My 6 Go-To Starbucks Orders

My 6 Go-To Starbucks Orders

Because, sometimes, ordering at Starbucks can be a little intimidating.

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Have you ever gone to Starbucks and stared at the menu without a clue as to what sounds good or what you would like? When I first started frequenting the local Starbucks, I had to just experiment with drinks to discover what I liked best. After trying all kinds of coffees and refreshers, here is a list of my 6 go-to orders.

1. Strawberry Acai Refresher

As cheesy as it sounds, this drink is so gosh-darn refreshing. It's perfect in the summer...or the spring, fall, and winter if I'm being honest. It has an amazing strawberry flavor and can be a good choice if you aren't a coffee lover but still want to be a part of the Starbucks world. I personally like to order mine "made with lemonade", but it's delicious in its traditional form as well.

2. Iced Caramel Macchiato

For the longest time, my best friend always ordered these, and I refused to ever try it. One day when I was feeling adventurous, I went for it and instantly fell in love. Not only is an iced caramel macchiato very aesthetically pleasing, it also happens to taste phenomenal. If you aren't a huge fan of a strong coffee flavor, try ordering it with a few extra pumps of vanilla. Also (fun fact), caramel macchiatos are actually made with vanilla syrup but just have caramel drizzle on top.

3. Passion Tea Lemonade

This actually happens to be what I'm drinking as I type this article. The passion tea alone is good, but I like to mix lemonade into the drinks that I can. I typically get my drink sweetened with the classic syrup as well. It doesn't have any caffeine, but sometimes I'm just in the mood for a cold, fruity drink.

4. Iced Coffee

If I need something fairly simple, a little less pricey and will wake me up, iced coffee is a great choice. I like to order mine with caramel or vanilla syrup and whole milk. I wish I could drink my coffee black, but I'm just not at that level yet. Honestly, though, you just can't go wrong with iced coffee.

5. White Chocolate Mocha

This is one of the few hot drinks that I order. The white chocolate mocha is perfect if you want something sweet that also has espresso to wake you up a little bit. I drink this year-round but more-so in the winter. If you happen to be someone who doesn't enjoy a lot of espresso, try ordering it with just one shot instead of two.

6. Caramel Frappuccino

The caramel frappuccino should more-so be considered dessert that an actual drink. I don't order it too often, but it always feels like a treat when I do. It is so sweet with just a hint of espresso. If you have never had a frappuccino, its a blended drink and reminds me of a milkshake, in a way. If you've had a rough day and need to treat yourself, try this one out.

There are still plenty of Starbucks drinks that I haven't tried, and I'm sure that I would like, but these were just to name a few. Although it might seem intimidating, head to Starbucks and try something that you haven't before.

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Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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6 Problems For People Who Don't Like Coffee

It tastes like sadness and it's time to admit it.

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1. Starbucks is basically the only place you’ll get coffee.

Because let's face it, the milkshake you order has maybe one teaspoon of actual coffee in it and you can't even taste it through the caramel. At least the pink drink will never let you down.

2. Your first date with someone is a hassle.

Typically, your first date with someone is usually the cliche of "let's get a coffee sometime!", but hearing the cute guy ask you to go to some indie coffee shop with him after class honestly just kind of makes you feel bad.

3. You haven’t really found a good way to wake yourself up in the morning.

Most people start off their day with a hot cup of coffee, giving them enough caffeine to power through their monotonous schedule. However, you can't quite drag yourself out of bed.

4. You can’t keep yourself awake late at night.

College students have those typical all-night study sessions, most of which will put them through an entire pot in one night. For those of us who hate the taste of sadness, we still haven't really found a way to power through that, either.

5. Your room will never smell as good as your friend's does.

Honestly, coffee is one of the best smells in the world, it's really just the taste that's off-putting.

6. When you DO drink coffee, it's not coffee. 

It's white as printer paper and has eight teaspoons of sugar in it. Gotta mask that coffee flavor somehow.

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