You'll want to swing by your local Starbucks this winter because there's a whole lineup of festive beverages. You can even take your holiday spirit to the next level by picking up one of Starbucks secret menu drinks for Christmas 2019. These sweet sips aren't on the official menu, but they are too good to be kept secret.
Since Starbucks secret menu drinks don't have official recipes in stores, you won't be able to order them off the regular menu at the coffee chain. Instead, you'll need to give your barista specific orders on how to make your holiday beverage. There are multiple concoctions you can create this season, thanks to the website Totally The Bomb, and they're all inspired by iconic characters from your fave holiday films. Check out these tasty secret menu drink recipes:
1. The Grinch Frappuccino
You can just taste the sinister side of the season with the Grinch Frappuccino, which has a green hue to match the famous curmudgeon of Christmas. Start your order off with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino and ask for matcha powder blended to the mix. From there, you'll top off the cold drink with whipped cream, a dash of matcha powder, and two strawberries (which will look a whole lot like the Grinch's heart).
2. Buddy the Elf Frappuccino
There are many reasons to be merry this Christmas, and one of them is the Buddy the Elf Frappuccino. The cheerful drink will remind you of the hilarious character from your the holiday classic, Elf, while also satisfying your taste buds. You'll start off by asking your barista for a Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino with Peppermint syrup instead of classic syrup. Then, you'll ask for a topping of whipped cream as well as red and white Christmas sprinkles to give the frap a jolly look.
3. Olaf Frappuccino
Inspired by Frozen 2, Starbucks' Olaf Frappuccino is the latest unofficial holiday beverage from the secret menu. You'll start by asking your barista for a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with white mocha drizzle in the cup. Then, add a Snowman Cake Pop to the side (the cake pop costs extra, but it'll be totally worth it). Finish off the beverage with a topping of whipped cream and chocolate swirls. The final concoction will look like a snowy white sip.
4. Jack Skellington Frappuccino
Named after Jack Skellington, the "Pumpkin King" of Halloween Town in The Nightmare Before Christmas, this frappuccino adds a spooky twist to the holiday season. And since this movie doubles as a Halloween and Christmas classic, it's perfect for the season. To get the Jack Skellington Frappuccino, first ask for a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino (if your store still carries pumpkin spice) with a mocha drizzle. Then, add in a shot of Chai syrup and a shot of espresso. You'll top the drink off with whipped cream and java chips. The caffeinated pick-me-up will transport you to Halloween Town with just a sip.
5. Sally Frappuccino
For this one, start with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with a caramel drizzle inside the cup. Ask for matcha powder blended into the frappuccino, and when it's ready to be enjoyed as a Christmas treat, make sure you have it topped with whipped cream, strawberry sauce, and freeze-dried strawberries, which are known as "strawberry inclusions."
6. Gingerbread Latte
Holiday drink stans were distraught when Starbucks got rid of the Gingerbread Latte this year. The drink's absence from the 2019 lineup just means you'll have to get creative. There are a few ways you can recreate it, but the easiest way is to order a Chai Latte and add a pump of Cinnamon Dolce syrup.
When you add these secret menu sips to Starbucks' already-stacked official holiday lineup, you'll have plenty of drinks to try all season long.