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What Are The Best Iced Coffee Drinks At Starbucks?

Although iced coffee tends to be seen as a summer treat, the biggest fans enjoy it all year round.

This is why major coffee chains like Starbucks keep an ever-growing menu of cold coffee beverages. There are so many options that it may be hard to choose which you want to try first.

We’re here for you with our list of the best cold coffee drinks at Starbucks. Read on to find out what your next order should be.

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Cold & Iced Coffee Drinks At Starbucks

The iced coffee beverages on the Starbucks menu are just as numerous as the hot drinks you can order, and they’re just as diverse in the options you can add on too. 

Broadly speaking, the cold coffee-based drinks on the menu can be broken down into three categories, based on the type of coffee that they’re made with:

  • Brewed coffee
  • Espresso
  • Cold-brew

From that point, there is a seemingly endless list of syrups, add-ons, mix-ins, and other ways to customize your drink. 

Whether you prefer your iced coffees to be mostly cream and sugar, or you want something dark and unsweetened, there are multiple options to choose from. 

Here is our ranking of the best Starbucks iced coffees.

The 22 Best Starbucks Iced Coffees In 2021

1. Iced Coffee With Milk

Almost as simple as it gets, this menu item is nothing more than double-strength hot-brewed coffee, ice, classic syrup, and the milk of your choice. 

Starbucks brews its classic iced coffees at double strength to compensate for the diluting effects of ice to ensure that you get a full flavor from the first to the last sip.

It’s possible to get this drink made without syrup if you’d prefer it unsweetened, but the default for this menu item is the Starbucks Classic syrup, which is just a simple syrup made of equal parts sugar and water. 

For a Grande size, with the default option of 2% milk, the nutritional values stack up very reasonably:

  • Caffeine: 125 mg
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 23g

It’s almost as simple as it gets, and that is a big part of what makes it one of our favorites.

2. Iced Coffee

An even simpler recipe than the one before it, Starbucks classic iced coffees include freshly brewed double-strength Starbucks coffee, ice, and classic syrup to add a little sweetness. 

If you want your refreshing, cold coffee, drink sweet, but without any milk, this is the way to go.

Of course, you can also opt to get it without the syrup, making it an even more diet-friendly option. 

But it’s already a very reasonable drink for anyone looking to keep their waistline slim, and it’s almost the most simple drink you can get at Starbucks.

 For a Grande size, you’re looking at a very pleasant set of numbers:

  • Caffeine: 165 mg
  • Calories: 80
  • Sugar: 20g

One of the more popular modifications to this Starbucks drink is to add a shot or two of espresso. 

If you add one shot, it’s often called an “iced red eye,” and with two shots of espresso added, it takes the name “iced black eye.”

3. Cold Brew

Starbucks takes its cold-brewed coffee seriously: made daily in-store, and each location steeps the grounds in cool water for 20 hours. 

The result is a strong but smooth flavor that forms the base for several specialty drinks. The classic Starbucks cold brew is well worth trying, even before you experiment with the variations.

If you’re on a diet, it’s also a very friendly drink: bring low in calories and higher in caffeine than some of the other selections on this list. For the grande:

  • Caffeine: 205 mg
  • Calories: 5
  • Sugar: 0g

4. Cold Brew With Milk

If you prefer your cold brew coffee lightened up slightly, Starbucks cold brew with milk is a solid option. 

The menu item contains exactly what it says: cold brew concentrate, some water to dilute it, ice, and the milk of your choice. 

Unlike the classic Starbucks cold coffees, cold brew with milk doesn’t have any sweeteners by default–though you can add them if you like.

As with most Starbucks drinks, the default milk for the cold brew with milk is 2%. The nutrition facts for a grande:

  • Caffeine: 205 mg
  • Calories: 35
  • Sugar: 3g

5. Iced Caffe Latte

One of the more basic of the espresso-based iced drinks at Starbucks, the iced caffe latte is a simple pleasure: espresso, milk, and ice. 

If you like your standard caffe latte, this is an excellent variation, especially in summer when the weather makes hot drinks a little less appealing. 

