Starbucks: The 6 best secret menu drinks

Back when the “secret” menu started to surface, it almost felt like a privilege to know a recipe and order a drink! Now, it’s just the norm. Here are the best six Secret Menu drinks at Starbucks!

People are creating their own drinks and ordering from the not-so-secret menu all the time. Over the years, I’ve tried many things on the “secret” menu and have compiled a list of the six best drinks (in no particular order) that you can order and customize to your liking at Starbucks.

The OG classic drink that was one of the first to come from the secret menu is the Cotton Candy Frappuccino. When it first came out, sure, it tasted great and exactly like cotton candy. It even had that classic pink hue that everyone knows and loves, but for me, that fad quickly died. Now, when you order a Cotton Candy Frappuccino, since Starbucks has changed their syrups, the drink is no longer pink; in my opinion that takes away from the fun of ordering and drinking it. This Frappuccino is still delicious nonetheless.

The second drink on the list is the Oreo Frappuccino. This one is definitely becoming more popular, and rightfully so. While it doesn’t taste identical to an Oreo, it’s about the closest you can get to the flavor at Starbucks. It definitely looks like an Oreo milkshake, which is why I think people are so drawn to it. While this drink is creme based, a shot of espresso takes it to a whole new level.

The next drink on the list is the Samoa Cookie Frappuccino. This one can be an acquired taste for some, as it uses coconut milk instead of regular dairy milk in its recipe. In my opinion, if you order it with regular dairy milk, you just don’t get that classic Girl Scout cookie flavor that is, and always will be, a cult classic. As far as adding coffee to this one, I’d skip it and just stick to creme base to maintain that classic Samoa flavor.

The fourth drink on the list is the Thin Mint Frappuccino, which is probably my favorite out of all of the Girl Scout cookie-themed drinks out there. It combines matcha and peppermint, which at first may sound like an odd combination, but it definitely works. While the color isn’t the most appealing, it tastes identical to the cookie. The best part about this drink is that the peppermint flavor is available year-round, so you don’t have to wait for the holiday season to order this drink. Who wouldn’t want to drink a Thin Mint?

The next drink on the list is the Burnt Marshmallow. With the overwhelming theme of Frappuccinos here, I thought I’d include a hot drink as well for those cold and cozy days, or if you’re just looking for some comfort in a cup. This drink can definitely be ordered as a coffee drink or as a steamer, which is basically flavored warm milk (nothing wrong with that). Essentially, this drink tastes like a s’mores with white chocolate.

The sixth and final drink on the list is the Raspberry Caramel Macchiato. My favorite way to drink this is iced, so if you plan on trying this recipe, definitely try it that way. This drink takes a cult classic, the Caramel Macchiato, and adds a slightly fruity, but definitely sweet element to the drink that you never knew you were missing. I always like my macchiatos with an extra shot of espresso, but I love the taste of coffee, so it depends on how much you like to taste coffee.
Out of all of the drinks on this list, it’s definitely the easiest and shortest one to order, so start here.

While there a ton more drinks on the “secret menu”, this is definitely a good (and sweet) place to start!

Drink recipes courtesy of the Secret Menu App:


1. Cotton Candy Frappuccino

Order a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino (creme based). Add in pumps of raspberry syrup to taste and depending on the drink size.

2. Oreo Frappuccino

Order a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino. Instead of regular mocha, sub for white mocha. Add cookie crumble to the cup.

3. Samoa Cookie Frappuccino

Order a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino (creme based). Instead of dairy milk, sub for coconut milk. Add in 2 pumps of caramel syrup. If available, blend in coconut flakes (not always available, but definitely ask). If coconut flakes are unavailable, the coconut milk does a great job of adding the coconut flavor into the drink.

4. Thin Mint Frappuccino

Order a Green Tea Frappuccino. Add java chips. Add pumps of mocha to taste. Add 1-2 pumps of peppermint syrup.

5. Burnt Marshmallow

Order a macchiato. Add in a single or double espresso shot, depending on preference. Add pumps of white mocha to taste. Top with caramel drizzle.

6. Raspberry Caramel Macchiato
Order a caramel macchiato. Add in pumps of raspberry syrup to taste and depending on the drink size.

Which drink from the list is your favorite to order at Starbucks? Which one will you be trying out? Did we miss a great one you believe should be added to the list?