Iced Coffee at Starbucks
Looking for a delicious iced coffee at Starbucks? You’re in luck. Starbucks has several kinds of iced coffee drinks on the menu including regular iced coffee, cold brew coffee or an iced espresso beverage.
Like all-things-Starbucks, each kind of iced coffee comes in a variety of flavors and combinations.
If you’re not sure which Starbucks iced coffee is right for you, here’s a look at each type of iced coffee drink, followed by a list of some of the best iced coffee drinks.
Traditional Iced Coffee: Starbucks iced coffee is hot-brewed drip coffee that’s cooled down and mixed with classic syrup and ice. The syrup is added when the drink is ordered, so it can be left out if you want.
Additionally, customers can milk to iced coffee. If you want it to be a dairy-free Starbucks drink, just ask for a plant-based milk like almond, oat or soy.
Cold Brew Coffee: Starbucks cold brew is coffee that’s slow-steeped in cool water for 20 hours. It has more caffeine than regular iced coffee due to the lengthy brewing process. In fact, it’s one of Starbucks most caffeinated drinks.
Since cold brew coffee never comes in contact with hot water, it’s also less acidic compared to traditional iced coffee.
Starbucks cold brew is super popular and there are two basic types: cold brew served with ice and nitro cold brew.
Nitro Cold Brew is simply cold brew infused with nitrogen bubbles. The nitrogen makes the cold brew smoother, sweeter and really cold. And it’s the reason why it isn’t served with ice. And since there’s no ice, that means more coffee in the cup compared to a regular iced cold brew, and more caffeine.
Iced Espresso Beverages: The third way to enjoy an iced coffee drink at Starbucks is to get one of their many handcrafted iced espresso beverages.
Made by mixing freshly pulled shots of espresso, ice, and cold milk or water, along with syrups and sauces, the flavor combinations are limitless.
Of course you can get a plain iced espresso like an Iced Caffè Americano. Out of all the espresso drinks, this one is most similar to a regular iced coffee or cold brew.
But there are many more options including iced flat whites, iced lattes, iced macchiatos, iced mochas and iced shaken espressos.
For example, the Iced Caramel Macchiato is one of the most popular ways to enjoy an iced coffee type of drink at Starbucks.
One thing to note for iced espresso drinks, you won’t necessarily get more caffeine by going up a cup size. But don’t worry, you can always boost the caffeine by increasing the number of Starbucks espresso shots.
Additionally, iced espresso beverages are the only way to get a decaf iced coffee at Starbucks.
Top 10 Iced Coffees at Starbucks
Now that you know all the ways to order iced coffee at Starbucks, let’s take a look at the best iced coffees and drink combinations on the menu.
Here’s a list of the Top 10 Starbucks iced coffee drinks that customers order again-and-again.
Nutrition information is for a grande size drink.
1. Iced Coffee
Craving a traditional iced coffee? The best Starbucks iced coffee drink to order is Starbucks Iced Coffee. This is also a good cold coffee to get if you want a little less caffeine compared to other Starbucks iced coffees. Plus, it costs a little less than cold brew and iced espresso drinks.
To make an iced coffee, freshly brewed coffee is chilled, sweetened with Classic syrup and served over ice. Feel free to switch the flavor of syrup or leave it out altogether. Additionally, you can add in a splash of milk, dairy or dairy-free.
Ingredients: Ice, Brewed Coffee, Classic Syrup
Nutrition: Calories: 80 Caffeine: 265mg Sugars: 20g
2. Cold Brew
Starbucks popular cold brew coffee beverages are a delicious way to enjoy iced coffee at Starbucks. And you can get it served over ice or as a nitro cold brew.
Slow-steeped for twenty hours at room temperature, Starbucks cold brew coffee drinks are smooth and more caffeinated than traditional iced coffee.
Ingredients: Ice, Brewed Coffee
Nutrition: Calories: 5 Caffeine: 205mg Sugars: 0g
3. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
One of Starbucks most popular iced coffee drinks is Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew.
For this favorite Starbucks iced coffee drink, vanilla sweet cream cascades through the drink. Or, order it with a lightly whipped vanilla sweet cream cold foam that floats on top of the ice-cold, vanilla-flavored cold brew. Each sip is a delightful mix of vanilla cream and vanilla cold brew.
A seasonal variety of this cold brew beverage is also available topped with pumpkin cream every fall.
Ingredients: Ice, Brewed Coffee, Vanilla Sweet Cream, Vanilla Syrup
Nutrition: Calories: 110 Caffeine: 185mg Sugars: 14g
4. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
A twist on Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, Starbucks customers are also huge fans of the Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew.
This iced coffee drink begins with caramel-flavored cold brew that’s topped with rich, salted vanilla sweet cream.
Ingredients: Ice, Brewed Coffee, Salted Vanilla Sweet Cream, Caramel Syrup
Nutrition: Calories: 230 Caffeine: 185mg Sugars: 23g
5. Iced Caramel Macchiato
This all-time favorite Starbucks caramel drink is a sweet and flavorful way to enjoy an iced coffee beverage. To make an Iced Caramel Macchiato, the barista pours Starbucks espresso shots over vanilla, milk and ice. Then, this iced espresso is topped with rich, creamy caramel sauce.
