The Best Starbucks Vanilla Coffee Drink for You

Are you a vanilla fiend looking for the best vanilla drink at Starbucks? It doesn’t matter if you’re a casual coffee drinker or a Starbucks aficionado, finding the right vanilla coffee for yourself can be a bit intimidating, especially with so many options. 

Don’t worry, vanilla coffee lover! That’s why we created this comprehensive guide to match you with your perfect vanilla delight based on your preferences. Whether you want to keep it low-cal or just need a massive pick-me-up, there’s a Starbucks vanilla drink for everyone. Let’s find your next favorite cup of joe, shall we?

The Starbucks Vanilla Drink Lineup

If You’re Looking for a Lower Calorie Option…

Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte – Grande: 190 calories, 28 grams sugar, 4 grams fat, and 170mg of caffeine.

Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte

Photo: Starbucks

This is kind of like the lighter (but still delicious) cousin to your classic iced latte. It features Starbucks® Blonde Espresso, a touch of vanilla syrup, and cold milk over ice cubes, AND… it’s only 190 calories, which is perfect for those who are watching their waistline. Lucky for those of you who also need some energy, low-cal does not necessarily mean low caffeine, as this one comes in at 170mg.

When Want Something Warm and Comforting…

Blonde Vanilla Latte – Grande: 250 calories, 35g sugar, 6g fat, and 170mg of caffeine.

Blonde Vanilla Latte

Photo: Starbucks

If you like your coffee beverages warm and comforting, the regular (non-iced) Blonde Vanilla Latte is what you’re looking for. This drink is created with a combination of extra-smooth Starbucks® Blonde Espresso, steamed milk, and vanilla syrup. Its light, velvety taste is great for those who enjoy the milder flavors of a medium roast coffee bean. It does have more calories than the iced version (250 calories to be exact), but it’s a lovely treat during the cooler months when you’re looking for something to make you feel cozy from in the inside out.

For the Caffeine Connoisseur…

Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew – Grande: 70 calories, 4g sugar, 5g fat, and 265mg of caffeine.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Nitro Cold Brew

Photo: Starbucks

Do you prefer your caffeine fix super smooth and velvety? If so, this one is your match. Starbucks’ Nitro Cold Brew is served cold straight from the tap and topped with house-made vanilla sweet cream. It’s also got a cascading, creamy texture, but don’t let it fool you. This one’s not for the faint of heart! It packs a serious 265mg caffeine punch. And yet, it’s only 70 calories, so if you’re calorie-conscious and looking to be absolutely amped, this is the one for you.

If You Love a Rich, Indulgent Flavor…

Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Beverage – Grande: 250 calories, 33g sugar, 7g fat, and 150mg of caffeine.

Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Beverage

Photo: Starbucks

If you’re the kind of person who prefers their coffee taste like a decadent dessert-like treat, opt for this beautiful blend of Frappuccino® roast coffee, vanilla bean powder, and milk. Blended with ice and topped with whipped cream, this thing is pure joy, but as expected with more indulgent treats, this iced coffee contains 410 calories and 63 grams of sugar. We all need a little treat sometimes! So if you enjoy a sweet vanilla flavor that makes you feel like you’re having ice cream in your coffee, you and this coffee are a match made in heaven.

If You Prefer a Smooth, Creamy Experience…

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew – Grande: 110 calories, 14g sugar, 5g fat, and 185mg of caffeine.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Photo: Starbucks

This Starbucks’ Cold Brew Coffee is slow-steeped with an addition of vanilla sweet cream, and it’s SUPER smooth! However, you might be delighted to find that it doesn’t overdo it on the sweetness. Perfect for when you need a refreshing, subtly sweet coffee during the summer months.

For Fans of All Things Caramel…

Caramel Macchiato – Grande: 250 calories, 33g sugar, 7g fat and 150mg of caffeine.

Caramel Macchiato

Photo: Starbucks

Caramel lovers, we got you. The Caramel Macchiato features steamed milk, vanilla-flavored syrup, and rich shots of espresso with a little caramel drizzle on top. If you’re seeking a balanced but still sweet coffee experience, this is a super comforting hot option that can be customized with almond milk or soy milk for a lighter twist.

Iced Caramel Macchiato – Grande: 250 calories, 34g sugar, 7g fat, and 150mg of caffeine.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

Photo: Starbucks

Want it iced? They have that too! The Iced Caramel Macchiato features a full-bodied espresso, vanilla-flavored syrup, cold milk, ice, and… you guessed it—a drizzle of caramel syrup. It’s a well-balanced option that provides the caffeine and sweetness you’re craving.

For the Adventurous Coffee Explorer…

Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew – Grande: 310 calories, 21g of sugar, 25g of fat, and 185mg of caffeine. 

Oleato Golden Foam Cold Brew

Photo: Starbucks

This drink blends together Starbucks Reserve® Cold Brew with vanilla bean syrup and extra virgin olive oil-infused cold foam, and it’s definitely got a unique flavor profile. So if you’re someone who’s a little bit more adventurous, we highly recommend it! 

For The Tea Enthusiasts…

Iced London Fog Latte – Grande: 140 calories, 25g sugar, 2.5g fat and 40mg of caffeine.

Iced London Fog Latte

Photo: Starbucks

Love tea AND vanilla? This lovely drink is a take on the classic Earl Grey tea, but with a twist. It blends together bergamot, hints of lavender, and vanilla syrup with milk and ice. It’s both low-cal (140) and low caffeine (40mg), and it boasts a sophisticated flavor that iced tea drinkers will love.

