What’s the first thing you think of when you roll out of bed in the morning? If your answer is coffee, you’re not alone. While it’s tempting to grab an overloaded Frappuccino on the way to the office to get you through the morning, the sweet treat is packed with fat, sugar, and calories and is best left to special occasions.

When it comes to your daily brew, trying to be a smidge healthier will do your body good, and Carolyn Brown, registered dietitian for Food Trainers, as well as Keri Glassman, registered dietitian and founder of The Nutritious Life, know exactly which drinks should become your go-tos — and which should get the boot.


Before heading to Starbucks, remember these three golden rules:

  1. Avoid sweeteners at all costs. Syrups, both real and artificial, skyrocket your drink to meal-like proportions. And with that many chemicals in one sitting, it triggers sweets craving for the rest of the day.
  2. Stick to the 60-100 calorie range. Consider it the safe zone that won’t derail your diet. If the local ‘Bucks doesn’t have calories listed on the menu, opt for tall and grande sizes (sorry, venti). And you’re only allowed one refill — max.
  3. Get back to basics. Coffee, tea, espresso, and cappuccino are all great, healthy options. If you’re really watching your overall calorie and sugar intake, you can use healthy add-ons like cinnamon or nutmeg to give it some punch.

Now that those tips are converted to memory, it’s time for the fun stuff. While these definitely aren’t the healthiest drinks to walk the face of the planet (you know, if drinks could walk), Glassman says they’re healthier, and drinking one won’t be the end of the universe.

Healthier Drinks to Order at Starbucks

1. Teavana Shaken Ice Passion Tango Tea. Ask for the unsweetened version of this fruity drink. It’s already packed with zest, so there’s no need for sugar or syrup.

2. Iced Coffee. You can’t go wrong with this favorite drink. Brown recommends drinking it sans sweet stuff, or Stevia if you must, and using a little almond, soy, or coconut milk for flavor instead.

3. Very Berry Hibiscus Refreshers. Berries give this drink a sweet flavor and the green coffee extract provides a caffeinated boost.

4. Orange Mango Smoothie. Glassman says this is better as a snack, not a drink, but hey — it’s better than the cupcakes being passed around your office.

5. Classic Chai Tea Latte. While this drink is higher than the calorie range suggested, you can ask for it without the added sweetener to put it back in guilt-free territory.

6. Brewed Coffee. This classic drink will never go out of style, plus there are loads of health benefits to drinking a daily cup of joe. If you’re looking for an extra energy boost, choose the blonde roast, which Brown says is super caffeinated.

7. Skinny Vanilla Latte. You can have this cold or hot — just make sure to skip the added pumps of sweetener and use Stevia instead.

8. Red Eye. It’s not listed on the menu, but this added shot of espresso in your coffee will give you an extra jolt without upping your drink size.

9. Cappuccino. It may seem counterintuitive, but Brown says it’s best to opt for whole milk over the low-fat or skim variety here, thanks to the added nutrients. Or, go with soy, coconut, or almond milk to cut down even more.

10. Pineapple Kona Pop Brewed Tea. Looking for drink options with brewed-in flavor, like this zesty tea, is an easy low-cal option. It’s rich in flavor and caffeine-free — perfect for an after work treat.

11. Caffè Americano. This drink is simply water and espresso, making it a great option if you like strong coffee and loads of caffeine.

12. Coffee Mini Frappuccino. While this drink definitely breaks the added sweetener rule, it’s the best option if you’re going to indulge in a Frappuccino. Go for the whole milk option, which has added nutrients, and ask for the 120-calorie mini size.

13. Ombré Pink Drink. The pink drink everyone is going crazy for is now officially part of Starbucks’ menu, and it’s actually pretty healthy. The ombré beverage — made with a coconut milk base — will only cost you 100 calories. And that’s for a grande. (Gasp.)

14. Violet Drink. Another day, another Starbucks beverage almost too pretty to sip. This one’s full of blackberries and creamy coconut milk, making it taste more like a guilt-free dessert.

