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13 Best Starbucks Summer Drinks to Order on a Hot Day

There are few things that make a day at the beach or a summer stroll better than having your favorite drink in your hand.

Starbucks offers a ton of creamy and refreshing summer drinks perfect for ordering on a hot day.

Whether you’re looking for a refreshing thirst-quencher, a caffeinated pick-me-up, or a creamy ice cream substitute, we’ve got you covered!

Below are the best Starbucks summer drinks on our list, along with their customization options, nutritional information, available sizes, and ingredients.

13. Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew

Starbucks nitro cold brew is a classic summer drink.

It’s a refreshing way to get your daily dose of caffeine and is perfect for people who don’t want a dairy-laden drink in the summer heat.

Smooth, slow-brewed coffee is infused with nitrogen giving it a creamy, velvety texture and subtle hint of sweetness.

It also happens to be the most-caffeinated and lowest-calorie drink on this list!

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 5
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Proteins: 0g
  • Caffeine: 280mg

Customization Options:

  • Add flavored syrup
  • Add cinnamon dolce sprinkles or cinnamon powder
  • Add caramel or mocha drizzle
  • Add cold foam
  • Add whipped cream
  • Add chocolate malt or vanilla bean powder
  • Add a splash of milk (dairy or non-dairy) or leave room
  • Add sweetener
  • Add lemonade
  • Add espresso and customize roast

12. Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade

The iced peach green tea lemonade is one of the most refreshing Starbucks summer drinks.

It’s subtly sweet and very refreshing.

It’s a great dairy-free option and contains just a small amount of caffeine.

Teavana iced green tea is hand-shaken with lemonade and a splash of peach juice to make this summertime sipper.

The tea has hints of spearmint, lemongrass, and lemon verbena and is one of the most thirst-quenching options on this list!

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti
  • Trenta

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 80
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 20mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Proteins: 0g
  • Caffeine: 25 mg

Customization Options:

  • Add flavored syrup
  • No/light peach juice
  • Substitute apple juice for peach juice
  • Blend
  • Add sweetener
  • Change the amount of ice
  • Add matcha powder
  • Change the amount of lemonade

11. Pink Drink

If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy summer drink, look no further!

Starbucks’ pink drink is the perfect summery shade.

It contains a hint of caffeine and strawberry inclusions — what more could you ask for!

The Starbucks pink drink is their strawberry acai Starbucks Refreshers beverage blended with coconut milk.

It contains hints of passionfruit as well as strawberry and acai and is a creamy, refreshing, dairy-free alternative to a frappuccino!

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti
  • Trenta

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 140
  • Total Fat: 2.5g
  • Sodium: 65mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Proteins: 1g
  • Caffeine: 45mg

Customization Options:

  • Substitute coconut milk with other (dairy or non-dairy) milk
  • Add flavored syrup
  • Add apple juice or peach juice
  • Add dragonfruit or kiwi inclusions
  • Change amounts of strawberry pureé and strawberry inclusions
  • Blend
  • Add cold foam toppings
  • Add sweetener
  • Change the amount of ice
  • Add a splash of tea

10. Kiwi Starfruit Starbucks Refresher

The kiwi starfruit Starbucks refresher is a refreshing pick-me-up with a kick.

It tastes like a refreshing fruit juice but contains about as much caffeine as half a cup of coffee.

The drink is a blend of kiwi and starfruit flavored juices and real kiwi pieces shaken with ice.

It’s made using Starbucks’ kiwi starfruit Refreshers base, which is a white grape juice-based beverage with added natural flavors and colors.

The inclusions are freeze-dried kiwi pieces.

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti
  • Trenta

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 90
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 15mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Sugar: 19g
  • Proteins: 0g
  • Caffeine: 45mg

Customization Options:

  • Add milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Add flavored syrup
  • Add apple or peach juice
  • Change the amount of kiwi inclusions
  • Add dragonfruit or strawberry inclusions
  • Add strawberry pureé
  • Blend
  • Add cold foam topping
  • Add a splash of tea
  • Change the amount of ice
  • Add sweetener

9. Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew

The salted caramel cream cold brew is made from sweetened Starbucks cold brew topped with a salted caramel cold foam.

It’s a salty-sweet treat for a summer afternoon and a delicious way to get your daily dose of caffeine.

It doesn’t have as many calories as a frappuccino but contains more calories than the nitro cold brew or shaken espresso.

