Have You Tried All of the Best Starbucks Coffee Drinks?

Wondering about the best Starbucks Coffee drinks to try this year?

If you are an avid coffee drinker, you probably already know that Starbucks is behind some of the best coffee drinks in existence. The reason for this comes down to a number if things, including Starbucks’ universally high coffee standards, innovative approach to coffee recipes and ever-expanding menu. Whether you are a fan of traditional espresso or prefer challenging your tastebuds with new and surprising flavors, you can be sure thatthere is a perfect Starbucks coffee drink for you.

In this article, we’ll be rounding up the most popular staples on the universal Starbucks menu, as well as talk about some of the best unusual coffee drinks and the very best seasonal favourites. We’ll even provide you with an insight into the brewing methods and ingredients used where applicable, so that you can try recreating your favourite Starbucks coffee drinks at home.

What’s so great about Starbucks coffee?

The first thing anyone should know about the Starbucks menu is that it varies from region to region and from season to season. Having said that, Starbucks everywhere use the same Mastrena coffee machines and beans from select growers, which is what guarantees the reliable and uniform quality of every cup of Starbucks coffee, no matter where you are in the world.

There are, of course, multiple factors that come together to create a great cup of Starbucks coffee, and although the ingredients are a vital part of the equation, the particular coffee machine used at Starbucks, the Mastrena II, is not available to buy if you are civilian, as the company that builds the coffee makers has an exclusive trade deal with Starbucks.

This is why, even if you get your hands on the ingredients need to recreate your favourite Starbucks brew, you will not be able to recreate it exactly. It’s part of the unique magic of getting a coffee from Starbucks.

Starbucks menu favorites

Enough background. It is time for us to take a look at the very best core coffee drinks you will find on the menu at Starbucks anywhere from New York to Tokyo.

Signature espresso

Starbucks’ signature espresso is brewed on beans selected for their bold and sweet flavor. Whenever you order a signature espresso, you can be sure that your Starbucks barista is going to brew it using the Starbucks espresso roast and the Mastrena II espressos machine.

The blend used to brew the signature espresso is the Starbucks® Espresso Roast, which is available to buy at Starbucks stores. What this means is that brewing something very close to the Starbucks signature espresso at home is easy and straightforward, provided that you have good espresso machine. Since the Mastrena II is not available to buy, our best suggestion is the Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine, which is available from 1st in Coffee.

The Starbucks Signature espresso is recognisable for its rich, dark flavor, with nutty, chocolatey notes and caramel sweetness.

It is also worth noting that the Starbucks signature espresso forms the basis of almost any other coffee drink you might choose to have at Starbucks, from classic latte to caramel frappuccino.

Blonde espresso

The Starbucks Blonde espresso is the first new espresso roast released by Starbucks in more than 40 years.

As the name suggests, the Starbucks Blonde espresso is brewed on slightly roasted beans, whereas the beans used in the Signature blend are darker and have a more intense flavor profile. Like the Signature roast, the Starbucks Blonde espresso roast is also available to buy at Starbucks coffee shops.

What sets the Starbucks Blonde Espresso apart from the Signature espresso in terms of flavor is its smooth mouthfeel, subtle sweetness and hint of citrus.

Like the Starbucks signature espresso, the Starbucks Blonde espresso may form the basis of any other coffee drink ordered at Starbucks.

Nitro cold brew

The Starbucks intro cold brew is a bit of an interesting one – and very much worth trying if you are not already familiar. Unfortunately, because of the brewing method used to create any Starbucks Nitro cold brew coffee drink, it is all but impossible to even try to recreate this at home. On a positive note, though, we have just given you carte blanche to make another trip to Starbucks.

What makes the Starbucks nitro cold brew special is the fact that it is infused with nitrogen, which gives the coffee an almost impossibly smooth and velvety texture. The Starbucks nitro cold brew coffee drink emerges cold from the tap, and is served without ice and without any sweetener, as none of these are necessary to enjoy the drink exactly as it is.

