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The Best Starbucks Drinks

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Let’s be honest; it’s hard to truly appreciate the scope of the menu at Starbucks. When you go to the coffee chain, you’ve got a specific order in mind – and it’s not going to change. But with a huge selection of coffee drinks, teas, and refreshing flavored beverages, there’s so much to try! This article is all about breaking out of your routine and discovering new drinks that will delight and surprise you!

What are the best drinks at Starbucks? While that answer will be different for everyone, depending on their taste preferences, there are certainly a few that stand out as the most beloved Starbucks drinks. Consider this your official “To-Do List” of Starbucks drinks!

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What Drinks Does Starbucks Offer on Their Menu?

While Starbucks is mainly known for its coffee drinks, they also offer a delicious selection of hot chocolates, teas, iced fruit refreshers, and more (not to mention the snacks and pastries)! 

In terms of coffee, you can get just about any kind of coffee beverage you can imagine, from espresso-based drinks and shots to dark, medium, and blonde roast drip coffee, to Frappuccinos, iced lattes, cappuccinos, and so many more. 

How To Order At Starbucks

I get it. It can be incredibly intimidating to order a drink at Starbucks, especially if it’s your first time doing it.

In fact, the chain is famous (or infamous) for how complicated their orders can become when customized – What the heck does a “venti iced upside-down caramel macchiato, extra caramel drizzle, blonde, add shot, no whip” even mean? 

But it’s really not as complex as it sounds once you get the hang of it. To order your drink and all its customizations, decide what size you’d like and if you want your beverage hot or iced.

Then choose the beverage you’d like to order as a base and let the barista know if you’d like any substitutions (milk, sweetener, etc.).

Lastly, if you want extra customizations, like a few pumps of syrup or flavored sauce, whipped cream, or extra shots of espresso, feel free to experiment. You can’t go wrong with a mocha drizzle.

Here’s a tip: I recommend trying a new drink on its own with no customizations first to see if you like it, and then you’ll know for next time what you’d change! 

Tips and Tricks for the Best Starbucks Experience

  • Don’t be afraid to try out new popular flavors! Starbucks offers a lot of seasonal beverages, so take advantage of the menu change and try something out of the box. It may become your new perennial favorite!
  • Have a backup drink in mind when you go – many chains are currently experiencing supply shortages and may not always have all ingredients on hand, so it’s good to come prepared, just in case!
  • Order ahead through their mobile app if you want to skip the line at the drive-thru or in-store. The app is also handy for customizations; you can change up whatever you want without worrying about flubbing the order at the counter! 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

It almost feels wrong to start this list off with any other drink. Let’s face it, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is nearly synonymous with Starbucks at this point, with millions of fans flocking to stores all over the country every August 1st.

And there’s a good reason so many people love this popular drink. This Starbucks hot drink is the perfect blend of sweet and spice, and it tastes like a warm hug on a crisp autumn day! 

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Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Cream

If you love the taste of a cold coffee drink and prefer just a hint of sweetness, this may be the iced drink for you! Try this nitrogen-infused cold brew beverage served over ice and topped with a healthy serving of housemade sweet cream cold foam.

The texture is to die for – velvety and smooth, with just the right amount of sweetness without overpowering the coffee.

What makes the Nitro Cold Brew so special is that the nitrogen infusion gives the coffee a smooth and almost frothy texture, which tastes unlike anything else! 

Caramel Macchiato

Don’t mess with a classic! While the caramel macchiato may seem a little underwhelming compared to other, more impressive drinks on this list, there’s a reason coffee-based drink is consistently a crowd favorite. It’s similar to a cafe latte but with extra foam bubbles and flavoring. 

Keep in mind that Starbucks makes their macchiato very differently from other more traditional coffee shops, so don’t go in expecting an old-school macchiato, or you’ll be in for a surprise!

If you do prefer the more traditional style with less milk, be clear with your barista so they can make exactly what you want. 

Starbucks Cappuccino

The Original Starbucks Drink is one of those “must-try” drinks that every hot coffee lover should, at least once! A comforting blend of coffee flavor and steamed milk, this classic drink is a fantastic base for endless customizations to make it a drink that’s truly your own!

While I’d always recommend trying the cappuccino in its purest form, there are tons of ways to kick it up a notch. Try it hot, try it cold, and try mixing it up with a variety of sauces and syrups! 

Pink Drink

The Pink Drink was originally a Starbucks secret menu item that creative fans started ordering a few years ago. It became such a popular order that Starbucks put the fan-favorite Starbucks drink on their regular menu!

And it’s easy to see why this drink went viral- it’s a classic combination of fruity, creamy, and cold, perfect for warm summer days! 

It’s made by starting with the ever-popular Strawberry Acai Refresher, but with added coconut milk and a scoop of dried strawberries for a fruity kick! You can also ask for it blended if you want something closer to a milkshake consistency!

Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

I feel it’s only fair to warn you; this one might quickly become your go-to! The Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Espresso is a coffee lover’s dream, especially when the call of an iced coffee is too strong to resist.

The coffee flavor is strong and bold, and the sweetness of the brown sugar balances out the taste. But, my favorite part is the overall texture of the drink – it’s smooth and creamy and oh-so-sweet!

