If you love coffee as much as I do you’re probably well acquainted with Starbucks drinks by now. But have you ever wondered if there’s something…more? Something beyond the menu you can experiment with? In my experience, the answer to that question is yes. I started to get creative and ask the baristas where I purchase Starbucks coffee if they could do a few customizations. While it likely depends on your location, I’ve never had anyone in my area refuse any of the below customizations. The next time you want a little something different try these combinations at your local Starbucks.
Green Tea Latte with Peppermint Syrup
Oh, I know, it sounds weird but it’s definitely good. I find this particularly refreshing if it’s a bit chilly outside, if I’ve had a rough day, or if I just want a wonderfully refreshing drink that will give me my caffeine kick, too. You can get this drink hot or iced, but I prefer it hot because the mint comes out better. All you have to do is order a green tea latte as usual but ask if they can add a couple pumps of peppermint syrup. Most of the time you won’t come up against any resistance or refusals.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte with Toffee Nut or Hazelnut Syrup
What makes the already comforting and delicious cinnamon dolce latte even better? A splash of toffee nut or hazelnut syrup. It’s absolutely one of my favorite drinks to have when the weather gets colder, or if I have to get up early in the morning and need a gentle pick-me-up. Again you can get this hot or iced, but I prefer the hot version.
Passion Fruit Tea with Vanilla Syrup
No, I’m not kidding, this is honestly one of the best summer treats ever. I’ve always loved the passion fruit tea, in no small part because it’s pink, but also because it tastes delicious. But sometimes I want something a little less floral and a little cozier, and that’s when I ask for the vanilla syrup. You might get a couple of odd looks, but so far I haven’t had anyone turn me down. This drink can be had hot or iced, but in this instance I prefer the iced version.
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this on the menu, but I always ask for it because it’s absolutely delicious. If your Starbucks happens to have orange syrup, ask them to include some in your mocha. It sounds strange and it might take some getting used to, but if you’ve ever had a chocolate orange that’s basically what this drink tastes like. Again, I prefer it hot, and if you’re wondering if it tastes as good in a white mocha, it doesn’t. I have tried both, and I much prefer it in the regular mocha.
As always the availability of these options depends highly upon your local Starbucks and what they have available (or are willing to do). But I’ve never been turned down for a customization at a Starbucks except when they didn’t have an ingredient. (Please bring back your banana flavoring, this girl wants a banana mocha.) I hope you have fun trying out some of these options the next time you go for coffee at Starbucks.