12 Starbucks Secret Menu Drinks For Smoothie Lovers

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Yes, Starbucks has an almost ridiculous amount of drinks to choose from on its menu. But, sometimes, you know you're craving something not on the menu. Maybe you're aware you can customize the drinks, but you just don't know the exact recipe to get what you want. That's where we come in. What's affectionately referred to as the "secret menu" at Starbucks, essentially, refers to recipes for ordering custom drinks. There are plenty of online recipes and hacks for the Starbucks Secret Menu. Now that you know, we can get down to business to defeat your fear of customizing drinks at your local Starbucks. 

We all love smoothies. They can be a perfect pre- or post-workout snack, a refreshing beverage to sip on by the pool, or a vessel for your daily nutrients. While Starbucks doesn't exactly have frozen packs of mixed berries to throw in a blender, the baristas can make their version of smoothies with the ingredients available. An important note for all the drinks on this list: You can adjust the ingredient measurements to whatever size drink you order — we just happened to order talls. So, if you're craving a smoothie and are driving past a Starbucks: pull in, park your car, and try one of these tasty Starbucks secret menu drinks for smoothie lovers.

Tangy Piña Colada Frappuccino

Ah, the piña colada. The name alone conjures images of white, sandy beaches, a beachside restaurant, and a beverage in hand. While you can't get a real piña colada adult beverage at Starbucks, you can get pretty close. This Tangy Piña Colada Frappuccino recipe is from the Vegan Secret Menu Instagram account, and we're obsessed.

To get the drink, order a plain Cremé Frappuccino with pineapple ginger syrup, coconut milk, and no whip. You can get it in any size you want. We found this drink to definitely be on the sour side, but not in an alarming way. It's a refreshing slushy, perfect for the person not quite ready to let go of summer. 

As with many of the drinks on this list, the tangy Frappuccino can separate fairly quickly (especially if you're in a warm climate area), so we recommend drinking this beverage right away — a good rule of thumb with Frappuccinos in general. Close your eyes, take a sip of this (amazing) vegan slushy, and you can hear the waves splashing on the shore already.

Dragonfruit Frappuccino

The Dragonfruit Frappuccino has to be one of the prettiest drinks we have ever seen at Starbucks. With the trails of pink swirling around the white blended beverage, the Dragonfruit Frappuccino is totally Instagram-worthy (be sure to tag us!). With the help of our local barista, we made some important edits to this Starbucks secret menu recipe.

We learned that baristas are not allowed to put frozen ingredients in the blender as it could break it. In light of this information, you'll want to order a Dragonfruit Frappuccino like we did. Ask for a tall Dragon Drink, as in the Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refreshers with coconut milk, but blended with a creme base and topped with whipped cream. To get the pretty pink swirl effect, ask the barista to put some dragon fruit inclusions (aka the fruit pieces) in the bottom of the cup before pouring the drink in, as well as some on top of the whipped cream. Adding these steps not only helps with the aesthetic, but it adds an extra oomph of dragon fruit flavor. 

Don't worry about the fact that the fruit is frozen, either — the temperature of the Frappuccino will gradually melt them. We were not the biggest fans of straight-up eating the freeze-dried dragon fruit pieces because we thought the texture was like cardboard. We definitely will not judge if you choose to skip the extra dragon fruit just for the visual effect.

Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino

For the folks who want autumn to begin in late August instead of late September, this smoothie-esque drink is for you. Sure, the regular pumpkin spice Frappuccino is available as one of the featured fall beverages, but this pumpkin pie Frappuccino amps it up a notch or two. It's much creamier than a regular Pumpkin Spice Cremé Frappuccino, and the cinnamon dolce syrup mellows out the pumpkin spice a bit, which we liked.

To order this drink, ask for a tall Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino with heavy cream instead of milk, plus a pump of cinnamon dulce syrup, and topped with whipped cream, cinnamon powder, and cinnamon dulce sprinkles. This recipe is definitely the sweetest smoothie on the list, so it's perfect for those with a strong sweet tooth who want to branch out from the typical pumpkin spice drinks available. We think it'll also satisfy anyone who wants to try a smoothie-style Starbucks drink, but isn't a big fan of fruity flavors.

Pineapple and Strawberry Slushie

Now we have a Starbucks drink for the people who love the fruity flavors of summer all year round. Enter: the pineapple and strawberry slushie. A very creative Pinterest user can be credited for making this recipe, and we owe a lot to their genius. This is one of the drinks on our list that tastes the most reminiscent of a smoothie, in our opinion, and would be perfect as an after-workout pick-me-up.

