The 12 Best Summer Starbucks Drinks, Plus New Menu Items for 2023

Starbucks’s summer menu can be summed up into one word: nostalgia. The coffee retailer introduced a variety of new items, like Green Apron Blend coffee beans, a Bacon, Sausage & Egg Wrap and an adorable Bumblebee Cake Pop. But we’re most psyched about the three new iced beverages, which are available for a limited time and prime for sipping poolside. Read on for all the deets, plus nine more of the best summer Starbucks drinks to sip in 2023.

The 15 Best Iced Drinks at Starbucks, as Chosen by Our Coffee-Loving Editors

best starbucks summer drinks: three starbucks frozen refreshers on a picnic table with colorful tie-dye shirts hanging on a clothesline behind them

1. Frozen Starbucks Refreshers

  • Nutrition Info (grande, varies by flavor): 150-160 calories, 0g fat, 36-38g carbs, 33-35g sugar, 0-1g protein
  • Available This Year: yes, for a limited time

Refresher-lemonade combos are nothing new, but have you ever had one blended? We thought not. Blitzed with caffeinated Refresher base, sweet-tart lemonade, real fruit pieces and a swirl of strawberry puree, these drinks are basically a summer vacay in a cup. Varieties include Frozen Pineapple Passionfruit Lemonade, Frozen Strawberry Açai Lemonade and Frozen Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade.

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2. Chocolate Java Mint Frappuccino

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 490 calories, 20g fat, 73g carbs, 69g sugar, 6g protein
  • Available This Year: yes, for a limited time

If you love mint chocolate chip ice cream, you need to try this all-new beverage that’s inspired by the nostalgic treat. The drink features coffee, Frappuccino chips, white chocolate mint sauce and mocha drizzle. It’s topped with a chocolate cookie mint sprinkle for added crunch (and whimsy).

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3. White Chocolate Macadamia Cream Cold Brew

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 240 calories, 11g fat, 31g carbs, 30g sugar, 2g protein
  • Available This Year: yes, for a limited time

This new sipper proves that the taste of macadamia nuts is delicious any time of year. The creamy beverage pairs caffeine-packed cold brew and macadamia syrup for the base, which is topped with white chocolate macadamia cream cold foam and toasted cookie crumbles. If you aren’t typically a fan of bitter, roasty cold brew on its own, this sweet take may be right up your alley.

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4. Cinnamon Caramel Cream Cold Brew

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 250 calories, 12g fat, 33g carbs, 32g sugar, 2g protein
  • Available This Year: yes

This dessert-inspired drink hit menus this spring. Flavored with cinnamon caramel syrup, the drink is finished with cinnamon sweet cream cold foam and cinnamon dolce sprinkles. Each sip boasts notes of cinnamon roll filling, caramelized sugar and sweet vanilla icing, stellar foils to bitter, bold cold brew.

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5. Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 80 calories, 0g fat, 21g carbs, 18g sugar, 0g protein
  • Available This Year: yes

Lemonade is basically summer's official beverage. Add the taste of juicy summer peaches to the mix, and it doesn't get more seasonal than that. The iced green tea—which is a blend of multiple green teas, spearmint, lemon verbena and lemongrass—is zhuzhed up with a sweet, peach-flavored juice blend and tart lemonade.

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6. Pineapple Passionfruit Refresher

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 100 calories, 0g fat, 23g carbs, 19g sugar, 0g protein
  • Available This Year: yes

Never tried a Starbucks Refresher? They're lightly caffeinated drinks made with green coffee extract, fruit juice, water and dried fruit. We're partial to this mouth-puckering variety for summer, since it's bursting with the flavors of tropical passionfruit and slightly sour pineapple.

7. Strawberry Crème Frappuccino

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 370 calories, 16g fat, 51g carbs, 51g sugar, 5g protein
  • Available This Year: yes

Starring another seasonal fruit we can't get enough of. A blend of ice, crème Frappuccino base, strawberry puree sauce and classic syrup, this caffeine-free sipper is extra popular with kids and people who don't drink coffee. It's crowned with whipped cream, but you can ask for an extra drizzle of strawberry sauce too for an Insta-worthy finish.

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8. Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 140 calories, 4.5g fat, 23g carbs, 11g sugar, 2g protein
  • Available This Year: yes

Released last March, this energy booster is a great option for customers who don't drink dairy. The drink is a mix of brewed espresso, toasted vanilla syrup and oatmilk. Compared to the regular vanilla flavoring, this syrup has a caramelized, more nuanced taste that pairs beautifully with the espresso's roasty notes.

9. Iced Caffè Americano

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 15 calories, 0g fat, 2g carbs, 0g sugar, 1g protein
  • Available This Year: yes

If you prefer your daily java as simple as possible, an iced Americano is a solid choice. Made with nothing but espresso shots and cold water, it's refreshing, low-calorie and energizing. The light layer of crema at the top of the drink imparts a silky mouthfeel to every sip. Request blonde espresso instead of the signature espresso roast for even more caffeine.

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10. Pink Drink

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 140 calories, 2.5g fat, 28g carbs, 25g sugar, 1g protein
  • Available This Year: yes

This photogenic bev started out as a customer-created concoction. Once the combo of Strawberry Açaí Refresher and creamy coconut milk became a fan favorite, the coffee-loving powers that be added it to the menu for good. If you're not a fan of coconut milk, order the refresher without it (or with lemonade in its place).

11. Blended Strawberry Lemonade

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 190 calories, 0g fat, 46g carbs, 45g sugar, 0g protein
  • Available This Year: yes

Have you heard of this slept-on frozen bev? It's a total hidden gem, and believe it or not, it's on the official menu—not a secret menu item. A blend of ice, lemonade, crème Frappuccino base and strawberry puree sauce, it's equal parts sweet, sour and thirst-quenching.

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12. Iced Caramel Macchiato

  • Nutrition Info (grande): 250 calories, 7g fat, 37g carbs, 34g sugar, 10g protein
  • Available This Year: yes

When you can't decide what to order, lean on this go-to drink. A legit macchiato is a shot of espresso topped with a small amount of foamed milk. This bev is technically an upside-down vanilla latte with caramel drizzle...but we'll forgive Starbucks for commandeering the term. After all, it's one of the most beloved iced beverages on the menu.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...