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Dec 23, 2011 08:09 PM

Strangest Starbucks Drink?

What's the strangest Starbucks drink you've ever heard about? Either standing in line, or ordered yourself?

My nomination is some gal in front of me today who ordered an Earl Grey tea steamed in milk, no water.

Egad. My head is still spinning on that one.


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  1. The grossest thing I've seen someone order (and consume) was a Quad Grande Caramel Machiatto. At that that point, there's nothing machiatto about it..just a huge vat of milk, caramel, and espresso. And it probably cost $10.

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    1. re: bonefreakchef

      I wonder how do you order a proper machiatto (espresso & foam). Since the way Starbucks make machiatto is not really machiatto.

      1. re: M_and_H

        You just ask for a machiatto. It use to be on the menu and I would get it all the time.

        1. re: M_and_H

          you'd say: single (or double or triple or however many shots you want) espresso macchiato.

        2. re: bonefreakchef

          The caramel machiatto is my drink of choice at Starbucks. I have a bunch of giftcards and I prefer to spend the $$ on the sugary sweet drinks (dessert in a cup) instead of boring coffee.

        3. I have actually had an earl grey with steamed milk - its called a London fog. I know it usually has water too, but I prefer with skim milk only.

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          1. re: CanadaGirl

            With water, it's fine (not my cup of tea). But just milk is just odd. Odd. Very odd.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              So would your head spin if I let you know one of my favourites is actually a chai made with the tea bag ( not the yucky concentrate) steeped only in milk? Yummy

              1. re: CanadaGirl

                condensed milk?

                I remember going on safari in Kenya in 1979 and waking up with the dawn from our tents and the night watchman had made chai with sugar, condensed milk and seeped tea bags. Not sure I could stomach it again but in the bush it worked.

                1. re: smartie

                  Nope. Just regular skim milk. Sort of like a chai latte (which I know isn't a "real" thing) but, I think better. I make a version at home by bringing milk to temp on the stove and steeping the tea for a bit.

                  I don't like really sweet things, so the condensed milk version wouldn't work for me.

                  1. re: smartie

                    I regularly make chai by steeping in skim milk and then adding a dollop of condensed milk to sweeten it. Works quite nicely in my opinion -- I really like the flavor and body that the condensed milk brings to the cup. But it sounds like in your case it was condensed milk plus extra sugar? That could bring on a diabetic coma :-)

                  2. re: CanadaGirl

                    I've had a chai latte with soy milk (No water) and it's really good. The soy milk gives it a bit of a custardy taste.


              2. A "Tea Misto" (tea made with steamed milk) is something I hear ordered every once in awhile -- a "London Fog" is an Earl Grey tea misto with vanilla syrup.

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                1. re: Boston_Otter

                  Yes - thanks for clarifying. However, last time I ordered a misto is was informed Satrbucks no longer calls it that. They want it to be called a "tea latte" now, and have for a couple of years! Misto makes more sense to me though.

                2. Don't know if this counts, since it was at a Barista's in India, not Starbucks, but a "cappuccino without milk." Isn't

                  1. I once overheard a woman ask if the hot water for tea went through, or any where near, the espresso machines. Because she wanted tea, but was deathly allergic to coffee. Starbucks seems like an odd destination for someone with such a malady.