15. Strawberry Açaí Starbucks Refreshers. A new take on the classic Refreshers, this drink is flavored with strawberries, passion fruit, and açaí. Plus, you’ll get a boost of caffeine from the green coffee extract.

16. Caffè Latte. Sometimes it’s better to just keep things simple, and that’s definitely the case with the classic caffè latte. You can get a 12 oz. almond version that’s just as foamy as the original, but much easier on the waistline.

17. Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you’re a major PSL fan, there is a healthier way to order the drink. Just opt for almond milk, skip the whipped cream, and tell your barista you only want one pump of the pre-sweetened pumpkin-flavored syrup.

18. Peppermint Mocha. The festive peppermint mocha can easily pack on hundreds of calories if you order as-is, but try this hack: Order almond milk, no whip, no dark chocolate curls, and only one pump of peppermint-flavored syrup for a option that’s better for your body.

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8 low-calorie drinks you can order at Starbucks

From their classic brews to quirky, new concoctions to tickle your taste buds, Starbucks pretty much has everything for coffee and tea lovers. But if you’re thinking of switching things up and ordering something other than your usual, give these low-calorie, healthy drinks at Starbucks a try.



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This go-to favourite is a rich cup made with espresso shots and cream. A cup has about 15 calories and it has approximately 225 mg of caffeine. You can have it black or with artificial sweetener for a sweet flavour minus the calories.


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This new take on one of the most popular Starbucks orders has about 57 calories. Expect a light, frothy drink with a good caffeine kick because of the cold foam that’s been infused with sweet espresso.


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Made with espresso and skim milk, this frothy favourite has about 97 calories. There are a variety of ways to enjoy a cappuccino at Starbucks. You can have it dry (more foam and less milk) or wet (more milk and less foam).


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This type of coffee, which is usually served unsweetened, is made by brewing ground coffee and cool water and steeping it for about two days.

You can enjoy cold brew one of two ways: as Nitro Cold Brew or Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold brew. The former has a naturally sweet flavour and velvety texture, while the latter is creamier and sweeter.


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Caffè latte is one of the most popular orders, in the Philippines at least, which isn’t surprising since most of us like our coffee creamy. Caffè latte is made with steamed milk and espresso.

If you have this coffee with nonfat milk, you’ll be indulging in just about 130 calories.


This is another espresso-based drink that’s a popular choice among Filipinos, particularly for those who like their coffee sweet. Caramel Macchiato is made with steamed milk, vanilla syrup and caramel syrup.

But if you order a cup with skim milk and sugar-free vanilla syrup, it’ll only be about 105 calories for a tall order.


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A perfect pick for hot mornings, ice brewed coffee packs a caffeine kick with minimal calories. When ordered with their classic syrup, this is one of the healthy Starbucks drinks that only contains about 80 calories.


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This cold take on a classic favourite includes espresso shots with water.

This rich, flavourful coffee only has about 11 calories, so you can splurge a little by customising it with white chocolate mocha sauce or sprinkled with coconut milk.

Another tip to cut down on calories is to skip the cream or go for sugar-free syrup (though indulging once in a while never hurt anyone)! You can also choose to have your drink with more foam and ice or go for the smaller size.

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Let’s be real: If you’re trying to drink the absolute healthiest, lowest-calorie option at Starbucks, you know you should stick to black coffee, or a cup of unsweetened tea. Or, better yet, a bottle of zero-calorie Ethos water. But sometimes you’re craving a true treat, and you don’t necessarily want the saccharine aftertaste of a “skinny” drink. Plus, all those diet experts swear that if you deprive yourself of what you really want, you’ll only break down later. The heart wants what the heart wants.

With that in mind, we decided to take a look at popular drinks from three major types of ‘Bucks indulgences — Frappuccinos, iced lattes and hot chocolates — comparing them to see how they stack up. Watch the video above to see how well you can spot the lowest-calorie choices out of the ones we selected, then scroll below to see how they all stack up.


