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

Starbucks offers many exciting, refreshing drinks on its hidden menu called the Starbucks secret menu. If you are wondering what this secret recipe Starbucks The Undertow is, read this article to find out.

The Starbucks undertow is a sweet layered coffee drink with either milk or a cold breve at the bottom and has a layer of hot espresso shots floating at the top. I first came across Starbucks’ The Undertow a few weeks ago after a friend I had tagged along for a date ordered it. I could not get over its great taste, so I kept ordering more as days went by, and I can attest it’s among my favorite drinks from the giant coffee store.

Brief History of the drink

As a secret menu item, the Undertow was first mentioned around 2009. It gained massive popularity around 2012. Most baristas have been trained to make this superb drink, although some have to be given more information to understand that you need the specific Undertow. Its biggest secret lies in not mixing the ingredients to form the layers that will provide you with that superb taste you have been yearning for.

Starbucks The Undertow Overview

What is in Starbucks The Undertow (ingredients?)

The underrated Undertow contains a drip of coffee, a splash of milk, some pumps of flavored syrup, and some espresso shots to top it up. All these in one Starbucks cup give you a wholesome ocean-wave-looking, cool and refreshing beverage.

Starbucks The Undertow: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine & Calories

The Undertow

What sizes are available?

Starbucks The Undertow is available in three sizes: tall, Grande, and venti. Typically, someone trying this drink for the first is advised to start with the smallest size, the tall size, as they advance slowly to bigger sizes.

Nutritional facts

The Starbucks Undertow tall size contains at least 182 calories, 7g of fats, 21.8g of carbohydrates, 7g of proteins, and 22.5 mg of cholesterol.

Calories count( out of 2000 calories daily intake)182
Nutrients content ( per tall size Serving)% of the daily value
Total fats(7.0g) 
Total Carbohydrates(21.8g)



Dietary fibre(0.0g)


Caffeine Information

The tall size of the Starbucks undertow contains 150 mg of caffeine, making it stand out among the less caffeinated beverages at Starbucks, thus healthy for consumption but in a limited way. If you are not a caffeine person, you call still find drinks with no caffeine ultimately.

So what does Starbucks The Undertow taste like?

The taste of espresso is felt with the first sip, followed by cold sweet milk. A perfect beverage for coffee and milk enthusiasts. Some users have felt the taste of a latte in the drink. Some have described the drink as having a hot-cold bitter-sweet taste.

Ways to Customize The Undertow at Starbucks

For sweet coffee lovers, ask for at least two pumps of vanilla syrup. Use one pump if you don’t like your coffee too sweet. Ask for a half-and-a-half shot and carefully mix it with the vanilla. Ask the barista to politely pour two espresso shots into the mixture using the spoon method to prevent the layers from mixing. Get your exquisite beverage and thank the barista for a job nicely and patiently done.

How to make Starbucks The Undertow at home- Starbucks The Undertow Copycat Recipe

Starbucks Secret Menu: The Undertow

Starbucks The Undertow Copycat Recipe

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  • A cup
  • A tablespoon
  • An espresso machine or Moka pot


  • Two shots of Espresso
  • 1 oz of Half and Half
  • Vanilla or sugar syrup


  • Add the 1 oz of chilled but unsweetened half and half in a cup.
  • Add one or more tablespoons of the simple syrup on the half and half and stir to combine them well.
  • In a separate cup, brew two shots of roast espresso. For balanced flavor, choose medium roast.
  • Hold the back of a spoon over the cup containing half and a half and pour the espresso slowly over the spoon.
  • The coffee will rest on the half and a half giving you your sweet homemade Undertow.


  • You can have your Undertow with less or no sugars than the usual levels
  • You can add in more ingredients and come up with different flavors
  • You can choose a different syrup from the commonly used vanilla syrup.


How do you order The Undertow from the Starbucks app?

Under Starbucks’ secret menu, the Undertow, select three pumps of your favorite syrup, vanilla being the most suggested, add milk to your order under customizations, and finish with two shots of espresso for the tall size.

Is the Starbucks Undertow still available?

Yes. The Starbucks undertow is still available. You can visit the Starbucks outlet near you or order from the app if you want to try it.

Does Starbucks have The Undertow all year round?

Yes. The Undertow is an all-year-round drink and can be ordered any day and any time of the year.

Is Starbucks The Undertow healthy?

The Starbucks undertow contains lower calories than most drinks. With a few ingredients, it is a healthy drink you can enjoy from time to time.

How much is the Starbucks The Undertow?

The price of the Undertow ranges from about $2.9 to about $3.5.

Is The Undertow from Starbucks Good?

The Undertow has a great espresso and milk taste and an appearance resembling the ocean waves. It is a good drink that can uplift your mood.

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