Since pretty much the beginning of time, humans have searched painstakingly for a viable hangover remedy capable of rescuing even the most tortured souls. I’ve been there.

If you have a pounding headache or nausea and are wondering why you decided to accept those shots of Fireball last night, you may be feeling desperate for a solution.

Could the right Starbucks drink cure those nasty hangover symptoms? I’m here to cover the 11 best Starbucks drinks to cure your hangover.

As hard as it is to resist the siren call of that morning-after coffee, it's better to focus on consuming hydrating beverages to feel better.

Here are the best drinks at Starbucks to cure dehydration:

1. Water

Starbucks Iced Water

Water is hands down the best option for hangovers—the OG refreshing beverage: good, ol' H2O. Alcohol is a diuretic, which is the enemy of hydration.

While you probably aren’t going to make the trip to Starbucks for a cup of water (I know I don't!), I suggest ordering one alongside whatever other drink you decide on in the morning.

In most cases, your barista will offer you a venti iced water for free.

I'm someone who always has a nice coffee or chocolate drink with a side of juice or water - this goes extra when I'm battling a hangover.

2. Refreshers (All Flavors)

Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher

The aptly-named beverage is lightly-caffeinated, typically made with real fruit juice and green coffee extract.

The refreshing drink isn't usually overwhelmingly sweet and offers a natural source of energy that can help you get through the day.

I'm a cocktail girl when I'm out but I absolutely cannot stand overly sweet drinks or snacks while I'm hungover, so Refreshers are absolute lifesavers for me post-night-out.

Currently, Starbucks has 12 different Refresher variations on their menu.

My top choices for the ideal hangover beverage are:

  • Frozen Pineapple Passion Fruit Lemonade Refresher
  • Strawberry Acai Refresher
  • Mango Dragonfruit Refresher

3. Iced Matcha Tea Latte

Starbucks Iced Matcha Tea Latte with Oat Milk and Brown Sugar Syrup

For me, I’d almost purposefully get a nasty hangover if it meant I could have an Iced Matcha Tea Latte in the morning. (Just kidding!)

Matcha on its own is packed full of antioxidants, which could help lessen the effects of alcohol.[1]

Not to mention it’s delicious. Sub out coconut milk instead of the standard 2%, and you are well on your way back to hydration land.

I love adding a little cold foam to mine as well as some vanilla syrup - it's perfect way to bring me back to life!

4. Pink Drink

Starbucks Pink Drink with Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Ah, yes, the Pink Drink. It's pretty, tasty, and super hydrating - it's quite possibly the best Starbucks drink for hangover resolution.

The blend of the Strawberry Acai Refresher and creamy coconut milk is just what the doctor ordered, containing plenty of natural electrolytes and vitamins to help keep you hydrated.[2]

Best of all, a Venti Pink Drink will only set you back 200 calories.

I love adding extra fruit to mine for a little extra sweet treat.

5. Iced Matcha Lemonade

Starbucks Iced Matcha Lemonade with Extra Peach

The Starbucks Iced Matcha Lemonade is packed full of vitamins to help your body recover from hangover symptoms. It’s refreshing, with slightly fruity flavors to create a comforting beverage.

I love ordering this when I've been to a summer party and needs something bubbly and light to recover.

The bubbles and ice also really help settle my stomach and get me ready to face eating a meal again.

Tasty and lifesaving - what more could I ask for?

Tips From A Barista!

Order it without water for a stronger lemonade taste.

6. Iced Golden Ginger Drink

Starbucks Iced Golden Ginger Drink

I've loved golden milk for years now - it's so comforting and pretty! I always make some when I'm not feeling great so of course I adore this new take on a classic.

This play on the classic Golden Milk beverage involves turmeric and ginger, which can help reduce inflammation and alleviate nausea!

Ginger has a calming effect on the digestive system and mind, while coconut milk offers electrolytes to help with hydration.

For as sweet as it tastes, I was surprised that a grande only has 19 grams of sugar. A beautiful drink that is not packed with sugar? Talk about a win-win!

7. Iced Shaken Espresso

Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso

Sometimes, when I have a hangover, I don’t want to go overboard with different flavors.

An iced shaken espresso is chilled and has some milk (coconut milk is even better), with caffeine that will keep you going after a night out. It can even help get rid of headaches![3]

If you're a coffee lover like me, you'll surely enjoy this delicious espresso beverage.

If I'm really not up to caffeine, I get mine decaf so I can still enjoy the sweet taste of coffee without the dehydrating effects.

Tips From A Barista!

I highly suggest getting it on ice. Drinking a straight, hot espresso could dehydrate you quickly, and suddenly you may feel even more hungover!

8. Green Tea (Iced Or Hot)

Starbucks Iced Green Tea

Green tea is basically a magical elixir for getting rid of a hangover!

I've been a green tea lover for a long time and love sipping on some after a night out. Give me a cup of Starbucks' Iced Green Tea with some honey and a salty snack and I'll be your bestie.

Various studies have suggested that hot water and herbal tea can help kickstart your digestive system. 

Some studies even suggest that it can stimulate your circulation to flush out alcohol and have other benefits like helping to protect your liver from damage![4]

9. Honey Citrus Mint Tea (Iced Or Hot)

Starbucks Iced Honey Citrus Mint Tea

The Honey Citrus Mint Tea is a Starbucks concoction that serves as a calming drink ideal for recovery.

The combination of Jade Citrus Mint green tea, Peach Tranquility herbal tea, steamed lemonade, and honey is actually my go-to when I start getting a hint of a cold.