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Here’s a side-by-side of Starbucks’s Frappuccinos, all ordered as a tall with 2 percent milk, then covered in whipped cream and whatever toppings the drink calls for.

Cinnamon Dolce

  • 370 calories
  • 13g fat
  • 58g sugar

Java Chip

  • 330 calories
  • 12g fat
  • 47g sugar

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Peppermint White Mocha

  • 330 calories
  • 11g fat
  • 53g sugar

White Mocha

  • 310 calories
  • 11g fat
  • 48g sugar

Caramel Brulée

  • 310 calories
  • 10g fat
  • 49g sugar

Green Tea (sweetened)

  • 310 calories
  • 10g fat
  • 48g sugar


  • 290 calories
  • 10g fat
  • 46g sugar

Peppermint Mocha

  • 280 calories
  • 11g fat
  • 38g sugar

Chestnut Praline

  • 280 calories
  • 10g fat
  • 44g sugar



  • 280 calories
  • 10g fat
  • 42g sugar


  • 270 calories
  • 10g fat
  • 43g sugar

Vanilla Bean

  • 270 calories
  • 10g fat
  • 39g sugar

Iced Lattes

Because many of the flavors overlap so closely with Frappuccinos, we decided to look at this category comparing tall drinks with 2 percent milk and no whipped cream.


  • 300 calories
  • 7g fat
  • 53g sugar


Salted Caramel Mocha

  • 230 calories
  • 4.5g fat
  • 35g sugar

White Chocolate Mocha

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  • 230 calories
  • 6g fat
  • 35g sugar


  • 220 calories
  • 4g fat
  • 35g sugar



  • 180 calories
  • 4.5g fat
  • 21g sugar



  • 150 calories
  • 3.5 g fat
  • 23g sugar


  • 150 calories
  • 3g fat
  • 25g sugar

Chestnut Praline


  • 150 calories
  • 3g fat
  • 23g sugar



  • 140 calories
  • 3g fat
  • 22g sugar

Cascara Latte


  • 140 calories
  • 3.5g fat
  • 20g sugar

Caffé Latte


  • 100 calories
  • 3.5g fat
  • 9g sugar

Hot Chocolates

If you really, truly want the lightest option, cut out the whipped cream and go for the tall, skinny peppermint hot chocolate, which has about half the calories and sugar as its next closest competitor, the Snickerdoodle Hot Cocoa. (These are all based on tall drinks with 2 percent milk and whipped cream.)

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate


  • 450 calories
  • 16g fat
  • 66g sugar

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate


  • 390 calories
  • 14g fat
  • 52g sugar

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

  • 370 calories
  • 13g fat
  • 47g sugar

Hot Chocolate


  • 320 calories
  • 13g fat
  • 34g sugar

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1. Cold Foam Iced Cappuccino – 57 calories

Starbucks UK

The weather might be cooling down, but if you’re a fan of a refreshing iced coffee whatever the weather, for just 57 calories you can enjoy a delicious take on an old classic with the Cold Foam Iced Cappuccino. The cold milk foam is topped with slightly sweet espresso coffee for the perfect low-cal caffeine boost.

2. Filter coffee – 4 calories

Starbucks UK

The smooth, unique Pike Place Roast is brewed all day, every day, in Starbucks stores and served black. For 4 calories, it would be rude not to really, wouldn’t it?

3. Nitro Cold Brew – 4 calories

Starbucks UK

New to the menu, the Nitro Cold Brew is the result of some fancy new cold coffee innovation from the cafe chain. It takes the existing cold brew recipe – freshly ground coffee combined with cool water that is slowly steeped for 20 hours – and infuses it with nitrogen for a naturally sweet flavour.

4. Nitro Cold Brew with Caramel Cold Foam – 28 calories

Starbucks UK

Starbucks have added a new twist to the beloved Nitro Cold Brew, infusing the cold milk foam with smooth caramel. Giving a subtle, sweet finish to the classic Nitro Cold Brew, this one won’t leave you worrying about your waist-line.

