On days when I just can't keep my eyes open, there's only one thing that can keep me out of bed: Starbucks' Cold Brew.

However, selecting the best cold brew drinks from the Starbucks menu can be a challenge.

No need to get the jitters trying them all - I've done it for you! I compiled this guide of the best cold brew drinks at Starbucks.

Maybe you like sipping iced coffee in sub-zero temperature, or you only prefer it in the summers.

Whatever the case, if you are searching for Starbucks cold brew coffees, it can be a challenge if you do not know where to start.  

Here is my list of some of the best Starbucks cold brew coffees: 

1. Cold Brew Coffee 

Starbucks Cold Brew

Cold Brew Coffee Nutritional Breakdown 

(Without Modification)

Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Trenta

(31 fl oz)

Calories

5

5

5

5

Total Fat

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Total Carbs

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Sugar

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Protein

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Caffeine

155 mg

205 mg

310 mg

360 mg

Cold Brew Coffee Standard Ingredients
  • Brewed Coffee
  • Ice

This OG cold brew drink at Starbucks has been serving simple yet satisfying since 2015.

I'm not normally a black coffee fan, but my first sip of Cold Brew back in 2019 surprised me. Now I can't get enough of this chocolatey and smooth flavor with just a hint of citrus.

Cold Brew is proof that sometimes the simplest option is best.

This drink is the lowest caloric option on the Starbucks menu, with only five calories, zero sugar, and 155 mg caffeine.  

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • If you want some extra sweetness without a specific flavor, try the classic syrup or cane sugar syrup.

2. Irish Cream Cold Brew 

Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew
Irish Cream Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Ghirardelli cocoa powder
  • sugar
  • cream
  • Irish Cream syrup

As someone with a big sweet tooth, I absolutely adore the Irish Cream Cold Brew hint of chocolate in my Cold Brew coffee.

When it starts getting chilly out, any of my friends know that my seasonal Irish Cream Cold Brew obsession hits. 

I love how this creamy and almost chocolatey coffee comes with a major hit of caffeine - it's a win-win!

Another bonus of this cold brew is that you can bring it safely to work since it has no alcohol.

However, a typical Irish Cream Cold brew medium serving has around 200 calories, so it might not be the best cold brew option if you are looking to cut back on your caloric intake.  

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • Ask for chocolate sweet cream cold foam on top for a delicious treat.

3. Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew 

Starbucks Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew
Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • honey syrup
  • Almond Milk

I'm someone who's favorite sweetener in tea and coffee is honey, so of course I love the Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew.

It honestly tastes like a breakfast of honey nut cereal and coffee, but in a drink! 

This is the perfect early morning pick-me-up when I'm travelling long-haul - helps make those pre-sunset drives a little bit easier.

The Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew's roasted almond flavor and the honey syrup blends perfectly with the strong coffee - not too sweet and not too bitter.

The honey provides a slightly sweet but pleasant taste and has only 50 calories.  

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • Ask for chocolate sweet cream cold foam on top for a delicious treat.

4. Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew 

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Nutritional Breakdown 

(Without Modification)

Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Trenta

(31 fl oz)

Calories

140

250

310

360

Total Fat

7 g

12 g

15 g

17 g

Total Carbs

18 g

31 g

40 g

48 g

Sugar

17 g

31 g

40 g

48 g

Protein

2 g

3 g

3 g

4 g

Caffeine

145 mg

185 mg

275 mg

315 mg

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • Ice 
  • Brewed Coffee 
  • Pumpkin Cream
  • Vanilla Syrup
  • Pumpkin Spice Topping

Controversial opinion alert - I think that the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew tastes even better than the PSL!

I'm apparently not the only one - this seasonal fall drink is the most popular among the seasonal Starbucks cold brew coffees. 

I love the light pumpkin flavor and fragrant pumpkin spice topping combined with the strong coffee so much. This Starbucks cold brew coffee really is fall feels in a cup for me!

I wish it was available year-round, but you can only get it from late August til around early November. Make sure to make the most of it while you can!

5. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew 

Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Nutritional Breakdown 

(Without Modification)

Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Trenta

(31 fl oz)

Calories

90

110

200

220

Total Fat

5 g

5 g

11 g

11 g

Total Carbs

9 g

14 g

23 g

28 g

Sugar

9 g

14 g

23 g

28 g

Protein

1 g

1 g

2 g

2 g

Caffeine

145 mg

185 mg

275 mg

315 mg

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • Ice
  • Brewed Coffee
  • Vanilla Sweet Cream
  • Vanilla Syrup

Vanilla is the quintessential coffee syrup and it goes just as perfectly with cold brew coffee.

