17 Best Starbucks Drinks In 2022 You Must Try

While there are many delicious options on the Starbucks menu, what are the best Starbucks drinks in 2022 worth trying? Keep reading to find out.

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You can determine the best Starbucks drinks by asking what Starbucks drinks get ordered the most

Although determining the best Starbucks drinks is a bit subjective, there is one simple way to tackle it — ask what Starbucks drinks get ordered the most. You can also look at what beverages appear the most on social media. 

In this article, we have covered not only coffee-based Starbucks drinks but also non-coffee options for people who do not like coffee. Read on to learn more about the best Starbucks drinks in 2022 that you must order the next time you want to try something new!

1. Vanilla Latte

One of the most basic Starbucks drinks on the menu, the Vanilla Latte, takes the number one spot on this list as it is still one of the most popular drinks even today. Its popularity is telling in the face of all the famous Starbucks drinks on Instagram and Tiktok.

The recipe for Vanilla Latte is very simple — espresso, vanilla syrup, steamed milk, and a thin layer of foam. 

The amount of espresso and vanilla depends on the size: 

  • For Tall, one shot of espresso and three pumps of vanilla.
  • For Grande, two shots of espresso and four pumps of vanilla.
  • For Venti, two shots of espresso and five pumps of vanilla.

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Add espresso shots to enhance the coffee flavor
  • Add extra vanilla syrup for a sweeter taste
  • Ask for it cold with no foam

You can add hazelnut syrup to turn this drink into a French Vanilla Latte.

2. Nitro Cold Brew

One of the classes of new drinks to hit the Starbucks menu in recent years, the Nitro Cold Brew, takes the cold brewing method to a new level. 

Starbucks created this drink by infusing cold brew coffee with nitrogen, which enhances the sweetness and creates a velvety crema.

There are two different ways to customize this drink:

  • Add syrup of your choice (e.g., toffee nut, caramel)
  • Add flavored cold foam on top (e.g., sweet cream, vanilla)

3. Honey Almond Milk Flat White

This drink acknowledges the simplicity of espresso while adding some refined flavors to the blend. 

The Honey Almond Milk Flat White Latte combines Starbucks’ signature blonde espresso with the company’s exclusive almond milk blend and honey syrup. It is a latte that balances the sweetness, sharpness, and nutty flavor of espresso.

It can be ordered hot or cold, with the hot version being the classic drink that brings out the subtle flavors in each ingredient.

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Add espresso shots to enhance the coffee flavor
  • Request for caramel drizzle to enhance the sweetness of the honey
  • Add extra vanilla syrup for a sweeter taste

4. Blonde Roast Coffee

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Starbucks blends different Latin American coffees and roasts the coffee beans lightly, which keeps the flavor intact

The Blonde Roast Coffee is more than just a cup of black coffee. Starbucks blends different Latin American coffees and roasts the coffee beans lightly, which keeps the flavor intact.

This drink is the lightest roast available in Starbucks — a rich coffee drink with notes of malt and chocolate.

Take your Blonde Roast Coffee to the next level by adding steamed milk to turn it into a Caffè Misto or adding two espresso shots to turn it into a Black Eye Coffee.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on black eye coffee.

5. Pumpkin Spice Latte

The pumpkin spice latte perfectly captures the flavors of the fall and winter — a seasonal favorite even among non-coffee drinkers! 

This drink combines espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream, and a specialty pumpkin spice syrup with a special pumpkin spice topping.

Over the years, regulars at Starbucks have made a ton of different modifications to the basic recipe for a more complex flavor, including:

  • Opt for no whipped cream
  • Add caramel drizzle
  • Add white mocha sauce
  • Add cinnamon dolce syrup
  • Add brown sugar syrup

These are some of the most popular customizations of many regulars at Starbucks — but still, the only limit is your imagination!

6. Caramel Macchiato

Considered one of the best Starbucks drinks from the old days, the Caramel Macchiato is just as classic as a latte.

This drink is one of Starbucks’ first signature espresso drinks. It consists of vanilla syrup and frothed milk, poured with espresso shots over the foam, and finished with a drizzle of caramel on top in Starbucks’ signature crosshatch pattern.

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Add espresso shots to enhance the coffee flavor
  • Ask for the drink to be upside down (espresso shots on the bottom instead of the top)
  • Use other syrups instead of vanilla (e.g., caramel, hazelnut, white mocha sauce)

7. Caramel Brulée Latte

Another seasonal favorite — the Caramel Brulée Latte, is a Starbucks coffee drink that balances sweetness and depth. 

This drink is created by combining espresso, dark caramel sauce, vanilla syrup, and milk with decadent whipped cream and caramel brulée bits.

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Use non-dairy milk, such as oat milk or coconut milk
  • Add extra dark caramel sauce for a sweeter taste
  • Add espresso shots to enhance the coffee flavor

You can also order it with “no whip” if you want to cut some of the calories from your drink.

8. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

The Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino is a Starbucks specialty coffee that takes caramel to a whole new level. 

This drink has Starbucks’ signature coffee Frappuccino base combined with dark caramel sauce, standard Starbucks caramel, and vanilla, topped with whipped cream and crunchy caramel sugar.

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Add espresso shots to enhance the coffee flavor
  • Use salted caramel syrup
  • Use nonfat milk, oat milk, or coconut milk instead of whole milk

9. Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino

The Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino is not on the standard Starbucks menu, and the original recipe does not include coffee. However, we prefer the caffeinated version — it tastes better for us coffee lovers!