5. Shaken Iced Peach Citrus Green Tea – 48 calories

Starbucks UK

Mixing their well-loved Teavana Green Tea with fruit and botanical flavours, this perfectly balanced fruity drink will quench your thirst without trampling all over your health kick.

6. Iced Shaken Mango Black Tea Lemonade – 83 calories

Starbucks UK

Teetering just below the hundred-calorie mark when you order it Tall, Starbucks’ flavour of shaken iced tea combines their signature black tea with a delicious (and far from calorific) mango, topped off with a splash of rejuvenating lemonade.

7. Cold brew coffee – 3 calories

Starbucks UK

Small cold brew is the latest in cold coffee innovation; it’s slow-steeped for 20 hours and has fewer than five calories and 0.1g sugar. Add a splash of milk to bring out the chocolatey, citrus flavour.

8. Caffè Americano – 11 calories

Starbucks UK

Espresso shots are topped with water to produce a light layer of crema which creates a delicious, fresh coffee without a load of extra calories.

9. Shaken Iced Tea Pineapple Green Tea – 48 calories


Another flavour option for the Teavana fans out there: tropical pineapple.

10. Mocha Light Frappuccino Coffee – 91 calories


Iced coffee is made with light mocha-flavoured sauce, and blended with milk and ice then topped with sweetened whipped cream. Yup, whipped cream AND under 100 calories when you order a Tall – the dream.

11. Shaken Iced Strawberry Black Tea – 48 calories


If strawberry’s your bag, then opt for this strawb-sweetened Teavana Black Tea, lemonade and ice mix. Almost as healthy as actual strawberries. Almost.

12. Coffee Light Frappuccino Coffee – 83 calories


Frappuccino roast coffee is combined with a shot of espresso and skimmed milk, blended with ice.

13. Iced Shaken Green Tea Lemonade – 35 calories


Starbucks mix their Teavana green tea mixed with refreshing lemonade and a load of ice to create this refreshing (and completely guilt-free) drink – whichever size you order as they’re all sub-100 cals.

14. Rooibos Tea Latte – 86 calories


Starbucks’ new Rooibos blend is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea, including subtle hints of vanilla, honey, caramel and malt for a sweet, comforting flavour. The hug-in-a-mug is the ideal pick-me-up if you’ve had enough of caffeine.

15. Iced Caffè Latte – 56 calories


A Starbucks espresso balanced with cold skimmed milk and poured over ice to create a low calorie and refreshing cold drink.

16. Matcha Tea Latte – 89 calories

Starbucks UK

Starbucks’ Three Blend Matcha, which adds subtle floral notes to your standard milky tea, can be had for just shy of 100 calories. So it’d be rude not to, wouldn’t it?

17. Cappuccino – 93 calories

With a strong espresso flavour, topped with a deep layer of frothy foam, the classic cappuccino contains less milk than a latte and is served with skimmed milk. Order a Tall and you’ll just miss the 100-calorie mark.

Coffee, anyone?

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The Strongest Starbucks Drinks With Caramel That Will Get You Energized, Ranked

Everyone I know has a love affair with Starbucks coffee. Starbucks’ classic drinks wake us up, the seasonal delights perk us up, and the variety in the menu carries us through times of great need. Some people just drink Starbucks for the flavor, while others just want the coffee for a kick. Personally, I see my regular caramel macchiato as a two-in-one treat, a delicious cup of goodness that also energizes me to accomplish everything I need to get done that day. If you’re a coffee and caramel fan like I am, you may have found yourself wondering how much caffeine your favorite Starbucks caramel drink contains. Here’s the strongest Starbucks drinks with caramel, ranked.

While some flavors like pumpkin spice, eggnog, and chestnut praline only appear for the holidays, Starbucks keeps caramel flavoring on the menu year-round. Whether you’re getting a hot drink, iced drink, bottled beverage, or even a snack, you’ll likely find something at the Seattle-based coffee chain with caramel. Customers can even alter drinks that don’t contain caramel to include the delicious add-on.