If you want to take your cold brew coffee to the next level with a warm vanilla flavor and a little sweetness, then the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew makes for a great iced coffee option.  

Chock full of warm vanilla and strong coffee flavor, this cold brew Starbucks drink is sweet, light, and rounded.  

I love how it's creamy without going overboard and overpowering the Cold Brew base.

This Starbucks cold brew coffee is also quite reasonable in the sugar and calories department with only 110 calories and 14 mg sugar.  

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • Ask for extra vanilla syrup to really up the vanilla ante.
  • Want to shake things up? Try asking for two pumps of vanilla syrup and two pumps of salted caramel.

6. Nitro Cold Brew 

Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew

Nitro Cold Brew Nutritional Breakdown 

(Without Modification)

Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Calories

5

5

Total Fat

0 g

0 g

Total Carbs

0 g

0 g

Sugar

0 g

0 g

Protein

0 g

0 g

Caffeine

215 mg

280 mg

Nitro Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • Brewed Coffee

Nitro Cold Brew takes your conventional cold brew coffee up a notch. 

This Starbucks cold coffee is infused with nitrogen poured from a tap. Unlike the traditional Starbucks cold brew drink, the nitro cold brew is richer and sweeter.[2]

Nitro Cold Brew creates this lush velvety texture and makes my morning Cold Brew even creamier - no dairy needed!

While the standard Nitro Cold Brew base is delicious on its own, I love getting creative with syrups and toppings. Nitro Cold Brew goes especially well with Starbucks' flavored cold foams.

7. Reserve Nitro Cold Brew 

Starbucks Reserve Nitro Cold Brew

Reserve® Nitro Cold Brew Nutritional Breakdown 

(Without Modification)

Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Calories

5

5

Total Fat

0 g

0 g

Total Carbs

0 g

0 g

Sugar

0 g

0 g

Protein

0 g

0 g

Caffeine

215 mg

280 mg

Reserve® Nitro Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • Reserve® Nitro Cold Brew

Starbucks' Reserve Nitro Cold Brew is creamy and smooth, with hazelnut, vanilla, and caramel notes. 

I admit, I was skeptical before my first sip of Reserve Nitro Cold Brew since I figured it was just overpriced bougie Cold Brew. My first sip had me blown away - those extra flavor notes really make a difference!

It's so rare for me to get Starbucks' Reserve, so I make sure to really savor it. Trust me, it deserves to be savored.

A typical Grande serving of Reserve nitro drink has about five calories, no fat, and a caffeine content of 280 mg.  

8. Salted Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew 

Starbucks Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
Salted Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • nitro cold brew
  • caramel-infused sweet cream
  • concentrate
  • vanilla syrup

Hear me shout it from the rooftops: the Salted Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew is one of the best Starbucks caramel-flavored drinks!

This drink is proof that salted caramel goes so well with basically everything.

I don't even need to add milk! It's infused with nitrogen to chill your cold brew further and add a cold foam to the top, making the drink sweet rather than savory.  

Strong, salty-sweet, creamy - what more could you want?

Despite the name, this cold brew foam drink at Starbucks has a low caloric value (100 calories) but is high in caffeine (290 mg). 

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • Want an even dessert-ier drink? Try topping your Salted Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew with java chips, caramel drizzle, dark chocolate curls, or cookie crumbles.

9. Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew 

Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew

Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew Nutritional Breakdown 

(Without Modification)

Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Calories

70

70

Total Fat

5 g

5 g

Total Carbs

4 g

4 g

Sugar

4 g

4 g

Protein

1 g

1 g

Caffeine

200 mg

265 mg

Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • Brewed Coffee 
  • Vanilla Sweet Cream

The vanilla sweet cream nitro cold brew is another go-to choice when I want a little sweetness to my major morning caffeine hit.

This Starbucks cold brew drink uses the OG Starbucks cold brew concentrate as the base and infuses it with nitrogen to provide a sweeter, more velvety texture. 

The nitrogen also cools your cold brew without ice - perfect for those hot and sleepy afternoons.

Vanilla is often accused of being the overhyped coffee flavor, but I just can't get enough! The classics are classic for a reason, after all.

A grande size of this Starbucks nitro cold brew coffee typically has 70 calories with a caffeine content of around 265 mg.  

