Every year, Starbucks finds different ways to make coffee (and non-coffee) drinkers everywhere salivate– their unique recipes are the perfect pick-me-up on any given day.
Vanilla is a popular coffee flavor, and many Starbucks drinks feature this ingredient. So what are the best Starbucks vanilla drinks?
The best Starbucks vanilla drinks in 2023 are the Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino, Blonde Vanilla lattes, and the Caramel Macchiato. Others include the Purple Drink, Affogato Frappuccino, Vanilla Steamer, and Vanilla Rooibos Frappuccino.
This list highlights the best Starbucks vanilla drinks, from secret recipes to well-loved vanilla drinks.
Keep reading to learn more about the delicious caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages you can order at Starbucks!
1. Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino
If you love vanilla flavor, the Vanilla Bean Creme Frappucino is a must-try.
Although it doesn’t contain caffeine, it’s the perfect drink for sunny summer days because it tastes just like a vanilla milkshake– yum!
This tasty Starbucks drink is made from the following ingredients:
- Whole milk
- Vanilla bean powder
- Frappuccino syrup
- Whipped cream
Your Starbucks barista will blend these ingredients together to create a decadent and creamy white drink that’s absolutely mouth-watering.
2. Blonde Vanilla Lattes (Hot & Iced)
The blonde vanilla lattes from Starbucks are subtle and refreshing, whether you drink a hot one on a cool fall day or an iced latte under the scorching summer sun.
Both versions of this Starbucks drink contain caffeine and are year-round favorites with Starbucks customers.
This popular beverage is made from steamed milk, vanilla syrup, and blonde espresso, with the iced version containing extra ice.
3. Caramel Macchiato (Hot & Iced)
The Caramel Macchiato is similar to the Blonde Vanilla Latte in that it can be served either hot or iced.
This makes it a firm favorite on Starbucks’ menu, whatever the season. This deliciously vanilla-sweet beverage is made using the following ingredients:
- Vanilla syrup
- Caramel sauce
If you’ve never combined caramel and vanilla, Starbucks’ Caramel Macchiato is the perfect opportunity to try it.
4. Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato
The Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato is a unique beverage from Starbucks’ secret menu– the menu that isn’t available to the general public via the posted menu.
Combining an Iced Soy Caramel Macchiato with 2 pumps of vanilla syrup and 2 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup allows you to enjoy this scrumptious and comforting secretive drink.
It’s the perfect drink for a snowy winter’s day.
5. The Purple Drink
The Purple Drink is another vanilla Starbucks beverage from the secret menu.
It’s made by combining Passion Iced Tea with berries, soy milk, and vanilla syrup to produce a refreshing, lavender-colored drink that not many people are aware of.
The Purple Drink is another caffeine-free beverage perfect for those who don’t drink caffeine because the Passion Iced Tea is caffeine-free.
6. London Fog Tea Lattes (Hot & Iced)
The London Fog Tea Lattes can be hot or iced, but these beverages are traditionally served hot.
Your Starbucks barista makes this drink by carefully mixing Earl Grey tea, vanilla syrup, and milk and then frothing it to create this unique London Fog Tea Latte.
London Fogs are caffeinated beverages because they contain Earl Grey, a caffeinated black tea.
Regardless, the caffeine content isn’t unreasonably high, and this milky tea seriously soothes the soul.
7. Cookies & Cream Cold Brew
If you’re looking for a creamy, crunchy cold brew, look no further than the Cookies & Cream Cold Brew.
This cold beverage is reminiscent of a vanilla milkshake but has the added decadence of cookie pieces blended in.
This tasty treat consists of these ingredients:
- White mocha
- Cold brew
- Vanilla syrup
- Cookie crumbles
Drinking this popular vanilla beverage is like drinking a cookies & cream blizzard through a straw.
It also makes a lovely beverage for a summer day wandering through town.
8. Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte
The Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte comprises milk, espresso, vanilla bean powder, and coconut milk to deliver a subtly sweet vanilla latte.
You can add various flavors and toppings to this latte, as well (although that isn’t necessarily exclusive to this beverage).
This 170-calorie drink is customizable for the tastiest flavors, from apple brown sugar syrup to sugar-free syrup, or you could enjoy it iced!
9. Chocolate Frosty Frappuccino
For the chocolate lovers out there comes Starbucks’ Chocolate Frosty Frappuccino, a cream-heavy, cocoa-flavored beverage that is rich and perfect as a dessert after a summer barbecue.
If you order this decadent drink, your barista will blend together the following ingredients:
- Mocha syrup
- Vanilla syrup
- Vanilla bean powder
- Whipping cream
- Creme base
- Whipped cream
If you want to try it out, remember– this chocolate, frosty Frappuccino is only available on the secret menu! Shh!
10. Vanilla White Mocha Frappuccino
If you’ve ever had a white mocha drink from Starbucks, you might know that the Vanilla White Mocha Frappuccino has a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness from the vanilla and espresso combo.
This secret beverage is simply a white mocha Frappuccino with pumps of mocha and vanilla syrup.
It’s double-blended to offer a smooth, velvety texture that is simply glorious to drink.
