When it comes to the most popular drinks at Starbucks, those options that are flavored with vanilla are on the top of everyone’s list. Vanilla makes a mild yet flavorful addition to any Starbucks drink.
The options available for vanilla Starbucks drinks are broad. They range from espresso-based, coffee-based, hot, cold, blended, and even the new favorite, nitro. One of the most surprising things about Starbucks vanilla drinks is that many favorites that you don’t think are vanilla actually use vanilla as a base, so the list of vanilla Starbucks drinks gets even longer.
In this article, we’ll give you a list of 21 of our favorite vanilla Starbucks drinks. We’ll give you a bit of information about each drink, so you can try the ones that you think sound the best.
List of Our Favorite Vanilla Starbucks Drinks
In the lists below, we’ve given you our favorite Starbucks drinks that have vanilla in them. We’ve also given a brief description of each so that you know what drinks you want to try at your local Starbucks.
- Blonde Vanilla Latte
- Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino
- Caramel Frappuccino
- Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
- Iced Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte
- Iced Caffè Mocha
- Caramel Macchiato
- Iced Caramel Macchiato
- Iced Chai Tea Latte
- Vanilla Cappuccino
- Vanilla Frappuccino
- Vanilla Iced Coffee
- Vanilla Latte with Coconut Whip Cream
- Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Coffee
- Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew
- Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
- White Chocolate Mocha
- Vanilla Crème
- Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
- Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
- London Fog Tea Latte
21 Most Popular Vanilla Starbucks Drinks to Order
Whether you like your Starbucks drinks made from coffee or not, hot or cold, there is a vanilla-flavored drink to be enjoyed. Vanilla is the most popular flavoring used at Starbucks, so naturally, there are plenty of options.
Starbucks uses a few different ways to flavor its drinks with vanilla. There’s the original, vanilla syrup, which is the most popular. But now Starbucks offers vanilla sweet cream and vanilla bean powder that is used in frappuccinos. If you are looking to try something new at Starbucks, one of these vanilla-flavored options is sure to hit the spot.
1. Blonde Vanilla Latte
The blonde vanilla latte is a lighter spin on one of the most popular drinks you can have at Starbucks. The traditional vanilla latte is a nice blend of milk, espresso, and vanilla syrup.
However, many people don’t love the bitter, strong flavor of regular espresso. Starbucks blonde espresso roast is a lighter, smoother roast that is popular with coffee drinkers that prefer a lighter roast coffee.
2. Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino
Frappuccinos are a great way to enjoy your favorite coffee drink when the weather gets warm. The caffe vanilla frappuccino is a tasty blend of milk, ice, coffee frappuccino roast, and a scoop of sweet vanilla bean powder.
The caffe vanilla frappuccino is a great drink if you’ve never tried a frappuccino but want something mild and tasty.
3. Caramel Frappuccino
Not only can you put this in the best caramel drinks at Starbucks, but it also fits nicely in the vanilla drink category as well. Your caramel frappuccino is simply a vanilla frappuccino with the added joy of caramel.
This tasty drink is one of the most popular on the Starbucks menu. Ingredients include milk, frappuccino syrup, vanilla syrup, and ice. The blended delight is topped with whipped cream and a tasty drizzle of caramel.
4. Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
If you’re not ready to jump into the frappuccino but do enjoy a cold coffee drink in the afternoon or on a warm day, the iced blonde vanilla latte is a great choice.
Like the hot version of this drink, the iced blonde vanilla latte is Starbucks blonde roast espresso, vanilla syrup, and milk, served over ice.
5. Iced Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte
If you don’t enjoy dairy, or just want something a bit lighter than milk, the iced vanilla bean coconut milk latte is a crowd-pleaser. This Starbucks drink is made using vanilla bean powder that is shaken with coconut milk.
The coconut milk is poured into a cup with ice and then topped with two shots of regular espresso. You can also enjoy this iced latte with the lighter blonde espresso roast for a lighter coffee flavor.
6. Iced Caffè Mocha
The caffe mocha is an old-school Starbucks drink. The caffe mocha is vanilla syrup, espresso, milk, and chocolate syrup. It is served over ice and then topped with more chocolate syrup.
This is a favorite of kids because it tastes a lot like chocolate milk or hot chocolate.
7. Caramel Macchiato
Here’s another caramel drink that ends up on our list of favorite vanilla drinks. The caramel macchiato is another classic Starbucks drink, one that you just can’t go wrong with.
Made using Starbucks original espresso roast, steamed milk, vanilla syrup, and a bit of caramel sauce in the bottom of the cup, the caramel macchiato is the perfect blend of sweet vanilla and buttery caramel.
8. Iced Caramel Macchiato
If you love the hot version of this drink, you really should try the iced version. The iced caramel macchiato is a fun drink, especially if you like a bit of extra sweetness on a warm day.
Made like your hot caramel macchiato, the iced version uses milk, espresso, caramel sauce, and vanilla syrup. It’s all poured into a cup over ice for a creamy and delicious treat.
