Things to Say Yes To ✅
First, remember to order your drink with soy, almond, or coconut milk. All stores carry them, and they can be used to replace dairy milk in any drink for a small additional cost.
The basic drinks are vegan. Get yourself a hot or an iced coffee or espresso drink made with nondairy milk and any flavored sweetener syrup (like vanilla, caramel, or hazelnut). Hot or iced tea is always vegan. Many of the Frappuccino blended drinks and smoothies can be easily veganized as well.
Generally, the clear flavored syrups are vegan. The sauces, however, are usually not (with the exception of the mocha sauce—that one is vegan, so mocha and hot chocolate fans rejoice!).
Also, two words: HOLIDAY DRINKS. Fall isn’t fall and winter isn’t winter without getting all hyped up off caffeine and sugar from your fave seasonally flavored bevs. Thankfully, it’s really easy to veganize most of your Starbucks holiday favorites, too.
Things to Say No To ❌
When it comes to less basic drinks, just avoid a few ingredients. So if your order comes with any of these items by default, just politely ask that it be left out:
- Whipped cream
- Java chips (used in the Java Chip Frappuccino and Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino)
- Protein and fiber powder (used in the smoothies)
- Caramel drizzle (used on the Caramel Macchiato and Caramel Frappuccino)
- Cinnamon dolce topping (used on many of the cinnamon- and cinnamon dolce–flavored drinks)
And unfortunately, a few drinks cannot be made vegan because of the animal-derived “products” in the syrup. 😔 Completely avoid these drinks:
- Anything with pumpkin spice
- Anything with white mocha
- Anything with caramel brûlée
- Chai lattes (Chai concentrate contains honey.)
So those are the basics when it comes to ordering vegan drinks! Some drinks will be more complicated than others, of course, but for the most part, getting your favorite drink should be no problemo—and it’s actually pretty dang simple.
Want some drink-spiration? Here’s our current obsession:
Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato
There’s no special ordering, substitutions, or extra fee needed in order to make the new Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato 100 percent vegan. Woohoo! This super-delicious new drink combines sweet hazelnut syrup, coconut milk, and espresso, and it’s topped off with a yummy mocha sauce drizzle. Try it either hot or iced.
Check out some more of our fave vegan Starbucks drinks:
- Caffè lattes (with soy, almond, or coconut milk)
- Caffè mochas (with soy, almond, or coconut milk and without the whipped cream)
- Ombré iced coffees (with soy, almond, or coconut milk)
- Starbucks Refreshers
- Green tea lattes (with soy, almond, or coconut milk)
- Matcha lemonade
- Caramel Macchiatos (with soy, almond, or coconut milk and without the caramel drizzle)
- Java Chip Frappuccinos (with soy, almond, or coconut milk and without the java chips)
- Chocolate or strawberry smoothies (with soy, almond, or coconut milk and without the protein powder)
- Pink Drinks and Violet Drinks
Starbucks also offers some vegan food options. Grab any of these, and you’re good to go.
- Plain, sprouted grain, and multigrain bagels (top them with one of the spreads below)
- Classic and Hearty Blueberry oatmeals (ask for them with steamed soy milk or hot water instead of dairy milk)
- Lentils & Vegetable Protein Bowl with Brown Rice
Spreads (try ’em on a vegan bagel)
- Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter and Classic Almond Butter
- Organic avocado spread
- Fruit salad
- Dried fruit
- Roasted almonds
- Mixed nuts
- HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs
- Dark-chocolate bar
- Sea salt potato chips
- Raw granola bar
- Some KIND products (check for honey)
- Bissinger’s 75% Dark Chocolate + Sea Salt Mini Chocolates
- Evolution Fresh cold-pressed juices
- Tazo iced teas
- Starbucks Bottled Cold Brew Black or Iced Coffee (sweetened and unsweetened)
These additional vegan products are available in select locations (and we hope they’ll expand to more soon 🙏):
- Starbucks’ new Mercato lunch menu—which is currently being tested out in Chicago- and Seattle-area stores—features a vegan Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad with chopped parsley, mint, cucumber, tomato, and cauliflower on a bed of arugula.
- Bunnie Cakes Passion Fruit Cupcakes are now available in select South Florida locations. The coffee chain says that it’s rolling out the vegan cupcakes on a trial basis with the possibility of distributing them to more locations in the future. Fingers crossed!
Many other Starbucks stores carry additional vegan brands and snack products that vary by region. So if you see a snack for sale that’s not listed here but looks like it might be vegan, read the ingredients—because maybe it is!
And some super-exciting news on the food front: At Starbucks’ recent annual meeting, the company’s COO confirmed that more vegan options would be part of its expanding lunch-menu plan. We can’t wait! Vegan food is on the rise everywhere.