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If you’re a Starbucks regular, odds are your local barista knows your favorite drink as soon as you walk in the store. It may even be that it’s simply a cup of black coffee. But it’s hard to deny that the coffee giant offers some pretty popular concoctions that caffeine junkies can’t get enough of. That left us wondering which drinks are the consensus favorites among top reviewers.

To help you prepare for your next trip to the counter or drive-through, StudyFinds sought out expert opinions on the best Starbucks drinks. This list includes the most frequently recommended beverages from across 10 expert reviews. Be sure to let us know if you have a favorite we missed in the comments!

The Consensus Best Starbucks Drinks Across Expert Reviews

1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

For many of us, one of the first markers of autumn is the return of the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. This indulgent beverage is a cocktail of warm flavors like pumpkin, vanilla, and cinnamon, all topped with Starbucks’ signature house-made whipped cream.

You may be thinking that this drink is too overrated to deserve the top spot, but experts disagree. All the rave reviews have to be worth something, and that’s not to mention the serious staying power of the PSL. As Coffee At Three points out, this drink is so popular, everyone knows what you mean by those three little letters. The PSL is a magical concoction of espresso, steamed milk, and a secret-recipe pumpkin spice sauce that creates a warm, inviting flavor explosion in your cup.

Tasting Table acknowledges the playful jabs often aimed at PSL lovers, with terms like “basic” being thrown around. But they argue that these critics haven’t truly experienced the magic. One sip, they say, and those preconceived notions melt away, replaced by an appreciation for the deliciousness of this autumnal drink.

Thrillist joins the chorus, reminding us why the PSL has achieved iconic status. Sure, it might be a little on the sweet side (but hey, you can always customize the syrup level!), but that’s part of its charm. The rich espresso pairs perfectly with the symphony of warm spices – pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove – creating a comforting, flavor-packed beverage that screams fall. So, the next time you hear someone scoff at the PSL, remind them: there’s a reason this drink continues to reign supreme as the unofficial mascot of the season.

2. Brown Sugar Oat milk Shaken Espresso

This drink is a relatively new addition to the Starbucks menu, but it’s made a big impression. Made with creamy oat milk and the warm sweetness of brown sugar syrup, this iced beverage became a near instant classic. As an added bonus, the standard recipe for this drink is 100% vegan. Whether you are lactose intolerant, plant-based, or just love the taste of oat milk, you won’t have to double check that this order was made with the right milk.

Forget the struggle of endlessly stirring your iced coffee – Starbucks’ Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso is here to be your fall savior, according to Taste of Home. This drink is so good, they admit it might become a daily habit, even if your wallet sheds a tear or two with each purchase. But hey, sometimes a little indulgence is worth it!

What’s exactly in it? Tasting Table dives into the magic behind the perfect blend. Baristas combine ground cinnamon, Starbucks’ signature Blonde espresso shots, and just the right amount of brown sugar syrup, then give it all a good shake. The result? A perfectly mixed, ready-to-go iced coffee that eliminates the need for those endless swirls with a green straw. They also highlight the nostalgic element of the brown sugar flavor – it’s a sensory experience designed to evoke warm memories of baking cookies while sipping on your morning coffee.

3. Pink Drink

If coffee isn’t your jam, this pastel beverage is about to become your new best friend. The Pink Drink began as a fan creation but grew enough popularity that it earned an official spot on the Starbucks menu. Made with refreshing coconut milk, strawberries, and a strawberry açaí base, it’s definitely a summer must-try.

Even if you’re a diehard coffee lover, sometimes it’s nice to have something a little different. For those days where you’re looking to switch it up, this Refresher offers a pretty pink alternative. According to Tasting Table, this refreshing concoction is a simple twist on their classic Strawberry Açaí Refresher – just add creamy coconut milk and a handful of fresh strawberries, and voila! The result? A light, fruity beverage that’s bursting with flavor. Think of it as the taste of a pink Starburst in a cup, perfect for quenching your thirst on a scorching day.

Thrillist’s reviewers admit it might not be their daily go-to, but they still appreciate the Pink Drink for its refreshing and sweet departure from their usual coffee routine. The bonus of fresh strawberries adds a fun, textural element that elevates the whole experience.

And it doesn’t just taste great. Food Drink Life says this drink is a feast for the eyes (that pretty pink!) and a thirst-quencher for your taste buds. If you love fruity, sweet pink drinks, this is your summertime soulmate.

4. Caramel Frappuccino

Caramel lovers rejoice! This frozen beverage beautifully blends flavors of coffee and caramel to make a delicious Starbucks classic. Topped with an artful swirl of whipped cream and caramel drizzle, this drink is ready to be photographed for your Instagram story.

If you’re looking for bold coffee flavor and minimal sweetness, run far away from this drink. But if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll likely find the Caramel Frappuccino to be an instant favorite. According to Let’s Eat Cake, this dreamy concoction is a symphony of sweetness – rich caramel flavor takes center stage, with a subtle hint of coffee peeking through the creamy richness. It’s perfect for those who might not be die-hard coffee fans, but still appreciate a little caffeine kick (and a whole lot of sugar!). Just be prepared for a sugar rush!