To order this refreshing beverage, ask for a tall Pineapple Passionfruit Lemonade Refreshers blended with strawberry puree. If you close your eyes while drinking this, you wouldn't know it's from Starbucks. You might think you've being transported to a tropical resort on an island somewhere. Smoothies, while easy to make at home, are made all the more enjoyable when ordered from the professionals — and there might be a reason why your homemade smoothie just doesn't taste as good. If getting to the closest smoothie spot near your house is a hike, or if you happen to have a Starbucks location closer to you, try the pineapple and strawberry slushie secret menu drink. We'll be truly surprised if you don't like it. Just remember: It is a lemonade-based drink, so expect a super sour kick that'll wake up your tastebuds.

Hazelnut Frappuccino

Starbuck's hazelnut Frappuccino was truly a happy accident on our end. Initially, we went to order the Le Peach Frappuccino from the Starbucks Secret Menu but quickly realized the peach syrup had been discontinued. So, we pivoted. We decided that hazelnut had been a left-out flavor from this list, thus far, and we thought it deserved a fair shot at smoothie status.

To try this hazelnut Frappuccino, first order a tall Vanilla Bean Cremé Frappuccino with an added squirt of whipped cream to the milk base. Add one pump of hazelnut syrup, one pump of vanilla syrup, and a few shakes of cinnamon in the blender, then top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Yes, that's a mouthful. But, if you love hazelnut, and never know what drink at Starbucks will make your favorite flavor stand out, this is the one. 

Whether ordering any secret menu drinks at Starbucks, it's easier for the baristas when you begin with a drink that's already on the menu and then make the customizations to it. You'll find that most of the beverages on this list are in that format, and if your barista is new to the job, ordering this way will make life a little easier for them. But, don't feel too bad about ordering custom drinks: We apologized a million times to the various baristas we ordered these smoothies from, and they all resolved us from our guilt.

Orange Creamsicle Frappuccino

This secret menu drink from Starbucks was truly one of our favorites from the bunch. If we were ranking them (which we're not), this would be in our top three. After another instance of a custom recipe being slightly outdated, we've updated the Orange Creamsicle Frappuccino so you can order it today.

If you're looking for creamy goodness wrapped up in a Starbucks cup: Ask for a tall iced drink blended with whole milk to the first line, mango dragonfruit refresher to the second line, two pumps of Starbucks classic syrup (the brand's take on simple syrup sweetener), and two pumps of the creme base, then topped with whipped cream.

So, no, the mango orange refresher has been discontinued, but we found that the mango dragonfruit flavor had plenty of mango flavor to make it genuinely taste similar to an orange creamsicle. Don't believe us? Order it, and try it for yourselves. The whole milk and creme base make this an uber creamy treat, and the fruity flavors from the refresher syrup made it all come together in an orange creamsicle-reminiscent drink that made our tastebuds smile.

Rainbow Sherbert Frappuccino

You'd think we wouldn't get surprised at how good some of these smoothie drinks are after trying so many, but we were blown away at how much this custom Starbucks drink tasted like rainbow sherbet! This rainbow sherbet Frappuccino from the Starbucks Secret Menu website is fairly easy to order, and if you're a fan of creamy yet very refreshing smoothies, you'll be obsessed with this one.

To order this mind-blowing, smoothie-style drink, get a tall Strawberry Cremé Frappuccino made with the mango dragonfruit refresher syrup instead of strawberry puree, plus one pump of raspberry syrup and one scoop of vanilla bean powder. The exact directions from the Starbucks Secret Menu site say to "add a creme base, add ice, and blend," but since you're already ordering the base drink of the Strawberry Cremé Frappuccino, your barista obviously already knows to do that.

This drink is light and won't feel as heavy as, say, the pumpkin pie Frappuccino or the hazelnut Frappuccino, but it's not the lightest one of the bunch, either. This smoothie is the perfect middle-of-the-road drink for folks looking for something fruity, but not too fruity, and creamy but not too creamy.

Dole Whip Frappuccino

The Dole Whip craze has reminded people just how much they enjoy pineapple in a dessert. From the blended ice cream at Walt Disney World restaurants to variations available at many local ice creameries, the pineapple Dole Whip flavor appears here to stay. However, if you're craving the tropical fruit in a liquid form, Starbucks has the answer for you.

To get the Dole Whip Frappuccino, order a tall Vanilla Bean Cremé Frappuccino with heavy cream instead of milk and a pineapple-passionfruit base. It's simple, yet effective. Even In the Know reports that TikTok users rushed to customize this Frappuccino and agree it's a delicious option to get. You'll especially be a fan if you're craving pineapple, yet don't really feel like ordering a refresher or a lemonade drink from Starbucks.

