Who doesn’t love the flavor of vanilla in their coffee, right? The creamy, marshmallowy taste of vanilla balances out the bitterness of coffee, leaving anyone wanting another cup.
Because of this, Starbucks has added vanilla to many of its flavored drinks, giving customers a variety of choices. However, this multitude of options makes it difficult to choose the best drink for you.
But don't fret! We have listed below the top 15 Starbucks vanilla drinks perfect for any type of coffee and non-coffee drinker. You’ll surely find your next Starbucks order on our list!
15 Best Vanilla Starbucks Drinks (Sweetness & Energy)
If you fancy a cup of coffee with a hint of vanilla notes, Starbucks vanilla drinks are perfect for you.
But with all the choices available, you might be confused about which one to get. Before you get something at random, check out this list below, so you can find your favorite drink.
1. Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte
First on our list is this blonde espresso-based drink. Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte is the perfect drink for those who want a boost of energy minus the strong and intense flavor of espresso.
Since it uses blonde coffee beans, the flavor of the espresso shot is lighter and more mellow than the darker beans.
Combine this light coffee aroma with the sweet flavor of vanilla bean and the creamy taste of your steamed milk. You'll get the perfect morning cup to help you power through the day.
If you’re counting your calories, this hot vanilla drink contains approximately 250 calories, depending on the steamed milk you choose. If you choose to add whipped cream or vanilla sweet cream it's even more calorific, but it does add to the taste.
The caffeine content in this blonde vanilla latte is about 170mg, which is pretty average for many espresso-based vanilla drinks in Starbucks.
2. Caramel Macchiato
You’re probably wondering if you’re reading this correctly. But yes, Caramel Macchiato indeed has a vanilla bean flavor in it. Surprising, right?
In fact, the Caramel Macchiato has three pumps of vanilla syrup topped with some caramel drizzle.
Like the Blonde Vanilla latte, it also includes two shots of espresso but uses their regular beans instead of blonde. So if you'd like your coffee sweet and creamy, this drink is perfect for you.
The best part? You can order it cold too as an iced caramel macchiato, making it an ideal go-to drink all year long. You can also customize it depending on your dairy preference.
3. Vanilla Bean Strawberry Drink
Do you love strawberries? If so, then this pink and sweet vanilla drink is for you. However, it’s not really on the menu, so you might be confused about what we are talking about.
But you can order this drink easily; all you have to do is ask for a vanilla bean crème Frappuccino with strawberry puree.
This could include blending with it, pouring strawberry puree in the bottom of the cup and on top of the drink, and topping it with sweetened vanilla whipped cream and berry pieces, depending on your store.
This pink drink is the perfect summer coffee beverage, especially if you love berries!
4. Vanilla Matcha Latte
Matcha may not be for everyone, but if it matches your taste, then this vanilla drink will be your next favorite. If you love matcha, you've probably ordered a matcha latte a million times. But have you ever tried adding a little twist to it?
If not, it's about time. So, when you order your favorite matcha latte, ask the barista to add vanilla syrup or vanilla bean powder to your drink. Then get your barista to top it with whipped cream, or a vanilla sweet cream to enhance to flavor.
We won’t give you any more details about how amazing and flavorful this iced vanilla latte is. You just gotta try it right away!
5. Vanilla Chai Tea Latte
If you don’t like the taste of coffee but fancy the flavor of chai tea, this drink should be on your list of next things to try at Starbucks.
The spicy and earthy flavor of chai latte combined with the sweetness of vanilla bean powder makes this cup irresistible to drink. This isn’t on their regular menu, but don’t worry, it’s easy to order. Just ask the barista to add vanilla syrup to your chai latte, and you're all set.
Another tip, if you love dirty chai or chai latte with an espresso shot, try it with a pump or two of vanilla syrup. You’ll be surprised how the flavor of vanilla transforms the cup of dirty chai.
Want to get an iced vanilla latte chai? Just ask your barista for an iced vanilla chai latte and they'll pour it over ice for you. The iced vanilla chai latte not on the regular Starbucks menu, but it's one of the best vanilla drinks on a hot day.
6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
Do you need something stronger than an espresso-based drink? No problem! The Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew is going to be your best friend.