11. The TikTok Iced Chai Latte
The TikTok Iced Chai Latte is another item on Starbucks’ secret menu. It’s a delicious drink containing the following ingredients:
Once prepared, the TikTok Iced Chai Latte is light brown in color and the perfect combination of sweet vanilla and subtle spiciness.
12. Valentine Frappuccino
Thankfully, the Valentine Frappuccino isn’t exclusive to Valentine’s Day, but it references the day of love because of the raspberry syrup used to make it.
Uniquely, the Valentine Frappuccino is a combination of 3 different Frappuccinos:
- Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino
- Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
- Blackberry Frappuccino
These are poured in layers starting with the strawberries and cream and ending with the blackberry.
Although you can order the Valentine Frappuccino any day of the year, it’s still the perfect beverage for the day of love.
It’s also one of the beverages from the secret menu, making it all the more fun to order.
13. Affogato Frappuccino
Affogato is an Italian dessert that consists of cold vanilla ice cream and hot espresso, and the Affogato Frappuccino is this dessert in drinking form.
This vanilla bean-based beverage is mixed with espresso, java chips, and whipped cream to give it a delicious texture.
It’s the ideal drink to cool down and get a caffeine fix in one of the most delicious ways possible.
14. S’mores Frappuccino
The S’mores Frappuccino is exactly what its name implies. It’s essentially s’mores in a cup!
Marshmallows, chocolate and vanilla syrup, espresso, whipped cream, and caramel chips are combined to make this tasty, icy beverage that’s perfect when you’re sitting around the campfire or dreaming of it.
If you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, test out the S’mores Frappuccino the next time you pass through a Starbucks– and prepare to fall in love.
15. Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew
The Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew makes an excellent start to the day due to its high caffeine content.
Your Starbucks barista makes this refreshing vanilla beverage by combining the following ingredients:
- Vanilla syrup
- Sweet cream
- Nitro cold brew
However, you can also add in lemonade if you’re feeling brave.
The beverage is 110 calories but has more caffeine than many other Starbucks vanilla drinks on the menu, so make sure you’re extra tired before ordering this stimulating drink.
16. Vanilla Pumpkin Nut Latte
If you’re a steady Starbucks fan, any drink with the word ‘pumpkin’ in the name will surely excite you.
Combine it with vanilla and toffee nut, and you’ve got another favorite on the books.
The Vanilla Pumpkin Nut Latte is made using vanilla syrup, toffee nut syrup, espresso, milk, foam, pumpkin sauce, and pumpkin spice topping.
It’s a great drink to enjoy to celebrate the fall season.
17. Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Beverage
This blended beverage is made using espresso, whipped cream, Frappuccino roast, vanilla bean powder, yea, and whole milk to bring you a subtly sweet blended vanilla beverage.
It’s blended, which will give you this yummy, caffeinated treat.
18. Vanilla Steamer
No list of the best Starbucks vanilla drinks would be complete without the classic hot Starbucks drink, the Vanilla Steamer.
This old favorite is made using vanilla syrup, whipped cream, steamed milk, and sweeteners.
White from top to bottom, the Vanilla Steamer is a creamy, vanilla-y beverage that will warm you up on a cold winter night.
19. Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Shaken Espresso
Using toasted vanilla syrup, oat milk, blonde espresso shots, and ice, this refreshing shaken espresso is a cold drink that is a little creamy and earthy (thanks to the toasted vanilla, yum-yum) and 100% tasty.
20. Vanilla Rooibos Frappuccino
This Vanilla Rooibos Frappuccino is on the secret Starbucks menu, and although it doesn’t contain any actual rooibos tea, the combination of flavors creates something similarly delicious.
Using a vanilla Frappuccino as the base, add caramel syrup, freeze-dried berries, caramel syrup, and whipped cream to try this secret Starbucks vanilla drink.
21. Vanilla Green Tea Latte
This matcha latte is perfect when you add a few pumps of vanilla syrup (you can request the sugar-free syrup for a little less sweetener, too).
This is a cold drink that contains 90 calories and 30 milligrams of caffeine.
Note that there is no tea in this latte– just matcha– and you can substitute the milk for almond milk for a slightly healthier option.
22. Chunky Monkey Frappuccino
If you’re looking for dessert in a cup, take a swig of this– the chunky monkey Frappuccino.
It combines tons of delicious syrups (mocha, hazelnut, and toffee, to be exact), vanilla bean powder, a banana, and caramel and mocha sauces to give you this sweet, thick treat.
23. Polyjuice Potion Frappuccino
Harry Potter, anyone?
The Polyjuice Potion Frappuccino won’t turn you into anyone different, aside from helping you go from sad (coffee-less) to happy with this delicious drink.
Strawberry cream Frappuccino is the base of this secret beverage, with white mocha sauce, matcha powder, espresso, and vanilla syrup mixed in.
24. Berry Vanilla Smoothie
If you’re looking for a smoothie to start your morning, the Berry Vanilla Smoothie is both a healthy and delicious option.
