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How to order the Starbucks Firecracker drink this 4th of July

Bruno Cooke July 4, 2022
How to order the Starbucks Firecracker drink this 4th of July

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It’s Monday, 4 July 2022 (or the Fourth of July), and a federal holiday in the US. But that doesn’t mean Starbucks won’t be open to serve you your secret Firecracker drink.

What? A secret drink to celebrate July 4th?

Yes, and it’s called a Firecracker. At least, that’s what Totally The Bomb is calling it. Starbucks also has a chicken and couscous meal with “firecracker” in the name, so don’t get one when you meant to get the other.

Here’s what you need to know to order the Starbucks 4th of July drink – as it’s not as simple as saying, “I’ll take a Firecracker, please!”

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What flavour is the Starbucks 4th of July drink this year?

As far as what’s available to read about it online, the Starbucks Firecracker is a secret drink that baristas won’t necessarily know how to make.

That means, if you want to order one, you have to tell your server how to make it, and what goes into it.

It’s also worth noting that Starbucks doesn’t roll out a brand new 4 July drink every year. The Firecracker has been a thing since at least 2020, and likely before.

It combines several flavours: mango, dragonfruit, lemon, raspberry, and passionfruit. But it’s not as simple as asking for a drink with those ingredients. So, here’s what you need to do.

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How to order the Starbucks Firecracker this Fourth of July

Start – writes Totally The Bomb – by ordering a 20-ounce (venti) Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade Refresher. For those who are counting, that’s 140 calories.

Note: ask your barista not to include the dragonfruit pieces (no inclusions). This is to make sure the cup has enough space for the other ingredients.

Next comes one pump of Raspberry Syrup. You might appreciate knowing that you can make your own Starbucks-style raspberry syrup at home, and enjoy it at your leisure. One pump of homemade Starbucks-style raspberry syrup is, per Hey Joe Coffee’s estimate, about 20 calories.

So the raspberry syrup goes in, and it all gets shaken together. Then, ask your barista to pour a little Passion Tea on top – over the ice. If all goes to plan, this will ensure your drink has an ombre effect (a fade).

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Does it contain caffeine?

Yes, the Starbucks Firecracker contains caffeine. The base ingredient, the Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade Refresher, contains 45mg of caffeine. 

For a comparison, a single shot of espresso contains 75mg of caffeine. 

There’s also some tea, and a little raspberry syrup, but in total a Starbucks Firecracker likely contains less caffeine than a shot of coffee. 

You might prefer drinks with a relatively low caffeine content, in which case you could do a lot worse than ordering a Firecracker this Fourth of July. If you’re in need of a caffeine boost, however, it might not be the drink for you.

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What is the Starbucks secret menu?

“The Starbucks secret menu is real, and it’s spectacular.”

So writes Glamour. The trick, however, is in the ordering. Not all baristas will be familiar with all the drinks on the so-called secret menu. There are, after all, quite a few.

Glamour’s roundup (of 51, no less) contains such concoctions as a Skittles Frappuccino, a Pink Drink (it’s pink, and it’s a drink), and something called a Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato.

Interestingly, the list doesn’t contain the Firecracker, so it appears to be on the secret secret menu. Or it didn’t make the cut of Glamour’s top 51 drinks from the not-so-secret secret menu. Who knows?

Enjoy your holiday. And whatever you drink to celebrate!

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.