Four Starbucks Sweet Secrets From a Barista Herself

by Annemarie Durkin

When you’re feeling under the weather:

Try a sick tea (also called a medicine ball). This specialty tea is jam-packed with feel-good ingredients like peach, mint and lemon that will help you kiss that nasty cold goodbye. Make sure to ask for honey for maximum healing benefits.

For a little holiday treat:

Ask for a hot latte with Irish cream syrup, whipped cream and red holiday sprinkles on top. This ‘holiday’ drink is lesser known than the caramel brulee or the crowd favorite chestnut praline. It is, however, my personal favorite and has a more subtle flavor than the other holiday drinks. Pair it with a sugar plum cheese danish and curl up by the fire to celebrate the holiday season. 

When you need a pick-me-up to get you through late-night finals study sessions:

The vanilla sweet cream cold brew is the perfect drink to keep you going for hours. The strong, bitter coffee flavor is well balanced with vanilla syrup and sweet cream, making it widely loved by many with a variety of coffee preferences. 

On days you need a little refreshment:

Try the blended strawberry lemonade. This fruity slushy-type drink is best when I’m looking for a sweet treat on warmer days. Even in the winter, the BSL is a great pick me up when my mood is less than ecstatic.


A version of this originally appeared in “Healing” The Teller December 2019 Issue #9

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