Because there's no lemonade in this one, the pineapple gets a chance to shine. It's one of the more mild smoothie-like drinks on this list, yet it still stands out as one of our favorites. Be sure to drink it quickly, though; as with most beverages on this list that combine some type of dairy and refresher, it can separate quickly. But that shouldn't be an issue, anyway, as this drink will be too good to resist.

Strawberries and Cream

While the title is very similar to the Starbucks official Strawberry Crème Frappuccino, it is an incredibly different beverage. Where the Strawberry Crème Frappuccino is creamy and almost reminiscent of a strawberry cheesecake dessert, this Starbucks secret menu drink, called Strawberries and Cream, is more like a refreshing smoothie.

To order our original creation (yes, props for creating this recipe), order a tall Pink Drink Starbucks Refreshers blended with ice, two pumps of vanilla syrup, whipped cream, and freeze-dried strawberry inclusions (what Starbucks calls those bits of fruit toppings) on top of the whipped cream. If you're not a coconut milk fan, which is the default with the Pink Drink, order this with the milk of your choice. This delicious strawberry creation is more smoothie than slushy, so if you're looking for something icier, this isn't the beverage for you. But, if you're on the hunt for a classic strawberry smoothie from Starbucks, this is the one. 

The good thing about this original secret menu drink is that it probably won't be going out of style anytime soon. Yes, the strawberry flavor is timeless (and amazing for every season, we would argue). What really blows this drink out of the water is that it seems like the Pink Drink is popular enough that it's here to stay. You likely won't have to worry about this specific flavor of refreshers being discontinued in the near future. 

Peach Slushie

If you can't tell from the image, the Peach Slushie should be consumed immediately — yes, it's more of a slushy than a smoothie, but it still made the cut. If you let this one sit, you could face the tragic separation of the ingredients common with many frozen, blended drinks at Starbucks. Think of it like oil and vinegar: amazing together but must be eaten quickly in order to enjoy the flavors in unison.

The ingredients in this one might sound unusual, but it does work. Order a tall Iced Peach Green Tea blended with extra ice, plus ½ pump of vanilla, a creme base, and one pump of classic syrup. If you hate green tea, there's no reason you would like this (sorry), but if you're looking for a bump of caffeine in your day that's distinctly not coffee, the peach slushie is for you. We expect that fans of sweet green tea and peach in general will delight over this drink. It's sweet, but not aggressively so, and just a delight.

Matcha Frappuccino

We're completely obsessed with all things matcha. Put this green tea on ice with oat milk and some vanilla sweetener, or keep it hot with water. Add matcha to yogurt for all we care! Matcha can do no wrong in our eyes. When considering smoothie flavors, we realized that the Starbucks world was missing a very crucial flavor: A matcha smoothie. We're calling it the Matcha Frappuccino to keep in line with the smoothie approach, but you can call it whatever you want — as long as you try it out. 

To order our original matcha Frappuccino creation, ask for a tall Iced Matcha Tea Latte to be double blended with ice, one pump of vanilla, and a creme base, then topped with whipped cream. It's simple: If you like matcha, you'll like this secret menu drink. If you love sweet things with a jolt of caffeine, you'll like this. And if you're a fan of smoothies, you're sure to like this.

In our opinion, matcha deserves more of a center-stage position than it currently has on the Starbucks menu, and we think this matcha Frappuccino could be just the thing to put it on more people's maps. Plus, if you're not a straight-up green tea fan, but you want a smoothie and want some caffeine for that 3 p.m. slump, get the matcha Frappuccino. You'll thank us.

Cosmo and Wanda Frappuccino

In our opinion, it's fairly odd that the internet hasn't created a Cosmo and Wanda-inspired Starbucks drink sooner (get it?). If you're unfamiliar, the beloved fairy duo from the Nickelodeon show "The Fairly Odd Parents" are distinctly pink and green, hence the name for this two-toned smoothie in their honor. To get a burst of Cosmo and Wanda in your life, Totally The Bomb recommends ordering a tall Pink Drink Refreshers blended with ice, plus a scoop of vanilla bean powder and ½ pump of white mocha. Add Vanilla Sweet Creme Cold Foam blended with a scoop of matcha in for a green layer on top.

You might be able to tell by now that we're big fans of matcha. After trying this Starbucks secret menu beverage, we made the executive decision to order matcha cold foam on everything. Seriously, it's sweet but not sickeningly so with the vanilla in it, and the cold foam provides the perfect balance to whatever beverage rests underneath. In this case, the strawberry and acai flavors from the Pink Drink provides a wonderful contrast to the matcha flavor. It's also an incredibly aesthetic drink, and we're sure your social media followers would have a field day with it (as most of the internet has).