Of course, we all know that sugar gives you energy — at least, that was your parents’ excuse for not letting you have that extra cookie back in the day. But what about other stimulants? Consider that a standard, eight ounce cup of coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine, and it’s clear that these drinks will pack a punch. How do caramel-y Starbucks drinks fare when it comes to caffeine content? Here are 10 of Starbucks’ caramel drinks, ranked by caffeine content.

Salted Caramel Mocha


If you’re looking for one of the most caffeine-packed caramel drinks on the menu, the Salted Caramel Mocha is your gal. According to the Starbucks menu, this beauty combines the flavors of mocha sauce, toffee nut syrup, caramel, sugar, and sea salt with coffee and milk for one of Starbucks’ tastiest drinks. What’s even more exciting? The Salted Caramel Mocha contains a whopping 175 mg of caffeine per 16 fluid ounces, more than enough to keep you going.

Blonde Caramel Brulée Latte


Coming in hot (pun intended) after the Salted Caramel Mocha is Starbucks’ Blonde Caramel Brulée Latte. This tasty espresso and milk concoction with caramel brulée sauce, caramel brulée topping, and whipped cream serves 170 mg of caffeine per 16 fluid ounces. Starbucks describes this sweet sip as “a drink for those who like to drink their dessert.” I wouldn’t plan on making it an after dinner treat, though, unless you plan on staying up all night.

Caramel Macchiato


One of Starbucks’ signature espresso drinks, the Caramel Macchiato is a hot cup of goodness. With steamed milk, vanilla syrup, espresso, caramel drizzle, a 150 mg of caffeine per 16 fluid ounces, this sweet beverage is definitely going to have a kick.

Caramel Brulée Latte


This seasonal drink, made with espresso, Caramel Brulee Sauce, and milk contains 150 mg of caffeine per 16 fluid ounces, less than your standard 16 ounces of coffee, but still a solid energy boost. Cold coffee lovers can also get this flavored drink in an iced version!

Caramel Frappuccino Blended Coffee


The Caramel Frappuccino Blended Coffee combines the goodness of caramel flavored coffee with the icy fun of a Frappuccino. This sip rings in at 100 mg of caffeine per 16 fluid ounces, for refreshment and energy without the shakes.

Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino


The Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino has it all: toffee, caramel, sugar, and salt, all the elements of a delicious hot or cold sip (or a delicious anything, for that matter). With 100 mg of caffeine per 16 fluid ounces, this Frappe will keep you going.

Ultra Caramel Frappuccino


The Ultra Caramel Frappuccino is exactly what it sounds like: cold brew, white chocolate, and a lot of caramel. Though this drink may more closely remember an evening dessert than a cup of morning coffee, it contains a full 90 mg of caffeine per 16 fluid ounces, so go ahead and have that Frappe for breakfast! I’m not judging.

Caramel Brulée Frappuccino


This seasonal fave, made with layers of Caramel Brulée Sauce for that perfect winter treat. With 90 mg of caffeine per 16 fluid ounces, the Caramel Brulée Frappuccino is a tasty way to start a day.

Salted Caramel Mocha Crème Frappuccino


If you’re in the mood for a caramel-y Frappe but actually don’t need to caffeine kick for once, try the Salted Caramel Mocha Crème Frappuccino. This seasonal offering contains similar ingredients to the Salted Caramel Mocha but with a fraction of the caffeine — the mere 10 mg of caffeine per 16 fluid ounces will barely give you a buzz, but you’ll still get that delicious caramel-y flavor!

Iced Espresso Classics – Skinny Caramel Macchiato


If you’re on the go and need to grab a quick caramel drink without waiting for a hand-crafted treat, there are still options. The Skinny Caramel Macchiato in Starbucks’ Iced Espresso Classics line packs a good punch, with of 85 mg of caffeine in an eight ounce bottle. At almost the same as the standard drip coffee, it’ll keep you going for sure.

