Top 6 Cold Coffee Picks from Starbucks Baristas

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Get the expert scoop on delicious cold drinks and ways to personalize them

What’s better on a warm, sunny day than your favorite Starbucks beverage? Starbucks has a variety of cold and iced coffee drinks to best help you cool down – from a bold, Shaken Espresso, an Iced Starbucks® Blonde Caffè Americano to a smooth Starbucks® Cold Brew Coffee, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Here are some cold coffee drinks, including pro customization tips from Starbucks baristas, to serve as a guide for customers to find new ways to enjoy their beverage. Try one of these customization tips in your favorite drink and see which one tops your list.

Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso

Starbucks Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresson on wood table with vase of yellow tulips in background

Starbucks® Blonde espresso meets cocoa and notes of malt, shaken together and topped with almondmilk and ice for an invigorating treat to power you through your day. Starbucks® Blonde espresso is for the customer who wants a smooth beverage with a sweet finish.

Ways to personalize it:

  • Ristretto in place of regular espresso. A ristretto shot is made with the same amount of coffee but less water. This type of shot is sweet and syrupy with more intense coffee flavor.
  • Add a pump of chai
  • Add classic, vanilla or toffee nut syrup
  • Add a drizzle of caramel sauce

Iced White Chocolate Mocha

Starbucks Iced White Chocolate Mocha in glass on a dark green background

Our signature espresso meets white chocolate sauce, milk and ice, and then is finished off with sweetened whipped cream to create this supreme white chocolate delight. Starbucks signature espresso roast is for the customer who wants a bold coffee with a roasty finish.

 Ways to personalize it:

  • Pinch of cinnamon powder or mocha drizzle on top
  • Splash of coconut milk
  • Prefer milk chocolate? Ask for half regular chocolate sauce and half white chocolate sauce.

Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee

Barista in green apron, only his hands visible, pours cream from a pitcher into a Starbucks Cold Brew

Handcrafted in small batches daily, slow-steeped in cool water for 20 hours, without touching heat –  Starbucks® Cold Brew is made from our custom blend of beans grown to steep long and cold for a super-smooth flavor.

Ways to personalize it:

  • Add toffee nut syrup and add your milk of choice (whole, 2% milk or nonfat milk, or non-dairy alternatives such as soy, coconut, almond and oat)
  • Try it with coconutmilk + two pumps of white mocha sauce
  • Add dark caramel syrup and a splash of cream

Iced Starbucks Blonde Caffè Americano

Iced Starbucks Blonde Caffe Americano in a glass on a blue and white background

Espresso shots topped with water produce a light layer of crema, then served over ice. Made with our Starbucks® Blonde espresso, this cup is extra-smooth, subtly sweet and nuanced.

Ways to personalize it:

  • Ask for ristretto shots in place of regular espresso shots
  • Add white chocolate mocha sauce or two pumps of brown sugar syrup
  • Try it with lemonade
  • Ask for a pump of dark caramel sauce and topped with cold foam
  • Enjoy a splash of coconutmilk

Iced Caramel Macchiato

Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato in glass on a black table top

We combine our rich, full-bodied espresso with vanilla-flavored syrup, milk and ice, then top it off with caramel drizzle for an oh-so-sweet finish.

Ways to personalize it:

  • Substitute your milk of choice with coconutmilk
  • Make with whole milk, vanilla syrup and one pump raspberry syrup
  • Make it upside down
  • Add white mocha sauce

Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew

Woman's hand holding up Salted Caramel Cold Brew in front of garden with colorful flowers

Here's a savory-meets-sweet refreshing beverage certain to delight: our signature, super-smooth cold brew, sweetened with a touch of caramel and topped with a salted, rich cold foam.

Ways to personalize it:

  • Substitute caramel syrup for white mocha and toffee nut syrup
  • Add a drizzle of mocha sauce
  • Add a shot of Starbucks® Blonde espresso

Note: Customizations may involve an additional charge. See store menus for details. 

As always, there are several convenient ways to order at Starbucks. The Starbucks app is the best way for customers to locate a store, view store hours, order ahead and pay, as well as determine the most convenient available pick-up option, including in-store and drivethru. Customers can also enjoy their favorites without leaving home through Starbucks® Delivers on Uber Eats (check the Uber Eats app for availability and restrictions).

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