Mom shares ‘genius’ Starbucks drive-thru hack: ‘What they don’t know won’t hurt them’

A mom is going viral after sharing her hack for “free” children’s drinks at Starbucks.

The parent, who goes by Ana Garcia on social media, shared a video of the “genius” trick on TikTok, where it’s since been viewed nearly 180,000 times. In the clip, Garcia, recording from a Starbucks drive-thru, shows how she prepares her kids’ drinks after picking up a coffee for herself.

“So I’m at Starbucks, and my kids think that I’m getting them something,” Garcia says. “But what they don’t know won’t hurt them.”

The mom then turns her camera to reveal her order, which includes two free cups of ice water. She then begins pouring orange Kool-Aid powder into the beverages — creating her own version of a cost-free “Starbucks drink.”

Garcia has earned plenty of praise for her solution to avoid paying for extra drinks, which for example, could include $2.55 for a tall lemonade or $2.95 for a tall orange refresher, according to HackTheMenu. Many TikTok users called the stunt “genius” and a “money saver.”

“Lmaoo that’s how you do it,” one user commented.

“I’m definitely doing this,” another added.

Some users were more cautious though, joking that, eventually, Garcia’s children would catch on.

“One day they’ll go in asking for the orange drink,” one user wrote.

“When they grow up, what are you gonna tell them?” another added.

If you liked this story, check out our guide to making Starbucks’ iconic drinks from home.

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