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    The Best Hot Drinks Available at Starbucks

    by Scott Deans | Last Updated: September 6, 2021

    Did you know that the Starbucks drink menu is vast? You could order a different flavored drink every day for a month and still not get through the hot drink options. It’s not just coffee that can warm you through on a cold, winter’s morning. Starbucks has a wide selection of teas, milk-based hot drinks, and even hot apple juice.

    If you love sipping on a delicious, steamy drink, inhaling the lovely aromas, and gently thawing out cold fingers on the lovely warm mug then this article is for you.

    We have all the hot Starbucks drink options, what they taste like and what’s included in each recipe. This will allow you to have a browse and discover which option is the perfect choice for your next order. From hot coffee and tea to hot chocolate, steamers, and rich warming apple juice they’re all here for you to enjoy!

    The Best Hot Drinks Available at Starbucks

    Hot Coffee

    All the Starbucks coffee hot drinks can be enjoyed black or as the recipe indicates or you can make it a more individual experience.

    Swap out 2% for non-fat milk, whole milk, half and half, heavy cream, sweet cream, almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk.

    You can top the drinks off with a huge variety of options, from cinnamon dolce sprinkles, cinnamon powder, caramel drizzle, mocha sauce, whipped cream, cold foam, or vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

    Some Starbucks drinks have more of these add-in options so it’s worth having a browse of the menu or speak to your barista to find out more.

    Caffe Americano

    Simple yet delicious, the Caffe Americano is an espresso shot topped up with hot water. The thick crema rests on top, giving that intense coffee flavor. You can always add an extra shot to really up the buzz this drink gives you and this option can be enjoyed black or topped with anything you fancy. Milk, sugar, cinnamon, it’s all welcome in your Americano.

    Blonde Roast

    If you’re more of a light roast coffee fan then this is the cup for you. The blonde roast is mellow and light, bursting with subtle flavors. It’s delicious enjoyed black but also pairs well with any milk you like as well as caramel, hazelnut, or vanilla syrup.

    Caffe Misto

    A 50:50 mix of black coffee topped up with steamed milk, this is a light and mellow coffee drink and only has 110 calories for a grande option. Delicious enjoyed as is, or add any toppings or syrup you enjoy.

    Starbucks Dark Roast Coffee

    If you prefer the richer, single-note flavors of a dark roast coffee then this is a great option for you. It’s rich in chocolate, burnt caramel, and nutty undertones with lingering flavors that make it an intense cup of java.

    Pike Place Roast

    The first-ever Starbucks Coffee shop was Seattle’s Pike Place Market and this is where this coffee derives its name. It was developed in 2008 and is a well-balanced blend of Latin American coffee beans with single-note chocolate notes and nutty undertones. It’s a tasty and satisfying cup of coffee and can be enjoyed as is or, with any additions you like.

    Decaf Pike Place Roast

    The same deal as Pike Place roast this decaf variety is perfect for later on in the day. This option can be used as the base for any hot coffee drink to provide the perfect pick-me-up that won’t keep you awake all night.

    Cappuccino

    This drink is 1-2 shots of espresso topped up with one-third steamed milk and one-third milk foam. It’s bubbly, it’s creamy and it’s absolutely delicious. Often topped with cocoa powder, this drink has the option of a huge variety of add-ins from vanilla bean powder to the classic syrup and everything in between.

    Espresso

    The base for most delicious coffee drinks at Starbucks espresso is coffee brewed at a high temperature under pressure to give a thick, concentrated shot of coffee that’s the consistency of runny honey. The natural coffee fats all gather on the top to give a rich, creamy crema that indicates a well-brewed espresso.

    Espresso Con Panna

    A simple espresso topped with whipped cream, this drink is rich in caramel notes. You can enjoy it as a single or double shot and top it with sauces or sprinkles as you like.

    Flat White

    The flat white uses two ultra-concentrated espresso shots (known as a ristretto) for a deep coffee flavor and this is topped up with steamed milk. The thick texture of the milk balances the intense coffee flavor to give a perfect creamy finish.

    Honey Almondmilk Flat White

    This option swaps out the dairy for almond milk and uses the light, blonde roast as the base. 2-5 pumps (from a short option to a venti) of honey blend sweetener are added to give a perfect sweet-nutty balance of flavors.

