Sometimes, vanilla gets a bad rap — one we don’t think it deserves. Many dismiss the flavor as plain, bland, or boring, but we think it’s a classic. Just a little bit of this spice can take anything from good to great, even your favorite coffee drink!
We aren’t the only diehard vanilla fans out there. The good folks at international java giant Starbucks are with us on the vanilla bandwagon; that’s why it’s a key component of many of the restaurant’s drinks.
Fortunately for our Starbucks-loving Roasty readers, we’ve assembled what we will call the ultimate guide to the best vanilla Starbucks drinks, so keep reading to find your new drink order!
How Does Starbucks Make Drinks With Vanilla Flavoring?
- Vanilla Syrup: Adding a few pumps of flavored syrup is probably the easiest way to add a hint of vanilla and extra sweetness to a hot or iced drink at Starbucks. This classic syrup choice is also available sugar-free.
- Vanilla Bean Powder: Vanilla bean powder is what Starbucks uses to make Frappucinos. However, you can request this powder to be added to other hand-crafted drinks!
- Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam: Vanilla sweet cream cold foam is a mixture of vanilla syrup and cream whipped into fluff. Its most common partner is cold brew, but you can add it to any other Starbucks iced offering.
All the Vanilla Starbucks Drinks You’ll Find on the Menu
Enough about how Starbucks adds vanilla to their drinks; let’s talk about when. We’ve compiled a list of every drink on the Starbucks menu that includes vanilla in one of the three forms mentioned above.
We’ve also included nutrition facts about each drink, including caffeine content, calorie count, and amounts of sugar and fat, so you know what you’re getting with each. All the nutritional information listed describes a grande (16-ounce) serving.
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
First up is a surefire crowd-pleaser, mostly enjoyed when the temperatures start rising: the Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold brew.
Starbucks makes its vanilla sweet cream cold brew with the coffeehouse franchise’s signature, slow-steeped cold brew, two pumps of vanilla syrup, and a layer of vanilla-infused foam.
Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew
This beverage is the vanilla sweet cream cold brew’s spunkier, bubblier cousin, thanks to the addition of nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee. In addition to being less bitter than hot brewed coffee, the gas used for this drink gives Starbucks’s signature cold brew blend a creamier texture and extra sweetness!
Pair this brew with vanilla-flavored sweet cream, and you get a refreshing treat perfect for starting your morning on the right foot or pushing you over the midday slump.
Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Milk Shaken Espresso
“Shaken, not stirred” isn’t just something James Bond says when he orders a martini (do you think he ever tried an espresso martini?). It’s also a way to enjoy a shot of espresso, and the iced toasted vanilla oat milk shaken espresso from Starbucks is proof.
We know the name is a mouthful, but sipping it leads to a mouthful of goodness and a caffeine kick to propel you through the workday. Plus, since it contains oat milk, Roasty readers who don’t consume dairy can order this beverage without making any substitutions at an extra charge.
Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte
While a blend of rich espresso and steamed milk is delightful alone, adding sweet vanilla flavor to the mix only makes things even better. The proof is in the Starbucks blonde vanilla latte.
This blend of milk (the default is whole milk, but, of course, you can make substitutions), sweet vanilla syrup, and one or more of Starbucks’s blonde espresso shots create a smooth and light sipping experience.
Pro-tip for more health-conscious Starbucks lovers: order a skinny vanilla latte by switching the whole milk to nonfat milk and asking the barista to add sugar-free vanilla syrup.
(Curious about the blonde-roasted espresso and what makes it different from the dark roast espresso shots typically used in lattes? Check out our blonde roast breakdown!)
Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
One of Starbucks’s hot vanilla lattes with blonde roast espresso is a lovely way to stay warm in cooler weather, but we can’t imagine being too satisfied with it when the temperatures rise. We don’t know about you, Roasty reader, but hot drinks on hot days make us feel miserable.
