We Ranked Every Drink on the Starbucks Menu
Hear us out. Maybe you'll find something new to try.
Spring is officially in full bloom, and Starbucks is celebrating by pouring up a slew of refreshing iced treats. There are currently 36 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 36 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.
36. Strawberry Crème FrappuccinoNutritional info: 370 calories, 52 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. If Superman were a skinny Jewish guy from Delaware, strawberries would be his kryptonite.
35. Pink DrinkNutritional 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.)
34. Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks RefreshersNutritional 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, if you’re into that sort of thing.
33. Iced White Chocolate MochaNutritional 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.
32. Starbucks Cold BrewNutritional 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.
31. Iced Guava Passionfruit Coconutmilk DrinkNutritional info: 190 calories, 33 grams sugar
Is Iced Guava Passionfruit Coconutmilk Drink something you can order at Starbucks or is it a jumble of keywords revealed to an SEO expert in a fever dream? The good news is that the drink’s ultra pink color looks fantastic on Instagram, and the tropical fruit flavors (especially the guava!) are delicious. But the finish is a lot like that bubblegum medicine you used to take for ear infections. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s also not something I can recommend.
30. Iced Guava Black TeaNutritional info: 70 calories, 13 grams sugar
Looks like that SEO expert is back again, but with a drink that is less medicine-like, but equally meh. Perhaps Starbucks should banish that person from creating drinks.
29. Caramel FrappuccinoNutritional info: 420 calories, 66 grams sugar
Speaking of the dentist, caramel reminds me of some flavoring the dentist used to give me before numbing my mouth and filling a cavity. I can't shake it when I'm drinking it. I'm immediately transported to the dentist's office.
28. Honey Oatmilk LatteNutritional 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. Mocha Cookie Crumble FrappuccinoNutritional 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.
26. Caramel Ribbon Crunch FrappuccinoNutritional 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.
25. Iced Caramel MacchiatoNutritional info: 250 calories, 34 grams sugar
Easily the cream of the crop of the iced caramel drinks. Espresso-forward with a hint of vanilla sweetness. The caramel comes in the form of Starbucks’ sweet, buttery sauce—added last in a crosshatch pattern on top. It’s my favorite caramel drink overall.
24. Strawberry Funnel Cake FrappuccinoNutritional info: 410 calories, 51 grams sugar
Did I try this drink? Yes and no. I tried the coffee, whipped cream, funnel cake syrup and powdered sugar funnel cake pieces, but without the strawberry puree (because it would kill me to do so, as I mentioned earlier!). And you know what? The crispy funnel cake pieces were delightful, and the funnel cake syrup is a sweet (but not too sweet!) counterpoint to the coffee. When I try to picture adding strawberry into the mix, I imagine it would elevate the entire drink with a blast of delightful fruitiness. This serves as a fine summer-y addition to the Frappuccino lineup.
23. CappuccinoNutritional 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!
22. Honey Almondmilk Flat WhiteNutritional info: 120 calories, 18 grams sugar
I was psyched to try this one, but after a couple sips I kept wondering, “When am I going to taste the honey?” There’s a little honey mid-sip and in the finish, but it’s entirely too subtle, which is not something you can often say at Starbucks. One surprise is how well the Flat White works with the almondmilk.
21. Iced Matcha Green Tea LatteNutritional 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.
20. Caffè AmericanoNutritional 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.
19. Dark RoastNutritional 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.
18. Blonde RoastNutritional 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 RoastNutritional 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. Honey Almondmilk Cold BrewNutritional 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 almondmilk 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 almondmilk, 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.
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 BrewNutritional 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.
13. Flat WhiteNutritional 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.
12. Dragon DrinkNutritional 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.
11. Kiwi Starfruit Starbucks RefreshersNutritional 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.
10. Star DrinkNutritional 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 on 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.
9. Honey Citrus Mint TeaNutritional 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.
8. Chai LatteNutritional 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. Iced Pineapple Matcha Coconutmilk DrinkNutritional info: 170 calories, 27 grams sugar
Sometimes I’ll read the description of a Starbucks drink and have a visceral reaction to it. “Our premium matcha green tea shaken with flavors of pineapple and ginger along with coconutmilk and ice…” made me certain I was going to regret taking a huge sip. But the pineapple ginger syrup laced into this cold treat makes all the difference, brightening up the earthy notes of the iced matcha. And with 80mg of caffeine, it gives you about a cup of coffee’s worth of energy to power you through an afternoon slump.
6. Caffè LatteNutritional 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.
5. Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet CreamNutritional info: 70 calories, 4 grams sugar
Like the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, but even creamier, thanks to the addition of nitro cold brew. If you’re watching your sugar intake, there’s also a little less sugar because it removes the vanilla syrup. But don’t worry, you still get vanilla sweet cream in this sucker.
4. Java Chip FrappuccinoNutritional info: 470 calories, 66 grams sugar
This is exactly the Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frapp (not currently on the menu, but you can order it through the company’s mobile app) with coffee. I'm a huge fan of coffee flavors, but here they just steal the spotlight away from all the chocolate flavors. It's a scene-stealer that coffee—like Jonah Hill in that one scene in 40-Year-Old Virgin, where he plays some random dude haggling with Catherine Keener at the eBay store. When I saw that I thought, "They should get that little dumpling of a man his own movie!" The coffee in here deserves its own movie.
3. Mocha FrappuccinoNutritional info: 410 calories, 61 grams sugar
This used to be my favorite drink at Starbucks. It was back when I was a younger man, and liked chocolate flavors more than coffee ones. Granted, when I say, a “younger man,” I mean just a few years ago. Anyways, a few years ago, this was my favorite drink at Starbucks. It tastes like sugar and chocolate with a dash of coffee, and it reminds me of a drink I’d order before I cared about consuming 61 grams of sugar in one sitting. Nowadays, Starbucks’ menu has changed to reflect the changing tastes of its customers, and many of those customers now enjoy coffee-forward beverages from third-wave coffee shops. That said, it’s still a delicious throwback, but it’s not the best thing on the menu.
2. Iced Peach Green Tea LemonadeNutritional 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.
1. Caffè MochaNutritional 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.