Starbucks has something for everyone, from simple lattes to loaded frappuccinos and everything in between. However, certain Starbucks orders have been beloved by crowds for years on account of their delicious taste. In this article, you’ll discover 10 of the best and most widely adored Starbucks drinks.
White Chocolate Mocha
Starbucks’s White Chocolate Mocha is famous for a reason. Chocolate lovers will find this beverage particularly irresistible, and the addition of espresso brings the flavor to the next level.
Next time you make a Starbucks run, try the White Chocolate Mocha if you’ve got a hankering for chocolate. This beverage is also equally delicious hot as it is iced, making it perfect any time of year.
Starbucks’s seasonal winter drink, the Peppermint Mocha, is out of this world. If you love that sugary-sweet peppermint flavor but you also need a caffeine boost, this is the drink for you.
The Peppermint Mocha isn’t just peppermint, either – the mocha aspect of this drink brings in just enough chocolate to offset the strength of that minty taste. This drink is as close as you can get to a minty, espresso-fueled hot cocoa, making it the perfect winter drink.
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
You may have thought that Starbucks’s cold brew coffee couldn’t get any better – but you’re wrong. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is most certainly an upgrade from the original classic.
Starbucks’s cold brew coffee is brewed periodically in small batches on-site throughout the day, and the coffee never touches heat. This means that their cold brew is consistently bold, cold, and powerful. Starbucks’s house-made vanilla sweet cream adds some much-needed sweetness to the original recipe. If you need a little more flavor, it’s always a good idea to throw in some toppings or syrup.
Although considered somewhat “basic”, the Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks is a staple on their menu for good reason. This drink may remind you of your younger days visiting the Starbucks kiosk at your local mall. It’s loaded with sugar, chocolate, and whipped cream, making it a super-sweet choice.
If you’re already familiar with this ever-popular choice off the Starbucks menu, you can always try it differently next time. Ask for your next Mocha Frappuccino “affogato style” – the barista will delicately pour a fresh espresso shot right over it. It melts beautifully into the whipped cream and adds a little caffeinated edge.
You just can’t go wrong with Starbucks’s Caramel Macchiato. Although both the hot and cold versions of this drink are delightful, it’s the iced version that really takes the cake. The caramel syrup, cream, and espresso are a timeless combo that bring a mouth-watering sweetness to the table that’s unrivaled by most other espresso options on the Starbucks menu.
If you rolled your eyes at the Pink Drink trend on Instagram, you might want to swing by your local Starbucks and give it a chance. Starbucks’s Pink Drink is ultimately just a Strawberry Acai Refresher (another wildly popular choice) topped with a splash of coconut milk.
The coconut milk adds a new, creamy, silky-smooth texture to this beverage, and it helps even out the sweet tanginess of the strawberries. This is ideally best enjoyed in the summertime, but honestly, it’s a delight year-round. Not to mention, it helps that it looks adorable!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
People love to laugh at the growing popularity of this drink, but it’s loved for a reason. This is another one of Starbucks’s seasonal beverages, so you won’t usually be able to order it until autumn. However, when the time comes, it’s worth a try.
The Pumpkin Spice Latte has a somewhat misleading name. Although there are definitely pumpkin flavors in it, this drink could be better described as “autumn in a cup”. It’s a perfect, harmonious balance of autumn spices, including cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.
Not only is the taste world-changing, but there’s just something so comforting and cozy about the flavors its made from. Every year, I look forward to this drink coming back to the menu. Maybe this year, you will too!
Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino
This is hands-down one of the best frappuccinos on the Starbucks menu. This drink brings new meaning to the word “caramel”. Not only is it made with buttery caramel syrup and two different types of caramel sauce, but it’s also topped with whipped cream and caramelized sugar pieces, which contribute to that crunchy texture.
One thing about this drink that might put off some coffee connoisseurs is the saccharine taste. It’s so sweet that it feels much more like a dessert than a coffee – however, that’s exactly what so many frappuccino lovers look for. Just note that if you do try this one, you might want to start with a Tall.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte
Several years ago, Starbucks released a limited edition “Gingerbread Latte” that became a fan favorite for quite some time. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been brought back to the holiday menu since then. However, the Cinnamon Dolce Latte mimics a lot of the Gingerbread Latte’s ingredients and thus comes pretty close.
The Cinnamon Dolce Latte at Starbucks is almost like drinking a snickerdoodle cookie, and you can always add extras to doctor up the flavor to your personal preference. Adding a touch of Toffee Nut or Vanilla syrup can seriously improve the taste and creates a sugar-cookie-inspired flavor profile.
Chestnut Praline Latte
Last but not least, Starbucks’s Chestnut Praline Latte earned its rightful place on this list. It starts with espresso and milk – as a latte usually does – but things get especially good with the addition of caramelized chestnuts and wintery spices. It’s all topped with whipped cream and praline crumbs.
This drink is the epitome of nutty, buttery goodness, and it somehow feels cozy to drink it, no matter the weather. The espresso offsets the sweetness just enough to strike a balance between both flavors, making this an ideal choice for anyone, whether you’re craving caffeine or sugar.