    Caffe Latte

    Espresso topped with steamed milk and finished with a roughly 1cm layer of milk foam gives the caffe latte. It’s an extremely popular choice and can be adjusted vastly with syrups, sweeteners, toppings, and milk substitutes to give a drink that’s completely unique to you.

    Cinnamon Dolce Latte

    This option takes the basic latte and sweetens it up with cinnamon dolce syrup. It’s topped with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles. Delicious.

    Starbucks Reserve Latte

    The most unique and high-end coffee, Starbucks Reserve uses premium arabica beans to create a coffee taste sensation. This espresso combines with hot steamed milk to give this unique latte.

    Starbucks Reserve Hazelnut Bianco Latte

    The nutty flavors found in the Starbucks Reserve complement well with hazelnut praline-infused milk to give this sweet, nutty latte.

    Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte

    The Starbucks blonde roast coffee creates a light and flavorful espresso that’s combined with steamed milk and vanilla syrup in this latte. Enjoy with one or two shots of espresso and any milk option you enjoy best.

    Espresso Macchiato

    This drink is like a more intense cappuccino. It’s a shot of espresso topped with a little steamed milk and a dollop of milk foam. Macchiato translates from Italian as ‘stained’ so literally means espresso stained with a little milk.

    Caramel Macchiato

    The caramel macchiato takes the traditional macchiato and flips it on its head. Steamed milk is combined with vanilla-flavored syrup and then ‘marked’ with espresso. Top the drink with caramel drizzle and there you have a delicious caramel macchiato. Whipped cream on top makes this a decadent treat.

    Caffe Mocha

    If you’re a fan of chocolate and you also love coffee then a caffe mocha is the drink for you. Starbucks makes this option by adding mocha sauce to the espresso and topping the drink up with steamed milk. Finally, sweetened whipped cream is layered on top to seal the deal.

    White Chocolate Mocha

    For those with a wicked sweet tooth, a white chocolate mocha will definitely hit the spot. It’s similar to the caffe mocha except white chocolate sauce is used instead of bittersweet mocha sauce. This is combined with espresso and topped with steamed milk and sweetened whipped cream.

    Starbucks Reserve Dark Chocolate Mocha

    The rich and dark, Starbucks reserve espresso is combined with cocoa and ground chocolate to make a dark, intense drink. This is topped with steamed milk to lighten and sweeten the drink.

    Black Teas

    Earl Grey Tea

    Black tea mixed with bergamot, lavender, and lemon essence gives this aromatic and sweet blend of tea. Delicious black or add a splash of milk to create a sweet, creamy drink.

    London Fog Tea Latte

    The floral notes of earl grey tea combine extremely well with vanilla syrup and steamed milk to give this tea-based latte.

    Royal English Breakfast Tea

    A true classic, royal English breakfast tea uses the finest, high-grown, full tea leaves to brew this sweet and flavorful black tea. Perfect enjoyed black, with a wedge of lemon, or add some milk and sugar to sweeten it.

    Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

    Similar to the London Fog, this tea latte combines black tea and steamed milk but it uses the delicious English breakfast blend. It’s sweetened with liquid sugar cane to give a rich, caramel sweetness.

    Chai Teas

    Chai Tea

    An Indian staple, Chai tea is a combination of black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and ginger. It’s warming, it’s bold and it’s perfect for a cold winter’s morning.

    Chai Tea Latte

    A Chai Latte is chai tea combined with steamed milk and some honey, sugar, ginger juice, and other natural flavorings to give a warming, festive-type drink that can be enjoyed year-round.

    Green Teas

    Emperor’s Clouds and Mist

    This smokey sweet green tea takes you right back to the misty mountaintops where it’s cultivated. It’s a healthy, zero-calorie option that’s packed full of antioxidants.

    Matcha Green Tea Latte

    Matcha powder is a combination of dried, ground green tea and a hint of sugar to sweeten it. This is infused in steamed milk to give a delightfully green, warming treat.

    Honey Citrus Mint Tea

    For a sweeter tea experience, this recipe combines Jade Citrus green tea and Peach tranquility herbal tea. This is infused in hot water and then topped up with steamed lemonade. The drink is finished with a honey blend sweetener to fully satisfy you.

    Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea

    This infusion combines green tea, lemon verbena, lemongrass, and spearmint for a light and fresh green tea recipe.