Coffee At Three breaks down the drink’s pedigree – it’s the love child of two Starbucks classics, the caramel macchiato and the Frappuccino. While some might find it a touch too sweet, many devotees (including yours truly!) find themselves asking for extra caramel drizzle. Hey, to each their own!

Taste of Home reminds us why this Frappuccino remains a bestseller. Is it truly a complete experience if you haven’t raced to the car to savor every last drop of that decadent caramel-drizzled whipped cream before it melts? This isn’t just a drink; it’s a full-on sensory experience and a delicious reminder of why Starbucks continues to reign supreme in the land of blended coffee treats.

5. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

If you love the taste of coffee but don’t mind when it’s paired with a hint of sweetness, this drink is for you. Marrying the bold flavors of cold brew with the creamy sweetness of vanilla sweet cream, you’ll get a strong hit of caffeine that goes down easy. It’s the perfect order for a coffee aficionado that isn’t quite ready to make the leap to black coffee.

If you crave the smooth, bold taste of cold brew but wish it wasn’t quite so in-your-face, Starbucks’ Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is your new best friend, according to Delish. This drink is like a dream team – it packs all the satisfying punch of a classic cold brew, but adds a touch of creamy vanilla sweetness to smooth things out. Think of it as cold brew’s cooler, more approachable cousin.
Taste of Home echoes this sentiment, praising drinks that don’t overwhelm your taste buds. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew might sound fancy, but don’t be fooled – it’s a delightful combination of sweet and simple.

Thrillist points out the mesmerizing effect of watching the vanilla sweet cream slowly spread out across the dark, inky coffee – it’s almost like a mini coffee magic show happening right in your cup! So, if you’re looking for a cold brew experience that’s both delicious and visually stimulating, the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a must-try!

Editor’s Choice: Chai Tea Latte

“Yes, Starbucks is a coffee shop first — but let’s not forget it’s got some decent tea options too. The Starbucks’ Chai Tea Latte is still a favorite of mine when I’m in the mood for something other than coffee that’s sweet and will give me a jolt,” says StudyFinds Editor-in-Chief Steve Fink. “It’s not going to wake me up like a caffe latte might, but it’s definitely a nice midday treat!”

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37 Comments

  1. Linda says:

    My brother got me hooked on white chocolate mocha with raspberry syrup. Only to find out that you have discontinued the raspberry syrup. I guess I was wrong when I thought that raspberry is a very popular flavor. Not just in coffee, but in general. Please bring back the raspberry syrup.

  2. Stacey Wootten says:

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  3. Joanne says:

    I like the ice coffee black and white.

  4. Monica Suarez says:

    For me, more than the one you mentioned, is the GINGERBREAD MOCHA, I wait all year round, and wait ’till autumn drinks are gone, for the winter ones to pop in

  5. El Rancho de’ Rocha says:

    Starbucks is for people who hate coffee, but pretend that they do.

  6. Jos says:

    How much sugar is in each of these? I’m surprised more diabetes cases aren’t tracked to Starbucks sugar-laden drinks posing as coffee.

  7. Anita says:

    At one time,and it seems like a long time ago, I enjoyed many of the drinks mentioned in the article. In this area of the country (San Antonio. TX) Starbucks has only gone downhill. I got tired of requesting extra shots of espresso, paying extra for them, and receiving a drink tasting like flavored water.

  8. Coffee, not dessert says:

    Highlighting health benefits of caffeine without mentioning the ridiculous amounts of sugar they use is not cool. I am a longtime customer but always ask for 1 or 2 pumps vanilla instead of FOUR OR MORE they use in grande lattes and pass on the whip cream and syrup/sugar on top. I don’t want dessert!

  9. Henry says:

    The coffee study this article incorrectly uses involves just naked coffee. Starbucks drinks with all their sugar or harmful sugar substitutes and creamers more than negate any positive cardiovascular effects coffee bean chemicals may confer to the chronic imbiber. Same goes for any other non-Starbucks coffees where one puts in creamer, sugar, sugar substitutes. The only healthy coffee is black coffee with nothing else inside. Let’s not fool ourselves into thinking Starbucks coffee is actually healthy and good for you.
    Now that some harmfully false information is cleared up, I’d feel any Starbucks coffee drink with caramel in is is what I lean towards when ordering. Most of their seasonal/holiday specials are typically better than their regular offerings. Also, in contrast to the drinks they make, their whole bean coffees are of better quality than most other businesses and would be healthy if made without sugar, most sugar substitutes, and creamers…IMHO.

  10. Jennifer Zaremba says:

    Raspberry White Chocolate Mocha is a favorite of mine but there are many others. I switch it up all the time depending on time of day and the season.

  11. Angela says:

    My favorite drink from Starbucks are Chai latte and Pumpkin spice Almond Frappe Almond and anything nutty flavored coffee ☕🌺🌺🌺🌺I still need to try the pink drinks