Starbucks offers a wide range of chai drinks. Chai originated from India and it’s a black tea drink. I went through the Starbucks official menu only to find four chai drinks. I’m sure most of us have been disappointed at this, but I discovered a pool of secret menu chai drinks that you can order. The trick is to know how to order and this post is going to tell you all about it. Read on to the end to find out what lies ahead of you, chai enthusiasts.
6 Starbucks Chai Drinks Alternatives
Starbucks has been serving chai drinks for a long time. However, many people have been limited by the number of Starbucks official menu items. You can order as many chai alternatives as you can. Some of your options include Iced Chai latte, Chai Crème Frappuccino, Pumpkin spice chai latte, White chocolate cinnamon chai latte, dirty chai latte, and flannel Frappuccino.
Yes, they have been there all along. It’s your turn to enjoy them if you keep reading this post.
Iced Chai Latte
This is the iced version of the Starbucks chai latte. It is made with tea concentrate, 2% milk, and ice. This chai drink can be customized by adding vanilla sweet cream fold. You can also opt for a non-dairy milk option such as almond milk and oat milk. Chai is spiced black tea with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Chai tea is transformed into a latte by adding steamed milk and foam topping. You will find this on the menu so you can just go straight ahead and ask for an iced chai latte. A Grande serving gives you 95mg of caffeine and 240 calories. Not bad for a great morning start.
Chai crème Frappuccino
This Frappuccino is simply a chai drink that’s frozen and blended. It is comprised of whole milk, ice, crème Frappuccino syrup, cinnamon powder, chai concentrate, and whipped cream. This one has a high caloric content as a Grande gives you 340 and 45g of sugar. If you are looking for a spiced-up day, this is your go-to chai drink. The chai crème Frappuccino is on the official menu and is available all year round. I love this, especially on a hot summer day. Some people opt to add coffee, others opt to keep it as it is.
Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
When you hear about anything pumpkin spice, just know it’s the holidays. This seasonal chai drink is not on the Starbucks official menu; it’s on the secret menu. You might have probably found it in the menu some time back, but it was removed. This doesn’t mean that people don’t still enjoy it. You will ask the barista for a chai latte with 2 pumps of pumpkin sauce and whipped cream. The whipped cream is optional. The pumpkin sauce and chai tea have many spices in common so they are complementary. It’s a great way to feel the holiday season and enjoy a great taste. Try it out next holiday.
White Chocolate Cinnamon Chai Latte
This is a great treat for the sweet tooth. The cinnamon, white mocha, and chai make it a sweet drink. This is also in the Starbucks secret menu, but this doesn’t need to worry you. All you have to do is ask the barista to give you a chai latte with 2 pumps of white mocha sauce, 2 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup, and a dash of cinnamon powder, and whipped cream topping. After this, you will have yourself a white chocolate cinnamon chai latte to kick start your day.
Dirty Chai Latte
This is for those of us who can’t do without their precious coffee. It is available in both hot and iced servings. To order, ask the barista for a chai latte with a shot of espresso. You can order in all sizes short, Tall, Grande, and Venti. Some people love their coffee so much that they drag it everywhere. If you are one of them, you can ask for a single shot of espresso or go all the way out and make it extra dirty with a double shot. All these options are at hand at your Starbucks store.
This Frappuccino is another seasonal Starbucks secret menu item. It is made of pumpkin sauce and apple spice drizzle both of which are seasonal. If you go asking for a flannel Frappuccino in summer, all you will get are blank stares. When it’s in season, all you need is to ask the barista for a Chai Frappuccino with a pump of pumpkin sauce and apple spice drizzle each.
No matter what your preferences are, a Starbucks barista will always whip up an unofficial chai latte for you if you order it properly. All the above options await you on your next Starbucks visit. Enjoy!