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti
  • Trenta

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 220
  • Total Fat: 13g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Proteins: 2g
  • Caffeine: 185mg

Customization Options:

  • Add flavored syrup
  • Swap or remove the cream foam
  • Add cinnamon dolce sprinkles or cinnamon powder
  • Add caramel or mocha drizzle
  • Add whipped cream
  • Blend
  • Add chocolate malt or vanilla bean powder
  • Add milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Add sweetener
  • Change the amount of ice
  • Add lemonade
  • Add shots of espresso
  • Change espresso roast

8. Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

Starbucks blonde espresso is shaken with toasted vanilla syrup and then topped with oat milk for this sweetly caffeinated Starbucks summertime treat.

It contains nearly as much caffeine as the nitro cold brew, so if you’re looking for a burst of energy, this might be the drink for you.

Starbucks‘ blonde espresso is smooth and slightly sweeter than their signature espresso.

This drink is also dairy-free, though you can substitute a different type of milk if you prefer.

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 140
  • Total Fat: 4.5g
  • Sodium: 60mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Proteins: 2g
  • Caffeine: 225mg

Customization Options:

  • Substitute milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Change, add or remove the flavored syrup
  • Add cinnamon dolce sprinkles or cinnamon powder
  • Add caramel or mocha drizzle
  • Add cold foam
  • Add whipped cream
  • Blend
  • Add chai
  • Add chocolate malt or vanilla bean powder
  • Add sweetener
  • Change the amount of ice
  • Add shots of espresso
  • Change espresso roast

7. Iced Matcha Tea Latte

Starbucks‘ iced matcha latte is a creamy treat in a gorgeous green hue.

It’s made with sweetened matcha and milk over ice.

Iced matcha tea latte is the perfect smooth summery beverage for when you want a little energy boost but don’t want the extra caffeine (or don’t like the taste) of coffee.

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 200
  • Total Fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 120mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Sugar: 28g
  • Proteins: 9g
  • Caffeine: 80mg

Customization Options:

  • Substitute milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Add flavored syrup
  • Add cinnamon dolce sprinkles or cinnamon powder
  • Add caramel or mocha drizzle
  • Add cold foam
  • Add whipped cream
  • Add chai
  • Change the amount of matcha powder
  • Add sweetener
  • Change the amount of ice
  • Add shots of espresso
  • Change espresso roast

6. Strawberry Creme Frappuccino

The strawberry creme frappuccino is an excellent Starbucks summer drink if you want something special and a little sweet but don’t want caffeine or don’t enjoy the taste of coffee.

It’s made from blended strawberry puree, ice, and milk and topped with more strawberry puree and vanilla whipped cream.

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 370
  • Total Fat: 16g
  • Sodium: 240mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 51g
  • Sugar: 51g
  • Proteins: 5g
  • Caffeine: 0mg

Customization Options:

  • Substitute milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Add espresso and customize roast and shot-style
  • Add frappuccino chips
  • Double blend
  • Add flavored syrup
  • Add cinnamon dolce sprinkles or cinnamon powder
  • Add caramel or mocha drizzle
  • Remove or change the amount of whipped cream
  • Add sweetener
  • Change the amount of strawberry puree

5. Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade Starbucks Refresher

The mango dragonfruit lemonade Starbucks refresher is one of the most tropical Starbucks summer drinks.

It’s made from Starbucks’ mango dragonfruit flavored Refreshers base shaken with ice and pieces of dragonfruit.

It contains a small amount of caffeine (about as much as half a cup of coffee.)

It’s also available without lemonade (called a mango dragonfruit Starbucks refresher) or with coconut milk (dragon drink).

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti
  • Trenta

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 140
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 15mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Sugar: 31g
  • Proteins: 0g
  • Caffeine: 45mg

Customization Options:

  • Add milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Add flavored syrup
  • Change the amount of dragonfruit inclusions
  • Add kiwi or strawberry inclusions
  • Add strawberry pureé
  • Blend
  • Add cold foam topping
  • Add a splash of tea
  • Change the amount of ice
  • Add sweetener
  • Change the amount of lemonade

4. Strawberry Acai Lemonade Starbucks Refresher

Refreshers are the perfect Starbucks summer drinks.

They’re fruity, refreshing, and contain a touch of caffeine — perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

The strawberry acai lemonade base is made from a white grape juice base flavored with natural strawberry, acai, and passionfruit flavors.

