Discover the Ultimate Starbucks Iced Coffee Combinations for a Refreshing and Flavorful Experience
Are you tired of the same old iced coffee routine? Well, get ready to awaken your taste buds because we're about to take you on a flavor-filled journey through the best Starbucks iced coffee combinations. From classic favorites like Cold Brew and Irish Cream Cold Brew to unique creations like Butterbeer Cold Brew and Baby Yoda Cold Brew, this article will expose your palate to a world of refreshing and tantalizing flavors. Get ready to discover your new go-to Starbucks order that will leave you craving for more with every sip. Let's dive into the delicious realm of the best Starbucks iced coffee combinations!
We've already discussed our love for Starbucks' plain iced coffee, so it's no surprise that their classic Cold Brew is also a favorite. This drink is perfect for those who want a simple coffee with an extra kick of caffeine in every sip. Starbucks' Cold Brew is known for its bold and strong flavor, thanks to the infusion process. According to Healthline, a 16-ounce cup of Starbucks Cold Brew contains 205 milligrams of caffeine, making it a high-caffeine choice. But it's not just the caffeine content that sets it apart. Cold Brew also offers a hint of natural sweetness that adds to the overall appeal.
Like iced coffee, Starbucks Cold Brew is completely customizable. You can add cream or milk to make it richer, or a pinch of sugar to enhance the sweetness. You can even do both for a unique twist. No matter how you prefer your Cold Brew, choosing this drink is a great way to start your day.
Nitro Cold Brew
Allison ArnoldStarbucks' Nitro Cold Brew takes luxury to a whole new level. It maximizes everything we love about cold brew, such as its smooth and creamy texture, by infusing it with nitrogen. The result is a unique and almost sweet (yet sugar-free) drink with a layer of crema on top.
Compared to regular Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee, Nitro Cold Brew is lighter in both texture and flavor. The only downside is that it's often sold out due to its popularity.
Irish Cream Cold Brew
Starbucks offers a menu item you won't find anywhere else: Irish Cream Cold Brew. At first, we were unsure about this drink, but after a few sips, we realized it's a fantastic coffee treat. It starts with Starbucks cold brew, which stands out for its lack of acidity typically found in cold coffees. Instead, it has a subtle touch of sweetness that comes from the brewing process rather than added sugar. It also contains plenty of caffeine to give you a quick boost.
The magic of the Irish Cream is what sets this drink apart. It's made with two pumps of Irish Cream syrup, providing the perfect amount of sweetness and lots of richness. The cream is wonderfully thick, ensuring a delightful and indulgent sip. The foam on top adds even more appeal. While it can get messy without a lid, the deliciousness makes it worth it.
Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew
For coffee enthusiasts craving a caffeine kick, nitro cold brew is the go-to choice. However, it can be overwhelming for those unaccustomed to high caffeine levels. Starbucks' Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew is a milder alternative that still offers plenty of energy. It combines the smoothness and creaminess of nitro cold brew with the delightful flavor of vanilla sweet cream.
This drink is undeniably sweet, which may not be to everyone's taste. However, the sweetness is well-balanced by the rich flavor of the cold brew. The creaminess and the nitrogen bubbles create a unique and satisfying beverage that sets it apart from other coffee shops. While there may be other Starbucks coffees and nitro cold brews we prefer, this one is a great option for those new to the world of nitro cold brew.
Cookies and Cream Cold Brew
- Order a Venti Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew with only two pumps of vanilla
- Add four pumps of white mocha
- Ask for two pumps of regular mocha in the cold foam
- Top with mocha cookie crumbles
Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
If you're not a fan of overly sweet drinks but still want something indulgent, the Salted Caramel Cold Brew at Starbucks is the perfect choice. The contrast of sweet and salty flavors creates a fantastic combination that keeps you coming back for more. This drink features vanilla syrup for flavor and a touch of sweetness, while the salted caramel cream cold foam adds richness and depth.
It's important to note that the salted caramel cream foam is salty, so be sure to stir it into the rest of your drink after the first few sips. The different components of this drink come together harmoniously to create a delightful flavor profile that's perfect for a morning or afternoon pick-me-up.
