One of the great things about Starbucks is that they offer a few different milk alternatives for those who can’t drink regular dairy milk or just don’t prefer the taste. Coconut milk is a great substitution because it can add a good amount of flavor to any drink.
If you’re someone who’s curious about all of the ways you can utilize coconut milk at Starbucks, stick around because we have a whole list of delicious drink options that include tasty coconut and more.
Coconut Milk Drinks at Starbucks
Jumping right into the different options, pretty much any drink at Starbucks can be made with coconut milk if that’s what you like to stick to. However, for this article’s purpose, we’re going to be focusing on the ones that really elevate the flavor.
First up is probably the most iconic coconut-milk-based beverage: the Pink Drink. This rather popular choice is an iced drink that’s essentially a Strawberry Acai Refresher that’s shaken with coconut milk instead of water.
Alongside the sweet strawberry juice flavor and dried strawberry fruit pieces, you get a creamy and refreshing amount of coconut milk that really complements all of the fruity flavors already present. It’s ordered quite often at Starbucks, and not just for the fun pink color!
Under the same concept, the Dragon Drink is another Refresher drink with a coconut twist. A deep and bright purple, it’s made by shaking the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher with coconut milk. It’s given its color through the freeze-dried dragonfruit pieces.
Fruity, sweet, and satisfying, people love to do a variety of customizations with this drink and the tropical taste of mango and dragonfruit works really well with the coconut flavors to give it a reminiscence of an island vacation.
Speaking of tropical taste, though, the Paradise Drink just might meet those qualifications much more due to the base being the Pineapple Passionfruit Refresher. With an electrifying yellow color and dried pineapple pieces, it definitely sets itself apart from the previous two.
You’ll truly feel like you’re on an island paradise as the combination of coconut milk with the pineapple and passion fruit flavors works like magic. We can definitely see what inspired its name!
Piña Colada Tea
If you thought we were done with the vibrant and tropical flavors, just wait because this Piña Colada Tea is an off-the-menu phenomenon. Technically, a version of this drink used to exist on the Starbucks menu, but since the coffee shop no longer has the ingredients to make it, you’ll just have to try to replicate it.
To do this, order an Iced Black Tea and get some of the Pineapple Passionfruit Refresher base added to the mix. Of course, don’t forget to add the coconut milk in to really get that piña colada taste.
Iced Pineapple Matcha
One more for the fruity and tropical drinks, the Iced Pineapple Matcha is another beverage that was a Starbucks menu item in the past. Though they no longer carry the pineapple ginger syrup that was involved, you can still get a somewhat similar drink.
Ask for an Iced Matcha Latte made with coconut milk for a smooth finish that complements the Pineapple Passionfruit Refresher base you’ll also add in. While it will taste a little bit different than the original since it won’t have any spiced ginger flavor, it’s definitely still a delicious combination.
Coconut Mocha Macchiato
Moving on to more coffee-based picks, the Coconut Mocha Macchiato is yet again a ghost of the Starbucks menu past. The good thing though is that there’s nothing preventing you from ordering the exact same drink they used to sell, you’ll just have to give the baristas the recipe yourself.
Start by ordering a caramel macchiato made with iced or steamed coconut milk, cold or hot is your choice, and then add some white chocolate mocha sauce and regular mocha syrup to the mix. This is a decadent and sweet chocolatey delight!
Vanilla Coconut Latte
If you’re looking for something a bit lighter and simpler in taste, try going for a Vanilla Coconut Latte. This drink can be made iced or hot and includes vanilla bean powder that’s either shaken or steamed into coconut milk.
It’s also no longer on the menu so you’ll have to ask for it through a recipe, and you can even try to match the original recipe by asking for your shots of espresso to be layered on top like a Starbucks macchiato. Either way, the creamy coconut milk works deliciously alongside the rich coffee and sweet flavor of vanilla bean.
Coconut Cold Brew
At one point, Starbucks had a specialty drink called the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew. Though the coffee chain no longer has the toasted coconut syrup, you can still order their cold brew and add a good amount of coconut milk.
This replacement still tastes strong and creamy, and can always be sweetened with a bit of classic syrup, vanilla syrup, or liquid cane sugar. Starbucks cold brew is full of caffeine and has noted flavors that are bold, nutty, and chocolatey, which is complemented by coconut milk.
Coconut Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
Much like the Vanilla Coconut Latte we mentioned above, the Coconut Vanilla Bean Frappuccino is a simple and sweet drink, this time in a blended form. It’s also pretty easy to order!
All you have to ask for is a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino that’s made with coconut milk. You can keep it like this, or even ask for a touch of toffee nut syrup to be mixed in if you want to add a bit of a nutty flavor.
Caramel Coconut Crème Pie Frappuccino
Last on our list is a decadent frozen drink that was also once a Starbucks menu resident. The Caramel Coconut Crème Pie Frappuccino can still be ordered, you just won’t be able to ask for the honey malt as they no longer carry it.
To try it, ask for a White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino made with coconut milk and add in caramel syrup. At the bottom, get some layers of whipped cream and dark caramel sauce. You can even take things a bit further by asking for some caramel crunch pieces on top of the whipped cream at the finish.
All things considered, there are some pretty tasty ways you can order Starbucks coconut drinks that are no longer available on the menu just through the use of coconut milk. The creamy and tasty milk alternative is a great way to add a whole lot of flavor to any beverage.
If you’re someone who usually gets coconut milk substituted in their drinks, you might already know how much it can alter the taste of things, but hopefully, this list introduced you to some rather delicious options.