Teavana® London Fog Tea Latte – Grande: 180 calories, 29g sugar, 4g fat and 40mg of caffeine. 

Teavana® London Fog Tea Latte

Photo: Starbucks

When you want to enjoy hot tea with the froth of a latte, then go for the Teavana® London Fog Tea Latte. The only difference from the iced version is its addition of steamed milk (and obviously, no ice). If you’re looking for a non-dairy version, be sure to try it with oat milk!

For the Non-Caffeine Lovers…

Vanilla Crème – Gande: 350 calories, 43g sugar, 14g fat, and 0mg of caffeine.

Vanilla Creme

Photo: Starbucks

Looking to enjoy a hot drink without the rich coffee flavor? Then Vanilla Crème is all you, baby! This smooth, frothy drink is basically a vanilla-flavored luxury. It’s creamy, warm, and comforting without the caffeine kick, but it will certainly satisfy your vanilla cravings.

Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino – Grande: 380 Calories, 52g sugar, 16g fat, and 0mg of caffeine.

Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino

Photo: Starbucks

Looking for a cold, creamy option that’s caffeine-free? Look no further! The Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino is waiting for you. It’s a rich blend of vanilla bean, milk, and ice topped with a little whipped cream, and it’s a match made in heaven for those seeking for a cool dessert-like treat in a cup. If you’re feeling really adventurous (and you’d like a little caffeine), try it affogato-style by adding a hot espresso shot over the top!

Starbucks Secret Menu Vanilla Delights

You won’t find these on the menu, but they’re worth trying nonetheless!

When You’re Craving Something a Little Different…

Iced Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte

Iced Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte

Photo: Starbucks

This tropical drink is a unique spin on the classic vanilla iced latte with just a dash of coconut milk and real vanilla bean powder. Because it’s shaken with ice and topped with Starbucks’ signature espresso, it gives you a super flavorful rich and nutty flavor profile, but with a lighter feel. If you’re a fan of non-dairy milk options and are looking for a drink that’s not too heavy on the dairy or sugar, then this is your go-to. 

However, this delicious drink is seasonal, and its availability varies at different locations, but we’re going to tell you how to order it, no matter the season. 

To order, say: “I’d like a grande iced upside down blonde latte with coconut milk and vanilla bean powder. Shaken, please!”

If You Love TikTok Trends…

Pink Drink w/ Heavy Cream

This Tiktok sensation takes the regular Pink Drink, with a flavor profile that includes passion fruit and creamy coconut milk, and mixes it up by swapping the coconut milk out for heavy cream. But that’s not all! You’ll also add in some vanilla bean powder, then top it all off with whipped cream. It’s creamy and fruity and perfect for those who enjoy having a dessert in your cup of iced coffee. 

To order, say: “Can I get a grande Pink Drink with heavy cream instead of coconut milk, 2 scoops of vanilla bean powder, and whipped cream on top?”

If You’re a Fan of Sweet and Spicy…

Iced Vanilla Chai Latte

Looking for a blend of sweet vanilla and spicy chai? This drink is your perfect match! It mingles together the warm spices of black tea and the smoothness of vanilla, and it’s the best way to enjoy chai if you’re a fan of clove, cinnamon, and vanilla.

To order, say: “A grande Iced Chai Latte with vanilla, please.”

If You Like Quick, Intense Coffee Shots…

The Undertow Espresso

Looking for a hidden gem that’ll having you movin’ and groovin’ in record time? This pick-me-up happens in layers: a bottom layer of vanilla syrup, two ounces of Half & Half, and two shots of espresso on top. Perfect for those who need something quick and easy and don’t have time to sit there and sip for the next hour. It’s a fun, unique drink in a short cup that’s meant to be enjoyed quickly. 

To order, say: “In a short cup, can I get 2 pumps vanilla, then 2 ounces of Half & Half, with 2 shots of espresso on top?”

If You Love Sweet and Nutty Flavors…

French Vanilla Latte

Looking to combine the smooth, sweet flavors of a Blonde Vanilla Latte with something a little more nutty in your daily cup of joe? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! 

To order, just say: “A grande Blonde Vanilla Latte with 2 pumps of hazelnut.”

If You Prefer Cold and Creamy Treats…

French Vanilla Frappuccino

Like the Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino, but want to give it a French accent? Just add hazelnut syrup for a rich, nutty flavor! 

To order, just say: “A grande Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino with 2 pumps of hazelnut.”


Time to Go Vanilla Crazy!

By now, you should be paired up with at least one vanilla Starbucks beverage, and hopefully have found your perfect match!

What will you be opting for? Iced espressos? A classic iced vanilla latte? Let us know in the comments!


Starbucks Bonanza Giveaway 

You have an amazing chance to win with 5 different winners for this Starbucks giveaway. Enter below! 




  1. YUM

  2. `wow

  3. love coffee – haven’t had a chance to try the new drink – would love to keep my fingers cross that I win – everything is so costly these days that one has to be very careful as to how one spends then money but a good coffee fix is a nice treat

  4. wow

  5. Iced vanilla latte please. Mmmm


  7. Awesome contest to enter, thank you for the chance.

  8. Iced espressos sound amazing

  9. Iced Vanilla Latte


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