Butterbeer Cold Brew
- Order a Venti Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
- Ask for three pumps each of cinnamon dolce and toffee nut
- Ask for four pumps of caramel
- Top with vanilla sweet cream cold foam, caramel drizzle, and cinnamon dolce topping
Junior Mints Cold Brew
- Order a Venti Cold Brew
- Add three pumps each of white mocha and regular mocha
- Ask for vanilla sweet cream cold foam with a scoop of matcha powder and two pumps of peppermint
- Top with mocha cookie crumble
Baby Yoda Cold Brew
- Order a Venti Cold Brew with four pumps of white mocha
- Ask for sweet cream foam with one scoop of matcha powder
- Pour foam on top.
Honey Bee Cold Brew
- Order a Venti Honey Almondmilk Cold Brew with light ice
- Add two pumps of vanilla
- Top with vanilla sweet cream cold foam, honey drizzle, and toasted honey topping
Strawberry Funnel Cake Cold Brew
- Order a Venti Cold Brew
- Ask for three pumps each of white mocha and funnel cake syrups
- Ask for vanilla sweet cream cold foam with strawberry puree blended in
- Top with strawberry drizzle and funnel cake topping
Plain Iced Coffee
While Starbucks offers unique and exciting combinations, sometimes you just crave a classic drink. That's where their Plain Iced Coffee comes in. It's the perfect choice for those who want a simple and straightforward caffeine fix. While it may not have the same caffeine content as a Nitro Cold Brew, a smaller Plain Iced Coffee from Starbucks is still packed with enough punch to wake you up. It offers a smooth and creamy flavor profile with just the right amount of bitterness.
You can customize your Iced Coffee to your liking by adding milk, creamer, or sugar. Regardless of how you choose to enjoy it, the Plain Iced Coffee is a dependable and easy option when you can't decide what else to order from the menu.
Iced Caffè Americano
Allison ArnoldIf you love the bold flavor of espresso but prefer a cold beverage, the Iced Caffè Americano is the perfect choice. It features shots of espresso poured over ice, creating a refreshing and invigorating drink. Compared to a latte or cappuccino, the Americano has an extra shot of espresso, giving it a stronger kick.
For added sweetness, you can opt for the Iced Shaken Espresso, which includes classic syrup and a touch of milk.
Iced Hazelnut Bianco Latte
If you're looking for something different and intriguing, consider trying the Iced Hazelnut Bianco Latte. This unique drink stands out with its blend of hazelnut and praline-infused milk, creating a nutty and slightly sweet flavor profile that you won't find in many other beverages. The combination of the nuttiness and Starbucks' small-batch Reserve espresso results in a truly special and smooth drink.
The Iced Hazelnut Bianco Latte is an excellent choice for those who want to venture outside of their regular Starbucks order but aren't fond of overly sweet and complicated drinks. For those with a sweet tooth, you'll notice the candied praline notes more prominently. Either way, the hazelnut twist makes this drink a must-try at Starbucks.
Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
For those who prefer a lighter coffee experience, Starbucks offers the Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte. The vanilla roast used provides a more subtle flavor compared to the typical bold and bitter taste of coffee. Instead, it offers a decadent silkiness that takes center stage. Of course, like any Starbucks beverage, you can choose the type of milk you want in your latte, which will affect the overall flavor. Whole milk adds a creamy saltiness, while oat milk provides a great alternative for those looking to cut down on dairy.
It's worth noting that this drink can be quite sweet, so it may not be suitable for everyone. However, you can always request your Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte without added sweetener for a less sugary option. Either way, you'll enjoy the smooth and luscious qualities that make this drink a Starbucks staple.
Iced Pistachio Latte
The Iced Pistachio Latte at Starbucks offers a unique and less sweet flavor compared to other flavored menu options. It's a winner in our book due to its rich taste and nutty notes. This drink combines Starbucks coffee with four pumps of pistachio sauce, providing a distinct and enjoyable flavor profile. While the sauce isn't as sweet as some other syrups, it still adds a touch of sweetness without overpowering the drink.
Additionally, the salted brown butter topping adds a delightful richness that pairs perfectly with the drink's salinity. While you can choose to exclude it, we highly recommend keeping it for a well-rounded and flavorful experience. When combined with a splash of milk, this drink may become one of your new summertime favorites at Starbucks.
Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
A classic vanilla latte is a beloved coffee shop staple. However, Starbucks takes it to another level with the Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso. This drink offers a more complex and elevated flavor compared to a traditional vanilla latte. The toasted vanilla syrup adds a warm and earthy taste that sets it apart. Combined with the creaminess of oat milk and the balanced bitterness of espresso, this drink is a fantastic choice.
It's important to note that the Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso leans more towards being a cozy, comforting drink rather than a refreshing option for hot summer days. However, it can still be enjoyed year-round, providing a delicious and satisfying coffee experience.
Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
Allison ArnoldSurprisingly, out of all the flavored iced coffee drinks, this one was by far my favorite. It combines espresso, oat milk, brown sugar syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder. The brown sugar syrup and oat milk create a warm and toasty flavor that takes this iced drink to a whole new level. Let's just say I hope they keep this one on the menu.
Iced Oatmilk Honey Latte
Allison ArnoldWhile I originally ordered an Iced Honey Almondmilk Flat White, the receipt indicated an Iced Oatmilk Honey Latte. However, it turned out to be a delightful surprise. It features Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast, oat milk, honey blend, and a toasted honey topping. The honey adds a subtle complexity beyond the classic syrup, creating a truly enjoyable flavor.
Iced Dirty Chai
- Order an Iced Chai Latte
- Ask for a shot of espresso (or two!) blended in
Iced White Chocolate Mocha
The White Chocolate Mocha at Starbucks is known and loved by many. It's an iconic drink on the menu that has stood the test of time. However, if you're looking for a similar flavor profile in a cold beverage, the Iced White Chocolate Mocha is the way to go. It offers the same beloved taste in a refreshing format, and we were excited to try it.
While this drink is undeniably sweet and creamy, especially for white chocolate fans, it may not live up to its hot counterpart. The iced version tends to have a slightly icier and less creamy texture. However, this quality can be refreshing on a hot day. Overall, while it may not be our top choice, the Iced White Chocolate Mocha is still a delightful option for those craving a sweet treat.
Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte
Allison ArnoldWith its cinnamon dolce syrup, whipped cream, and cinnamon dolce sprinkles, this latte reminds us of indulging in a snickerdoodle cookie. If you're a fan of cinnamon, you'll absolutely love this drink.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
The Iced Caramel Macchiato was once our go-to drink at Starbucks. However, after multiple tries, we realized that it can be overly sweet for regular consumption. It consists of three pumps of vanilla syrup and a generous drizzle of caramel sauce, resulting in a high level of sweetness. While the milk helps balance it out, especially if you choose whole milk, the sugar rush can become overwhelming towards the bottom.
For those seeking a dessert-like experience, you can even add whipped cream for an extra indulgence. However, if you prefer a drink to kickstart your day, we recommend exploring other options. The Iced Caramel Macchiato is perfect for those with a serious sweet tooth.
Iced Dark Chocolate Mocha
If you're in search of the richest iced drink from Starbucks, then you must try the Iced Dark Chocolate Mocha. Although coffee doesn't take the forefront in this drink, it's perfectly fine because the indulgent dark chocolate notes make up for it. The chocolate flavor is luxurious without being overly sweet. Each sip combines espresso, cocoa, and ground chocolate, resulting in a perfectly balanced bittersweetness.
By default, this drink comes with whole milk, which is our preferred choice. Lighter milks like almond milk don't blend well with the intensity of the other flavors. However, if you prefer dairy-free options, oat milk works great. Regardless of your usual coffee order, if you love chocolate, this Starbucks drink is a must-try.
Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso
In theory, the Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso sounds amazing. However, if you expect it to taste like regular coffee, you'll be disappointed. The issue lies in the milk. Almond milk can be watery and lacks the creaminess you'd want in coffee. On the other hand, the chocolate malt powder adds richness when combined with espresso, creating a flavor reminiscent of adult chocolate milk.
Is this drink the absolute best? Not exactly. We appreciate its less sweet profile compared to other Starbucks options, and the extra chocolate kick is delicious. However, other drinks manage to balance their flavors better. If you're a chocolate lover, this one's for you, but there are other options for those seeking a well-rounded flavor experience.
Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte
When you crave a dessert in liquid form, a Frappuccino might be your go-to choice. While Frappuccinos are the obvious dessert option at Starbucks, the Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte offers a lighter and less overwhelming alternative. Surprisingly, the sugar cookie syrup in this drink actually tastes like a sugar cookie. It's sweet and even has a hint of dough-like flavor. It's perfect for those seeking a dessert-like experience.
However, would we recommend replacing your morning coffee with the Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte? Not really. It's sugary and better enjoyed as a sweet treat rather than a morning pick-me-up. Nevertheless, if you're searching for a syrupy and satisfying beverage, it's a solid choice.
Cookie Butter Iced Latte
- Order an Iced Chai Latte with oat milk and 2 pumps chai
- Add 3 pumps brown sugar syrup
- 1 shot blonde espresso
Iced Flat White
The age-old question remains: What exactly is a flat white? At first glance, it might seem similar to a latte or cappuccino since it involves steamed milk and espresso shots. However, as Perfect Daily Grind explains, there are some differences. Unlike cappuccinos, flat whites have less foam. Additionally, compared to lattes, flat whites have a higher espresso-to-milk ratio. They are a drier, more flavorful option for steamed beverages, making them a popular choice on coffee shop menus nowadays. Although traditional flat whites are usually served hot, Starbucks now offers an Iced Flat White as well.
What we love about Starbucks is that they take this modern classic, add ice, and make it suitable for the warmer months. It's a simple and satisfying choice, especially for those who already enjoy flat whites. While it may not be the most unique option, it's a reliable choice, particularly if it's already your go-to drink.
Iced Honey Almondmilk Flat White
Is the Iced Honey Almondmilk Flat White our top pick from the menu? It's certainly up there. The main drawback lies in the milk choice. It's light and somewhat flavorless, almost like your coffee is mixed with nut-flavored water. However, this doesn't make it a bad drink, especially if you enjoy this type of non-dairy creamer. The touch of honey adds a subtle sweetness that stands out compared to other Starbucks offerings. Additionally, Starbucks only has two varieties of iced flat whites on the menu, so it feels like a special treat.
If you're a fan of both almond milk and espresso, there's a high chance you'll love this drink. However, if you prefer other non-dairy milks, there are even better options available. Try it for yourself and see if it becomes your new favorite Starbucks specialty.
Cinnamon Roll Cold Brew
- Order a Venti Cold Brew with four pumps of white mocha
- Ask for sweet cream with two pumps of cinnamon dolce in the foam
- Top with cinnamon dolce topping
White Chocolate Strawberry Dream
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Blackberry Caramel Macchiato
- Order a Venti Iced Macchiato
- Ask for a scoop of blackberries blended in
- Top with vanilla sweet cream foam blended with blackberries
- Then top with blackberry inclusions and caramel drizzle
Strawberry Cold Brew
- Order a Grande Cold Brew
- Add one pump each of raspberry syrup and white mocha
- Ask for sweet cream foam with strawberry puree blended in
Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
Allison ArnoldSurprisingly, out of all the flavored iced coffee drinks, this one was by far my favorite. Espresso is shaken with oat milk, brown sugar syrup, and topped with cinnamon powder. The brown sugar syrup and oat milk complement each other perfectly to create a warm, toasty—albeit iced—drink. Let's just say I hope this one stays on the menu.
Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew
Allison ArnoldThe Oleato line of olive oil coffee drinks is the newest addition to the Starbucks menu. My favorite was the Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew, which is topped with an olive oil-infused cold foam and slightly sweetened with vanilla syrup.
The only downside is that the Oleato drinks aren't available at stores nationwide. You can check out my review of the full Oleato line here.
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With an array of tantalizing flavors and creative combinations, Starbucks iced coffee delivers a burst of refreshment to satisfy any coffee lover's cravings. Whether you're a fan of the smooth and velvety Cold Brew or prefer the indulgent sweetness of the Butterbeer Cold Brew, Starbucks offers something for every palate. From classic favorites like the Iced Caramel Macchiato to unique creations like the Baby Yoda Cold Brew, there's no shortage of options to explore. So, the next time you're in need of a cool and invigorating pick-me-up, head to Starbucks and indulge in one of their best iced coffee combinations. Your taste buds will thank you.
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