We’d much rather enjoy something cold, like the Starbucks iced blonde vanilla latte. It’s just as delicious as the hot version, except it’ll help you beat the heat, not add to it. Go ahead and try one. And ask for extra vanilla syrup — you deserve it!
Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Beverage
Each delicious drink highlighted so far gets its flavor from syrup, but each caffè vanilla Frappuccino’s taste comes from a few scoops of vanilla bean powder.
Vanilla powder, plus ice, milk, and coffee, create this frozen drink, and a dollop of whipped cream on top makes the mixture feel like dessert in a cup. It doesn’t hurt that it gives you a slight caffeine buzz, either.
Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
Yes, Starbucks is a coffee shop, but there are also things on the menu for non-coffee drinkers. Take the vanilla bean crème Frappuccino, for instance. Since there is no java involved — it is a blend of vanilla bean powder, milk, ice, and whipped cream — one of these babies is no different than a vanilla milkshake.
If you’re looking for a wise option for kids, this is it, as it’s sweet and caffeine-free (it’s a fun sugary treat for adults, too!).
Teavana London Fog Tea Latte
Starbucks has several tea-based beverages, like the Teavana London Fog latte, available for your sipping pleasure when you want something less energizing than a shot of espresso.
This combination of Earl Grey tea, Italian bergamot, frothy steamed milk, lavender, and vanilla syrup is cozy and sweet, making it a lovely companion for you on a chilly winter day.
Iced Teavana London Fog Tea Latte
What if you’re craving a London Fog latte on a day too hot to hold a warm cup of anything in your hand? Why, you get the iced version, of course!
This iced tea latte gives you the same sweet, flavorful goodness the hot version does at a lower temperature and with decreased calorie, sugar, and fat levels.
Starbucks’s vanilla crème isn’t a secret menu item, but we wouldn’t be surprised if you hadn’t heard of it before. The barista won’t use any coffee or shots of espresso to make this drink – just steamed milk, a few pumps of vanilla syrup, and whipped cream.
So, even though you shouldn’t turn to this vanilla beverage for a caffeine kick — that will only lead to disappointment — you can trust it to satisfy your sweet tooth or make your kiddo feel included when they tag along on your coffee run.
Caramel drizzle is undeniably the star of the caramel macchiato show, but the espresso-based beverage wouldn’t be the same without vanilla syrup. Starbucks’ take on the Italian afternoon coffee delight is a creamy, sweet year-round favorite.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
We know not everyone likes hot drinks, and so does Starbucks. That’s why the Starbucks iced caramel macchiato exists: so that chilled coffee lovers don’t have to miss out on the sweet touch this drink can bring to your day!
Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
You might be surprised to find the Starbucks salted caramel cream cold brew on a list of the franchise’s vanilla drinks. But there are a few pumps of vanilla syrup in this cold coffee drink, and they perfectly complement the caramel syrup-infused foam and signature cold brew coffee blend.
Vanilla-Flavored Secret Menu Drinks
The above list of vanilla drinks is short, but that’s nowhere near the end of the vanilla-flavored possibilities. Starbucks’s beverages are customizable, prompting customers and baristas to play around with different ingredient combinations.
Here are a few of the custom Starbucks beverage creations we found that included vanilla. There are espresso beverages, cold-brewed creations, teas, and Frappuccinos, so no matter what your usual Starbucks order is, the chances are high you’ll find something similar below.
Note: Since these drinks aren’t on the international coffee franchise’s regular menu, we couldn’t find accurate nutritional information to share.
Vanilla Pumpkin Nut Latte
You might think your classic pumpkin spice latte couldn’t get any better, but this, the secret menu version of the drink, proves there’s always room for improvement.
To order this spin on the beloved fall-time favorite, ask for a regular PSL with vanilla and toffee nut syrups added to your cup. Listed below are the syrup servings you should request for each size:
- Tall: 1 pump of each
- Grande: 1 pump of vanilla and 1.5 of toffee nut
- Venti: 1.5 pumps of vanilla and 2 pumps of toffee nut
Berry Vanilla Smoothie
We promise we aren’t judging you too much for going to a coffee shop and ordering a smoothie instead of java. After all, some people don’t like coffee or are monitoring their daily caffeine intake.
