We Ranked Every Drink on the Starbucks Menu
Hear us out. Maybe you'll find a new drink to try.
Like clockwork, Starbucks has ushered in the holiday season with a slew of delicious concoctions ideal for sipping in front of a fireplace. There are currently 40 drinks on its ever-changing menu, and infinite ways to customize them. But, admit it: you've probably only had a fraction. Despite my embarrassing math SAT score, even I know a fraction of 40 isn't a lot, so to help you break the chains of habit, I've compiled this constantly updated ranking of every single drink on the Starbucks menu. Perhaps you'll read it and find something new you want to try. Or perhaps you'll think I'm wrong about everything. Let's find out together!
But first, a few ground rules:
- While you might be able to order drinks not found here, please note that this is limited to items that specifically appear on the in-store Starbucks menu boards. The list will be updated frequently to reflect menu changes.
- I've included the hot and iced versions of drinks (such as the coffee) only when Starbucks lists both on its menu. Otherwise this ranking would be very long and very boring.
- I didn't customize the drinks in any way, so that I could experience them as Starbucks intended.
- All the drinks' nutritional info is based on a 16-ounce Grande size.
40. Strawberry Acai Starbucks Refreshers
Nutritional info: 90 calories, 20 grams sugar
I'm deathly allergic to strawberries, which is 99% of this drink. But I put aside my severe allergic reaction to strawberries and took a sip of this. It was great! JK, I never tried it. This is my kryptonite.
39. Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers
Nutritional info: 70 calories, 14 grams sugar
I’m not saying I broke out into hives when I read the name of this drink, but I’m not saying I didn’t either. I’m going to name the actual blackberries used in the making of it. It also has white grape juice concentrate and green coffee extract.
38. Pink Drink
Nutritional info: 140 calories, 24 grams sugar
If you want to enjoy this Strawberry Acai Refreshers drink with coconutmilk, go forth! It looks delicious! But sadly, I cannot partake. (Read my blurb on Strawberry Acai Starbucks Refreshers.)
37. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Nutritional info: 230 calories, 23 grams sugar
This drink contains 330mg of sodium. Perhaps they should rename it SALTED Caramel Cream Cold Brew to make people more aware of the tidal wave of salt coming their way in each sip.
36. Caramel Macchiato
Nutritional info: 250 calories, 33 grams sugar
My disappointment with everything caramel flavored has been documented. But this is the only hot caramel drink on the current menu, and it's serviceable. I don't mind the caramel drizzle, and the vanilla syrup inside plays nice with the espresso and steamed milk.
35. Caramel Brulée Frappuccino
Nutritional info: 400 calories, 58 grams sugar
When's the last time you ordered a caramel brulée for dessert cold? There's a reason it's a hot dessert—the caramel flavors shine better with hot ingredients. I prefer my coffee cold, and even still, these flavors don't work for me as presented here. I'm also generally not a fan of how the Starbucks presents its caramel flavors, though you'll see the hot caramel brulée latte later on in this ranking. Because it works hot! It doesn't work here.
34. Starbucks Cold Brew
Nutritional info: 5 calories, 0 grams sugar
This is fine. It tastes perfectly smooth. But there are so many fun variations on this drink—especially where it’s topped with cold foam—that to order this might actually be a waste of a trip to Starbucks.
33. Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
Nutritional info: 470 calories, 57 grams sugar
How can a Frappuccino with both mocha (!) and cookies (!) be ranked 33rd? When it’s an unforgiving sugar bomb that makes me want to text my dentist, “I’m sorry for drinking this.” Strangely, the Mocha Frapp has about the same amount of sugar, but tastes way, way, way less cavity-inducing.
32. Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte
Nutritional info: 150 calories, 25 grams sugar
If your first thought upon looking at this drink isn’t, “Ooh, red and green holiday sprinkles!” then you’re a Grinch. And if this were a rank of Starbucks drinks by looks, it’d get a high score. But its taste leaves a lot to be desired, as its cloying sweetness brings to mind a holiday drink you’d find at Dunkin’, 7-Eleven, or Dutch Bros. In this case, that’s not a compliment. Here’s the good news: It does taste like a liquified sugar cookie, but why is it iced? Aren’t sugar cookies best enjoyed right out of the oven? Thankfully, you can order this drink hot, so if you crave those types of holiday flavors, that’s the route to take.
31. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino
Nutritional info: 490 calories, 68 grams sugar
I’ve been vocal in my disapproval of all things caramel at Starbucks. And yet, this isn’t a bad way to feature caramel flavors in a drink—the vanilla whipped cream, coffee, and dark caramel sauce all work well in concert. My one gripe is the “crunch” aspect of the drink. At no point did I get the joy of crunching on a “crunchy caramelized topping.” There’s certainly a layer of something on the whipped cream, but if you’re imagining some sort of Honey Bunches of Oats type jam on the top of this Frapp, you won’t find it here.
30. Royal English Breakfast Tea
Nutritional info: 0 calories, 0 grams sugar
This is a bold, black breakfast tea that needs milk in the worst way. So get it with said milk, like you're a regular Benedict Cumberbatch or something.
29. Caramel Brulée Latte
Nutritional info: 410 calories, 49 grams sugar
This actually has a lot stronger coffee flavors than I would've expected from the 'bucks, which typically lets any caramel drink go way overboard on the caramel flavors. The caramel and coffee play nice together here, and the finish does bring to mind a brulée. I was shocked by this one.
Nutritional info: 120 calories, 10 grams sugar
Going to Starbucks and ordering a cappuccino is like going to a Starbucks and... ordering a cappuccino. What are you doing?! There are Frappuccinos and Dragonfruit drinks to order!
27. White Chocolate Mocha
Nutritional info: 430 calories, 53 grams sugar
I want to love this. I do! But I can't force myself to. It's got plenty of sugar, plenty of cream, and plenty of coffee flavor, but the white mocha doesn't tie it together so much as try to overpower the coffee and cream flavors.
26. Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refreshers
Nutritional info: 90 calories, 19 grams sugar
This is not a drink so much as a beacon in a cup with ice and a straw. It says to everyone who walks by you, "I just bought a wine-colored drink from Starbucks that has fruit in it!" It begs to be Instagrammed. Oh, and there are seeds from the dragonfruit (and actual dragonfruit!) floating around in there. You can't miss them. The flavor is tropical as the look and name of the drink promises. Despite the fact that dragonfruit has its fruitprints all over this, mango is what lingers on your palate before fading away. But that photo you posted to Instagram? That, my friends, stays forever.
25. Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino
Nutritional info: 430 calories, 64 grams sugar
I really came into this one expecting to rank this higher, but peppermint mocha is another set of flavors that works better in a hot drink. And this is from someone who thinks the Frappuccinos are some of the best beverages on the menu. The peppermint mocha sauce here overpowers any semblance of coffee that's supposed to be mixed in, and the drink suffers as a result.
24. Iced Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte
Nutritional info: 190 calories, 28 grams sugar
Starbucks doesn’t usually feature this drink on its menu boards, but when ingredients are hard to find, the chain does its best to highlight simple drinks like this, with blonde espresso and vanilla syrup. While it’s not an unpleasant drink, considering the flavored cold foam and other fun stuff available on the menu, this one’s a bit… vanilla.
23. Caffè Americano
Nutritional info: 20 calories, 0 grams sugar
Starbucks coffee greatly benefits from a splash of milk and a little sugar. And you know what? When I drink this, I miss those ingredients.
22. Dark Roast
Nutritional info: 5 calories, 0 grams sugar
This roast changes over the course of the year, but when I go into the ‘Bucks I’d rather drink something like a Mocha Frappuccino.
21. Blonde Roast
Nutritional info: 5 calories, 0 grams sugar
This roast also changes seasonally. It’s tasty, but it makes me want a Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew.
20. Medium Roast
Nutritional info: 5 calories, 0 grams sugar
This roast is always reserved for Pike Place. This is my favorite of the drip coffees (though in the afternoon, there's a location near me that switches to pour-over). Starbucks says it has “subtly rich flavors of cocoa and toasted nuts.” It makes me want a Caffè Mocha.
19. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
Nutritional info: 110 calories, 14 grams sugar
It's incredible what a little splash of Starbucks' sweet cream can do to elevate its regular cold brew. That sweetness cuts through the bitterness, but isn't overpowering. As an added bonus, it's pretty trippy to watch the cream spread out in the ultra-dark coffee.
18. Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew
Nutritional info: 70 calories, 4 grams sugar
If the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a favorite of yours (and it should be!), order this instead. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro is its creamier, more delicious relative, and with fewer calories and sugar.
17. Nitro Cold Brew
Nutritional info: 5 calories, 0 grams sugar
Starbucks cans this drink and sells it in supermarkets and convenience stores. It’s tasty! So what’re you doing ordering this in one of its coffeeshops?! Go nuts and get it topped with vanilla sweet cream.
16. Flat White
Nutritional info: 220 calories, 17 grams sugar
While this tastes like a glass of warm milk with coffee flavoring to me, it actually has plenty of espresso—two ristretto shots and steamed whole milk. Whatever's in it, it's delicious. You also get a smooth and not-at-all bitter coffee finish. So much warm milk you'll want to go to bed after drinking this. Also, my colleague was shown how Starbucks makes these, which is pretty cool.
15. Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso
Nutritional info: 110 calories, 16 grams sugar
The Doubleshot on Ice is a near-perfect coffee offering from the colossal mermaid, so the idea of adding almond milk and chocolate malt powder into the mix seemed like a good idea on the surface. The execution leaves a lot to be desired, as I’m not sure anyone at Starbucks wanted to develop a drink that tastes like watery chocolate milk someone accidentally spilled coffee into.
14. Chestnut Praline Latte
Nutritional info: 330 calories, 39 grams sugar
They nailed the chestnut flavor here, and the finish is a little bit of the almond flavor hinted at by the praline part of the drink's name. This is the holidays in a cup. A little saccharine in the finish, which deducts it a few points. I would enjoy roasting this drink on an open flame, but not in a bad way!
13. Dragon Drink
Nutritional info: 130 calories, 23 grams sugar
This drink looks like a secret menu drink based on a Hello Kitty color pattern. And it tastes like it looks—saccharine sweet, but with a not unpleasant mango and coconut milk finish. It's more mango-forward than you'd expect for something that looks like this to be. Perfect for mango lovers and fans of a Lilly Pulitzer aesthetic.
12. Matcha Tea Latte
Nutritional info: 240 calories, 32 grams sugar
This is one soothing beverage. There's the earthy green tea essence mixed with the sweetness of the warm milk and a layer of foam, and I'm hooked. If you need a break from coffee and love green tea, this is a can't-miss.
11. Star Drink
Nutritional info: 130 calories, 22 grams sugar
The new naming convention at Starbucks is one word followed by the word Drink. Behold: Pink Drink, Dragon Drink, and now, Star Drink. Star differs from the Kiwi Starfruit Starbucks Refreshers in one aspect—it takes the summery drink and adds a layer of rich coconutmilk for even more tropical flavors. And it benefits greatly from the addition of the milk. The kiwi and the coconutmilk blend beautifully. Sipping on something this fruity from Starbucks makes me wonder if they’re secretly turning into a Jamba when no one’s looking.
10. Toasted White Chocolate Mocha
Nutritional info: 420 calories, 56 grams sugar
Raise your hand if you like holiday sugar sparkles in your coffee! Uh, yeah, I didn’t know that was a thing either! Regardless, this holiday drink is crafted with white chocolate sauce, peppermint syrup, espresso, and steamed milk—and comes topped with the aforementioned sugar sparkles. The deep red sugar dots float atop the whipped cream, making for a festive looking coffee drink... but not necessarily one you’d go back to.
9. Iced Green Tea Lemonade
Nutritional info: 90 calories, 22g sugar
The sugary sweetness of the lemonade Starbucks uses has a tendency to trample the flavors of everything else in the drink like a liquid, sugary bull running through the streets of Pamplona. In this drink, however, it shares the spotlight with notes of green tea. I love Teavana’s Iced Green Tea, and I could see this jazzed up version joining my rotation of favorite drinks.