Due to the higher proportion of milk in the latte than some of the more basic Starbucks iced coffees, the calorie count is a little higher–though for a grande, and with the default 2% milk, it still isn’t half bad. 

The nutritional breakdown of this classic drink is as follows:

  • Caffeine: 150 mg
  • Calories: 130
  • Sugar: 11g

6. Iced Caramel Macchiato

If you’re looking for something sweeter and a little more visually stunning, the iced caramel macchiato is a strong contender among the best Starbucks iced coffees. 

Made with vanilla syrup, milk, shots of espresso and finished with a drizzle of caramel sauce, it’s a cold and sweet vehicle for intense coffee flavor. 

Due to the added syrup and caramel, it is a little higher in calories, but it’s a solid choice for a treat. 

For a grande size:

  • Caffeine: 150 mg
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 34 g

7. Iced Americano

The iced caffe americano is another good option for those looking for a high-caffeine coffee experience without a lot of calories or sugar. 

Just like the hot americano, the iced americano includes shots of espresso and water; the difference is that the iced version gets ice added to it to cool it down.

Americanos typically have a higher caffeine content than a comparably-sized latte because the americano receives an extra espresso shot per each size–so, for a grande, three shots of espresso compared to the usual two. 

It’s definitely a good choice if you want a solid caffeine buzz and espresso flavor.

  • Caffeine: 225mg
  • Calories: 15
  • Sugar: 0g

8. Iced Espresso

For a pure coffee experience, it’s hard to get more genuine than iced espresso. 

Nothing more and nothing less than a shot of espresso–or two–over ice. It’s simple and straightforward. But, unlike some of the other drinks on this list, it doesn’t exactly fit into the usual tall-grande-venti-trenta mold but rather depends on the number of shots. 

Nutrition facts for a double:

  • Caffeine: 150mg
  • Calories: 10
  • Sugar: 0g

9. Iced Caffe Mocha

The iced caffe mocha is one of the more decadent cold coffee drinks you can get at Starbucks, featuring mocha sauce, shots of espresso, whole milk or 2% milk, and ice–topped off with whipped cream. 

You can swap out the milk type for your own preferences, and of course, you can choose not to get whipped cream–but it’s definitely worth the calories.

It may not be the healthiest option for every day, but it’s a balanced drink. The nutrition facts for a grande with 2% milk:

  • Caffeine: 175mg
  • Calories: 350
  • Sugar: 30g

10. Iced White Chocolate Mocha

A sweeter, less intense alternative to the caffe mocha, Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha includes shots of espresso, the coffee giant’s carefully formulated white mocha sauce, milk, and ice–all topped off with sweetened whipped cream. 

It’s one of the favorite choices for add-ins and alterations, with other syrups (especially raspberry syrup) added to round out the flavor.

The calories stack up a little differently for a grande than the classic mocha, but it’s still very similar nutritionally.

  • Caffeine: 150mg
  • Calories: 420
  • Sugar: 48g

11. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

For those looking to take their cold brew coffee to the next level with a little sweetness and warm vanilla flavor, the vanilla sweet cream cold brew–almost as old as the cold-brewed selections at Starbucks themselves–makes a good option. 

Made of the chain’s cold brew concentrate, ice, and a splash of vanilla syrup and house-made vanilla sweet cream, it’s a light, sweet, rounded cold brew drink.

It’s also surprisingly reasonable in the calories and sugar department, considering the sweetness. For a grande:

  • Caffeine: 185mg
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 14g

12. Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew

If you’re looking for a technical touch with your cold-brewed coffee, the vanilla sweet cream nitro cold brew is a good choice for you. 

The drink uses Starbucks’ cold brew concentrate as a base, infused with nitrogen for a sweeter, more velvety experience. The nitrogen also cools the drink without ice. 

Topped with vanilla sweet cream made on location, it’s decadent without being too calorific. In the grande default size:

  • Caffeine: 265mg
  • Calories: 70
  • Sugar: 4g

13. Iced Starbucks Blonde Vanilla Latte

One of the best expressions of Starbucks’ specialty blonde espresso roast, the iced blonde vanilla latte features the smooth, light espresso paired with milk, vanilla syrup, and ice. 

