As the seasons change, so do menus for restaurants and cafes pretty much everywhere in the world. At this moment, there are a little over three dozen drinks on the Starbucks menu. Great, right? So much to choose from!
While this might be a Starbucks lover’s happy place, for those who have yet to experience that pinnacle, the prospect of finding and deciding which drink to get, could be a daunting one.
Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here – to round up 12 of the most popular, easy-to-make-your-favorite Starbucks drinks.
A mixture of espresso, steamed milk, and their signature pumpkin sauce, gives the drinker their ultimate spicy fall experience with undertones of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
This is one of the aptest drinks to help us transition into the fall season properly.
Not the best rhyme, but that’s not the point because apple crisp macchiato is made with apple brown sugar syrup, milk (or milk substitute), espresso, and all this is topped off with a delicious spicy caramel drizzle.
It’s one of the tastiest drinks on the menu right now. If that doesn’t usher fall in, we don’t know what will!
This drink is made by steaming 100% (not from concentrate) apple juice to just the right temperature, and you’re left with a beverage as soothing and familiar as sweet childhood memories, to get your day started off just right, or wound down perfectly.
Made with literally two ingredients; steamed milk and vanilla syrup, this underappreciated tasty goody is made by mixing these two until perfect vanilla bliss results.
For those who enjoy the subtle, warm notes of vanilla, this is definitely the drink for you!
Kids love it too! Or we’re all just big kids – nothing wrong with that if it gets us a delectable hot chocolate!
The Starbucks twist on a classic Earl Grey tea means that the flavor profile will surprise you and give your tastebuds the kick they need. Citrusy, with subtle notes of warm vanilla syrup, blended into steamed milk, the London Fog Tea Latte is a must-try!
With the weather cooling down, a Honey Oatmilk Latte works to warm you up; and warm us up it does!
Yeah, well this is hot chocolate for grown-ups. Think of the good old-fashioned stuff with the added smoky, slightly bitter flavor of espresso, and there you have it – a Caffe Mocha!
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, comfort, and zest at the same time, this drink should be indulged in!
Flavored as per your personal preferences dictate, you really can’t go wrong with the simpler things in life – including coffee!
Or maybe it’s perfect for a little liquid breather in between work shifts, or just taking care of things in the home – whatever it is, the lemon verbena, chamomile, rosehips and candied pineapple flavors intermingling is guaranteed to ultra-soothe you stress away. It also tastes great, so that’s a bonus!
Now, that’s not to say you take it all in one go! It’s best not to do that. Sip it slowly, in tiny little sips even, and get some tasty bang for your (Star)bucks!
Yes, a tried and tested favorite. Cappuccinos are all about artistically crafting the perfect cup of espresso in just the right amount of milk, topped with just the right amount of foam. It’s a work of art in and of itself and for those who like coffee but need a little something to cut the deep, strong flavor of espresso, a cappuccino is the best way to go.
Taking its name from the color of the robes Capuchin monks wore, a cappuccino has a history as deep as its flavor!
This coffee makes use of espresso shots (ristretto – which means ‘restricted’ in Italian but in Starbucks lingo it refers to full espresso shots brewed by pushing less water through the grounds resulting in a more concentrated flavor) and steamed whole milk to achieve a not too strong, not to weak coffee that’s set you up for flavor success every time you try it.
Everyone is going to have their own personal favorites. A drink that truly defines who they are and what they like. Starbucks drinks epitomize character in that you can really fine tune the flavors of your drink to fit who you are and what you like. That’s authenticity in a cup.
A total expression of self, and actually really cool when you think about it. You’re able to enjoy what you like, when you like it, and how you like it – all by way of a favorite Starbucks hot drink.
Now, the list is truly endless when it comes to Starbucks drinks and the reason isn’t just because of their fairly extensive menu. It’s also because of the numerous ways in which you can curate and personalize your order.
It means that the combinations and variations are seemingly limitless. Now, here’s the deal: there’s a specific way to order Starbucks hot drinks. It’s not a law or a rule, or anything like that, but it does help expedite the entire process for everyone involved.
Check it out:
Everything is ‘give and take’ in life, and that’s true of ordering something at Starbucks too. Making things easy on your barista truly makes for a smooth, and even more enjoyable drink imbibing experience.
First thing’s first
Specify whether or not you want your drink hot. It tells your barista which cup they should be using. Super important!
Try and use the Starbucks lingo. It’s not pretense or anything. It may sound cool and all that, but it sets Starbucks apart from other specialty coffee serving establishments. It may take a little work or a quick “look-up” on the website (or menu), but you’ll be able to avoid any confusion if you use the correct drink size terminology.
Short = 8 oz
Tall = 12 oz
Grande = 16 oz
Venti = 20 oz (if it’s hot). If it’s a cold drink, it means 24 oz.
Trenta = 31 oz.
Determine what extra sweetness or flavors you want pumped into your beverage and let the barista know how many pumps you’d like in there.
After, the syrup is milk
There are quite a few options for milk and they include heavy cream, half and half, whole, 1%, and nonfat. Additionally, there are non-dairy options such as coconut, almond, oat, and soy milk.
Lastly comes the customizations
This is where your drink becomes an expression of you. Add ingredients, subtract them, substitute them and make it yours. Play with the amounts too, to further refine your drink according to your palate.
So, this is where we’re at:
Ordering your drink goes like this:
Temperature, size, syrup, milk, and customizations. When spoken out loud in the land of Starbucks, it will sound something like this:
“Hot grande Caffe Americano with hazelnut syrup and half and half. Oh, and make that two pumps of hazelnut syrup, please!”
And there you have it! Your Starbucks hot drink order in a few easy steps!
When it comes to hot drinks, the ability to refine your taste buds and expose yourself to the world of coffee can start here. It can also stay here, because the ways in which we can make a drink our own, are so numerous, you’d spend so much time deciding what you like best, before new and exciting coffees and add-ins came out! What do we do with that? We just leave it in the capable, magic-hot-drink-making hands of the trusted Starbucks baristas. They really do know their stuff!
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