We all know Starbucks makes amazing coffee. But what about the other drinks on the menu? Do they nail it or fail it?
Golden Ginger Ale Fizzio
Soda at Starbucks? Now that the Fizzio hand-crafted sodas are here, that’s a thing. They’re pretty solid, too. Golden Ginger Ale is the top of the heap in that category.
Strawberry Acai Refresher
The Refreshers were sort of touch-and-go at first, but the Strawberry Acai somewhat saved the situation. It’s a great balance and actually has strawberries. Much better than the one with seeds in it.
Pumpkin Spice Crème
Everyone knows the PSL, it’s kind of a thing. But what if you want to skip to just the pumpkin part? Squirreled away on the Kid’s Menu is this little gem. It’s like the PSL but just made with the cream and spices. Ask them to make it grande and you’ve got yourself a nice little pumpkin spice treat.
Green Tea Frappuccino
Not only is the Green Tea Frappe one of the best non-coffee drinks, it’s a contender for best drink on the menu — period. The matcha green tea has that exact flavor that can make a frappuccino way more than a frappuccino.
One could really call this Starbucks’ “stealth treat.” Say you finish working out with one of your friends who does that CrossFit nonsense. You want to go to Starbucks, they say it’s not healthy, you say they have smoothies now with all the protein and junk, they agree. Friend sees the barista making this with bananas and stuff, they approve — and have no idea you’re drinking a chocolate milkshake. Boom.
Teavana Shaken Iced Green Tea Lemonade
Pretty much any of the shaken iced teas they do are right over the plate, but the green tea lemonade is by far the best. It’s green tea so it’s nice and light for summer, and the lemonade is fresh. What’s not to love?
Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino
Get out of here with that “you know they put crushed up beetles in there” mess. Yeah, we know… those are some tasty beetles. In fact, they should go back to the beetle recipe because that was awesome. Come to think of it, maybe there should be more beetle-based beverages out there.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Salted caramel is probably the best idea in the history of salt and caramel. Making a hot chocolate beverage out of them both is worthy of the Nobel. It’s a good little treat for when it’s cold and you don’t want the caffeine.
Evolution Fresh Mango Carrot Smoothie
Ew, carrot smoothie… right? Wrong. First, there’s nothing wrong with a smoothie from Starbucks. Second, they really nail the carrot vs. mango flavor combination. It’s light but still tangy and pretty awesome for warm weather.
Cotton Candy Frappuccino
Sometimes you just want to drink a glass of candy. Come on, it happens to the best of us. It’s a newer frappuccino flavor, and you’re going to really need to be in the mood for something pretty sweet — but it’s worth it.
Lemon Ale Fizzio
Look, the Fizzios are just awesome. Soda just hits the spot sometimes, and this sweet and tangy version is just as tasty in cool weather as it is in warm.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
If the PSL is the drink of fall, then Peppermint Hot Chocolate is the drink of winter. It tastes like the red cups look — awesome.
Shaken Iced Passion Tango Tea
There’s not much you can’t love about something this tropical and tangy. Plus, it’s a shaken tea so it ends up way colder and way frothier than other iced teas. Get this in anything but Venti or Trenta and you’re insane.
Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
You’ve either never heard of the Vanilla Bean Frappe, or it’s one of your favorites. It doesn’t get mentioned in a lot of conversations, but it’s a pretty solid pillar of the Frappuccino community.
Emperor’s Cloud And Mist Brewed Tea
People forget Starbucks does brewed teas. They do, and most of them are awesome. Emperor’s Cloud And Mist might be one of the best teas you’ve ever tried. An awesome break from your daily routine of coffee.
Tazo Bottled Organic Black Lemonade
If you’re in a hurry, the line at the bar is long, whatever… grab one of these and be on your way. They’re refreshing, amazing, and will seriously hit the spot. Of course don’t make this your regular, but if you’re under duress — accept no substitute.
Flavored Steamed Milk
Most people have no idea they make this. It’s actually hiding on the Kid’s Menu, but it’s not like anyone checks ID’s or anything. It’s perfect for a cold day when you don’t want the caffeine of coffee. Baristas will flavor it with literally any syrup on the bar — or any combination possible.
Cupcake Crème Frappuccino
It actually tastes like cupcakes! Who doesn’t like cupcakes? Baristas are also pretty cool about changing the flavors up if you ask nicely, so this one is pretty customizable. It’s one of the standouts of the most recent batch of new Frappuccino flavors.
Cool Lime Refresher
While some people might comment the taste is a little saccharine, it’s a great warm weather drink that still comes with the caffeine. Some people don’t dig on coffee, and this is for them.
Red Velvet Cake Crème Frappuccino
If you take your Frappuccino sweeter than most, this is for you. The Red Velvet flavor comes out just right, and is a great shift from the regular. Just be warned, the sweet is really off the charts with this one.