This drink is created from some of Starbucks’ key ingredients, including:

  • Frappuccino blended coffee base
  • Cinnamon dolce syrup
  • Vanilla bean powder
  • Cinnamon dolce powder
  • White chocolate sauce topped with whipped cream

This drink is an excellent choice, especially for non-coffee drinkers and coffee drinkers who do not prefer too much caffeine.

If you want more caffeine kick in your Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino, you can request added espresso shots or an “affogato” on top of your drink.

10. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew

Starbucks now has a whole new base for creating drinks, thanks to cold brewing — and the Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew is a great example.

This drink combines Starbucks cold brew coffee with vanilla and caramel syrups, with caramel sweet cream cold foam on top.

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Add espresso shots to enhance the coffee flavor
  • Add caramel sauce for a more balanced sweetness
  • Add cinnamon dolce or other syrups for a more complex flavor

11. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Another type of cold brew — the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, combines vanilla ice cream and strong coffee.

This drink has a frothed milk texture from the cold foam, which adds depth to the smoothness of the coffee. The ingredients for the basic recipe include cold brew iced coffee, vanilla, and cold foam.

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Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew has a frothed milk texture from the cold foam

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Add espresso shots to enhance the coffee flavor
  • Change the flavors in the cold foam
  • Add a splash of whole milk to balance out some of the richness of the cream

The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew tastes like coffee ice cream, but only in liquid form.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on the best coffee ice cream recipes.

12. Peppermint Mocha

Starbucks’ Peppermint Mocha is more popular during the holiday season, although it is available year-round. 

This drink combines Starbucks’ signature espresso roast with steamed milk, sweet mocha syrup, and peppermint syrup, topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls.

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Add espresso shots to enhance the coffee flavor
  • Add extra vanilla syrup for a sweeter taste
  • Add a pump of white mocha to lighten up the dark chocolate flavor

13. Dirty Chai Latte

If you’re struggling to choose between coffee and tea, you should try Starbucks’ Dirty Chai Latte!

This drink combines espresso and chai for a sweet and spicy flavor — and it’s also high in caffeine! So, just order a Chai tea latte with a shot or two of espresso. 

The recipe is quite simple:

  • Starbucks’ chai latte concentrate
  • Espresso
  • Hot water
  • Milk

The espresso shots help balance out the sweetness of the chai latte concentrate while adding an extra hit of caffeine to your drink. So, if you decide to try this drink, we recommend asking the barista not to add water to your latte, as the espresso shots already help dilute the concentrate.

Another popular customization of this drink is to add vanilla or brown sugar syrup since the chai concentrate, and espresso blend can be bitter.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on does chai tea latte have coffee in it.

14. Iced White Chocolate Mocha

If the Caffe Mocha is too strong for you, you can opt for the Iced White Chocolate Mocha! This drink combines white chocolate sauce with espresso and milk for a revitalizing treat.

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Add espresso shots to enhance the coffee flavor
  • Add raspberry syrup
  • Add strawberry puree
  • Fruit inclusions, such as freeze-dried strawberries

This drink does not come with a whip, but you can request the barista for it just like many Starbucks regulars do.

15. Caramel Frappuccino

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While coffee drinkers love this drink for its strong coffee taste, non-coffee drinkers may also enjoy its sweet flavor profile.

Starbucks’ Carmel Frappuccino launched with the original Frappuccino line, and the demand for it is still high.

While many coffee drinkers love this drink for its strong coffee taste, non-coffee drinkers may also enjoy its sweet flavor profile.

This drink is made by blending coffee Frappuccino base, caramel syrup, milk, and ice cubes into a fine slush, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. 

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Add a drizzle of mocha
  • Add espresso shots to enhance the coffee flavor
  • Add chocolate chips for texture
  • Request for an extra caramel sauce to line the cup

You can also consider adding other flavors like cinnamon dolce or vanilla syrup if you want your drink to become even sweeter!

16. Honey Citrus Mint Tea

If you can’t simply choose between green tea and herbal tea, you can try the Honey Citrus Mint Tea — an excellent choice for tea lovers!

This drink combines Jade Citrus Mint green tea with Peach Tranquility herbal tea blend, steamed lemonade, and honey blend syrup to create one of the most interesting hot tea drinks Starbucks offers.

There are also a few different ways to customize this drink:

  • Swap out the honey blend syrup for another choice (e.g., Starbucks classic syrup) for a more neutral flavor
  • Request for it to be served as iced tea

Whether hot or cold, this drink is very satisfying!

17. Emperor's Clouds & Mist

Emperor’s Clouds & Mist is a fun twist on green tea with sweet, smokey notes if you’re sick of regular green tea or matcha. It’s low in caffeine, with a well-rounded, earthy flavor for those with a sophisticated pallet. 

It’s best to enjoy this tea in its pure form since adding sugar and milk to herbal tea is not always a good idea. However, if it’s a hot day, you can ask for a cold version of this drink to cool you down.  

You may also be interested in reading our guide on the best Starbucks coffee.

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  • Danico Dacillo became a fan of coffee when he was in college 'cause it helps him stay awake. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, but now working as a content writer. His passion for writing started when he was still in grade school -- as a sports news writer.