Best caffeine free Starbucks drinks

If you prefer your beverages caffeine free, there are still plenty of tasty Starbucks drinks options for your to choose from. Here are a few caffeine-free fan favourites worth trying out.

Vanilla bean creme frappuccino

Unlike other Starbucks Frappuccinos, the Vanilla bean creme frappuccino doesn’t actually contain any coffee, which makes it an ideal tasty treat for Starbucks fans who don’t like caffeine.

What the Starbucks vanilla bean creme fraappuccino does contain is ice, milk, vanilla powder and creme frappuccino syrup to taste. Whipped cream can bed added on top, if you like an extra indulgent drink.

The vanilla bean creme frappuccino is created by blending the five core ingredients together in a blender – resulting in a smooth, velvety, rich and creamy drink that will appeal to the taste buds of most, but particularly those who like a refreshing Starbucks beverage sans caffeine.

Honey citrus mint tea

Something that is often overlooked is the fact that Starbucks also carries an extensive range of different and delicious teas. Honey citrus mint tea is one of them.

The honey citrus mint tea offered at Starbucks was originally a secret, off-menu drink that not many knew about, but in 2017 it was officially added to the Starbucks menu due to its growing popularity.

An interesting bit of trivia about the honey citrus mint tea is that it was originally called the Medicine Ball, thanks to its powerfully soothing effects on scratchy throats and stuffed noses. If you have a cold, this is the perfect time to try out the Starbucks honey citrus mint tea, whether at a Starbucks near you or at home.

The ingredients you need to brew a standard, 16-ounce honey citrus mint tea Starbucks drink are: One bag of Teavana Jade Citrus Mint tea, one bag of Peach Tranquility tea, two packs of honey (Or two teaspoons), eight ounces of hot water and eight ounces of steamed lemonade.

Best Starbucks drinks if you have a sweet tooth

No article on the best Starbucks drinks is complete without talking about the Starbucks drinks that will especially appeal to those with a sweet tooth, so here we go.

Caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino

The caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino was first introduced in 2013 and has been a dominant Starbucks fan favourite ever since then – and once you have had your first sip, it is easy to see why.

The Starbucks caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino is a sweet, refreshing caffeine lover’s dream. A combination of Frappuccino roast Starbucks coffee, velvety and sweet caramel syrup, dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, caramel drizzle and crunchy caramel result in an absolute dream of a Frappuccino drink, perfect for a hot summer’s day – or whenever you feel like having an indulgent, caremelly, caffeinated treat.

Salted caramel cold brew

Far from being your regular old cold brew, the Starbucks salted caramel cold brew is sure to blow your socks off.

The Starbucks salted caramel cold brew is often described as a sweet-meets-savoury coffee drink, where sweetness is combined with the smooth dark intensity of cold brewed coffee. On a hot summer’s day, nothing beats a Starbucks salted caramel cold brew.

If you would like to recreate the Starbucks salted caramel cold brew at home, these are the ingredients you are going to need: Ice, cold brewed coffee (Made using a dark or a blonde roast as you prefer. We suggest opting for a darker roast for a more intense flavor profile), salted caramel cream and vanilla syrup.

Caramel macchiato

The Starbucks caramel macchiato is a light, creamy and sweet drink with just enough caffeine to rev up your engine.

The classic Starbucks caramel macchiato is a perfect choice for those with a sweet tooth who still don’t like it too sweet. The Starbucks caramel macchiato is prepared using velvety, freshly steamed milk, vanilla syrup and a dash of espresso, all topped with a grid of caramel sauce.

Iced white chocolate mocha

Starbucks’ iced whit chocolate mocha drink is one of the more indulgent offering on the menu. It’s rich, sweet and creamy flavor works perfectly with its caffeine content to create a sweet, smooth and energising coffee treat.

If you feel inclined to try your hand at preparing a Starbucks copycat iced white chocolate mocha at home, here are the ingredients you are going to need: Ice, milk, white chocolate mocha sauce, espresso and whipped cream.

Hot chocolate

Anyone who has ever tried a Starbucks signature hot chocolate will know what I mean when I say that it is both rich, sweet and comforting.

