The Secret Menu Starbucks Frappuccino For Grinch Fans

If there ever was a drink that could steal Christmas, it'd be this one. Guaranteed to make your heart grow three sizes (strictly in a festive sense), the Grinch Frappuccino is one of the most talked about secret holiday menu items at Starbucks. Sweet but with an edge, this vibrant green drink is definitely worth a try!

First, what is a secret menu item? Essentially, these are recipes that a restaurant — or in this case, a coffee shop — can make, but ultimately don't advertise as part of their set menu. Often the work of devoted fans, Econsultancy shares that sometimes brands will also develop unique offerings as a way to test the potential of a product — plus, they can also give a company the chance to go viral without any marketing costs. Additionally, given the rarity and need-to-know basis of these creations, secret menu items can also reinforce brand loyalty.

Interestingly, Starbucks already operates as a coffeehouse that allows for an infinitesimal number of java customizations, making it no wonder that fans have always been quick to unveil off-the-menu drinks. But, while most stay hidden, sometimes they gain enough recognition to become fixtures on Starbucks' actual menu, such as the viral Pink Drink (via Teen Vogue). That said, although the Grinch Frappuccino likely won't be gracing the official menu board this season, here's how you can order the drink at a Starbucks near you.

How to order a Grinch Frappuccino

Whenever you decide to order something from the "secret menu," always make sure that you know exactly what goes into the drink as your Starbucks barista might not be familiar with the recipe. Also, keep in mind that some ingredients could be seasonal, which means that you might have to adjust your order based on what's available. That said, if you want to order the Grinch Frappuccino like a pro, this is how to do it.

For a minty and ultra seasonal recipe, Instagram user Starbies Drink Ideas explains that you should order a Matcha Frappuccino with four pumps of sugar cookie syrup and one pump of peppermint syrup, making sure to ask your barista to line the cup with either strawberry purée or mocha drizzle. You can also ask for the drink to be topped with whipped cream, a dusting of matcha powder, and a sprinkle of chocolate curls.

If the seasonal ingredients are no longer available given their limited edition status, you can still achieve a similar (and equally green!) Grinch Frappuccino. According to one TikTok user, order a Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino, layered with whipped cream and strawberry purée, topped with matcha powder and chocolate shavings. Alternatively, you could also keep your order ultra simple, and just ask for a Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino with strawberry purée at the bottom of the cup. Happy ordering!