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The 22 Best Dairy Free Starbucks Drinks

Jason Gass
Last Updated: February 5th, 2024

Not everyone wants to have regular milk in their coffee drinks. Maybe you have a dietary restriction or maybe you have chosen a vegan or plant-based diet. Whatever your reason for skipping dairy, Starbucks has a wide range of dairy-free drink options on its menu.

For a long time, the only dairy-free option at Starbucks was to mix your drink with soy milk. However, there are many other dairy alternatives on the market today, and Starbucks offers many of them on its menu.

While you can substitute dairy-free options for any of Starbucks’ menu items, there are some dairy free Starbucks drinks that are more popular than others. Some are even popular with those that love regular milk but want something a little different.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular dairy free Starbucks drinks available. Some use milk alternatives and some just skip the milk altogether. There is a little something for everyone on our list of best dairy free Starbucks drinks.

List of Our Favorite Dairy Free Starbucks Drinks

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Not sure about what to order at Starbucks that is dairy free? Here we’ve listed some of our favorite dairy free Starbucks drinks. Some are made with coffee, some are juice-based, and some are tea based.

Keep in mind that while these are some of our favorites that any drink at Starbucks that includes milk can be made with a dairy alternative.

  1. Espresso (single or double, hot or iced)
  2. Honey Almond Milk Flat White (available hot or iced)
  3. Honey Oat Milk Latte
  4. Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso
  5. Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso
  6. Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Milk Shaken Espresso
  7. Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte
  8. Steamed Apple Juice
  9. Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
  10. Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew
  11. Iced Guava Passion Fruit Drink
  12. Honey Almondmilk Nitro Cold Brew
  13. Dragon Drink (made with coconut milk)
  14. Paradise Drink (made with coconut milk)
  15. Pink Drink (made with coconut milk)
  16. Blended Strawberry Lemonade
  17. Cake Batter Frappuccino
  18. Cotton Candy Frappuccino
  19. Nutella Frappuccino
  20. Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino
  21. Banana Cream Pie Frappuccino
  22. Refreshers (all fruity varieties)

22 Most Popular Dairy Free Starbucks Drinks to Order

Did one of our favorites pique your interest? If so, follow along with us as we give you a bit of information about all of our 22 favorite dairy free Starbucks drinks.

We’ve got something for everyone whether you like coffee or are just looking for something more refreshing for your day.

1. Espresso

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This kind of seems like an obvious choice, but many other coffee sites leave this one off their list. Espresso is the original, dairy-free option at Starbucks. And, it continues to be one of the most popular drinks on the Starbucks menu. It is also the one that is often overlooked.

Enjoy your simple espresso as a single or double (also known as a doppio) shot. Want it iced, that’s not a problem either. You can even opt for Starbucks blonde espresso if you want a lighter-flavored option.

2. Honey Almond Milk Flat White (available hot or iced)

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Image: Starbucks

The flat white is a nice alternative to stronger espresso-based drinks. The honey almond milk flat white is two shots of Starbucks blonde ristretto sweetened with a bit of honey and then mixed with almond milk.

If you like this drink hot, your barista will steam the almond milk. If you like it cold, they’ll mix with cold almond milk and serve over ice.

3. Honey Oat Milk Latte

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Image: Starbucks

The honey oat milk latte is one of the basic Starbucks drinks that is a hidden gem. This simple but delicious drink is made using Starbucks regular espresso, steamed oat milk and sweetened with honey.

It is a perfectly sweet, perfectly creamy alternative to the normal Starbucks latte.

4. Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

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Image: Starbucks

The iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso is a great way to enjoy Starbucks espresso without a ton of add-ons. This simple drink is regular espresso, brown sugar syrup, and an equal amount of oat milk.

These ingredients are shaken and served over ice. For a bit of variety, you can try the Starbucks blonde espresso roast.

5. Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso

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Image: Starbucks

Another of the iced shaken espressos on the Starbucks menu is the iced chocolate almond milk shaken espresso. Like the brown sugar option above, this drink is a one-to-one mix of milk and espresso, with a bit of flavor.

With this drink, you get a shot of espresso, almond milk, and mocha syrup all mixed together and served on ice. The almond milk gives this drink a delicate nutty flavor which is really enjoyable.

6. Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

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Image: Starbucks

The iced toasted vanilla oat milk shaken espresso is similar to our two previous shaken espresso drinks. It uses vanilla syrup and equal parts oat milk and espresso. This drink is served over ice and topped with toasted vanilla sprinkles.

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The sugar cookie almond milk latte is a wintertime favorite. This simple Starbucks drink is regular Starbucks espresso, steamed almond milk, and sugar syrup.

Though it is not filled with a ton of different flavors or ingredients, this is one of the most satisfying ways to start your day.

8. Steamed Apple Juice

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There’s definitely no dairy in this drink! Steamed apple juice is a unique offering that many people don’t realize that they can get at Starbucks. There’s nothing fancy here, your barista just takes some apple juice and heats it with steam.

This warm drink is a nice fall or winter evening treat. If you want to make it more fun, add caramel syrup, caramel sauce, or even cinnamon dolce syrup for a bit more flavor.

9. Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink

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Image: Starbucks

We think that this Starbucks drink will make you feel like you’re at the beach. This delicious dairy-free drink is matcha tea infused with pineapple pure, then mixed with coconut milk, pineapple juice, and cane sugar.