And now you know! With so many options and caffeine levels to choose from, you definitely can’t go wrong with a caramel drink from Starbucks. Happy sipping!

12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it’s approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I’ve had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do’s and don’ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the “Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017” that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It’s a pretty simple beverage… this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with coconut milk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you’ve got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time… it’s like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise… Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.

6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks’ version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!

7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais – sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.

9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks’ Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple – espresso and water topped with ice, but if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino

2 to 3 pumps mocha syrup

1 to 2 pumps hazelnut syrup

Topped with hazelnut drizzle

19. Orange Creamsicle Frappuccino

Orange mango juice to the first line

Milk to the second line

Cream base (4 pumps for venti, 3 pumps for grande, and 2 pumps for tall)

Classic syrup (4 pumps for venti, 3 pumps grande, and 2 pumps for tall)

Ice and blend

Top with whipped cream

20. Peach Ring Tea

Half Valencia Orange Refresher

Half Passion Tea

No water

Peach syrup (6 pumps for trenta, 5 for venti, 3 for grande, and 2 for tall)

21. Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato

Iced Soy Caramel Macchiato (upside down)

1 to 2 pumps vanilla syrup

1 to 2 pumps cinnamon dolce syrup

22. Nutter Butter Frappuccino

Hazelnut Frappucino

Blend in whole banana

Cinnamon dolce syrup (3 pumps for venti, 2 pumps for grande, 1 for tall)

Toffee nut syrup (3 pumps for venti, 2 pumps for grande, and 1 for tall)

23. Banana Split Frappuccino

Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino

Add vanilla bean powder

Add java chips

Add a whole banana

Top with whipped cream, mocha drizzle, and caramel drizzle

24. Cadbury Creme Egg Frappuccino

Java Chip Frappuccino

2 shots of espresso for venti and grande, 1 for tall

Vanilla bean powder (4 scoops for venti, 3 scoops for grande, and 2 scoops for tall)

Caramel syrup (1 pump for venti drink, and 0.5 pump for grande and tall)

Vanilla syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 pumps for grande, and 1 pump for tall)

25. Pumpkin Pie Frappuccino (Only available in October and November)

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

1 to 2 pumps cinnamon dolce syrup

Whipped cream blended in

Cinnamon dolce sprinkles on top

26. Rainbow Sorbet Frappuccino

Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino (made with orange refresher instead of strawberry purée)

A scoop of vanilla bean powder

A pump of raspberry syrup

A pump of peach syrup

Blend over ice

27. Key Lime Pie Frappuccino

Cool Lime Refresher

Whole milk

Cinnamon dolce syrup (1.5 pumps for venti, 1 pump for grande, and 0.5 for tall)

Vanilla syrup (3 pumps for venti, 2 pumps for grande, and 1 for tall)

White mocha (3 pumps for venti, 2 pumps for grande, and 1 for tall)

Whipped cream blended in

28. Red Velvet Frappuccino

With summer weather fast approaching, a cold refreshing beverage is a must have and Starbucks is one of many big names out there to quench that hankering thirst. However, if you’re not an Sbux aficionado, the extensive and ever changing menu can be very daunting. Luckily for you, the students at Uhart have complied a list of the best Starbucks iced beverages ranked by their taste.

For the sake of organization we’ve broken down the answers into the following categories: (Iced espresso, Iced Tea, Refreshers, Frappucinos, and Non-Espresso)

Best Iced Espresso Beverages:

The iced caramel macchiato is a simple yet delicious treasure. Made with vanilla, two percent milk, espresso shots over top, and decadent caramel drizzle, this drink satisfies any coffee lover looking for a little summer sweetness.

#spoontip this drink is meant to be enjoyed from the bottom up, so don’t stir it!

2. Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte

Starbucks Blonde Espresso has been a hit since its introduction in January. Now you can essentially make any espresso drink “blonde,” (which just means using their blonde espresso shots in place of the regular). This creates a smooth balanced taste, and the Blonde iced vanilla latte is no exception to this delicious innovation.

3. Cold Foam Cappuccino

Another new addition to their summer menu is the Cold Foam Cappuccino, replacing their more traditional iced cappuccino. Starbucks Cold foam is thick and velvety, made with espresso shots, and topped with nonfat milk whipped to create a thick blanket of creamy goodness.

1. Passion Iced Tea

Passion Tango iced tea. The name just sounds refreshing. With a blend of hibiscus, lemongrass, and apple it takes well deserved residency at number 1. This tea can be made sweetened or unsweetened and with or without lemonade. Because it is a hibiscus tea, it is the only iced tea offered without caffeine.

2. Strawberry Green Iced Tea Infusion

The name may be a mouthful but this summery concoction is a blend of Starbucks green tea and their strawberry infusion (another unsweetened tea). This drink can be made sweetened or unsweetened and with or without lemonade. The addition of succulent strawberry tea is a refreshing afternoon treat.

1. Strawberry Acai Refresher

Packed with delicious slices of dried strawberries, the Strawberry Acai Refresher is a quick caffeine kick to your day without the taste of coffee. Made from green coffee extract, this fruity juice contains anywhere from 45-55mg of caffeine depending on size and potency.

2. Pink Drink

Strawberry Acai’s more delicate cousin, Pink Drink, started off as a secret menu item when costumers would request to replace recipe amount of water for coconut milk. Starbucks soon caught on to the trend and made it an official menu item last summer. This drink is for anyone with a sweet tooth, craving a smooth yet fruity sensation

3. Violet Drink

By now you should be starting to sense the trend of adding coconut milk to everything as the Violet Drink is no exception. This drink gets its unique color and flavor from the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher as its base, coconut milk instead of water, and a generous scoop of freeze dried blackberries.

1. Ultra Caramel Frappuccino

The Ultra Caramel Frappuccino is one of two brand new fraps released this summer. It may just look like a normal caramel frap with a ton of added whipped cream and caramel drizzle, however what really makes this frap stand apart from all the others its new and improved ingredients. This frap contains a brand new Dark Caramel sauce used to flavor the inside as well as adorn the bottom and top of the cup. Another sweet addition is the Sweet Cold Brew Whipped cream, made with Starbucks’ own Cold Brewed Iced Coffee. Most who’ve tried it say it tastes similar to a Dunkin Donuts Coolata, but we’ll leave that up for you to decide.

2. Triple Mocha Frappuccino

The second of this summer’s two new fraps is the Triple Mocha Frappuccino. This blended beverage is only slightly different than the OG Mocha Frap, as it still gets the regular mocha sauce, but with the new addition of Dark Mocha sauce and the Sweet Cold Brew Whipped Cream.

3. Java Chip Frappuccino

Ah the classics, there’s something satisfying about sticking to the basics. For anyone who is a coffee and chocolate lover, the Java Chip Frap is drink for you. Blended with mocha sauce, crunch caffeinated chocolate chips, and topped with mocha drizzle, it is a decadent pick me up to your week.

Best Non-Espresso Drinks:

With almost a unanimous decision, the iced Chai Tea Latte stands at number one for the best iced non-espresso drinks. Made with a concentrated chai tea base and any milk of your choice, its the perfect way to get your spiced caffeine intake without the coffee taste. Starbucks also offers a Lightly Sweetened Chai tea, allowing costumers to customize the amount of added sugar in their drink.

2. Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

Pulverized green tea leaves mixed with milk and ice to create a smooth and earthy flavor is what makes the green tea latte decadent and delicious.

3. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Rich cold brew flavors steeped for 20 hours, combined with velvety sweet cream and an accent of vanilla is practically dessert in a cup!

SEATTLE — Starbucks is adding a new iced drink to its holiday menu as sales continue to grow for chilly concoctions — even in winter.

