Does your mind ever go blank when the barista behind the counter at Starbucks asks you what you want?
It’s hard to know what to order from the Starbucks menu when you’re not exactly sure what’s in Starbucks drinks.
Tea lovers actually have a lot to be excited about when visiting Starbucks. The menu is full of tasty hot and cold teas that really hit the spot.
But choosing the drink totally depends on what you are craving at that particular moment.
If it’s a cold and rainy day, you will probably want something that makes you feel warm and comfy. On the other hand, a hot summer day calls for an ice-cold refreshment.
Or maybe you just want something that is healthy and delicious at the same time?
Take a look at this “best of” list for all the hot and cold teas offering leafy temptations on the Starbucks menu.
Best Starbucks Hot Teas
When you’re looking for something hot and bold, the Starbucks hot tea menu does not disappoint.
While all of these teas are tasty, there’s actually more to the story. Many Starbucks teas are full of natural goodness — like caffeine, theanine, and antioxidants — that can help you feel revived!
1. Chai Latte (Hot)
This classic latte features black tea infused with cinnamon, clove, and a variety of warming spices. The steamed milk topped with foam brings it all together.
Black tea is filled with antioxidants and contains just the right amount of caffeine to boost your energy levels.
And Starbucks Chai Latte is not just delicious, it’s healthy too!
In addition, it’s full of benefits to help you potentially lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, reduce stroke risks, reduce blood pressure, and prevent some cancers. The cinnamon in this latte might be great for helping to balance blood sugar.
If you feel adventurous or want more caffeine you can order a dirty chai — which means mixing coffee and tea!
Just ask for an espresso shot to be added to your chai latte, if you dare.
2. Honey Citrus Mint Tea
This tea combines Jade Citrus Mint® green tea and Peach Tranquility® herbal tea with hot water, steamed lemonade, and a dollop of honey to show you what wild, natural sweetness tastes like.
Full of antibacterial and antioxidant compounds, it’s the best Starbucks tea for treating a sore throat and colds. You can drink it even late in the evening because this herbal tea is naturally caffeine-free.
If you are wondering what is a medicine ball at Starbucks, then the answer is that it’s actually the same thing as the Honey Citrus Mint Tea.
This famous drink was originally a customer creation and only available on the secret menu. It become so popular that Starbucks added it to their official menu, but with a different name.
3. Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
This smooth and silky tea pampers sippers with full-leaf black tea sourced from India and Sri Lanka. It’s sweetened with liquid cane sugar before being topped with steamed milk and rich, velvety foam.
In addition to being delicious, the Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte has you walking on air with a nice caffeine infusion from high-quality black tea leaves. Those leaves are also full of antioxidants!
4. Matcha Green Tea Latte (Hot)
This classic creation lets you meet your matcha in the morning if you need some caffeine to get started.
It features smooth, creamy matcha that’s served perfectly sweetened with your choice of sweetener. A finishing touch of steamed milk has you riding a green cloud of pure satisfaction.
5. Jade Citrus Mint Tea
This tasty drink combines everything you love about hot tea with a “health food” infusion. In fact, it features several ingredients that feel like they came straight from a juice bar.
The Jade Citrus Mint Tea is a refreshing drink that glistens using green tea, lemon verbena, lemongrass, and just a hint of mint.
You might already know that green tea is full of healthy bioactive compounds that have been found to boost brain function, increase fat burning, improve cardiovascular health, preserve cognitive function, and offer protection against some cancers. The green tea in this drink also provides a steady caffeine boost.
But did you know that lemon verbena also has some unique health benefits?
This plant has been shown to have the potential to reduce oxidative stress, protect against muscle damage, boost sleep quality, and help with weight loss.
Best Iced Tea Drinks at Starbucks
Some like it iced! And Starbucks has perfected iced tea.
Take a look at the sweetest winners from their menu.
1. Iced Chai Tea Latte (and Vanilla Latte)
In addition to tasting like a silky dessert in a cup, this elegant tea also provides all the health benefits of black tea and various herbs and spices.
Black tea provides health benefits for heart function, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and cognitive function. It contains powerful groups of polyphenols that provide protection against the onset of several chronic disorders.
The black tea used in the Iced Chai Tea Latte makes it a refreshing drink that can also help you to feel energized by providing a hefty amount of caffeine. The Grande-sized drink has 95 milligrams, almost as much as a cup of coffee!
Next, warming spices that include cinnamon and clove kick in to help with digestion, balance blood sugar, and kill harmful bacteria.
2. Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
If you like the extra pep delivered by chilled matcha, you’ll love the way this smooth, creamy matcha green tea slides through a straw like emerald magic.
It is lightly sweetened before being served with milk over ice. With the Starbucks Iced Matcha Tea Latte, you’re getting all of the antioxidants and caffeine of matcha with a cool and refreshing delivery.
Are you a real matcha lover?
Check out my guide with the best Starbucks matcha drinks for more delicious options.
3. Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade
A great way to enjoy cold lemonade with a kick, this is definitely one of my favorite peach drinks at Starbucks.
Combining Teavana® iced green tea, lemonade, and Starbucks peach-flavored fruit juice blend this is a sweet and tangy concoction that tastes like summer!
All of the ingredients are shaken with ice to ensure that every flavor is perfectly infused. The Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade is a great pick-me-up drink because you’re getting all of the antioxidants and caffeine of green tea with the added benefit of vitamin C from the lemon and fruit juice.
4. Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino
This is the ultimate sweet treat on the Starbucks menu. While this drink is decidedly decadent, it’s also filled with all the health benefits of matcha green tea!
Starbucks blends premium sweetened matcha green tea with milk and ice before topping off the concoction with whipped cream. Every sip is thick and creamy.
While the Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino is higher in calories than most other tea on the Starbucks menu, it’s slightly guiltless due to all of the antioxidants and fat-burning benefits of matcha.
5. Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade
Drinking this Starbucks iced tea can feel a bit like drinking the nectar of the Garden of Eden. It blends fragrant hibiscus, lemongrass, and apple with lemonade in a hand-shaken blend with ice.
The Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade is sensationally sweet and flavorful. Hibiscus is filled with antioxidants. In addition, it offers health benefits that may help to fight inflammation, lower blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, and promote weight loss.
Choosing and Customizing the Best Starbucks Tea
The Starbucks tea menu is a true treasure trove for tea lovers looking for something special that makes them feel good. While these teas are all delicious, you never have to feel guilty about splurging because each one is packed with healthy ingredients that fuel wellness.
The best part is that Starbucks allows you to customize the flavor and calorie content of each tea on its menu by letting you choose from cane sugar, raw sugar, Splenda®, stevia, syrup, and honey for sweetness!
PS. I recommend that you also take a look at my favorite Dunkin’ Donuts tea drinks for more delicious hot and iced options.
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