17 Best Hot Coffee Drinks to Try at Starbucks

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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.

Let’s begin:

  1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Why this one? Well, we’d be remiss if we didn’t pay homage to the season in some sort of way. Thus, fall dictates that pumpkin spice feature somewhere in the diet, at least once.

    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.

  2. Apple Crisp Macchiato

    An apple a day – oh, you know the old adage. More appropriately, an apple crisp macchiato a day makes a very happy Starbucks drinker.

     

    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!

  3. White Chocolate Mocha

    White chocolate might seem unassuming, dare we say a little dull, but let us tell you that nothing could be further from the truth with this delicious drink.

    Made with Starbucks signature espresso, steamed milk, white chocolate sauce, all topped off with sweetened whipped cream, you’re in for the ultimate cool-weather treat.

  4. Steamed Apple Juice

    Like cider, right? No, not at all like cider. Like a whole new flavor experience, actually.

     

    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.

  5. Cinnamon Dolce Crème

    Cinnamon anything right now, is all the rage – like every single year – but cinnamon dolce-flavored syrup combined with steamed milk, sweetened whipped cream, topped off with cinnamon dolce sprinkles seems to be the apex of all the season can offer us, all in a single drink!

  6. Vanilla Crème

    How vanilla! That’s not a bad thing at all. In fact, it’s a great thing – because this vanilla drink is a treat among treats.

     

    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!

  7. Hot Chocolate

    You can’t go wrong with a good old-fashioned hot chocolate. Steamed milk and mocha sauce make up the crux of the beverage, topped then with whipped cream and a mocha drizzle, you’re at the top of the hot chocolate food chain with this Starbucks staple.

     

    Kids love it too! Or we’re all just big kids – nothing wrong with that if it gets us a delectable hot chocolate!

  8. London Fog Tea Latte

    Okay, the name might sound a bit dreary, but it’s pretty accurate in terms of describing weather conditions in its namesake. Hey, fog isn’t always a bad thing. It means hot and yummy drinks are the order of the day. Therefore, fellow foggy tea latte drinkers, this is a drink to try for sure.

     

    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!

  9. Emperor’s Clouds and Mist

    A green tea that resembles the swirling clouds and mists of regions high up where the leaves are cultivated, brought into a humble cup of hot and flavorful goodness, means we get a trip to new and calming flavor heights, all in a sip of tea.

  10. Honey Oatmilk Latte

    Sound soothing? That’s because it is. The warm and filling goodness of a blend of hot oat milk, honey blend syrup, and espresso, finished off with a toasted honey topping, brings with it a hearty cup of everything right with the world while you drink this delectable drink.

     

    With the weather cooling down, a Honey Oatmilk Latte works to warm you up; and warm us up it does!

  11. Caffe Mocha

    You know how we talked about hot chocolate and how delicious and kid-friendly it is?

    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!

  12. Caffe Americano

    Plain and simple; and maybe all the bells and whistles aren’t necessary all the time. Smoky espresso shots topped with hot water and a delicate layer of crema lays the groundwork for a bold morning pick-me-up.

     

    Flavored as per your personal preferences dictate, you really can’t go wrong with the simpler things in life – including coffee!

  13. Peach Tranquility

    Sounds marvelous! A caffeine-free herbal tea to soothe away the stress of the day sounds like a great way to wind down.


     

    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!

  14. Espresso Con Panna

    If you need flavor and zest all in one go, an Espresso Con Panna is going to combine the deep smoky notes of coffee with the slight sweetness of whipped cream and package your coffee tightly into just about a mouthful of delicious beverage.

    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!

  15. Cappuccino

    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!

  16. Flat White

    It might not sound all that interesting (or maybe it does), but what IS interesting is 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.

  17. Starbucks Reserve Hazelnut Bianco Latte

    Okay, we go a little nutty for this one. With it’s smooth and creamy texture the result of hazelnut-praline infused milk and espresso; you just can’t go wrong with something so delectably flavored. Sweet, salty, nutty, warm and smoky, this is a coffee for the books, that’s for sure!

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:

How to Order Hot Coffee Drinks at Starbucks

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!

Second

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.

Next, syrups


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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