The new drink is Irish Cream Cold Brew, which is the chain’s cold brew coffee mixed with Irish Cream syrup and topped with vanilla sweet cream cold foam and cocoa powder. It goes on sale Tuesday across Starbucks’ US stores and will be available for a limited time. The price for a grande will range from $4.45 to $4.75, depending on the Starbucks’ location.

Customers can customize the cold foam with alternative milks, including almond, coconut or soy. The Irish Cream syrup is also available as a topping in any of its other beverages for an additional charge.

Irish Cream Cold Brew is Starbucks’ second holiday-themed iced drink to join its menu in the past three years. In 2016, it offered a limited-time drink called the Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew. But the addition of this year’s beverage comes after Starbucks added a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew drink for the first time, which the company said sold well.

Cold drinks are growing in popularity for Starbucks. They made up more than half of the company’s sales last year — a 13% increase from 2013, it said. Starbucks credited cold drinks, like cold brew coffees, for bolstering its bottom line and helping to kickstart sales in the afternoon, which previously has been a sore spot for the company.

Starbucks is also having success attracting young people with its cold coffee drinks because customers view cold coffee as an alternative to soda and energy drinks, according to a recent report from Guggenheim Partners. And Starbucks customers are more loyal to cold brews and iced coffees.

“These categories are more habitual and create more brand affinity,” Roz Brewer, chief operating officer for Starbucks, said in 2018 when it announced the expansion of its the nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee across the United States.

In its most recent earnings report, Starbucks’ US comparable sales growth jumped 6%, with 5% of that from beverages. A company spokesperson told CNN Business that the growth was led by its cold beverages, including the newly introduced Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. The drink, which costs more than a typical iced coffee, also helped Starbucks grow its average receipt price to 3% for the quarter.

Starbucks’ Irish Cream Cold Brew drink joins the chain’s usual array of hot drinks that can also be made cold, including peppermint mocha and eggnog latte.

Rival Dunkin’ also has its own menu of iced holiday drinks. In November, the chain began selling two seasonal flavor swirls (gingerbread s’mores and winter white chocolate) that can be added to its iced drinks.

McDonald’s also added a cinnamon cookie latte that can be made hot or iced. That was the chain’s first seasonal drink since 2014, when it started selling the white chocolate mocha latte.

The holiday season is all about chilly mornings made easier with steaming beverages to hold as we brave our morning commute. But the latest seasonal beverage isn’t steaming at all. In fact, it’s rather … cold?

Beginning today, there’s a new holiday beverage being added to the Starbucks holiday lineup. But unlike classics like the Peppermint Mocha and Chestnut Praline Latte, which are served hot, the new Irish Cream Cold Brew is iced!


Perhaps it’s “Frozen 2” excitement, or maybe people just want to chill out this season, but this Baileys-inspired beverage has a base of Starbucks’ signature cold brew and whipped vanilla cold foam that’s infused with its new Irish Cream syrup and dash of cocoa powder. In Canada, there is an Irish Cream Americano available, which will be a hot version using the Irish Cream syrup.

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This is actually not the first time that Starbucks has added an iced beverage to their holiday season lineup. Two years ago, the Christmas Tree Frappuccino was added during the holiday season, and last year saw the Cold Foam Cascara Cold Brew and the Salted Cream Cold Brew. It makes sense, as people’s tastes turn toward lighter options, Cold Brews are getting more and more space on the menu, replacing heavier, more sugar-laden blended drinks. This new drink comes in at around 200 calories (compared with 450 calories for an Eggnog Latte), so for those seeking holiday spirit in a cup, this could be a lighter choice than other options.

The Irish Cream Cold Brew may the latest holiday beverage offering, but all Starbucks drinks are customizable. So, you might consider adding a pump of the Irish Cream syrup to other holiday beverage … perhaps an Irish Cream Mocha? Or Latte?

The possibilities are truly endless for the creative (or the thirsty!).

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