It has smooth cold brew coffee mixed with vanilla powder and a vanilla sweet cream - which works as a great alternative to whipped cream and helps to make it one of the best vanilla drinks on a hot day!
The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Coffee is packed with a whopping 185 mg of caffeine with only 110 calories, this drink will surely give you the caffeine kick you need, minus the bad stuff, if you know what we mean.
You can also customize the vanilla sweet cream cold foam in the drink, making it a healthier choice for those who don’t drink dairy.
The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is smooth and sweet - but it's only for caffeine lovers. It's really strong, so drink it in moderation unless you like very strong coffees.
7. Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew
If you feel like the caffeine in a Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is not enough to keep you energized through the day, try this Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew instead. It has 265 mg of caffeine in one cup. That's almost 50% more than your favorite Starbucks Cold Brew drink.
This Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew beverage is infused with nitrogen extracting more caffeine from the bean while giving it a richer, smoother texture than a regular cold brew.
Plus, the vanilla bean powder and vanilla syrup added to this drink balances the strongness of the cold brew. This means that you won’t have to endure a bitter-tasting cup just to get the caffeine fix you need.
This nitro variation of a Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold brew is perfect for those who want a big caffeine hit and a strong vanilla flavor and it's available all year round.
8. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew
You're probably thinking that this drink is the same as the two previous vanilla sweet cream cold brew drinks we mentioned, but you're mistaken.
The drink is closely related to Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew and has the same vanilla bean powder and vanilla syrup flavor on top of the cold brew coffee. It's also got an added cold foam on top, giving it a richer, creamier taste.
If you like having milk mustache, order this drink and see how the cold foam changes your regular cold brew. You can also try adding cold foam to many of your favorite iced vanilla drinks at Starbucks and see the difference.
DIY At Home - How To Make Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam
9. Iced Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte
If you love the classic Blonde Vanilla Latte but hate to drink during hot weather, this iced blonde vanilla latte is perfect for you. It's basically the same drink, only cold instead of hot.
The iced blonde vanilla latte is made with blonde espresso, milk , vanilla bean powder and vanilla syrup. You can also ask for this iced vanilla latte to be topped with some vanilla sweet cream, or regular whipped cream.
It's one of the best vanilla drinks for a hot day, and the iced blond vanilla latte is a favorite with Starbucks drinkers of all ages.
Since it uses a lighter roast, the iced blonde vanilla latte is perfect even for a mid-day drink or for when you need something refreshing to help you get through a hot summer day. You can also choose the kind of milk you want to add, which can affect the overall flavor of the drink.
10. Iced London Fog Tea Latte
Fancy a tea, mate? Introducing your new favorite Starbucks tea drink: Iced London Fog Tea Latte.
This drink has a citrusy flavor with hints of lavender from the earl grey tea, blended with milk, vanilla bean powder, and vanilla syrup, making tea drinkers fall in love at first sip.
If you enjoy earl grey tea more than coffee, this cup is perfect for you. However, keep in mind that the barista needs to steep your tea before creating the drink, which can take a while. But don't worry, this Starbucks vanilla drink is worth your while.
11. Iced Caramel Macchiato
We won’t go over the details again why Caramel Macchiato is in our list of vanilla drinks, because you’ve read it above. But if you love cold drinks with vanilla flavor, be sure to add this to your list.
This classic drink is fairly similar to an iced vanilla latte, but with a stronger espresso flavor coming through.
There's no fancy flavor or ingredient, just pure love from the flavors of vanilla bean powder, vanilla syrup, coffee, milk, and caramel. Don’t forget to try the hot version as well!
12. Iced Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte
Have you ever tasted summer? You probably haven't, but this cup is the perfect representation of what summer would taste like.
The coconut milk gives you that refreshing taste, while the vanilla bean powder balances out the flavor of the espresso shot. It often has whipped cream on top, but if you're looking to go dairy free you can ask for a vanilla sweet cream foam topping instead.
You won't always see them on the menu, but don't worry, you can order these coconut milk vanilla drinks any time you want. Just let the barista know, and they will whip it up for you.
13. Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
Starbucks said that this vanilla drink tastes like happiness. We couldn’t agree more. This vanilla bean crème Frappuccino is made using Frappuccino roast coffee and vanilla bean powder combined with milk and sugar, which results in a perfect harmony of sweetness, creaminess, and bitterness.
The vanilla bean crème Frappuccino is then topped with some vanilla flavor whipped cream to make it even sweeter, or add vanilla sweet cream cold foam.
The vanilla bean crème Frappuccino might be the easiest of the vanilla drinks on our list to make at home, but the simplicity of the recipe results in a flavorful tasting cup. So, what are you waiting for? Order the vanilla bean crème Frappuccino as soon as you can.
14. London Fog Tea Latte
This Starbucks vanilla drink doesn’t need further introduction. You already know what is in this cup.
But, if you’re just skimming through our list and didn’t see the iced version above, the London Fog Tea Latte is a tea-based drink that uses earl grey tea, vanilla syrup, and steamed milk to create a flavorful cup.
The earl grey tea and vanilla flavors blend amazingly, and this makes a great vanilla alternative to the rich espresso options on our list.
Since this is a hot beverage, it’s perfect for winter or any day you need a pick-me-up drink. It’s a tea lovers’ dream cup!
15. Starbuck Frappuccino Vanilla Chilled Coffee Drink
Last but definitely not least on our list is the Starbucks ready-to-drink Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Chilled Coffee. You’re probably not expecting this to be here, but this vanilla drink surely deserves a spot.
The Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino is on the Starbucks menu, but you can also easily find it in your favorite grocery stores, so you can stock it in your pantry.
This means that you can have a Starbucks vanilla drink in the comfort of your own home. No need to order for delivery; just walk to your fridge, and the Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino ready for you.
This chilled vanilla drink has all the strong vanilla bean flavors you'd expect from Starbucks. It contains vanilla bean powder, vanilla bean syrup, and sweetened milk to make it a real treat. Just be careful because there is a lot of sugar in this little bottle.
Starbucks Vanilla Drink Ordering Tips
If you love vanilla in all of your coffee and non-coffee drinks, here are some tips on how you can add them to your favorite Starbucks beverages:
How To Make A Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino Chilled Coffee Drink? (At Home)
If you feel you’re spending too much money on Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino Chilled Coffee Drink (who doesn’t, right?), you can recreate this drink at home.
Starbucks use vanilla bean powder and vanilla syrup to create their Starbucks vanilla drinks, but you don't have to, and it's possible to make this drink using just a few ingredients..
That way, you don’t need to run to the groceries as soon as you finish your stash or spend a lot of money on your coffee drink. Follow the recipe below:
- 1Brew your coffee like you would normally do using the water and coffee grounds. You can use a French press, AeroPress, Moka pot, or any brewing device you have.
- 2Once you’ve brewed your coffee, mix all the remaining ingredients in a pitcher until the sugar is dissolved.
- 3Pour the mixture in a glass and ice if you want to consume it immediately, or put it in jars and chill in your fridge.
- 4Add whipped cream, extra vanilla syrup, sugar, or anything else you like - and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Starbucks Vanilla Drink Questions
How much is a vanilla iced coffee from Starbucks?
Starbucks Vanilla Iced coffee costs $2.25 for a tall size, $2.65 for a grande size, and $2.95 for a venti.
How many pumps of vanilla are in a vanilla latte?
A tall vanilla latte has 3 pumps of vanilla syrup, 4 pumps for a grande, and 5 pumps for a venti size vanilla latte.
How much caffeine is in Starbucks vanilla iced coffee?
There’s 115 mg of caffeine in every cup of Starbucks vanilla iced coffee.
How many calories does a Starbucks vanilla iced coffee have?
A Starbucks vanilla iced coffee has 120 calories per bottle.
Are you surprised that there are a lot of vanilla drinks at Starbucks? You’re not alone! Plus, more drinks didn’t make it on our list.
If you’re obsessed with vanilla, you can add vanilla syrup to any of your favorite drinks at Starbucks and no one will stop you.
Be creative, and you might even whip up your own Starbucks vanilla drink recipe just by adding vanilla syrup to any drink.