Oftentimes, vegan and specialty beverages aren't necessarily synonymous at Starbucks — many of the chain's original specialty drinks, such as the Frappuccino, several holiday offerings, and the OG latte are traditionally made with milk, whipped cream, or have honey added. And although none of Starbucks' drinks are "vegan certified," the Seattle-based coffee chain has started offering more dairy-free and plant-based drinks to its menus as permanent options.
Green Matters compiled an extensive roundup of vegan Starbucks drinks to try, aside from black coffee or cold brew with almond milk, of course. The options are truly endless, and trust us, your coffee run is about to get exponentially more interesting.
The Coconutmilk Latte
The Coconutmilk Latte, which debuted in January 2020, blending Starbucks Blonde Espresso shots with steamed Coconutmilk and a sprinkling of Cascara sugar. It's a rich, decadent sip that's perfect for wintertime (but luckily, it's available year-round!) at Starbucks locations nationwide.
Cold Brew with Cinnamon Almondmilk or Oatmilk Foam
Starbucks Cold Brew with Cinnamon Almondmilk combines the chain's popular cold brew with cinnamon, vanilla, and almondmilk cold foam. In January 2020, oatmilk launched at select Starbucks locations, which is a key ingredient the same drink above, though it's only served at select locations. Hopefully, if oatmilk is deemed a popular milk substitute among Starbucks customers, it will ultimately expand nationwide.
Cold Brew with Dark Cocoa Almondmilk Foam
Starbucks' Cold Brew with Dark Cocoa Almondmilk Foam consists of cold brew which is topped with mocha sauce (which yes — is completely vegan!), as well as a dash of cocoa powder and, of course, that widely beloved almondmilk cold foam that we've all become totally and utterly obsessed with over the last year.
Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
If you aren't a coffee drinker, you're in luck. Starbucks debuted two dairy-free (and coffee-free!) springtime drinks in March 2020 one of them being the Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink. It blends premium matcha green tea with tangy flavors of pineapple and ginger, creamy coconutmilk, and ice for a tasty, ethical pick-me-up. Plus, the green color will make you feel like a health queen.
Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink
Another coffee-free delicacy is Starbucks' Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink. It mixes a guava juice blend, coconut milk, pineapple ginger syrup, and ice, making for a tropical-flavored sip.
And, as always, you can sub almondmilk (or oatmilk, if it's an option in your area) for regular milk in any latte, cappuccino, or macchiato, and you can — of course — forgo the whip topping, if it generally comes with your drink of choice. Just keep in mind that not all specialty syrups are vegan (such as PSL sauce, White Mocha Sauce, and Caramel Brulée Sauce), so you'll want to ask ahead or check the ingredients online if what you want contains dairy or non-vegan sweeteners ahead of time.
Shockingly, Starbucks has a wide range of vegan offerings, and it seems like there may be more in the near future, if oatmilk is ultimately debuted at locations nationwide. That being said, we will be waiting eagerly.