It is a very nice balance of sweet and tart flavors. Matcha tea has a bit of caffeine if you need a boost, but don’t want to drink coffee.

10. Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew

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Image: Starbucks

Cold brew coffee offers you a more mild coffee experience. The slow steeping process and cold water give you a coffee that is mild and free of bitterness.

For a mild flavor, ask your barista to add a bit of honey and cold almond milk. The honey almond milk cold brew is creamy and sweet but not so much that it overpowers the cold brew coffee.

11. Iced Guava Passion Fruit Drink

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Image: Starbucks

This drink is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. It starts with Starbucks’ own blend of guava juice. To the juice pineapple and passion fruit are added, along with a small amount of ginger.

The whole concoction is mixed with coconut milk and served over ice for a refreshing treat. This drink doesn’t have any caffeine, but it is so light and fresh that it really gives you a boost without the need for caffeine.

12. Honey Almond Milk Nitro Cold Brew

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Nitro cold brew is really the drink that everyone is talking about. Nitro cold brew coffee is a really unique experience in that the nitrogen gas makes normal cold brew a bit foamy, a little sweet, and gives it a very soft mouthfeel.

Mix this smooth and creamy coffee with a bit of honey and cold almond milk for a really delicious and smooth coffee experience.

13. Dragon Drink

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Image: Starbucks

If nitro cold brew coffee is the drink everyone is talking about, then dragon fruit is the fruit of the moment. This bright purple fruit is sweet and tart and makes a great addition to just about any coffee-free drink.

Starbucks uses mango and dragon fruit juice mixed with coconut milk for a delicious, caffeine-free drink. The drink is topped with chunks of dragon fruit for a colorful extra treat.

14. Paradise Drink

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The paradise drink is one of the many options on the Starbucks refreshers menu. These fruit-based drinks are a lot like lemonade, but use a range of tropical fruit juices for a unique variety of drinks.

The paradise drink starts with the pineapple passion fruit juice base that is lightly sweetened with cane sugar. The juice is blended with coconut milk to make a nice creamy drink.

15. Pink Drink

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Starbucks’ pink drink is one of the more popular options that stem from the refreshers juice line. This pale pink concoction starts with strawberry acai refresher juice and is mixed with coconut milk and chunks of strawberry.

16. Blended Strawberry Lemonade

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Image: Starbucks

The blended strawberry lemonade has recently become a popular summertime item at Starbucks. It isn’t on the regular menu, and some Starbucks stores won’t know what you are talking about if you order one.

This drink starts with lemonade. Add to the lemonade strawberry puree, frappuccino creme base, and ice. All of this is blended together, resulting in something that is more smoothie than drink.

17. Cake Batter Frappuccino

If you have small kids that want to be like the grown-ups and have a drink at Starbucks, the cake batter frappuccino is a sure winner.

This drink starts as a vanilla bean frappuccino, for a dairy-free option, make sure that you ask for one of the milk alternatives, we like almond milk best.

Add to the vanilla bean frappuccino Starbucks hazelnut syrup. Up the game on this drink, by blending in one of the Starbucks cake pops and you have a birthday cake frappuccino.

18. Cotton Candy Frappuccino

This drink is a whole lot of pink! Despite the vibrant color of this frappuccino, it is really pretty simple.

The base of this drink is a vanilla bean frappuccino (don’t forget to use a dairy alternative like almond or coconut milk when ordering) mixed with raspberry syrup. The result is a wildly bright and refreshing frappuccino.

19. Nutella Frappuccino

Nutella is one of those foods that you either love or not. The Nutella frappuccino on the other hand is a delicious treat that you shouldn’t pass by if you love frappuccinos.

This Starbucks secret menu item is a coffee frappuccino, made dairy free with your choice of non-dairy milk (we recommend almond milk). Add to your coffee frappuccino mocha syrup and hazelnut syrup. Even if you don’t love Nutella, this drink is a chocolatey and nutty delight.

20. Cinnamon Roll Frappuccino

Who doesn’t love a fresh cinnamon roll? We’ve found the perfect frappuccino on the Starbucks secret menu if you love cinnamon rolls. This drink starts with the base ingredients for a vanilla bean frappuccino (make it dairy free with oat or almond milk). White mocha syrup and cinnamon dolce syrup are added prior to blending with ice. Top the drink with cinnamon dolce powder for a bit more cinnamon flavor.

21. Banana Cream Pie Frappuccino

You will find this option on many of the lists of kids favorite drinks at Starbucks. Though it is not just for kids. This drink starts with the base ingredients for a vanilla bean creme frappuccino (we like coconut milk for the dairy free alternative).

Before blending with ice add vanilla and hazelnut syrup and a whole banana. Not only is this a tasty treat but the added whole banana is a great healthy addition that not all Starbucks drinks have.

22. Refreshers

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Image: Starbucks

Refreshers are a great Starbucks drink line that all come completely dairy free. These juice-based drinks give you a refreshing alternative to coffee.

We love these on a hot summer afternoon when we need a lift but don’t want a coffee. Some of the most popular flavors are strawberry acai lemonade, mango dragon fruit, and pineapple passion fruit.

About The Author

Jason Gass

Jason Gass is a Colorado based freelance writer and blogger whose goal is to share a good cup of coffee and great stories around a campfire with close friends. When he’s not working, he spends most of his time traveling, searching for the best breweries, and road-tripping in his teardrop trailer with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.

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