5 vegan drinks to try at Starbucks


Madelaine Vikse

A photograph of three vegan drinks from Starbucks.

By Madelaine Vikse, Editor-in-Chief

Starbucks has a good amount of vegan options, including hot drinks, iced drinks and frappuccinos. The chain offers almond, oat, coconut and soy non-dairy milk substitution as well.

These five vegan Starbucks drinks are perfect for those who do and do not like coffee, as well as those who prefer hot or cold beverages.

Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte

The Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte can be ordered hot or iced and is already vegan without any customizations or substitutions. This drink is made with the Starbucks blonde espresso, almond milk, sugar cookie syrup, as well as some red and green sprinkles on top. The latte truly tastes like a perfect blend of a sugar cookie and coffee.

Chestnut Praline Latte

To make the Chestnut Praline Latte vegan, simply swap out the 2% milk with one of the non-dairy milk options and ask for no whipped cream. The drink can be ordered hot or iced and is made with espresso, milk, as well as chestnut praline syrup and topping.

Dragon Drink

The Dragon Drink comes vegan as is and can only be ordered iced. This drink is perfect for the summer because it is refreshing, fruity and sweet. The mango and dragon fruit flavors blend perfectly with the coconut milk and the drink is topped with pieces of dragon fruit. 

Apple Crisp Macchiato

The Apple Crisp Macchiato can be ordered hot or iced, and is perfect for the holiday season. The drink features espresso, milk, apple brown sugar syrup and spiced apple drizzle. To make the macchiato vegan, order it with one of four non-dairy milk options.

Matcha Tea Latte

With the option of ordering this drink hot or iced, the Matcha Tea Latte becomes a perfect year-round pick. Some benefits of consuming matcha include boosting one’s brain function, may be able to help prevent cancer and improve heart health, as well as the fact that matcha is high in antioxidants, according to Behavioral Nutrition

To make the Matcha Tea Latte at Starbucks vegan, ask for one of the non-dairy milk options instead of the 2% milk. For a sweeter taste, add in a pump or two of vanilla syrup and enjoy.