Starbucks currently has 30 drinks on its ever-changing menu (and 50-plus food items), and infinite ways to customize them, but you've probably only had a fraction. Despite my embarrassing math SAT score, even I know a fraction of 50 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 Starbucks menu. 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.
Make sense? Then grab a Strawberry Acai tea, toss it in the trash immediately, order up an S’mores Frappuccino instead, and check out this ranking.
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! Just kidding, I never tried it. If Superman were a skinny Jewish guy from Delaware, strawberries would be his kryptonite.
29. Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers
Nutritional info: 70 calories, 15 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!
Nutritional info: 420 calories, 66 grams sugar I love the Frappuccino part of this drink (for proof, check out the top 10), but the coffee chain’s caramel syrup tends to obliterate the flavor of everything else around it. It does this Frapp no favors.
26. 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.
25. Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino
Nutritional info: 430 calories, 65 grams sugar I have no idea why this was made into a Frapp. Some flavors don't belong in this delicious pseudo-milkshake format, and green tea is one of them.
Nutritional info: 80 calories, 20 grams sugar The vanilla syrup just wasn't working for me. I want iced coffee to taste like iced coffee OR be a milkshake (à la the Frappuccino). This appears to be neither.
22. Dark Roast
Nutritional info: 5 calories, 0 grams sugar This roast changes over the course of the year. Right now it’s a Caffè Verona, which the company says has a “dark cocoa texture.” But when I go into the ‘Bucks, I’d rather drink actual chocolate in something like a Mocha Frappuccino.
21. Blonde Roast
Nutritional info: 5 calories, 0 grams sugar This roast is Veranda, although it too can change seasonally. It’s tasty, but it makes me want a Nitro 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 Java Chip Frappuccino.
19. Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
Nutritional info: 400 calories, 57 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.
18. 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.
17. Iced Peach Citrus White Tea
Nutritional info: 45 calories, 11 grams sugar Refreshing, citrusy, and you can even get a hint of its white tea backbone.
16. Caffè Americano
Nutritional info: 20 calories, 0 grams sugar Starbucks coffee greatly benefits because it doesn’t have a splash of milk and a little sugar. And you know what? When I drink this, I miss those ingredients. (If you must drink your Starbucks without any kind of milk and don’t mind the tiniest bit of sugar, the Starbucks Doubleshot on Ice is worth your bucks.)
Nutritional info: 120 calories, 32g sugar When a man and a woman love one another very much, they do the passion tango. At least, that’s what I was taught. But on another note entirely, this iced drink has hibiscus, lemongrass, and apple. From the look and smell of it, I thought it would completely overpower my taste buds and resemble a cup of liquid potpourri, but the hibiscus and lemongrass finish is pleasant!
14. 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.
13. Classic 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.
12. Caffè Latte
Nutritional info: 190 calories, 17 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 child-like love for sugary flavors, but this simple drink delivers.
11. 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.
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 a little confusing because it tastes like mango while looking like Lisa Frank’s bedroom. 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. 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. Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
Nutritional info: 500 calories, 63 grams sugar I love a good cookie crumble. I grew up eating Oreo McFlurrys in quantities that would horrify nutritionists, and I got a flashback when I saw the dusting of chocolate cookie atop the whipped cream in this drink. It strangely delivers more on the promise of a crunch than the Caramel Ribbon. But mostly this drink is a chocolate delivery system for people who consider eating entire chocolate bars a light snack on their coffee break at work. After all, there’s mocha sauce and Frappuccino chips blended in with the coffee and then covered in even more mocha drizzle and cookie crumbles. It’s not being subtle here with the chocolate, and that’s something I wholeheartedly support.
7. 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 2am? Because it has positively sinful mocha notes.
6. Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Cream
Nutritional 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!
5. Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato
Nutritional info: 180 calories, 27 grams sugar The Caramel Macchiato is not my favorite (Exhibit A: everything I wrote earlier in this ranking), so I’ll admit I was scared that this would feel like they pumped an entire bottle of caramel flavoring into the coffee. But Starbucks went for a more subtle flavor profile here, not unlike the Iced Cinnamon Cloud Macchiato. I can’t believe I’m typing “subtle flavor profile” in reference to a Starbucks drink. Ariana Grande had a hand in promoting this and the Cinnamon Cloud drink -- she likes ‘em with soy milk -- but this is not a drink that recalls bubblegum pop. This is a grown-up drink. This iced beverage has seen some shit. The interplay between the espresso, vanilla syrup, and foam is a sensory experience I look forward to having again.
4. S’mores Frappuccino
Nutritional info: 490 calories, 67 grams sugar Yeah, it tastes like a S’more. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t get whipped cream on their Frapp -- first of all, why do you hate joy? Secondly, you won’t be able to fully appreciate this drink since the marshmallow infused whipped cream is truly the star, and I’d be fine if they forgot the vanilla, coffee, milk and ice parts of this Frapp. Just fill a grande cup of marshmallow whipped cream and let me enjoy this alone. The graham cracker crumbles on top are a nice touch too. There’s a reason people flipped when they brought this formerly limited-time only drink back: it’s a gosh-darn winner.
3. Java Chip Frappuccino
Nutritional 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.
2. Mocha Frappuccino
Nutritional 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 its changing customers tastes, 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 anymore.
1. Nitro Cold Brew with Cascara Cold Foam
Nutritional info: 80 calories, 18 grams sugar Fair warning: While this is on the menu at many Starbucks, it’s not available in every Starbucks. That’s because it requires that the location you go-to has a nitro tap. Nitro is what makes the coffee creamy; infusing it with a dose of nitrogen makes every coffee tastes like Guinness. I’m a little obsessed with it. Because Starbucks doesn’t do anything halfway, they supersize the foam, giving it two-to-three times what I would’ve expected. And it’s glorious. I did have to spend time wiping the foam off my mustache, but it was worth it. It’s a sweeter take on a nitro coffee you might get at a third-wave shop (thus, the 18 grams of sugar), but combine that with the smooth cold brew and the tidal wave of foam in each cup, and this is unbeatable.
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Lee Breslouerwrites about food and drink, and is strangely not as sick of coffee as you'd think. Follow him to Starbucks Rewards stars: @LeeBreslouer.