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10 Epic Starbucks Hacks To Take Your Drink Game To The Next Level


November 07, 2020

Let’s admit it; we’re all suckers for some Starbucks hacks that can help us take our drink game to the next level either in-store or if we DIY some recipes.

Everywhere you look, you'll find a video or post sharing some Starbucks hacks on how to make your version of Starbucks drinks and how to save a bit of money when ordering.

It can get very confusing with the many options on both the regular menu and the secret menu, so these hacks and tips shared by fellow Starbuck lovers are a lifesaver! These are a mix of 10 Starbucks hacks to take your drink game to the next level, either in-store or at the comfort of your own home. 

1. Freeze Your Ready-to-Drink Frappuccinos

This is one of my favorite hacks because I usually stock up on a few bottles of ready-to-drink Frappuccinos at home, and I can always have an icy cold one when I want without having to leave home.

If you're not planning to sip on it right away, pop your ready-to-drink Frappuccino in the freezer for a few hours. When you take it out, shake it up a bit, and you'll have a drink more closely resembling the consistency of an actual Starbucks Frappuccino.

2. Don’t Forget About Your Refills.

Whether you’re getting your work done at Starbucks or meeting up with someone, don’t forget about your refills. You can get a refill anytime throughout the day, which will keep your caffeine buzz going. Remember the “refills” only count as iced/ hot coffee and iced/hot tea, for just 50 cents and in any size.

3. Want To Replace Your Cold Brew With A Latte?

Starbucks’ cold brews are often quite strong. A good way to replace your cold brew with a latte is to order one Grande (16oz) cold brew, you can turn it into two separate iced lattes.

The cold brew can be divided into two individual same sized cups, next adding milk to each cup, and now you will have two Grande iced lattes. Typically priced at $2.65 each, this hack will save you $2.05.

4. Hack Your Ice Drink

Who doesn't love an ice tea on a hot day, a way to make sure your drink lasts longer and tastes better is to make sure you order less ice, well unless you really love ice. The less ice you order in your drink, the stronger the drink will taste, and it won't taste watered down.

5. Sweetening Your Drink With More Syrup Or Whipped Cream

Knowing your syrups and the type of drink you’re ordering or even making at home will determine how much syrup you need. If you find your drink is stronger than expected, you can opt to add whipped cream to sweeten up it up rather than more syrup, this tip can also save you money if you're making Starbucks inspired drinks at home.

6. Secret Menu

Alongside the regular Starbucks menu, there is a secret one with more than 200 recipes! Ordering right off the menu can be pricier, and a way to save a few coins is to use the secret menu or draw inspiration from there, which you can find here.

7. If You’re Hacking It At Home, Remember The Coffee Brand Matters.

It’s safe to say when you’re trying to make a Starbucks inspired drink at home, the type of coffee you use will make a difference in the way the drink tastes. Using good quality coffee beans can elevate the drink’s flavor and give a nice caffeine punch that you need, rather than regular store-bought instant coffee. 

8. Christmas Cookie Frappuccino

This Frappuccino is not one of the seasonal drinks; it is however on the secret menu, and it fits the coming Christmas season on the dot, and you can order this any time of the year, to satisfy that Christmas craving at any time.

To place this order ask for a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, then add two pumps peppermint syrup and one pump toffee nut syrup. Finally, top with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.


9. How To Make A Starbucks Green Tea Lemonade At Home?

This refreshing recipe is one of the easiest and most delicious Starbucks recipes to hack at home. All you need to do is steep your go-to green tea – remember the longer you let it steep, the stronger the flavor. Next, add in your lemonade, pour over some ice, and you're ready to serve!

10. Baby Yoda Frappuccino

You probably didn’t know you could become one with The Child and order this delicious Frappuccino. To order yourself a Baby Yoda Frappuccino, all you have to ask for is a Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino with a caramel-coated cup on the inside. Ask for it to be topped with whipped cream, more caramel, and caramel crunch, and there you have it a Baby Yoda Frappuccino.