Made with three of Starbucks’s signature blonde espresso shots, four pumps of brown sugar syrup, and topped with oat milk and a dash of cinnamon, it’s fair to say that there’s a lot going on with this drink, but that might be what makes it work. The depth of flavor is hard to resist! 

Cafe Mocha

Chocolate lovers everywhere can agree that the Starbucks Cafe Mocha is a tried-and-true favorite chocolate-flavored drink. Whether it’s a traditional mocha or made with white chocolate, it’s a great choice when you just want that bit of extra sweetness that doesn’t overpower the drink.

It’s more of a “bittersweet” taste and certainly not as sugary sweet as you might expect from other Starbucks drinks. 

Steamed milk and mocha syrup top Starbucks’s signature hot espresso, but it’s best served with a healthy dollop of whipped cream and a chocolate-flavored drizzle! 

Mango Dragonfruit Refresher

While the Strawberry Acai Refresher is a favorite, I’d argue the Mango Dragonfruit refresher is actually the better of the two. The drink is hand-shaken with ice and topped with real diced dragon fruit.

Like the other refreshers on the Starbucks menu, this drink has just about the same amount of caffeine as a standard cup of coffee, but it’s a nice alternative to espresso drinks, especially on a summer day!

It’s got a hint of sweetness that doesn’t go too far, and the fruity flavors will really brighten up your day! 

Caramel Brulee Latte

Every winter, Starbucks brings out its seasonal favorites that just seem to make the holidays more complete.

While we love a good holiday drink like peppermint mocha or Irish cream cold brew, it’s hard to compete with the incredible depth of flavor and unique sweet and salty taste that you get with the Caramel Brulee Latte.

This seasonal drink doesn’t scream “holidays,” but that’s kind of why it works. This warm and comforting caffeinated drink works best clutched between gloved hands on a cold winter day! It could be your new Fall coffee drink of choice.

White Chocolate Mocha

A traditional mocha is delicious, but it can sometimes feel like a heavy drink. But white chocolate mochas are like the cooler younger siblings to the classic mocha! It has a lighter, less pronounced flavor, and the flavor of espresso marries beautifully with white chocolate!

With a shot of espresso topped with steamed milk, white chocolate sauce, and sweet whipped cream, this drink is nothing short of indulgent! 

The white chocolate mocha is a fantastic base for other flavors since the white chocolate sauce is mellow and sweet! Consider adding a scoop of fruit, raspberry syrup, or a peach tea bag for an amazing fruity and creamy concoction! 

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

We get it – you love the warm and spicy flavors of fall, but you could use a little bit of a change from all the pumpkin spice lattes.

If you want to actually taste your coffee but still enjoy all the indulgent creaminess of a pumpkin spice drink, consider switching up your favorite fall beverage for a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.

Unlike its more popular sibling, the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is a cold drink option comprised mainly of coffee topped with a delicious pumpkin-flavored sweet cream foam.

The result is a creamy and velvety take that coffee lovers everywhere can enjoy, and with just a hint of fall-flavored sweetness!

Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

If you’re unfamiliar with the world of matcha, it’s a powdered green tea drink that has origins in Japan going back hundreds of years. It has a very earthy and, well, leafy flavor, which makes sense because it’s made from powdered tea leaves.

But the best part about matcha is how well it blends with milk and sweeteners. It’s the perfect base for a latte, and Starbucks knows that better than anyone!

It’s a punch of refreshing and upbeat flavor, and it’s a nice break from your daily coffee (though it still has just as much – if not more – caffeine)!

Caramel Frappuccino

The Frappuccino is clearly one of Starbucks’s signature drinks, and it wouldn’t feel right not to include it alongside other legendary drinks from this coffee chain.

For the Uninitiated, the Starbucks Frappuccino is essentially a “coffee milkshake” – it’s a coffee drink flavored with syrup, over ice, blended, and topped with whipped heavy cream and a flavored sauce. 

The best part about Frappuccinos is the incredible amount of possibilities for customization. You can add any flavor you like from any item on the Starbucks Menu!

Want a strawberry and raspberry frappuccino? You got it! Want a white chocolate caramel mocha frappuccino? Sounds delicious! The possibilities are only limited by your taste buds!

Iced Green Tea Lemonade

If you think of Starbucks and only think of coffee, think again. They’ve upped their lemonade game and the Iced Green Tea Lemonade is proof of that. And, while it’s big on flavor, it’s not big on sweeteners and sugar, which makes it refreshingly low-calorie!

My favorite part about this drink is that since the flavors are light and mellow, you can add whatever fruit juices or flavored syrups you like to it to really kick the flavors up a notch (I recommend raspberry or strawberry)!

Chai Latte

We all love a good frappuccino or pumpkin spice latte, but some of the best drinks on the menu stand out because they’re not that sweet.

I’m talking, of course, about the Chai latte. there’s nothing better than the sweet and spicy aromas and flavors of a good cup of Chai, but when it’s combined with a bit of milk? It’s like heaven in a cup! 

Caffeine fiends should know that this drink is an excellent base for coffee! Consider ordering a Dirty Chai latte next time you’re at Starbucks – it’s a standard Chai latte with an additional espresso shot!

The bitterness of the espresso meshes perfectly with the sweetness and spiciness of the Chai, and it’s a fantastic pick-me-up. 

Happy Caffeinating! 

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