9. Iced Chai Tea Latte
One of the coffee-free options on our list is the iced chai tea latte. This drink is made using Starbucks chai tea blend, vanilla syrup, and milk over ice.
The vanilla is a nice addition to this latte as it gives a bit of sweetness to the spicy chai. If you like your chai spicier, ask for only one pump of vanilla syrup. This will give you a little sweetness, but not so much that it buffers the exotic spices of the chai.
10. Vanilla Cappuccino
The traditional cappuccino is a coffee house staple. At Starbucks, it is made with their traditional espresso roast and both steamed milk and foamed milk.
To make it a vanilla cappuccino, your Starbucks barista simply adds a bit of vanilla syrup to the cup before adding the espresso. This option is a nice change up from the traditional cappuccino.
11. Vanilla Frappuccino
The vanilla frappuccino was one of the first options in frappuccinos when they first hit the Starbucks menu. There’s nothing fancy about this drink, and that might be why it is so popular. You get to enjoy the flavor of coffee and vanilla without all the other stuff.
The vanilla frappuccino is a blended mix of frappuccino syrup, vanilla bean powder, milk, and ice.
12. Vanilla Iced Coffee
Iced coffee is another standard on the Starbucks menu. This drink is simply your favorite Starbucks drip coffee served over ice.
Though basic, it continues to be one of the most popular drinks on the Starbucks menu. To jazz up your iced coffee, add a couple of pumps of vanilla syrup, and you’ve got a sweet, but not too sweet, coffee drink.
13. Vanilla Latte with Coconut Whip Cream
Do you avoid dairy for ethical or dietary reasons, but miss whipped cream? A great solution is to enjoy your vanilla latte with dairy-free milk and top it with coconut whipped cream.
This drink is a delightful blend of coffee, vanilla, and coconut. Even if you don’t skip dairy, coconut whipped cream is a really delicious alternative to regular whipped cream.
14. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Coffee
Starbucks sweet cream is cream that has been mixed with vanilla syrup. It is a thicker, creamier option than milk, and makes your coffee really decadent.
Add this mild but sweet cream to Starbucks cold brew coffee and you have a very smooth and creamy coffee drink that may become a regular option in your Starbucks line-up.
15. Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew
You just can’t get away from drinks on nitro these days. Starbucks was one of the first major coffee chains to offer nitro cold brew coffee. Nitro cold brew is smooth, mild cold brew coffee that is infused with nitrogen for a very creamy mouth feel.
Nitro cold brew coffee tends to be naturally sweet, even without added sweeteners. For this Starbucks favorite, enjoy smooth nitro cold brew mixed with Starbucks vanilla sweet cream for a bit of extra smoothness and a sweet finish.
16. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
If you want to take your sweet cream cold brew to the next level, ask your barista to add some salted caramel syrup to the mix. This is a perfect combination of saltiness, sweetness, and just a bit of buttery goodness, all mixed in with the mild deliciousness of cold brew coffee.
Salted caramel is a seasonal flavor in most Starbucks. When it’s in your local Starbucks store, make sure you give it a shot before it is gone.
17. White Chocolate Mocha
Not everyone loves the taste of regular chocolate. Starbucks white chocolate mocha offers a lighter chocolate flavor that doesn’t overpower the taste of your Starbucks espresso. This drink is made with espresso, steamed milk, and white chocolate sauce.
Ask your barista to add some vanilla syrup to the mix for a completely unique taste that you’ll want to enjoy over and over.
18. Vanilla Crème
The vanilla creme is by far one of the favorite kids’ drinks at Starbucks. However, plenty of adults enjoy this drink. Starbucks creme drinks are one of the caffeine-free options that you can enjoy.
It is also a coffee-free drink. The vanilla creme is steamed milk, vanilla syrup, and whipped cream. That is it. Nothing fancy, but so delicious.
19. Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino
If your kids are begging for something at Starbucks but you don’t want them to have a caffeine buzz from coffee, the vanilla bean creme frappuccino is more a milkshake than a coffee drink.
This Starbucks favorite is ice, milk, creme frappuccino syrup, and vanilla bean powder. These ingredients are blended together and topped with whipped cream. This is the perfect drink for kids or the young at heart.
20. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
If you haven’t gotten into the nitro thing, but still love a great cup of cold brew, the Starbucks salted caramel cream cold brew is much like the nitro version, but without the added nitrogen.
When you order a salted caramel cream cold brew, you’ll get a cup of cold brew coffee, salted caramel syrup, and vanilla sweet cream. This drink is not as sweet or creamy as the nitro version, but it does give you a less overpowering sweetness in your cold brew coffee.
21. London Fog Tea Latte
We end our list with a popular non-coffee drink from Starbucks. The London fog tea latte takes Teavana Earl Gray tea, vanilla syrup, and steamed milk to make a unique tea experience.
This tea is very smooth and is a favorite morning drink for the Starbucks customer that doesn’t like coffee. It is also a nice alternative if you don’t want a cup of coffee, but need a midday pick-me-up.