The base is combined with lemonade and freeze-dried strawberries.

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti
  • Trenta

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 140
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 15mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Sugar: 32g
  • Proteins: 0g
  • Caffeine: 45mg

Customization Options:

  • Add milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Add flavored syrup
  • Change the amount of strawberry inclusions
  • Add kiwi or dragonfruit inclusions
  • Change the amount of strawberry pureé
  • Blend
  • Add cold foam topping
  • Add a splash of tea
  • Change the amount of ice
  • Add sweetener
  • Change the amount of lemonade

3. Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino

The mocha cookie crumble frappuccino is the perfect caffeinated ice cream substitute on a hot summer day!

It’s a sweet, chocolatey treat and contains plenty of caffeine to get your morning started or get you through the afternoon.

The mocha cookie crumble frappuccino is made from blended coffee, mocha sauce, milk, ice, and frappuccino chips.

It’s then layered with whipped cream, more mocha sauce, and chocolate cookie crumble.

It’s definitely the chocolatiest Starbucks summer drink!

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 480
  • Total Fat: 24g
  • Sodium: 270mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 62g
  • Sugar: 55g
  • Proteins: 6g
  • Caffeine: 95mg

Customization Options:

  • Substitute milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Change the amount of espresso and customize roast and shot-style
  • Change the amount of frappuccino chips
  • Change the amount of frappuccino roast
  • Double blend
  • Change the amount of mocha sauce or substitute other flavored syrups
  • Add cinnamon dolce sprinkles or cinnamon powder
  • Add caramel drizzle
  • Change the amount of mocha drizzle
  • Remove or change the amount of whipped cream
  • Add sweetener

2. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

The caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino is another Starbucks summer drink that makes a great substitute for ice cream when you need a little extra pick-me-up.

It’s creamy, cold, and sweet, but with the addition of caffeine — take that rocky road!

The caramel ribbon crunch Frappuccino is made from coffee blended with milk, ice, and caramel sauce.

The drink is topped with dark caramel sauce, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and crunchy caramel sugar topping. 

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 470
  • Total Fat: 22g
  • Sodium: 280mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 65g
  • Sugar: 60g
  • Proteins: 5g
  • Caffeine: 85mg

Customization Options:

  • Substitute milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Change the amount of espresso and customize roast and shot-style
  • Add frappuccino chips
  • Change the amount of frappuccino roast
  • Double blend
  • Change the amount of caramel sauce or substitute other flavored syrups
  • Add cinnamon dolce sprinkles or cinnamon powder
  • Change the amount of caramel crunch topping
  • Add mocha drizzle
  • Change the amount of caramel drizzle
  • Remove or change the amount of whipped cream
  • Add sweetener

1. Chocolate Cream Cold Brew

The chocolate cream cold brew is new on the Starbucks summer menu.

It’s a delicious option if you’re looking for a drink that’s a little sweet and feels special but don’t want all the sugar and calories of a frappuccino.

The chocolate cream cold brew is made from Starbucks’ cold brew sweetened with vanilla syrup and topped with chocolate cream cold foam.

It’s the perfect dreamy summer drink!

Sizes Available:

  • Tall
  • Grande
  • Venti
  • Trenta

Grande Nutritional Values:

  • Calories: 250
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Sodium: 35mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Sugar: 28g
  • Proteins: 2g
  • Caffeine: 185mg

Customization Options:

  • Add flavored syrup
  • Swap or remove the cold foam
  • Add cinnamon dolce sprinkles or cinnamon powder
  • Add caramel or mocha drizzle
  • Add whipped cream
  • Blend
  • Add chocolate malt or vanilla bean powder
  • Add milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Add sweetener
  • Change the amount of ice
  • Add lemonade
  • Add shots of espresso
  • Change espresso roast

Conclusion

No matter if you’re at the beach or just need a caffeinated thirst-quencher, the drinks on our list are sure to please.

Starbucks has many summer drinks on the menu that are refreshing and perfect for ordering on a hot day!

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Last Updated: June 24, 2022

About the Author

Lauren Vigdor is a creative writer and hospitality professional with over a decade of experience in the food and beverage industry. She specializes in food and beverage writing.

Her book, “Drink Like a Bartender,” was written as a guide to help novice drinkers navigate the beverage world and was rated one of Forbes Magazine’s Best Bar Books of 2017.

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