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6 Off-Menu Starbucks Drinks That Will Boost Your Morning

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For the last few years, the only time I'd willingly patronize a Starbucks was at an airport—I'd been convinced that their drinks weren't my favorite. While my daily Venti Caramel Macchiato helped me survive 7 AM classes in high school, moving to a new city for college ignited a curiosity in small-batch coffee that hasn't wavered since I stepped foot in Evanston. It's become one of the little luxuries I like to treat myself to daily, a small way to ensure the mornings start off on the right note. But all that changed when I followed Anna Sitar on TikTok.

She's naturally charming, upbeat, enthusiastic about life...and loves Starbucks (or Starbies, as we now refer to it in our household). What started as a joke has now become one of her most popular series: Asking Starbucks baristas to prepare the most random drinks (anything from a fan-recommended favorite to the prettiest drink they can think of) and taste testing them in the comfort of her car, which usually ends in squeals of delight. I had to admit that I was intrigued by some of the concoctions, and curious enough to walk over to my local Starbies to try a few. And let me tell you: They do not disappoint. 

Below I've noted the best I've had so far, but be warned: If you don't like sweet drinks, these recommendations are not for you. And expect a lot of vanilla sweet cream cold foam, which I've learned is the key to every delicious caffeinated drink.

This drink was actually recommended by one of our jewelry models, Nazy, and then a friend recommended that I add the pump of peppermint – it's now my go-to drink.

This drink was actually recommended by one of our jewelry models, Nazy, and then a friend recommended that I add the pump of peppermint – it's now my go-to drink.

THE ORDER:

Iced Doppio Espresso
2 Pumps of Vanilla Syrup
1 Pump of Peppermint Syrup
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam
In a Grande Cup With Extra Ice

THE VERDICT

Tastes like a summertime Christmas drink–sweet, minty, but the coffee flavor still shines through. 

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THE ORDER

Grande Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
Two Pumps of Chai Syrup
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

THE VERDICT

As Anna says, it tastes more like a milk tea–I'd even describe it as closer to pumpkin spice–but for the people looking to avoid coffee, this is a fun alternative. 

Note: I totally acknowledge that these are not the traditional preparations for matcha or chai, but I've linked two articles to read a bit more about each and their origin.

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THE ORDER

Grande Cold Brew
Extra Splash of Whole Milk
3 Pumps of Caramel Syrup
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

THE VERDICT

This was a bit lighter than most of the others (since it had about half the milk), which I appreciated since I ordered it on a particularly warm morning. If your go-to is cold brew and you're looking for something to up the ante, I'd highly recommend it.

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THE ORDER

Grande Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher
With Lemonade
2 Pumps of Pineapple Syrup
2 Pumps of Raspberry Syrup

THE VERDICT

Holy summer nectar. This is a delightfully refreshing, fruity, sweet drink to order on the hottest of days. Gotta admit it would also make a fantastic base for a cocktail, too.

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THE ORDER

Grande Iced White Mocha
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam
Extra Caramel Drizzle
No Whipped Cream

THE VERDICT

This is exactly what 10-year-old me imagined coffee must taste like to adults. It's a dessert, but an incredibly tasty one.

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THE ORDER

Grande Iced Chai Latte
With Coconut Milk
2 Pumps of Brown Sugar Syrup
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

THE VERDICT

Tastes like a snickerdoodle cookie–which was on brand because Nina Estrada  anointed it the Cookie Butter Latte on TikTok.

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