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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.
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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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5 Of The Best Spots To Get A Tasty Drink In The Boston Area

Your guide to all things tasty Boston drinks!

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In my opinion, places that are worth going to when you need a cool beverage that tastes delicious. I also make a point to go to these spots when I am home during the break!

1. Teado

This is a bubble tea place that resides in Chinatown in Boston. They have an amazing and authentic treat that is so good, and if you have never had bubble tea before you should definitely try it. But if bubble tea isn't your thing they also offer coffee, smoothies, and shakes that are just as good. It is worth the trip into Chinatown even if you can't find parking because it is just that good!

2. P.S. Gourmet

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This is a coffee shop in the south of Boston that is a complete game changer if you are a coffee addict. PS Gourmet offers an endless amount of flavored brewed coffees like actually ANY flavor you can imagine they have it. They are also popular for being "Home of the Bucket", the Bucket is the largest size coffee that is easily bigger than anyone's head.

It is always so fun going there and trying a new flavor every time, though I think I have found my favorite, "Turtle Turtle" which tastes exactly like the turtle candies. Again super hard to find parking but it is 100% worth it.

3. Walnut St. Cafe

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This is a small coffee shop that is in Lynn, MA. They also have so many different flavors of brewed coffee that are all so good and makes it impossible to choose your favorite. Walnut St. Café is also really fun because they have a really cozy sitting area where you can just chill with your friends. And they also a beautiful outdoor seating area that makes for a great photoshoot spot! This is also my friends and I go to spot when we are on our way home from the beach in the summer because of its right on the way.

4. Monkey King Tea

This is another bubble tea place but it is actually located in my hometown of Malden, MA, so it is very near and dear to my heart. Monkey King Tea has the most creative drinks and all of their staff members even have a signature one that they make and they are all so good.

Monkey King Tea is also known for their "Puffle Cones" which are amazing deserts that that a waffle-like pastry in a cup with ice cream and different topping depending on the one that you order. Monkey King is somewhere where my friends and I spend hours at because it is just such a great environment to chill and to also battle it out in a Jenga match with your friends.

5. MA Dunkin Donuts

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I hate to be an obnoxious Bostonian and everything, but I'm going to be. If you are not from the Boston area I guarantee your Dunks ice coffee does not taste the same as ours. There is something about our ice coffee that just makes all the difference in the world. Please if you are ever in Boston but you claim that you are not the biggest Dunks fan just drink one while you're there I promise it will change your life.

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