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 vanilla Starbucks 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 and the creamy taste of your milk of choice. You'll get the perfect morning cup to help you power through the day.
If you’re counting your calories, this hot Starbucks vanilla drink contains approximately 250 calories, depending on the milk you choose. Caffeine content is about 170mg, which is pretty average for many espresso-based drinks in Starbucks.
2. Caramel Macchiato
You’re probably wondering if you’re reading this correctly. But yes, Caramel Macchiato indeed has a vanilla flavor in it. Surprising, right?
In fact, this drink 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 get it hot and iced, 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 Starbucks 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 Creme 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 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. We won’t give you any more details about how amazing and flavorful this drink 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 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.
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.
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 sweet cream in the drink, making it a healthier choice for those who don’t drink dairy.
7. Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew
If you feel like the caffeine in a 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 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 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.
8. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew
You're probably thinking that this drink is the same as the two previous drinks we mentioned, but you're mistaken. The drink is closely related to Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, but it's added with a 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 drinks at Starbucks and see the difference.
9. Iced Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte
If you love the classic Blonde Vanilla Latte but hate to drink during hot weather, this Starbucks vanilla drink is for you. It's basically the same drink, only cold instead of hot.
Since it uses a lighter roast, it's 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 gray tea, blended with milk and vanilla syrup, making tea drinkers fall in love at first sip.
If you enjoy 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 will surely become your favorite cup right away. No fancy flavor or ingredient, just pure love from the flavors of vanilla, 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 balances out the flavor of the espresso shot.
You won't always see this on the menu, but don't worry, you can order it any time you want. Just let the barista know, and they will whip it up for you.
13. Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino
Starbucks said that this vanilla drink tastes like happiness. We couldn’t agree more. This drink 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.
It might be the easiest drink to make on this list, but the simplicity of the recipe results in a flavorful tasting cup. So, what are you waiting for? Order this drink 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 gray tea, vanilla syrup, and milk to create a flavorful cup. 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 Vanilla Chilled Coffee. You’re probably not expecting this to be here, but this vanilla drink surely deserves a spot.
You can 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 it's ready for you.
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 using 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.
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.