8. Chai Tea Latte
Nutritional info: 240 calories, 42 grams sugar
I used to order this chai before I'd go in to work an early shift at Barnes and Noble. This was a decade ago, back when people were still reading books made out of paper. That chai gave me the energy to correctly alphabetize all the Margaret Atwood novels. The drink hasn't changed since then, and after drinking one, I'm pretty sure I could still remember to shelve Alias Grace before The Blind Assassin.
7. Hot Chocolate
Nutritional info: 370 calories, 38 grams sugar
I went to college with a bunch of people I don't see anymore. That's normal, part of growing up and whatnot. I also used to drink a lot of hot chocolate as a kid, but I don't anymore. Part of growing up and whatnot. But when you see those old friends, or you take a sip of hot chocolate, you're there again. You're 13, watching your brother's soccer game, and it's windy as hell, and you want to be inside watching football, but you're out there sipping your hot chocolate and listening to the game on the radio.
6. Irish Cream Cold Brew
Nutritional info: 200 calories, 19 grams sugar
I like this holiday drink, I really do. But I’m confused as to why the company uses regular old cold brew instead of nitro cold brew, which would make it approximately 100 gazillion times creamier. (See: Nitro Cold Brew with Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam.) That said, the combination of the Irish cream syrup and the vanilla sweet cream cold foam taste very similar to an alcoholic beverage that rhymes with Schmailey’s. The cocoa powder layered on top is absolutely decadent. Anyways, why isn’t this a nitro drink again?!
5. Pumpkin Spice Latte
Nutritional info: 380 calories, 50 grams sugar
It’s such an important drink in the Starbucks lineup that there are news stories dedicated to it. A few years back, I even went to every major chain and tried all their pumpkin spice drinks, and you’d never believe what came in first! Okay, you probably would. It was this drink. In the meantime, the company changed the recipe (they added pumpkin puree and took out artificial flavoring), but it still tasted the same to me. Which is great. This is a classic—but may just be upended by Starbucks' Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, a more adult-take on the PSL. Only time will tell.
4. Caffè Latte
Nutritional info: 190 calories, 18 grams sugar
Steamed milk, espresso. You get a layer of foam on top. I love when the foam hits your top lip, supporting it like a little milk pillow as you draw warm espresso into your mouth. I'm a little shocked I liked this more than some of their flavored lattes, especially considering my well-documented childlike love for sugary flavors, but this simple drink delivers.
3. Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
Nutritional info: 120 calories, 13 grams sugar
Plain old oat milk is delicious in coffee. But the oat milk that Oatly produces is next-level, and it’s an ideal pairing for Starbucks java. If you’ve never tried Oatly before, expect waves of creaminess that don’t overpower the strong coffee and brown sugar notes with a hint of cinnamon. We dare you to find a non-dairy milk aftertaste in this drink, one that’s ruined many an iced almond or soy milk latte. With only 13 grams of sugar and 255 milligrams of caffeine (that’s about 2.5 cups of drip coffee!), this drink squarely fits in the category of Perfect Afternoon Drink to Make Sure You Don’t Fall Asleep During Your Boss’s Mandatory 4 pm Zoom.
2. Peppermint Mocha
Nutritional info: 440 calories, 54 grams sugar
The first sip is chocolate and cream, and the finish is a delightful chocolate and mint. And it doesn't leave an overly sweet taste in your mouth that makes you want to drink a gallon of water to wash it away. But is there a more holiday appropriate drink than the Peppermint Mocha? Even the name makes me want to fly a life-size candy cane across the sky on Christmas Eve, waving at Santa as he makes his deliveries, and flashing a thumbs up to his reindeer for working so hard. It’s a seasonal classic, it’s delicious, and we bet you’ll crave one when it starts snowing outside on a cold December morning.
1. Caffè Mocha
Nutritional info: 360 calories, 35 grams sugar
Ooo, adult hot chocolate! I want to fill my bathtub up with it, cover myself in marshmallows, and spend the day... sitting in the tub eating marshmallows. Is this drink a movie on Cinemax at 2 am? Because it has positively sinful mocha notes. And it’s the best dang drink at Starbucks right now.