The Starbucks signature hot chocolate is prepared

Best seasonal Starbucks coffee drinks to try

If you have been a Starbucks fan for a while, you have no doubt noticed that there are certain coffee menu items come and go with the changing of the season – and while it’s no small tragedy that you can’t get a pumpkin spice latte in April, the seasonal menu nevertheless means that there is always a new coffee favourite to look forward to with every change of season.

Here is our list of the very best season-dependent Starbucks drinks.

Spring/Summer

In spring and summer, the seasonal Starbucks drinks menu becomes all about cold and refreshing drinks, with many non-coffee options also appearing on the menu. Here are a couple of our favourite summery drinks from Starbucks for you to try for yourself.

Mango dragonfruit Starbucks refreshers

The Starbucks mango dragonfruit refresher is not merely a beautiful pink drink, it is also cooling and caffeinated – exactly what you need when the weather’s hot and you are feeling lethargic.

The base for the mango dragonfruit pink drink is made from a combination of water, sugars, white grape juice concentrate, natural green coffee extract, as well as sweetness and preservatives. In addition to the base, the Starbucks mango dragonfruit refresher also entails ice and freeze-dried dragonfruit pieces.

This alluring pink drink from Starbucks would be quite a challenge to try to recreate at home, so we recommend enjoying it at Starbucks when it’s in season.

Kiwi starfruit Starbucks refreshers

Similarly to the mango dragonfruit refresher, the kiwi starfruit refresher from Starbucks is a delicious, sweet and refreshing cold treat for a hot summer’s day.

The base for the kiwi starfruit refresher is made from water, sugars, turmeric extract and watermelon and huito fruit juice for color, green coffee extract, as well as various preservaties. Added to the base when the drink is made is ice and freeze-dried kiwi fruit.

Autumn/Winter

The dark half of the year means the return of some of the very best coffee drinks Starbucks has to offer to the menu.

Pumpkin spice latte

The pumpkin spice latte is, beyond a doubt, one of the most popular and beloved Starbucks coffee drinks in existence. All you need is a single sip of it to understand why it’s so popular.

The Starbucks pumpkin spice latte appears on the menu every fall, and it contains a mix of traditional autumnal spices such as pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The pumpkin spice latte is prepared from espresso, steamed milk, pumpkin spice syrup and spices. It is often topped with whipped cream, and a light dusting of pumpkin pie spice.

Irish cream cold brew

The Starbucks Irish cream cold brew coffee is another seasonal fan favourite that is very worth trying out at home. The only special ingredients you need are a bit of Irish cream simple syrup, cold and heavy vanilla flavored whipped cream to go on top and a dusting if cocoa powder.

The Irish cream cold brew is made using cold brewed espresso.We suggest using a dark roast. For the most authentic Starbucks Irish cream cold brew recreation, use the Starbucks Signature espresso blend, which you can pick up at Starbucks.

Cold brewed coffee is easy enough to make, but it requires a bit of patience. If you have never tried preparing your own cold brew before, this article about cold brew coffee walks you through the process.

Apart from the strong, cold brewed coffee, you also need cold heavy cream, whipped with vanilla bean paste and powdered sugar to taste, a few pumps of Irish cream syrup and a dusting of cocoa powder. The result is the perfect festive caffeinated drink, a perfect balance between the strong, intense flavor of the cold brew and the the indulgent sweetness of the whipped cream and the flavors of vanilla and Irish cream.

Caramel brulée latte

The Starbucks caramel brulée latte is another fan favourite that only comes out when the weather starts getting colder and the festive season draws near.

The ingredients required if you want to recreate a Starbucks caramel brûlée latte at home are the following: Espresso (Whether you use a dark or blonde roast is up to you), milk, caramel sauce, vanilla syrup and whipped cream.

Final thoughts on the best Starbucks drinks

From espresso to caramel brûlée latte, this article has discussed many of the most popular and some of the more obscure best coffee drinks on the menu at Starbucks.

Have you tried all of these coffee drinks for yourself, and if so, what is you personal favourite?

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