Ingredients: Ice, Brewed Espresso, Milk, Vanilla Syrup, Caramel Sauce
Nutrition: Calories: 250 Caffeine: 150mg Sugars: 34g
6. Iced Vanilla Latte
Want an iced espresso drink with a touch of vanilla sweetness? An iced vanilla latte is a straightforward mixture of Starbucks vanilla syrup, blonde espresso and creamy milk served over ice. This coffee-house classic certainly is a longtime favorite of many Starbucks customers.
Ingredients: Ice, Brewed Espresso, Milk, Vanilla Syrup
Nutrition: Calories: 190 Caffeine: 170mg Sugars: 28g
7. Iced Caffè Mocha
Starbucks iced mocha drinks are the perfect choice for an iced coffee that’s rich, sweet and a little bit decadent. Topped with Starbucks sweetened whipped cream, the Iced Caffè Mocha brings together creamy chocolate sauce and dark espresso. For white chocolate instead, order an Iced White Chocolate Mocha.
Ingredients: Ice, Brewed Espresso, Milk, Mocha Sauce, Whipped Cream
Nutrition: Calories: 350 Caffeine: 175mg Sugars: 30g
8. Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte
The Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte is a bit of a treat. This espresso-based cold coffee beverage is a flavor-filled combination of espresso, rich cinnamon dolce syrup, milk and ice. It’s finished with a big dollop of whipped cream and cinnamon topping.
Ingredients: Ice, Brewed Espresso, Milk, Cinnamon Dolce Syrup, Whipped Cream, Cinnamon Dolce Topping
Nutrition: Calories: 300 Caffeine: 150mg Sugars: 35g
9. Iced Shaken Espresso
Starbucks new handcrafted iced shaken espresso beverages are one of their best iced coffee drinks to get if you want a flavorful cup of coffee that’s not overly sweet. This is because shaken espressos have one more shot of espresso than other drinks of the same size and half the amount of syrup.
To make an Iced Shaken Espresso the barista shakes together classic syrup, espresso and ice. The drink is topped with cold milk.
One of the most popular variations is the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso made with brown sugar syrup, blonde espresso, ice and oatmilk. Likewise, the Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso is a new customer favorite, as well.
Ingredients: Ice, Brewed Espresso, Milk, Classic Syrup
Nutrition: Calories: 100 Caffeine: 225mg Sugars: 14g
10. Iced Caffè Americano
For an iced coffee beverage packed with a little bit more caffeine than traditional iced coffee or regular cold brew, try an Iced Americano. This iced espresso drink is a simple mix of fresh shots of espresso topped with cold water and a light layer of crema.
It’s also worth noting, Starbucks Iced Americanos get one more shot of espresso compared to other espresso drinks that are the same cup size.
Ingredients: Ice, Water, Brewed Espresso
Nutrition: Calories: 15 Caffeine: 225mg Sugars: 0g
List of Starbucks Iced Coffee Drinks
For a closer look at all the possible iced coffee combinations, here’s a list of every iced coffee on the Starbucks menu. But you can customize any drink any way you want by simply switching the syrup flavor, type of milk or topping.
Just keep in mind, throughout the year, Starbucks adds even more iced coffee drinks to the menu. This includes seasonal and holiday favorites like: Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte, Iced Pistachio Latte, Iced Peppermint Mocha, Iced Caramel Brulée Latte, and more.
Every Starbucks Iced Coffee on the regular menu:
- Iced Coffee
- Cold Brew Coffee (Regular & Nitro)
- Honey Almondmilk Cold Brew (Regular & Nitro)
- Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew (Regular & Nitro)
- Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew (Regular & Nitro)
- Iced Espresso
- Iced Caffè Americano
- Iced Shaken Espresso
- Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
- Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso
- Iced Flat White
- Iced Honey Almondmilk Flat White
- Iced Caffè Latte
- Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte
- Iced Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte
- Iced Caramel Macchiato
- Iced Caffè Mocha
- Iced White Chocolate Mocha
Starbucks Iced Coffee Drinks: Quick Facts
- Starbucks has three types of iced cold coffee drinks: traditional iced coffee, cold brew coffee and iced espresso.
- Regular iced coffee is made by hot-brewing coffee and is the least expensive way to enjoy iced coffee at Starbucks.
- Iced coffee and cold brew are not available decaf. To get decaf iced coffee at Starbucks you need to order an iced decaf espresso drink or a decaf iced pourover.
- Starbucks iced coffee is automatically sweetened with Classic syrup, but you can order it sugar-free.
- An unflavored cup of cold brew is not automatically sweetened.
- Most iced espresso drinks include a flavored syrup or liquid sweetener in the drink recipe.
- Popular toppings for iced coffee beverages include caramel syrup, sweet cream cold foam and even Starbucks whipped cream.