We Ranked Every Drink on the Starbucks Menu

Hear us out. Maybe you'll find something new to try.

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Fall is here, and you can tell because the pumpkin spice drinks are back on the menu, along with two new apple-themed treats. There are currently 34 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 32 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.

34. 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.

33. 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 Crème Frappuccino.)

32. Iced White Chocolate Mocha

Nutritional info: 420 calories, 49 grams sugar

I like a hot White Chocolate Mocha on a cold, gloomy day. It warms the soul, and it’s a nice change of pace from plain old mochas. But to me, this doesn’t have the rich, white chocolate notes that I want from a Starbucks drink. It’s a flat drink (and not the good kind, like the exceptionally tasty Flat White). That’s probably because it’s cold. I think it depends on what you expect from white chocolate—after drinking this, I’ve determined that I want it to warm me up, not cool me off.

31. Iced Apple Crisp Macchiato

Nutritional info: 280 calories, 46 grams sugar

Frappuccinos are delicious, but I’d never want to drink onehot. And while the Apple Crisp Macchiato is a clear winner (you can read about it later on in this ranking!), it was clearly developed as a hot drink, and doesn’t quite work as an iced one. It approximates the flavor of leaving apple slices in a bowl of milk for a couple hours then drinking said milk. One suggestion: What if Starbucks partnered with Kellogg’s and made an Iced Apple Jacks Cereal Milk drink? That could be a better version of what they’re attempting here. But for now, this Iced Apple Crisp lacks the complexity of the hot version. Perhaps skip ordering it until that made-up collab goes from dream to reality.

30. 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.

29. 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.

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28. Honey Oatmilk Latte

Nutritional info: 270 calories, 28 grams sugar

For anyone who wants to switch up the non-dairy milk in their daily Starbucks drink, this honey-tinged latte featuring Oatly oatmilk is a solid option. But since you only have one mouth, you should save it for an Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso, which for some reason isn’t on the menu right now! But don’t worry, just ask a barista for one and they’ll whip it up.

27. 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.

26. Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino

Nutritional info: 470 calories, 57 grams sugar

How can a Frappuccino with both mocha (!) and cookies (!) be ranked 26th? 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.

25. 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.

24. Cappuccino

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!

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23. 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.

22. Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

Nutritional info: 200 calories, 28 grams sugar

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this drink. It’s perfectly delicious. But there’s a far superior menu item that adds a bit of a tweak to this recipe, which elevates it to a top 10 drink! So go order that one instead.

21. 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.

20. Kiwi Starfruit Starbucks Refreshers

Nutritional info: 90 calories, 18 grams sugar

Look down at this drink and you might find yourself wondering: What are those black spots doing in my beautiful, key lime-hued drink? Why, those are chunks of kiwi, friend! But before you start flashing back to hating orange juice with pulp back in your younger days, know that this is a different drink altogether! It’s crisp, sweet and tropical, and you won’t even mind encountering those tasty kiwi bites. And while starfruit gets top billing along with kiwi here, know that it’s the kiwi flavors that’ll linger delightfully on your palate.

19. 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.

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18. 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.

17. 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.

16. 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.

15. Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino

Nutritional info: 370 calories, 53 grams sugar

I think I used to be more of a vanilla person growing up, but now I'm squarely in the chocolate camp. 10-year-old me would've lost his mind over this. Significantly older, current me (who has successfully gone through puberty!) thinks this is vanilla overload.

14. 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.

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13. Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro 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.

12. Honey Almondmilk Cold Brew

Nutritional info: 50 calories, 10 grams sugar

This vegetarian-friendly concoction should have a warning label on it: “Do Not Drink Before Stirring the Living Hell Out of This.” I made the mistake of taking a sip when it was half-stirred at best by a busy barista, giving me a mouthful of almond milk aftertaste and no sign of coffee or honey. When I had a chance to stir it for a couple seconds, the drink transformed into a lovely blend of almond milk, coffee, and a touch of sweetness. There’s not much complexity to it, but there’s also not much sugar in it, either. That’s a win in my book.

11. 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.

10. 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.

9. Honey Citrus Mint Tea

Nutritional tea: 130 calories, 30 grams sugar

Can you imagine if you were the first person to ever order a Jade Citrus Mint green tea mixed with Peach Tranquility tea, hot water, steamed lemonade, and honey? Well, someone did (was it you???), it got posted to the internet, ordered a billion more times, and now it’s on the menu. I didn’t invent it, but I’m glad someone did because this is a wondrous tea concoction that benefits from the delightful interplay of lemonade and honey. And drinking it when you feel like a cold is coming on feels like a smart idea.

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8. Chai 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. 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.

6. Apple Crisp Macchiato

Nutritional info: 300 calories, 45 grams sugar

The best winter drinks at Starbucks announce themselves before you’ve even taken a sip. And the Apple Crisp certainly does that, inviting you to inhale all the mouth-watering notes of brown sugar and cinnamon. Things get even better when you put the cup to your lips, as coffee and apple flavors join the party. Starbucks has taken the pairing of a slice of apple pie and a cup of coffee to its logical endpoint, whipping up a new fall drink that should stand the test of time. If you’re ever in the mood for a warm apple cider, but you also need a hit of caffeine, this is your new favorite treat.

5. Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade

Nutritional info: 130 calories, 32 grams sugar

This is delightfully peachy. It's like taking a bite of a peach and then eating a few spoonfuls of sugar to help that peach go down, just like Mary Poppins told us (we're paraphrasing). I taste absolutely no green tea whatsoever in this, and I don't mind it much. Tastes like a plain old peach lemonade. Is that even a widely available thing? It is now.

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.

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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.

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2. Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Nutritional info: 250 calories, 31 grams sugar

“It's very popular,” the barista said to me. This was confirmed when two people picked them up at the bar ahead of me. And it lives up to the hype. I was worried it’d both smell and taste like a pumpkin Yankee Candle, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The pumpkin flavor comes from two ingredients: a spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, and the pumpkin cream cold foam, which is layered above the cold brew coffee that makes up the majority of the drink. The cold foam has just enough pumpkin flavor to make you feel like it’s fall, but not enough where it completely overpowers the coffee. You can taste the smooth cold brew, and the finish is all coffee. It’s an ice cold take on a fall classic; a coffee drink fully reimagined for the Starbucks lover who drinks cold brew year-round. And it’s one of the best drinks the company has ever put out.

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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.

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Lee Breslouer writes about food and drink, and is strangely not as sick of coffee as you'd think. Follow him to Starbucks Rewards stars: @LeeBreslouer.