There’s cause for celebration! Another new Starbucks has opened on WDW property: A beautiful shop at Downtown Disney’s West Side (thanks to Disney Food Blog for the review and for always keeping us up to date).
One of my favorite things about Starbucks—especially at a Disney Starbucks—is giving them my name at the counter … you can make up whatever you want, and they have to write it on your cup! And then they have to say it outloud!!
These Mouse-y energizers give me so much joy, but they also gave me a GREAT idea: What if there were Starbucks drinks named for Disney places characters that we all know and love?
Of course, one can only do so much from her New Jersey office. It’s not like I have Starbucks corporate on speed dial or anything. But I do have an active imagination, a love for coffee and … the Internet. And thank goodness for that last one because this project would have taken so much longer without the hard work and adventurous taste buds of those who trod before me. I absolutely have to tip my hat to the folks from Starbucks Secret Menu for sharing the off-menu recipes that inspired me.
Another hat tip to my beau, Dan. He helped me order these monsters, tried every single sugary sip and helped me write the reviews. Not to mention taking all of the drink photos you see below. Many thanks, kid!
Without further ado, here are five delicious, off-menu Starbucks frappuccinos inspired by Disney people and places I love:
The Inspiration: One of my favorite dinner spots lately is Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom. The space is really lovely, the food is quite good and the pacing of the meal is perfect for the end of a long day in the Park. There is a lovely tiramisu on the menu that, with a nice espresso, is a totally perfect ending to a perfect meal at the end of a perfect day in the Park. If only I could transport myself to those moments, licking the mascarpone cream off my fork …
The Recipe: Venti Coffee Frappuccino with ½ pump hazelnut syrup, ½ pump toffeenut syrup, 1 pump caramel flan syrup (or 1 caramel, 1 vanilla), 1 pump mocha syrup and 1 espresso shot, affogato. Top with caramel whipped cream, caramel flan sauce and mocha drizzle.
The Review: This one is a little costly ($7.38 for the venti) and a little complicated to order … but it is so worth it! First of all, make sure you watch when they make it: It looks so cool when they add the affogato shot of espresso! If you take a sip immediately, the drink is a little sweet … but as the shot settled … OMG. It’s sort of like crack. And it totally tastes like delicious coffee-soaked cookies topped with slightly sour sweet cream. We were worried, at first, about ordering such a large drink but … we handily dispatched this thing like the fat kids we are. It’s absolutely amazing.
The Inspiration: This one is a little ironic … because when news broke that Starbucks was taking over Main Street Bakery, the rallying cry of Disney fans was: NOT OUR CINNAMON ROLLS! Sure you can still get them at Gaston’s Tavern but die-hard fans say it’s just not the same. But what if we could get that sweet, creamy cinnamon taste every day at the local coffee stop?
The Recipe: Tall Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with 1 pump white mocha syrup and 1 pump cinnamon dolce syrup. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce powder.
The Review: Right off the bat, this was a pretty drink—great for eating with our eyes before sucking it down through the straw. I absolutely loved the slight spiciness combined with a creamy icing flavor. But Dan … well, he lost his mind. Main Street Cinnamon Rolls are a strong call back to his childhood and one of his all-time favorite Disney things. His review: “When you need a little bit of Main Street but you can’t get there, this is what you order. This would make me really happy on a Monday morning.” Bonus: Because the recipe is so basic, you can easily upside to a grande (by adding two pumps of each syrup) or a venti (by adding three pumps).
The Inspiration: Who doesn’t love sitting under the stars, roasting marshmallows and singing along with Chip & Dale? No one. That’s who. And when I want to go back to that easy, care-free headspace, now I order this super easy Disney-inspired sip.
The Recipe: Grande Java Chip Frappuccino with 1 pump of Cinnamon Dolce syrup, 1 pump of Toffee Nut syrup and whipped cream blended in. Top with additional whipped cream and Cinnamon Dolce sprinkles
The Review: The combination of toffee and cinnamon really tastes like a graham cracker, and blending the whipped cream in creates a lovely marshmallow lightness that is so fluffy and perfect. With little specks of chocolate blended throughout—frozen, but melting on your tongue. It was a bit bitter at first, but as it melted, the flavor because a lot more mellow. The only problem: It was a little thin.
The Inspiration: When I want a truly relaxing non-Park day, I head to Old Key West. What I love most about it is the calm, welcoming atmosphere. It feels like a small community rather than a resort hotel. Another top fave from OKW: Oliva’s. If you haven’t eaten there, please make it a point to do so. Their breakfast menu is as delicious as their dinner menu … which includes an absolutely stunning key lime tart. Yes, please.
The Recipe: Start with a grande. Fill to the bottom black line with Cool Lime juice. Fill to the second black line with whole milk. Add 2 pumps of white mocha, 2 pumps of vanilla syrup and 1 pump cinnamon dolce syrup. Blend in whipped cream and extra ice. Top with more whipped cream.
The Review: I wanted to love this one, really. And I do like it. It’s deliciously sweet and tart and almost everything I like about key lime pie. Except the pie crust. It’s not pie-crusty enough for me. Maybe add a pump of toffee nut syrup in place of one of the white mocha pumps? I like it enough that I’ll definitely keep trying to get it just right.
The Inspiration: One of my favorite spots in the Magic Kingdom is the quiet little trail that leads from Storybook Circus to Tomorrowland. There, you can not only take a breather from the noisy action of the Park, but you can also see the Queen of Hearts’ warrior cards. The lower decibel level plus the odd little nod to a childhood favorite make this a must-stroll for me.
The Recipe: Start with a tall base of half white chocolate and mocha Frappuccino. Blend in 1 pump raspberry syrup and whipped cream. Top with additional whipped cream.
The Review: This drink is just like the Red Queen herself: It comes on extremely strong and sweet. Bullies you with the sweetness, in fact. Until it’s screaming at you, and you’re like, “Enough! Uncle! I wave my white flag!” And then you throw it away, half finished. Maybe Dan and I just aren’t fake raspberry people, but we clearly enjoy cold, sweet blends … and this one was just toooooo over the top for us. I think, if I were to order it again, I’d nix the white chocolate altogether and just do a mocha with a pump or two of raspberry. Or maybe half mocha, half strawberries and cream? If you come up with a preferable version, let us know!
Have you ever ordered an off-menu drink at Starbucks? Have an idea for a great Disney-inspired Sbux sip? Tell us about it in the comments below.
At the very least, next time you get your Mouse-eared delight, make sure you tag your twitpics and instagram photos with #DisneyStarbucks!
Bonus Content: Recipe Cards
Because I love you guys so much (and because I had so much fun creating these graphics), I made some recipe cards for you all! You can print them out or save them to your smart phone and have your new favorite between-trip Starbucks order at hand whenever you need it!