Sometimes Starbucks gets a bad rap for it’s “froo froo” drinks and overpriced coffee, but I’ve never heard anyone complain while their sipping on their favorite latte with a cheese danish in hand. So, whether you’re a coffee connoisseur or just want to switch things up from your go-to beverage, you’ve come to the right place. I’m ranking the best Starbucks drinks on the menu to keep you reloading money to your app all year long. And just so you know – I’m a certified Starbucks snob, but feel free to argue your favorites in the comments.
The Pink Drink is technically part of Starbucks Secret Menu, but you can order it at any location with no problem. Just order a Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk and strawberries. It’s a beautiful and creamy shade of light pink – perfect to post of the ‘Gram if people still do that these days. To make this refreshing drink at home, check out our Pink Drink Recipe.
I was waiting in line at a Target Starbucks recently and heard another customer ask if they had the Peppermint Mocha yet. I wanted to laugh because we’re a few days into November – of course they do! But I learned something even better – apparently Starbucks carries the ingredients to make a Peppermint Mocha all year long, so you don’t have to wait until the holiday season to order one. Anyway, this is by far one of the best Starbucks drinks whether it’s Christmas or not. It’s cozy, rich, and the perfect blend of chocolate and mint. You can order it hot, iced, or as a frappuccino, though I find the hot latte to be the best.
The caramel macchiato is to Starbucks as fettuccine alfredo is to Olive Garden. For many customers, it’s the only drink they ever order – and rightfully so. Hot or iced, this delicious beverage is beautifully balanced between sweet vanilla and caramel, creamy milk, and bold espresso. If you’re into the technical side of things, you’ve probably wondered why the drink comes “unmixed.” That’s because a macchiato is supposed to be layered and was created to be sipped hot, not iced and through a straw. If you order a hot macchiato, you’ll probably taste the flavors blend together, and you won’t need to pop the lid off and stir it up. Drinking an iced macchiato messes with the original intent right off the bat since you have to stick your straw through all the layers.
Pro tip: if you want a “pre-mixed” caramel macchiato, just order an iced vanilla latte with caramel.
White Chocolate Mocha
The White Chocolate Mocha is a beverage I can only order every once in a while. Not because it’s not tasty, but because it’s super sweet and rich. It kind of tastes like a liquid candy bar in the best way possible. But if you drink your coffee black or are conservative with your sweeteners, this is drink with jolt you into a different dimension, so maybe order a tall if you’re wanting to try it.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
I don’t mean to sound basic, but is anyone else obsessed with the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew? It was originally added to the menu last fall, but I didn’t try it until this year, and now I’m hooked. It’s less indulgent than the traditional Pumpkin Spice Latte, but it still has plenty of the beloved pumpkin flavor. Featuring the famous cold brew with vanilla flavoring, the drink is topped with pumpkin foam and pumpkin spice.
Almondmilk Honey Flat White
Before I even get into what this drink is, let me explain what a flat white is because I had no idea until recently. It’s basically a mix between a latte and a cappuccino. It contains espresso, steamed milk, and foam, but has a really strong coffee taste. On it’s own, I image it’s pretty bitter, but this beverage contains steamed almond milk and Starbucks’ signature honey sweetener. It’s got a unique taste, but I love the flavor of honey and coffee together, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking something new to try.
Green Tea Frappuccino
People tend to either love or hate Starbucks Green Tea Frap – mostly because it contains matcha. I personally love matcha and drink it multiple times a day, but other people think it takes like dirt (honestly, it kind of does). But, when you sweeten the crap out of it, blend it with some milk, and top with whipped cream, it’s a refreshing change of pace from your typical mocha or caramel drink.
Medicine Ball Tea
You don’t have to have the sniffles to enjoy this drink (although, it does make everything better when you’re feeling under the weather). Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea is basically comfort in a cup, featuring hot water, lemonade, Teavana’s Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, and honey. Some people choose to add peppermint to it, too. It’s super sweet and feels soothing if you’ve got a sore throat or just need a little pick-me-up (no virus necessary!).
If you’re a coffee snob, you may have some critiques for Starbucks’ Americano, but I find it to be the perfect jolt of energy to pull me out of a mid-afternoon slump. An Americano is just water and espresso, so unless you’ve aquired a taste for bitter coffee, then you’ll want to sweeten this one up with some milk or creamer and sugar. On days when I’m feeling healthy, I’ll order an iced one with a splash of almond milk to dilute the flavor a bit. But if I want something a bit more sweet, I’ll go for milk with a couple pumps of white chocolate mocha syrup.