We Challenged Starbucks Employees to Make Their Craziest Drinks — Here Are the Beautiful Results


If you ask your local Starbucks barista to surprise you with a drink you’ve never heard of, cross your fingers that you get a “challenge accepted.”

We asked a few different Starbucks baristas in Santa Ana, Calif. to surprise us recently and the results were beautiful. They mixed and matched, added pastries, and let their imaginations run wild. And while there’s  a greater chance the Foodbeast staff will get diabetes now, it is not in vain as we got some beautiful coffee porn to share with the world.

Keep in mind, these are super customized drinks and unless you’re really cool with your barista, you’ll have a hard time convincing them to try and make these specific drinks. Prices vary since these are totally made up creations, but they’re a rough estimate of what you might expect if you actually tried to order drinks like this.

So feast your eyes on these sugary creations and enjoy the caffeine buzz.


L.A. Smog


This one was made by an L.A. transplant who said it’s inspired by the gorgeous view of the smoggy Los Angeles sky. It might sound weird but its contents are delicious. Of all the drinks, this one is one of the more realistic ones to ask for. The ingredients are pretty standard, but when put together, can make even the smoggiest of days more bearable.

  • Green Tea Frappuccino
  • One pump of Mocha (Extra $.60)
  • Java Chips (Extra $.50)
  • One shot of espresso (Extra $.80)
  • Italian drizzle
  • Espresso Whip

Total: About $6.35, Grande


Neapolitan Frap


This one has a classic Neapolitan look with three different flavors infused into one drink. The thickness of each Frap gives it an interesting triple-threat taste as you can drink from the bottom for a strawberry taste, drink from the middle for a chocolaty taste, or drink from the top for a vanilla taste.

  • Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino
  • Java Chip (Extra $50)
  • Vanilla Bean Frappuccino (Extra $.50)
  • Raw sugar sprinkled over the top

Total: About $5.45, Grande


The Orange County Dream


This creamsicle-like Frap has been seen by the public before, however, some tweaks have been made and this Orange County inspired drink has been perfected.

  • Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
  • Valencia Orange Refresher
  • Whipped cream

Total: About $4.25, Grande


The Mexican Flag Frap


In a perfect world, the Strawberries & Creme Frap in this drink would be red, but you get the idea. A mix of red (pink), white and green in this Mexican flag inspired drink takes you through three different sensations, similar to the Neapolitan Frappuccino above.

  • Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
  • Strawberries & Creme (Extra $.50)
  • Green Tea (Extra $.50)

Total: About $5.55, Grande


The Blueberry Breakfast Shake


This one is an ultra secret item, so much so, that until we got hold of it, it had never touched the lips of non-Starbucks employee. Behold the Blueberry Breakfast Shake. Yes, that is a blueberry muffin top gracing the top of this beauty. It is a Soy Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, blended with a whole blueberry muffin and topped with fresh blueberries. It tastes as amazing as it sounds and actually didn’t feel too heavy. Technically, they’re not allowed to blend muffins, so of all the drinks on this list, this one might be the one voted, “Most Likely to be an Unattainable Import Model.”

  • Soy Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
  • Blueberry muffin (Extra $2.25)
  • Fresh blueberries (Extra $1)

Total: About $6.75, Grande


Apple Pie Frap


It was freaky how much this one tasted like an apple pie. It was reminiscent of dessert time at Thanksgiving. I’m 72 percent sure this caramel and apple pairing was what the American dream was built on.

  • Half and Half
  • Apple Juice
  • Cinnamon Dolce Caramel
  • Whipped Cream
  • Extra Caramel
  • Cinnamon Dolce Powder

Total: About $4.35, Grande


Strawberry Shortbread Crumble


This Frap was made up on-the-spot. It’s just a Strawberries & Creme Frap blended with their shortbread cookies and topped with dried fruit. Again, they’re technically not allowed to blend their cookies, but if you’re slick enough to convince them to, it makes the Strawberries & Creme Frap so much better.

  • Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino
  • Shortbread Cookies (Extra $1.50)
  • Dried Strawberry Fruit Inclusion (Extra $.50)

Total: About $6.45, Grande

Photos by Peter Pham

Isai has eaten food practically his whole life, so writing about food came naturally to him. Isai likes to find the lighter side of all stories. He is a man who believes in the simple things in life like string cheese, Cactus Cooler, and tagless t-shirts.

  • KS_Batista

    We cannot make the orange county dream. The valencia orange curdles the milk immediately. Many customers have gotten sick after drinking it. Do not smake it with the Valencia Orange juice. Instead, try making it with the orange mango juice.

  • Anonymous

    Come on now. ..you don’t get diabetes by consuming too much sugar!!

    • Chris Newman

      Finally someone who thinks like my brother and I! Good on ya, mate. :)

  • Brian Lesko

    So, we can write about a Mexican flag drink in this great nation of ours but not a US flag drink. Pitiful.

    • Chris Newman

      My brother and I agree wholeheartedly.

  • Lori Morante

    Forget “Mexican Flag,” it wants to be called “Hina Matsuri” frappe! At least the pink/white/tea green colors are correct for that. Also it would stop the nationalist trolls from whinging about how there is no red/white/blue drink for ‘Murika.

  • Honor

    We also cannot put food items in the blender. it is a violation and could cause an allergic reaction if someone happened to be allergic to gluten. All of these are honestly bad ideas. We’ve tried most of them and they don’t end up tasting that great. Please just stick to the menu items and don’t push the secret menu. Technicaly we aren’t even supposed to make secret menu items.

    • Anonymous

      Nobody is allergic to gluten.

      • Jackx

        Um, yes they are.

      • Rachel Hawkridge

        Really? Dr. Final_Word, in the house!

        Freakin’ asshole.

        • Anonymous

          Probably nitpicking. It’s “gluten intolerance”, not “gluten allergy”, is probably what they were trying to say.

  • Anonymous

    I really wish you people would stop posting this stuff. It really makes the barista’s life hell. We can’t make half of these drinks.

  • Tina Nguyen

    There should be a drink where you stack up all the cups with regular coffee and call it the traffic jam. That or visiting http://www.rubmaps.com

  • Erin

    Screw that! Orange Valencia with Lemonade and a raspberry shot is where its at! still has caffeine and tastes like amazing. A barista actually recommended it to me. I don’t get the sitting around all day oranges garnish though.

  • Anonymous