It’s also the perfect solution after a big night out - I might even love it more than a standard Iced Green Tea!

10. Evolution Fresh Orange

Starbucks Evolution Fresh Orange Juice

I can't do loud noises and crowds when I'm hungover. On especially bad days I just want to get some sustenance and get out.

When I'm in a hurry or don't want to wait around for a tea to steep, I grab an Evolution Fresh Orange from the cooler.

Not only does this have plenty of fructose and vitamin C, but it even includes some green tea to help further lower my blood alcohol concentration.

This plus a Bacon, Gouda, and Egg Sandwich are the perfect hangover-beating combo for me.

11. Evolution Fresh Super Fruit Greens

Starbucks Blended Evolution Fresh Super Fruit Greens

The Starbucks Evolution Fresh Green Devotion/Superfruit Greens drink is 100% juice, packed with mango, orange, spinach, spirulina, chlorella, and lots of vitamin C.

This great drink does taste quite a lot like organic celery mixed with fruit, but it'll make you feel better.

This is another excellent grab-and-go option for me when I would rather hide from the world at home but still need a post-party hydration boost.

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Should You Drink Coffee on a Hangover?

When you're feeling sluggish and can't seem to get yourself out of bed, the first thing you may reach for is caffeine. However, caffeine is a diuretic that can make you even more dehydrated.

Let me make this clear. There is no “best coffee for hangover” (sorry nitro cold brew lovers). Seeing as how dehydration is the main cause of a hangover, I definitely don’t want that!

However, we also know that caffeine can give you a shot of energy which you may need to get up and going.

If you are going to drink an espresso or another drink with caffeine, I just recommend pairing it with something with electrolytes. Maybe add in some coconut milk with your coffee (fantastic combo, by the way).

Hot Drinks Vs Cold Drinks For Hangovers

I personally find hot water-based drinks like the Honey Citrus Mint Tea, Green Tea, and Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea to be comforting after a big night out drinking.

Some people enjoy the jolt that cold water gives them, which can also feel nice on the stomach.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is drinking enough water and electrolytes, no matter the temperature. Hydration is good for hangovers.
Starbucks - Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino and Matcha White Chocolate

How To Choose The Best Starbucks Drinks For Hangovers

With so many Starbucks drinks to choose from, it's easy to get overwhelmed with choices even when I'm sober - nevermind when I've got a pulsing headache and sunlight burns my eyes.

My drink choices above were partially informed by my own experience, but also came down to a few other factors:

  • Electrolytes And Vitamins
    Coconut milk-based options will have plenty of electrolytes, and many of those include added antioxidants and vitamins to further help move that alcohol out of your body and promote recovery.
  • Water-Based Drinks
    Adding onto the hydration front, I considered water-based drinks heavily, as water is essential for recovery from a hangover.
  • Stomach-Friendly Ingredients
    I prioritized teas that are a great option for the morning, oftentimes including stomach-friendly ingredients like ginger and honey.

I tried to steer clear of any drink with added sweeteners and artificial flavors, as these can sometimes have a detrimental effect on blood sugar levels and irritate the stomach further.

Starbucks Drinks For Hangover FAQs

What Starbucks drinks are good for nausea?

The best Starbucks drink for nausea is the Iced Golden Ginger Drink. The Iced Green Tea is the runner-up, which is rich in polyphenols and can help with digestion. Just note that it does contain some caffeine.

What Starbucks drinks are good for a headache?

Once again, the Iced Green Tea is a great Starbucks drink for a headache, along with coconut-milk-based drinks like the Iced Matcha Tea Latte (sub out 2% for coconut milk).

What Starbucks drinks are the most hydrating?

The most hydrating Starbucks drinks are the Pink Drink (Strawberry Acai Refresher + coconut milk), Iced Matcha Tea latte and, of course, an iced water. 

Is coffee best for a hangover?

Unfortunately, coffee is not best for a hangover as it is dehydrating. However, if you have a caffeine addiction, you probably aren't giving up your coffee so easily. Just make sure to add in some electrolyte-heavy drinks alongside the cup o' Joe.

How do you cure a hangover fast?

Hydration is the best way to cure a hangover, fast. To achieve proper hydration, you'll need to drink enough water and consume enough electrolytes. Drinking water without electrolytes can actually have the opposite effect, which we don't want!

How long does a hangover last?

Hangovers can last anywhere from around 8 to 24 hours. However, you may not feel 100% until a couple of days later. It all depends on your body and what you've consumed.

What alcoholic drinks give you the biggest hangover?

Dark alcoholic drinks like whiskey, bourbon, and red wine, and sugary drinks like cocktails will give you bigger hangovers. Dark alcohols contain more congeners than lighter alcohols, making hangovers more intense. 

Start Feeling Better Fast With These Drinks!

I know you want to start feeling back to normal after a long night out, and if you’re determined to do so, make sure to try one or more of these hydrating drinks from Starbucks!

They’re packed full of vitamins, are refreshing, and are just a great choice to speed up recovery. Oh, and they’re delicious!

References:

  1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324178
  2. https://medlineplus.gov/fluidandelectrolytebalance.html
  3. https://www.uclahealth.org/news/caffeine-connection-between-coffee-and-headaches
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4538013/

ShayAnne Weeks

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ShayAnne Weeks
Shay is a fun-loving content writer and DJ who enjoys traveling the world whenever, wherever possible. The lifeblood that makes it all attainable has always been a strong cup (or 3) of coffee.

My favorite drink? I'd go with... A Café Cubano con Leche

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