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Top 10 best Starbucks drinks from a Starbucks Barista!

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at TAMU chapter.

Starbucks can get very boring fast, especially if you have no idea what to order. For most, people get lost in the vast menu and leave with the same drink every time. If you fall under this category, this is your sign to spice it up a little with these unique drinks recommended by your very own Starbucks Baristas. There is something for everyone at Starbucks, all you need is a little creativity to find your perfect drinks. Here are some of the best and unique Starbucks drinks and how to order them. 

Strawberry Acai with Chai

Do you want a chai and a refresher at the same time? Then get it! This drink is the perfect combination of spices and sweet. I personally take out the strawberry pieces but feel free to keep them in if that’s your favorite apart! I will admit, this drink is not for everyone, but if you love chai, this might be your new favorite drink!

How to order: Venti strawberry Acai with no water, no strawberry pieces, and add 5 pumps of chai

White Pumpkin Shaken Espresso 

If you are a Pumpkin Spiced girly but get tired of the plain Pumpkin Spiced Latte, this is the perfect way to spice up your fall drink. This shaken espresso is my personal favorite and is my go-to morning coffee during the fall. This drink is super sweet with a little extra caffeine. However if you like your coffee to taste like coffee, just subtract the pumps by 3! If you’re not a fan of oat milk feel free to swap it out for your milk preference.

How to order: Venti iced shaken espresso with an extra shot, blonde shots, no classic, 4 pumps of white mocha, 8 pumps of pumpkin and oat milk

Carmel Lemonade

Do you like lemonade but want to sweeten it up a little? This drink is definitely unique but one of my favorite summer drinks! The caramel cancels out the tart from the lemonade. 

How to order: Venti lemonade with no water and 4 pumps of caramel

Matcha with Strawberry Foam

Strawberry matcha is a more popular drink but still very unique. The sweetness from the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam and strawberry puree compliments the earthy taste of the matcha. If you don’t like oatmilk, swap it for any milk preference. Feel free to personalize this by adding vanilla or any other syrup into the matcha or the foam! 

How to order: Venti iced matcha with oat milk and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam with strawberry puree in the foam. 

Peach Lemonade 

If you’re looking for a way to sweeten your lemonade in a slightly less adventurous way than carmel, then this is your perfect Starbucks order. This simple but delicious recipe is the perfect poolside companion. 

How to order: Venti lemonade with no water and peach juice

Spiced Fall Matcha

If you are a big matcha fan or are looking to sweeten it up, this is the perfect fall companion for you. This drink can be ordered hot or cold, depending on the weather of that day. 

How to order: Venti iced matcha with 1 pump of pumpkin, 2 pumps vanilla, 2 pumps brown sugar and oat milk

Vaguely Banana Espresso

Do you like chocolate and bananas? I have the drink for you! This drink slightly resembles a banana if you put your mind to it and gives you the perfect amount of caffeine and flavor to start your day!

How to order: Venti iced shaken espresso with blonde shots, no classic, 3 pumps of white mocha, 2 scoops of malt powder with oat milk

Sunflower Drink

The perfect refresher to drink on a hot fall day. This drink is perfectly sweet as well as caffeine free! This drink looks like a sunset as well as tastes exactly like you would imagine a sunflower to taste. It is the perfect order on a hot fall day. 

How to order: Venti lemonade with no water, raspberry syrup, and passion tea poured on top

Pineapple Paradise

Do you like pineapple? This drink is similar to the Paradise Drink. However, it has a much sweeter twist with the sweet cream and vanilla and blended to make it extra creamy. If you can not drink dairy, leave the coconut milk. It tastes perfect either way!

How to order: Venti Paradise Drink with sweet cream instead of coconut milk, 4 scoops of vanilla bean powder, no inclusions, 4 pumps of creme base syrup  and blended.

Milk Tea

Do you prefer milk tea to coffee? This drink has a striking resemblance to milk tea. The black tea with milk and brown sugar is the perfect combination. You can always change this recipe up by adding chai into it or blonde espresso!

How to order: Venti black iced tea with no water, brown sugar syrup, 2 pumps vanilla and oat milk

I hope you enjoy these recipes for what I consider the best drinks at Starbucks!

Audrey Hendrick is the President of the Her Campus at TAMU chapter. She oversees the chapter as a whole and corresponds to HCM. By working with the Editor-In-Chief and the executive team, Her Campus at TAMU is an Elite chapter and is on track to stay that way. She embraces the opportunity to develop her leadership and time management skills. Audrey cherises the new and lifelong friendships Her Campus at TAMU has brought her. Beyond Her Campus at TAMU, Audrey is a Junior English major at Texas A&M University, with the plan to get a Masters in Library Sciences. Audrey hopes to become a librarian at a public library. She currently works for the Texas A&M Library System, in the Shelving Department. Audrey enjoys writing and has had her work published on Her Campus as well as iin the April 2022 issues of The English Aggie. In her free time, Audrey enjoys reading and is currently a part of a book club. She also loves to run and is currently training for the Austin Marathon in February. Audrey also enjoys hiking along the trails of Texas State Parks and documents her experiences at the State Parks in a Traveler’s Notebook.