    Herbal Teas

    Mint Majesty

    A blend of dried mint and a hint of lemon verbena combine to give this refreshing, warm herbal tea. Mint aids digestion so is perfect for after a heavy meal.

    Peach Tranquility

    A sweet treat with no added sugar, this tea combines peach, chamomile flowers, candied pineapple, lemon verbena, and rosehip for a floral, tranquil warm tea.

    Hot Chocolate

    Hot Chocolate

    Nothing beats a hot chocolate on a cold frosty morning (or any time of the year really!). Starbucks makes this option by adding mocha sauce to steamed milk alongside vanilla syrup and topping this with whipped cream and mocha drizzle for a decadent treat.

    White Hot Chocolate

    This ultra-sweet treat uses white chocolate mocha sauce combined with steamed milk and is topped with vanilla-sweetened whipped cream. If you’re looking for something to satisfy a sweet tooth then this will easily achieve it and more.

    Steamers

    Cinnamon Dolce Creme

    Not a fan of coffee? These steamers are pretty much a latte without the espresso. This option adds in cinnamon dolce syrup and is topped with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles, just like the Cinnamon Dolce Latte.

    Vanilla Creme

    Steamed milk combines with vanilla syrup to give this delightfully sweet, creamy drink that will awaken your tastebuds. It’s topped with vanilla-sweetened whipped cream for the ultimate vanilla sweet treat.

    Steamed Milk

    It’s just milk, steamed. the thick and foamy texture makes this a really enjoyable taste experience and you don’t have to settle for dairy. Try coconut milk, almond, or soy to really mix it up. Steamed milk is a great base for creating your own hot drink by adding different flavored syrups and toppings.

    Apple Juice

    Steamed Apple Juice

    This fresh, 100% apple juice is packed with flavor. Simply steamed to give it a warm, rich texture. It’s perfect for a cold morning.

    Caramel Apple Spice

    Take the steamed apple juice and add cinnamon syrup to sweeten this. Next, top with whipped cream and caramel drizzle to give this sweet drink. It’s a great option if you’re not keen on tea or coffee or just fancy something sweet.

    Festive/Seasonal Hot Drinks

    Every year Starbucks releases a festive menu of delicious seasonal drinks. It changes year on year but some of the Christmas options include things like; Peppermint Mocha, Toffee Nut Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Truffle Deluxe Hot Chocolate, Creme Brulee Latte, and Eggnog Latte. There’s also the fall favorite Pumpkin Spice latte (PSL) which is available in October and November.

    Starbucks Secret Menu

    The secret menu arose due to customers creating drink combinations that are so delicious we just have to share them. Some options are so widely ordered that they end up on the actual Starbucks menu like the Honey Citrus Mint Tea and the Pink Drink.

    The Starbucks secret menu isn’t a physical menu found at Starbucks so make sure you know what your drink of choice contains so you can tell the barista which ingredients are needed to create your masterpiece.

    Summer Treats

    I’ll give a brief summary of the cooler options at Starbucks, perfect for those warmer summer days or if a hot drink just isn’t what you fancy.

    Cold Coffee

    Featuring cold brew coffee, iced coffee, nitro cold brew and pretty much every hot coffee option served over ice.

    Frappuccino Blended Drinks

    Coffee-based blended iced drinks like the caramel frappuccino and the mocha frappuccino give you that caffeine buzz but with loads of flavor combinations to work with.

    There are also creme frappuccino options that leave out the coffee to create a creamy, iced drink made with milk, cream, flavored syrups, and sauces.

    Iced Tea

    Whether it’s black tea served over ice, tea lattes, or iced tea lemonade mixes you can get pretty much all the hot tea options served over ice plus many more options.

    Other Cold Drink

    Iced coconut milk drinks, lemonade, and Starbucks refreshers (like the Strawberry Acai Refresher) all feature on the cold drink menu. They also have bottled juice, sparkling water, cold milk, and still water available to choose from.

    Final Thoughts

    There are loads of varied and versatile drink options you can order from Starbucks and each one has its own unique flavor profile. If you know of any more delicious hot drink options, maybe your own creation or from the secret menu, then let us know in the comments below as we’d love to give them a try!

    I hope this article has given you some food for thought when you set out to order your next Starbucks treat, so why no try something a little different? Best of luck and I wish you a delightful and delicious Starbucks hot drink experience.

    Can you guess what keeps me up at night? You guessed it! Copious amounts of coffee beans. What? I brew them first.