Starbucks Secret Menu: The Happy Shot (Taste, Ingredients, Caffeine, Calories, Copycat Recipe & More information)

What does Starbucks’ The Happy Shot contain for it to be famous among so many people? Read more to find out.

I started drinking Starbucks’ The Happy Shot back in 2015. I had the drink for the first time after a morning run with my best friend, and after going to Starbucks for a drink, she gave the barista a recipe for a drink I did not know. I was so tired that when the barista asked me what I wanted, I ordered the same. Being a coffee lover, I was okay with anything as long as it had caffeine, but when I had the drink, I wanted another shot, and I have been visiting Starbucks to order this drink almost every day.

I researched the drink to determine its nutritional value and what it is made of. Read this article to get all the information you need to know about Starbucks’ The Happy shot.

A brief history of Starbucks The Happy Shot

Starbucks introduced a new drink called The Happy Shot in 2013. Starbucks put the drink on their secret menu website since it is not an official drink but one created by a fan. The person who invented the recipe for this drink is Jessica L, who also came up with the name.

Starbucks The Happy Shot Overview

What’s in a Starbucks The Happy Shot – (ingredients?)

  • Syrup: it is used to add flavor to the drink. It is also the only ingredient that changes according to customers’ desires.
  • Espresso: it is used as the base of the drink. Starbucks uses in-house espresso shots.
  • Cream: a little cream is added to add thickness to the drink and sweeten it.

Starbucks The Happy Shot: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine & Calories

What sizes are available?

Starbucks the happy shot is available in small (8 oz ) sizes. This size is perfect for the day when you do not want a large-size coffee.

Nutritional facts

Starbucks, The Happy Shot is a secret menu drink and hence not Starbucks’ official drink, which means they do not know about its nutritional value. However, we can check its ingredients’ nutritional facts.

The base contains 10 calories, 2 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of protein. The syrup has 20 calories, 5 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 grams sugar.

This drink is healthy since it contains only 10 calories, 2gms carbs, and only 5gms of sugar. It is gluten-free and also great for vegetarians.

Caffeine information

The drink’s caffeine is from its base. It contains 150 mg of caffeine. This makes this drink good to have in the morning as a stimulant or during the day and evening to reduce the body’s fatigue and give you energy.

So what does Starbucks’ The Happy Shot taste like?

The drink tastes just like an espresso but with flavors. It is not very sweet since the espresso used as the base of the drink is sugar-free. However, the drink is not as bitter as a regular espresso since the cream and syrup add a little sweetness. Also, the drink taste varies with the kind of syrup you choose to use.

Ways to Customize The Happy Shot at Starbucks

Starbucks Happy Shot

Customization of Starbucks, The Happy Shot, is done by changing syrup flavors. Also, to make the drink less sweet, you can leave out the cream, reducing the drink’s thickness. Additionally, you can choose sugar-free syrups.

How to make Starbucks The Happy Shot at home – Starbucks The Happy Shot Copycat Recipe

Starbucks Secret Menu: The Happy Shot

Starbucks The Happy Shot Copycat Recipe

Kai Jordan


  • A coffee mug
  • A spoon
  • Coffee maker


  • Coffee grounds
  • Hot water
  • 2 pumps of vanilla syrup or any syrup flavor of your choice
  • Cream


  • Set up the coffee maker appropriately
  • Put the coffee grounds on the coffee filter
  • Pour hot water and pour the coffee into a coffee mug
  • Add two pumps of vanilla syrup to the coffee in the mug
  • Add a little cream and sugar to make the coffee sweet
  • Pour the mixture into a shot cup and drink it at a go


  • If making the espresso becomes difficult, or you lack the equipment and ingredients, you can buy Starbucks and start making the happy shot from step three.
  • Follow the same steps with whatever flavor of syrup you use.

Informative Section

How do you order The Happy Shot from the Starbucks app?

When ordering on the Starbucks app, log into the app, go to the shots option, choose to customize, edit the base as an espresso, choose the syrup of your choice, add cream and choose the option done. Choose the convenient Starbucks store you can pick up the drink. Wait for a while before you pick up the drink.

Is the Starbucks The Happy Shot still available?

Yes, the drink is available at Starbucks stores and online ordering through the Starbucks app.

Does Starbucks have The Happy Shot all year round?

Yes, Starbucks, the happy shot is available all year round and is not a seasonal drink. It’s also available throughout the day.

Is Starbucks The Happy Shot healthy?

Yes, Starbucks. The happy shot is very healthy as it has less than 100 calories.

How much is the Starbucks The Happy Shot?

Starbucks The happy shot cost varies from $1.75 to $2 depending on the location of the Starbucks store where you order the drink.

Is The Happy Shot from Starbucks Good?

Yes, the drink is not only good but also delicious.

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