10 Long Lost Starbucks Drinks (that you can still order!)
Looking for something new to try at Starbucks? Every single one of these 10 Starbucks beverages have (at one time or another) been offered on the menuboards and/or have had official Starbucks recipes. Cool off with these 10 wonderful cold beverages!
The Iced Cappuccino (and Iced Cocoa Cappuccino) – In March 2009, Starbucks promoted these beverages. The iced “Cocoa Cappuccino” was fundamentally a lot like a mocha except one less pump of Starbucks Mocha Sauce for the recipe you were ordering, whether hot or iced. The one less pump of mocha made for a more subtle, cocoa-y flavor. The hallmark of a cappuccino beverage is the foam at the end. A tall (12 ounces) Iced Cappuccino has one shot of espresso, a Grande (16 ounces) has two shots, and the Venti has three shots. Every cappuccino ends with about one-quarter inch of foam on top of the drink. A grande iced cappuccino (not the cocoa cappuccino) is $3.65.
Chocolate Milk – The key to the Starbucks chocolate milk is that it adds in a little vanilla. A grande chocolate milk is served with milk, four pumps of mocha, and one pump of vanilla syrup. I’ve heard a number of variations on how baristas will charge you, but I think that most will charge for a grande cold milk ($2.45) plus a charge for the mocha sauce (60 cents). The standard for this drink is flat lid and no ice.
The Iced Apple Chai Tea Infusion: In January 2009, this was a Starbucks promo drink. The cup code should be “ACI.” You’ll be charged for apple juice plus chai syrup. The barista fills a grande cup with cold apple juice and four pumps of chai, and adds ice. If you’re ordering a tall, it’s only 3 pumps of chai, and a venti has 6 pumps. This is delicious! In the Seattle area, this is $2.45 (cold apple juice) plus sixty cents for the chai syrup. (In 2009, there were two of these chai tea infusions drinks. The berry juice for the berry version no longer exists).
Green Tea Frappuccino – A grande green tea Frappuccino has matcha, classic syrup, whole milk, crème base, and ice. It’s a popular drink in many areas but not on the menu! It’s $4.45 for a grande size.
Once upon a time, this drink included melon syrup, but that syrup has long since been discontinued. Right now there’s a seasonal mango syrup at Starbucks – I’ve heard this is absolutely delicious with mango instead of classic. Order this a a “Green Tea Frappuccino no classic, sub mango syrup.”
Starbucks Double Shot on Ice – This has been off and on the menuboards a couple of times. A grande “Starbucks Double Shot on Ice” includes 3 shots of espresso, 3 pumps of classic, all shaken together, and a splash of two percent milk at the end. My photo used breve milk and not two percent, but two percent is the standard.
This beverage is always popular!
I’ve heard of a number of people having trouble ordering this drink and/or getting it made right. Just to be clear, the milk does not go in the shaker, but the drink is shaken.
Blended Strawberry Lemonade – A Blended Strawberry Lemonade is lemonade, strawberry juice (a special Starbucks strawberry puree), a creme base (used in Frappuccinos) and ice, all blended together. While it’s not on the menu, your Starbucks baristas should easily recognize this one. A grande strawberry lemonade is $3.65 before tax, in the Seattle area.
The Marble Mocha Macchiato – This is a treat of a drink! It’s a twist on the well-loved iced Caramel Macchiato. This drink has white mocha sauce on the bottom of the cup, milk, espresso and then is drizzled with dark mocha. The cup marking is “MMM.” It’s not clear how your barista will charge you for it. The build of the drink is identical to the caramel macchiato. You may find that your barista charges you for an iced white mocha, which would be $4.45 before tax.
A grande has two shots of espresso (which are poured on top at the end).
Iced Peppermint Mocha – Many customers don’t know that peppermint syrup is offered year-round. This is just like the holiday drink version but does not come with any chocolate shavings atop the whipped cream. It’s an iced mocha ($4.15 for the grande size) add peppermint syrup (fifty cents). During the holidays is a little more expensive, due to the special chocolate curls. There are four pumps of peppermint syrup in the grande size.
The Chocolate Smoothie has dropped off the menu boards if you’re in an area that has switched to the Evolution Fresh smoothies, but you can still order the chocolate smoothie. It only comes in one size – grande. It’s $4.25 and is made with a banana, protein powder, milk, and ice. The default is made with two percent milk. I’ve heard of people adding an add shot of espresso to their chocolate smoothie for a little extra fun. The cup marking is “CS.”
Please keep in mind that there can be regional variation in prices, and licensed Starbucks sometimes have their own separate price structure. The above prices listed are all from company-operated Starbucks in Seattle (or greater Seattle area).
Have fun exploring a new (or not so new!) cold summer drink!