If you want something yummy with no caffeine, the berry vanilla smoothie may be just the thing. This blended drink made of coconut milk, crème base, freeze-dried berries, vanilla bean powder, a banana, and ice is filling and refreshing.
So, if you need some morning fuel but don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, consider trying this pinkish-purple treat!
Vanilla Apple Spice
The vanilla apple spice is a spin on the hot drink you’ve probably been overlooking: the caramel apple spice. Making the original beverage entails blending steamed apple juice, cinnamon dolce syrup, a mound of whipped cream, and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
The secret menu variation’s ingredients are similar. The difference is that you’ll need to ask your barista to use vanilla syrup instead of cinnamon dolce (or with it, if you can’t stand the thought of giving up cinnamon’s spicy-sweet flavor) and steam a scoop or two of vanilla bean powder into the juice.
And there you have it — a yummy cup of apple and vanilla goodness!
Green Vanilla Frappuccino
It’s not that easy being green. Kermit the Frog knows it, and matcha green tea does, too. However, adding vanilla bean powder to the mix makes this tea powder quite delicious — check out the green vanilla Frappuccino, and you’ll see.
Made by adding one or two scoops of matcha powder to the vanilla bean Frappuccino, this icy, frozen drink can help you beat the heat while delivering a dose of sweetness.
Vanilla White Mocha Frappuccino
Too many people pit vanilla and chocolate against each other. However, there’s no need to deem one the superior flavor when the two are better together, particularly in drinks like the vanilla white mocha Frappuccino.
To order it, ask the barista at your local Starbucks to mix equal parts mocha sauce and vanilla syrup (or sugar-free vanilla syrup, if you’re watching your calorie count) with milk, ice, and Frappuccino roast coffee.
Do you remember those packages of Dunk-A-Roo cookies we used to eat in elementary school? It seemed like all the cool kids had them in their lunch boxes. And now, thanks to the Dunk-A-Roo Frappuccino, all the cool adults can have them — or, at least something that tastes a lot like them — in their Starbucks cups.
To get this drink, order a créme-based Frappuccino, then ask for vanilla bean powder, cinnamon dolce syrup, and white mocha sauce.
Once the barista crowns the drink with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce topping, take a sip and let the blended beverage whisk you on a trip down memory lane!
Vanilla and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Frappuccino
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! – Ice cream-flavored Frappuccinos, that is. This drink enhances the already delicious vanilla bean Frapp with mocha syrup and java chips.
The rich, blended beverage with hints of vanilla and chocolate is finished off with a layer of whipped cream, cookie crumble, and mocha drizzle. The result is ideal for putting the pep back in your step on a disappointing day or satisfying your sweet tooth when the urge for sugar hits.
TikTok Iced Chai Latte
We’re pretty sure someone out there took their chai latte this way before the popular video-sharing app made it trendy, but since we don’t know who, we’re giving TikTok credit for putting it on our radar.
The first modification is using oat milk instead of whole milk, which is good news for those searching for dairy-free vanilla drinks to sip.
Next comes the addition of brown sugar syrup, which pairs with the warming spice-filled flavor of the chai tea nicely. Last, but certainly not least, is a layer of vanilla sweet cream cold foam, a sweet way to cap this chilly, mildly caffeinated treat.
Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino
Nothing’s better than waking up to the smell of homemade cinnamon rolls wafting through the house. But unfortunately, that isn’t an everyday occurrence. So, what do you do when you want cinnamon rolls but have no time to make them? Why, you head to Starbucks and order a cinnamon roll Frappuccino, of course!
The classic vanilla bean Frappuccino is the base of this secret menu standout, and white mocha and cinnamon dolce syrups provide the cinnamon roll flavor you want.
