprinkles are delicious and addictive. I like to add them to a lot of my espresso drinks. They add a nice pop of sweetness every now and then to a drink.
- Strawberry White Tea – If you like iced tea like I do, and I love iced tea, then this is the drink for you to try! I get an iced venti white tea (which if you haven’t tried it, YOU SHOULD), no water, no classic syrup, three splenda and a splash of strawberry purée. If you’d prefer regular sugar instead of splenda, I’d do half the pumps of liquid cane sugar! I love this one, it’s the perfect spring/summer drink with the hint of strawberry!
- Italian Cream Soda – Yeah, I bet you didn’t know they could make this did you! You just need to purchase a Pellegrino from the cold case – ask for it to be in a iced venti cup with whatever syrup flavor you’d like and a splash of cream. My personal favorite is Raspberry.
- Refresher Slushy – So if you can’t tell, I like the Starbucks refreshers. During the summer, my favorite way to drink them is in slushy form! I usually get a venti cool lime refresher, – it’s a venti portion of cool lime, ice for a venti frappuccino, and creme base. It’s DELICIOUS! I like to have them put a lime slice or two on top too. You can do this with the strawberry açai or berry hibiscus as well (and the berries or strawberry inclusions can be blended into them!).
- Thin Mints Frappuccino – This is one of my favorite combinations of mint and chocolate in a frappuccino. It starts with a green tea frappuccino (so just slightly healthier than most). Then ask for two to three pumps peppermint and one pump mocha syrup instead of classic, java chips, and mocha drizzle on top of the whip cream. It tastes just like an Andes thin mint! YUM!
- Iced Specialty Tea – Did you know you can get any of the hot teas made into iced tea? It’s called an iced specialty tea. It takes about three to five minutes to make, so know that you’ll need a little bit of time, but they’re yummy. I prefer my chai made this way. It’s nice and spicy, without all the milk. My other favorite is the Earl Grey iced. For the Earl Grey I prefer a venti, with three splenda and a splash of almond milk! It’s a great way to have your favorite tea during the summer!
I hope you found some of these tricks and tips helpful!