Friday, November 15, 2013

Super secret Starbucks drinks, and some "Adult Beverage" recipes

Via Starbucks Secret Drink Menu
There is something undeniably delicious about a handcrafted latte or beverage, and Starbucks has figured out how to keep us coming back to their extremely customizable menu with incredible consistency.  I commend their ability to gain my addiction.

There are two things that you can learn here about your Starbucks drinks.  First, if you didn't know that there is a whole secret underground menu created be inventive baristas, you are missing out.  Second, you can keep warm through the winter months by mixing a dash of booze and really make your delicious latte pop.  Of course, disclaimers, don't drink and drive, don't drink boozed up coffee at work, etc.

Check out these drinks from the secret underground menu:
  • Thin Mint Frappuccino: Green tea crème Frappuccino, chocolate syrup, java chips, and a dash of peppermint
  • Fall-in-a-Cup Latte: Pumpkin spice latte with caramel syrup, chai syrup, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, pumpkin powder
  • Red Starburst Frappuccino: Blended strawberry lemonade, vanilla bean powder, raspberry syrup
  • Holiday Apple Spice: Apple juice, gingerbread syrup, spiced whipped cream, caramel drizzle

Here are some ideas to try with an extra shot:
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte with Captain Morgan
  • Chai Latte with Rumchata
  • Coffee with Frangelico or Bailey's (recommending the Christmas blend)
  • Hot Apple Cider with caramel vodka
  • Caramel Brulee Latte with vanilla rum
  • Hot Chocolate with marshmallow vodka
  • Peppermint Mocha with McGillicuddy's
Special thanks to my friend Abby who helped imagine some of these delicious concoctions.  I can't wait to Starbucks-hop with her and a pocket stocked with airplane-sized booze bottles.

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