Freshly baked cinnamon roll, freshly blended cinnamon roll Frappuccino — they’re pretty much the same thing, no?
If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, you’ll probably want to add the Pink-A-Colada to your must-try list. Drinking a Pink-A-Colada is like whisking yourself off on a tropical vacation, only you don’t have to worry about sunburns or sand creeping into your swimsuit, and you only had to pay a couple of dollars for your getaway.
The Pink-A-Colada is a Pink Drink* — a blend of the Starbucks acai Refreshers base, coconut milk, and strawberries — with pineapple ginger syrup topped with pineapple ginger- and strawberry puree-infused vanilla sweet cream cold foam. Super refreshing and good ’til the last drop!
*We hear the cool kids call it a Pinkity Drinkity.
The Pink Drink is not the only way to add a pop of color to your day. There’s also the Purple Drink, a blend of passion tea, soy milk, vanilla syrup, and freeze-dried black or blueberries.
This beverage’s lilac hue gives us all the springtime vibes, but don’t let that stop you from trying it during one of the other three seasons. Plenty of Starbucks enthusiasts go for the Purple Drink all year long; spring or not, the iced tea latte is an excellent way to cool down.
This secret menu item isn’t necessarily one of the most popular vanilla drinks at Starbucks, but it deserves more attention, especially during the spring season.
The aptly-named Springtime Tea is a sweet treat made of green tea, honey, coconut milk, and white mocha sauce, topped with a dollop of vanilla sweet cream cold foam that provides a touch of classic vanilla flavor.
Honey Bee Cold Brew
Last but certainly not least is another blend of vanilla flavor and coffee perfect for the spring — although nothing can stop you from sipping a cup of this stuff in the summer, fall, or winter!
Starbucks’s honey almond milk cold brew is the base of this secret menu beverage. Then, the barista adds vanilla syrup to the mix and tops it off with rich vanilla sweet cream cold foam and a drizzle of honey.
And there you have it, an iced pick-me-up packed with the sweet, bold flavors of honey and vanilla.
A Few FAQs
Can I buy Starbucks vanilla syrup?
Yep, you can! Purchasing a bottle of Starbucks vanilla syrup from a retailer like Amazon or Walmart is the best way to recreate the café franchise’s most popular drinks at home.
What can I get at Starbucks if I like French vanilla?
Unfortunately, Starbucks doesn’t have French vanilla, only regular vanilla. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the custard-like, rich flavor of French vanilla in your Starbies beverage.
The trick is to ask the barista to add a few pumps of hazelnut syrup to your vanilla-enhanced joe; the combination of the two flavors mimics the taste of French vanilla.
Does Starbucks have any decaf vanilla drinks?
Not everyone is a caffeine lover, and that’s OK. Maybe you don’t have a high caffeine tolerance. Or perhaps you have a health condition that requires you to limit your intake. Whatever the reason, you’re looking for a vanilla-flavored decaf drink. Can you find that at Starbucks?
Yes! Drinks without caffeine include creme-based Frappuccinos, the vanilla apple spice drink, and the vanilla créme steamer.
For espresso-based beverages, simply ask for decaf espresso instead. Starbucks’s decaf espresso shots aren’t 100 percent caffeine-free, but they contain so little caffeine that you won’t know it’s there.
Unfortunately, cold brew drinkers are left out of the decaffeinated fun since Starbies doesn’t sell decaf cold brew. However, you can make substitutions to create a drink that, while not the same, is similar.
For example, you can’t have a decaf vanilla sweet cream cold brew, but you can ask for a decaf iced Americano topped with vanilla sweet cream.
Don’t fret if you don’t know how to order a decaffeinated dupe of your favorite vanilla-flavored drink; you can always ask the barista for suggestions.
Have Fun on Your Starbucks Run!
If vanilla is your add-in of choice, we’re guessing this list got you pumped about your next trip to Starbucks. Which drink will you try first? Let us know!