Coconut milk, cream base, freeze-dried berries, vanilla bean powder, and a banana, all blended together with ice, will give you a tasty, non-caffeinated, and healthy treat for breakfast. Yum!
25. Skittles Frappuccino
The Skittles Frappuccino is another secret-menu drink, and it includes strawberries and cream Frappuccino using vanilla syrup instead of classic and raspberry syrup.
It doesn’t taste exactly like the rainbow you can purchase in a bag, but the Skittles Frappuccino is the closest candy-like beverage on the Starbucks menu.
26. Dirty Chai Latte
I promise you this chai latte isn’t actually dirty. In fact, it’s, in my opinion, one of the best chai lattes on the menu.
Using chai latte concentrate, milk, hot water, and espresso, you can get a sweet and spicy latte that you’ll definitely fall in love with.
27. Blackberry Cobbler Frappuccino
Shh– another secret: Starbucks’ Blackberry Cobbler Frappuccino, which uses a vanilla bean Frappuccino as the base and simply adds a few pumps of white mocha syrup and blackberries.
Order this delicious, berry-heavy beverage for a sweet kick!
28. Coconut Candy Frappuccino
Using the Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino as the base (a common practice on the vanilla-based Starbucks secret menu), all the Coconut Candy Frappuccino needs is a few extra pumps of raspberry syrup to produce this unique and refreshing beverage.
The Coconut Candy Frappuccino is another beverage off the secret menu.
29. Biscotti Frappuccino
The Biscotti Frappuccino combines a Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino with an entire biscotti cookie to give you this cold, crunchy, and scrumptious beverage.
There’s nothing quite like a cold drink with some crunchy bits to it! This drink is yet another secret one found on the Starbucks secret menu.
30. Cake Batter Frappuccino
Have you ever wanted to drink cake batter? It may sound like a weird question, but just imagine the taste of licking the cake bowl clean– and now putting it into a grande Starbucks cup.
The Cake Batter Frappuccino is a secret drink that uses Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino, hazelnut syrup, and a birthday cake pop (one of their yummy snacks) in a blender to make this fantastic beverage.
FAQs about coffee at Starbucks
If you’re new to coffee or Starbucks drinks, it’s normal to feel a little bit overwhelmed by all the options and different flavors.
The remainder of this article will answer some common and frequently asked questions about everything coffee-related.
What’s the difference between a Frappuccino and a latte?
A Frappuccino is a cold drink blended with ice, while a latte uses espresso and is traditionally served hot.
This article will provide more information on the differences, especially because some Starbucks lattes can be served cold too.
What can you add to your Starbucks drinks?
You can add anything to your Starbucks drinks because they allow you to customize your beverage to make it taste how you want.
Starbucks allows you to add different toppings, sauces, flavors, and syrups to your beverage for the ultimate coffee experience.
You can order off the secret menu by conducting a little research beforehand, as the secret menu isn’t posted in-store or on the Starbucks website.
Memorize the customizations (or maybe write them down if that’s easier), go into the store, and recite them.
For more advice on how to order at Starbucks, check this helpful article out. And for the best secret menu items, have a look at this article!
Do all Starbucks drinks have caffeine?
Not all Starbucks drinks have caffeine, but many of them do, so it’s best to ask a barista or check the menu before ordering, especially if you have sensitivities to caffeine. There are many caffeine-free options to choose from, as well.
For example, many Frappuccinos do not use coffee but can contain caffeine from matcha or chocolate that is added.
Not all Starbucks drinks are on the menu for the full year. Often, the company will introduce special holiday drinks during the different seasons and remove them from the menu after the holiday.
The Pumpkin Spice Latte, for example, makes its return every fall season. You can also make it at home by following this recipe!
What is cold foam?
Cold foam is frothed, nonfat milk that contains sweeteners and extracts. This ingredient is used in many Starbucks drinks, but there are many homemade recipes you can also check out.
For example, this 5-Minute Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam recipe will help you make a vanilla cold foam treat right from home!
What is a caramel macchiato?
A Caramel Macchiato is one of the Starbucks beverages on the above list and is essentially a beverage that uses steamed milk and espresso in its recipe. Caramel is added using syrups and other flavors from the company’s vast collection.
You can also make this drink at home by following this 5-minute recipe if you feel like staying home!
What is a mocha?
A mocha is one of the most popular drinks because it includes chocolate sauce, espresso, steamed milk, and usually whipped cream (at least, that’s my go-to).
For all the chocolate lovers out there, a mocha is the way to go. You can order chocolate and white chocolate mochas for some variety.
You can learn everything about making a mocha at home in this article!
What is the best coffee at Starbucks?
This is a subjective question because there are so many varieties of coffee beans at Starbucks!
However, consider this article if you want to look at the different kinds of coffee beans and figure out which beans are best for which types of coffee.
And if you want to learn about where Starbucks gets its coffee beans from, check out this in-depth article!
In this article, I’ve gone over the many options when ordering a vanilla-flavored drink at Starbucks!
As you can see, the choices are endless, and you can add vanilla syrup to any drink you prefer.
I’ve also gone over some FAQs about coffee from Starbucks. If you want to learn more about Starbucks, have a look below: