Starbucks has been dipping its toes into alcohol for quite a while now with products like caffeinated Moscow Mule twists and whiskey-flavored coffee. And you can find the latest of the coffee chain’s alcohol forays in the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, a 15,000-square-foot tasting room and bar in Seattle. And it turns out there’s a secret off-the-menu item that makes it a quality spot for coffee cocktails.
According to Madison Flager, a writer for Delish, you can order Espresso Martinis by special request. Simply go to Princi, an Italian bakery in the Roastery, ignore the menu and order up like you’re a local in the know.
“Starbucks Reserve Roastery is the only Starbucks location that employs skillfully trained bartenders who craft an assortment of signature beverages and cocktails to accompany the authentic Italian cuisine at Princi,” a spokesperson told Flager.
The Starbucks take on the cocktail is a little different than your standard Espresso Martini. It nixes the crème de cacao and coffee liqueur and is made solely with espresso, vodka and vanilla simple syrup, according to Delish. The real gem of insight here is that if you can order off menu, it’s likely that you can ask for a whole slew of coffee-based cocktails. Irish Coffee, a modified White Russian, you name it.
As of now, alcohol is only available at the two Starbucks Reserve Roasteries in Seattle and Shanghai. While you shouldn’t try convincing your local Starbucks barista about some secret menu Espresso Martini, do stop by the Roastery for a taste if you’re in the area.