10. Salted Caramel White Mocha Cold Brew 

Starbucks Salted Caramel White Mocha Cold Brew
Salted Caramel White Mocha Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • Cold brew
  • White Mocha Syrup
  • Salted Caramel Syrup

Dessert drink lovers like myself know that the Salted Caramel White Mocha Cold brew is the perfect combination of coffee, cold drink, and dessert.  

It has that typical sweet and salty taste associated with the salted caramel flavor combined with the sweet smoothness of white mocha - how could I resist?

And if you are a fan of coffee and salted caramel, this is an ideal Starbucks mocha drink option for you.

The coffee flavor is on the milder side here in favor of the delicious syrups but it satisfies my sweet tooth every time.

11. Honey Almond-Milk Nitro Cold Brew 

Starbucks Honey Almond Milk Nitro Cold Brew
Honey Almond Milk Nitro Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • Nitro Cold Brew
  • Almond-Milk
  • Honey Syrup

I adore the regular coffee version, so of course I love the Honey Almondmilk Nitro Cold Brew!

The honey adds a rich sweetness while the almond milk brings a creamy nuttiness, elevating this already smooth flavor even more!

I love ordering this when I need a major caffeine boost but want a little something milky sweet.

This nitro cold brew is rich, sweet, and indulgent - but has barely any calories.

A typical grande serving of the Honey Almondmilk Nitro Cold Brew has around 290 mg of caffeine, meaning it will definitely give you the kick you need.

Ordering Cold Brew At Starbucks? (Here's How) 

When ordering cold brew drinks at Starbucks, simply ask for the standard iced coffee, then request the barista to add milk, cream, sweetener, and whatever you want to the cup.

Keep in mind that a traditional iced coffee at Starbucks does not have added espresso, so if you want it to have an extra shot of caffeine, go ahead and ask to add a shot of espresso.

Most people ordering for the first time are confused with the various Starbucks cup sizes they offer. 

And you might be perplexed to find that the cup sizes used at Starbucks are entirely different from the ones you are used to.

The cold brew drink sizes Starbucks are: 

  • Tall (12 ounces) 
  • Grande (16 ounces) 
  • Venti (24 ounces) 
  • Trenta (31 ounces) 

Remember that Starbucks drink sizes differ based on whether you are ordering a hot or cold brew.

There is a short size, but it's not available for all nitro cold brew or hot coffee options.

Trenta drink sizes are generally not an option for nitro cold brew or hot coffee options either.[3]

The volumes of extras, like vanilla syrup, will also change depending on the size of your hot or cold drink.

If you order a Tall then you'll get 2-3 pumps of vanilla syrup (or other flavor), but if you order a Venti you'll get 5-6 pumps of vanilla syrup. 

The cold brews should taste the same regardless of size, but the volume of extras will impact the sugar and calorie content.

Frequently Asked Starbucks Cold Brew Questions 

Is Starbucks cold brew stronger than regular coffee? 

Starbucks' Cold Brew is stronger than regular coffee in both flavor and caffeine-level, especially the nitrogen-infused cold brews. Typically, a regular Cold Brew has 205 mg of caffeine while an Iced Coffee has 165 mg.

How much caffeine is in a grande Starbucks cold brew? 

A Grande Starbucks unsweetened cold brew has 205 mg of caffeine. 

How many calories are in cold brew coffee? 

Typically, a cold brew coffee has a caloric content of 5 calories. 

Does Starbucks use unsweetened cold brew? 

Yes, Starbucks will use unsweetened cold brew if you ask for it. Your drink will be served unsweetened, highlighting the flavor cold brewing brings out in your coffee.  

Conclusion

That's just some of the best Starbucks drinks in cold brew! With so many delicious Cold Brew drinks to try, it almost makes sleep deprivation seem worth it. 

Next time you're struggling to choose, try my personal faves the Salted Caramel Nitro and Irish Cream Cold Brew - they'll help make your day a little sweeter.  

References:

1. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2121255/iced
2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2121912/iced

3. https://www.bustle.com/p/starbucks-nitro-cold-brew-doesnt-come-in-a-venti-heres-why-18746757

Starbucks Cold Brew FAQ

Chloe Page

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Chloe Page
A lifelong mocha fan, Chloe is an award-winning writer with over eight years’ experience weaving words. Her journey in the coffee industry is highlighted by extensive research and interviews with coffee experts. In her moments of relaxation, you'll often find her sipping on Bird and Blend tea, thoughtfully scribbling in her notebook.

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