It’s simple and sweet, with a less intense espresso flavor that still gives an espresso buzz. It’s a solid choice for those who want a milder coffee taste in their latte, thanks to the blonde espresso.

For a grande size, with 2% milk, here’s the nutritional breakdown:

  • Caffeine: 170mg
  • Calories: 190
  • Sugar: 28g

14. Nitro Cold Brew

The nitro cold brew is definitely worth trying for a sweet, intense iced coffee experience with a velvety texture and no sugar. 

Starbucks uses its signature concentrate–brewed over 20 hours in cool water–and infuses it with nitrogen to sweeten the coffee without sugar and give it a velvety crema. Nitro cold brew is also naturally cold without ice added to it.

For a grande size, with no add-ins:

  • Caffeine: 280mg
  • Calories: 5
  • Sugar: 0g

15. Iced Chocolate Almond milk & Espresso

A more adventurous Starbucks iced drink, this drink features a Starbucks blonde espresso roast and pairs it with chocolate almond milk and ice for a rich, malt-infused experience that has a pretty reasonable calorie count and packs a caffeine buzz. 

For a grande:

  • Caffeine: 255mg
  • Calories: 110
  • Sugar: 16g

16. Iced Honey Almond Flat White

If you like the combination of honey and almonds, this is a very strong choice. Starbucks combines its blonde espresso with almond milk and honey syrup before adding ice to chill everything down. 

The flat white line of espresso employs ristretto shots for a sweeter, milder flavor. For a grande, as per the default recipe:

  • Caffeine: 150mg
  • Calories: 100
  • Sugar: 17g

17. Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew

If you prefer your honey and almonds with a slightly stronger coffee base, the honey almond milk cold brew is for you. 

Starbucks combines its cold-brewed concentrate with honey syrup and almond milk, and tops the drink off with ice to keep things chilly. It’s lightly sweet and makes a reasonable treat for coffee lovers.

For a grande, per the classic recipe:

  • Caffeine: 205mg
  • Calories: 50
  • Sugar: 10g

18. Honey Almond Milk Nitro Cold Brew

The nitro cold brew from Starbucks represents a major innovation in the coffee world, so it’s no surprise that they work it into multiple drinks and variations.

The honey almond milk nitro cold brew incorporates the honey syrup, almond milk, and concentrate of the base drink, but instead of ice uses nitrogen to enhance the sweetness and develop the cold foam that nitro lovers prefer.

For a grande:

  • Caffeine: 290mg
  • Calories: 50
  • Sugar: 10g

19. Iced Shaken Espresso

If you love coffee and want a more intense experience than an iced latte provides, the Starbucks shaken iced espresso is a classic option. 

Made with the brand’s signature espresso, ice, a splash of milk–whole milk or 2% is the most popular–and classic syrup and then shaken before serving, it’s a coffee-forward drink that hits all the right notes for purists.

For a grande, with 2% milk:

  • Caffeine: 225mg
  • Calories: 100
  • Sugar: 14g

20. Iced Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew

One of the favorite flavor combinations in the world is salt and sweet, and Starbucks’ best contribution to this trend is their iced salted caramel cream cold-brewed coffee.

The signature concentrate gets vanilla syrup, ice, and a topping of sweet cream flavored with salted caramel syrup for a decadent experience.

For a grande serving:

  • Caffeine: 185mg
  • Calories: 220
  • Sugar: 24g

21. Salted Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew

For the salted caramel experience without the ice but the same ice-cold temperature, the salted caramel cream nitro cold brew is the order to choose. 

It uses the same concentrate, caramel syrup-infused sweet cream, and vanilla syrup, but instead of ice, it employs nitrogen to chill and lend a cold foam to the top, edging the drink more towards sweet than savory. 

For a grande:

  • Caffeine: 290
  • Calories: 100
  • Sugar: 10g

22. Iced Flat White

Made with whole milk and ristretto shots, the iced flat white is a subtle iced espresso experience that’s gentler than a standard lattes or iced coffees. 

Topped with ice and unsweetened, it’s a well-rounded, ice-cold, and refreshing iced coffee experience. For a grande, with 2% milk:

  • Caffeine: 130mg
  • Calories: 150
  • Sugar: 11g