5 'Secret Menu' Drink Recipes You Need to Know About

drinkRecently, I celebrated Kate Moss' birthday by fixing myself a stiff French 76. I did this because, one, it's Kate's favorite drink, and two, I'm a loser. It was a good cocktail. A bit sweet; a bit bubbly; and I felt pretty fancy drinking it.

A few weeks later, I was out with a friend and I casually tried to order one from the bartender. He looked at me like I had just asked him for a salt-rimmed glass filled with blood. So I wanted to share the French 76 recipe with you -- because odds are, unless you're at the Ritz Paris or Kate Moss' house, you ain't gettin' it. And while we're at it, I thought I'd throw in some other "little known" beverages -- both alcoholic and non-alcoholic -- as well. (Yes, we're talking Starbucks secret menu drinks here, too.)

Here are five little-known beverages you really ought to know about. And by "know about," I mean "be drinking".


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  • The French 76


    The French 76: Fill a shaker with ice cubes, two shots of vodka, one shot of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of sugar syrup. Shake it up and serve over crushed ice (optional) topped with champagne.

  • The Collinzano



    Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 ounce Aperol, and 3 ounces gin. Shake. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Add a generous splash of club soda. Garnish with lemon or lime.

  • Starbucks Secret Menu: The Snickers Frappuccino



    A Snickers Frap is really just a Java Chip Frappuccino with two pumps of toffee nut and caramel drizzle on top, but um, yum.

  • The 17th Parallel


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    Mix a shot (or two) of Sobieski Vodka with cucumber water. Add a dash of Vietnamese herb syrup and lemon juice.

  • Starbucks Secret Menu: Liquid Cocaine




    Looking for an instant pick-me-up? Try a cup of liquid cocaine to jump-start your day!

    Order 4 shots of espresso and 4 pumps of white chocolate syrup over ice in a grande cold cup. Stir and enjoy.


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