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Non-Dairy Starbucks Drinks: 15 Drinks To Try

Do you want to drink some dairy-free Starbucks beverages? If yes is your answer, you have come to the right place.

From what I’ve seen from their menu, Starbucks can be quite a confusing store. People order some bizarre and complicated drinks in there.

Ordering drinks can be daunting, especially if you’re looking for something specific to your tastes. Something dairy-free, for example. Thankfully, most beverages we can order are very modular. With many options and bountiful possibilities, we’ll surely find what we’re looking for. Let’s get right into it, shall we?

Dairy Free Starbucks

List of 15 Starbucks Dairy-Free Drinks

Hot Coffee

Ever present and always available, the life-giving nectar to our daily grind. I found an interesting legend that speaks of its origin as hailing from the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. The said legend has a herder who observes his goats becoming a bit too lively after eating the coffee berries.

The herder, named Kaldi, brings his discovery to the local abbot. The abbot fashions a drink out of it and discovers how great the drink was in keeping his mind in top condition. The abbot spreads the word, and so it flows into the horn of Africa and southern Arabia. The origins of modern coffee stem from the areas mentioned.

International commerce further propelled hot coffee onto the European stage and, finally, the world stage. Love it or hate it, a lot of people can’t live without it. Hot coffee is the bomb. It’s relatively cheap, effective, and available in more styles than one.

1. Caffé Americano

Caffé Americano
Caffé Americano

A classic and straightforward drink made with espresso and topped with hot water. The mix of the coffee shot or shots and hot water creates a light layer of crema to give you a delightful experience of invigorating nuance. The Starbucks recipe has a shot of coffee in an 8 fluid-oz cup, with every 4 fl oz up-size having another shot added to the drink.

You can have it modified in 7 ways, technically 8. The same can be generally said for a lot of the drinks on this list.

Quick Fact: You can modify the added creamer, flavor, topping, sweetener, cup size, a number of shots, add tea, and even specify if you want a room in the cup for the contents you could add if you felt like it.

2. Pike Place Roast

A Starbucks original blend. Designed to be able to be enjoyed throughout the day with a well-rounded balance of taste and subtle flavors. If you’re looking for “the” Starbucks brewed coffee experience, Pike Place Roast is where it’s at.

Maybe you’ll like the subtlety of its flavor and the possible dairy-free combinations you can think of to make this drink special for you. Oh yeah, there is also a decaf version of it.

3. Pistachio Latte

Pistachio Latte
Pistachio Latte

Yet another espresso variant with a distinct flavor. It is made from the coziest flavors of sweet pistachio, rich brown butter, and steamed milk. Since we’re looking for something dairy-free, but still want that pistachio goodness, we’ll have to be creative. You need to only lay off the butter and change the creamer to your preferred dairy-free alternative.

Cold Coffee

It is refreshing in the heat, quite chilly when it passes through your throat, yet it brings vivacity when fully ingested. An indispensable kind of coffee to enjoy in the summer! Born from the rigors of war and brought to the world stage by Parisian coffee shops inspired by returnee soldiers.

Whether in hot or cold weather, cold coffee can be quite refreshing.

4. Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee

Starbucks Cold Brew Coffee
Starbucks Cold-brew coffee

Another Starbucks-exclusive blend. The beans used in this drink are grown to steep for a long time in cold water to provide a smooth, non-acidic flavor. Steeped in cool water for 20 hours, this mellow drink will breathe life into you when the going gets tough. I personally prefer this drink.

Quick Fact: I find beauty in its simplicity and enjoyment in its possibilities for enhancement. It also helps that cold brews are great for people with problems drinking the usual brews that have high acidity.

5. Nitro Cold Brew

Nitro Cold Brew
Nitro Cold Brew

The same beloved cold brew, but with a nitrogen infusion. The gas makes the drink thick and creamy without anything extra. Since the beans used for the cold brew have a slight natural sweetness to them, you don’t even need to add sugar to them.

It kind of feels like drinking a beer, but it makes you feel alive in a different sort of way. Truly, it is effervescent and novel.

Hot Tea

Fancy a different kind of dairy-free energizer? Though less enlivening than coffee, tea is great as a steady source of mental stimulation. Have a cup or two of some steaming hot tea for your pleasure. It makes someone quite comfortable when drunk in a cold place.

6. Earl Grey Tea

Earl Grey Tea
Earl Grey Tea

A black tea infused with the essence of bergamot, a citrus fruit. Having floral lavender notes and a subtle lemon undertone, it not only smells great but also tastes good. Having a sophisticated taste brings a refined sense of pleasure.

7. Emperors Clouds & Mist

Green tea is grown in the high mountains with a storied past of being liked by long gone emperors. This imperial tea is now available to us for drinking whenever we fancy it.

Iced Tea

Feeling the heat? Here are two great iced teas to alleviate the sweltering temperature.

8. Iced Black Tea

It’s the old premium black tea with ice. Very nice and familiar. As usual, this drink is very modifiable, with lots of dairy-free options to consider in customizing it.

9. Iced Matcha Lemonade

Iced Matcha Lemonade
Iced Matcha Lemonade

Enticing you with lively green, this refreshing Japanese green tea infused with lemonade will give you a taste of summer in Japan.

Hot Drinks

A different kind of selection from the usual energizing dairy-free drinks, a fruity and milky duo of choices.

10. Steamed Apple Juice

A cup of pure apple goodness. This freshly steamed apple juice will soothe your frayed nerves and renew your mind. While not the most amazing drink out there in terms of impact, this juice is actually genuine apple juice, not just the essence of it.

11. Steamed Milk

Since we’re looking for dairy-free, we’ll just have to modify what kind of milk is steamed. There are three options: almond, coconut, and soy. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to get the rare oat milk variety. It’s best enjoyed when sipped and savored, though that’s up to you.

Quick Fact: The most nutritious of all the drinks on this list. Rich in protein and vital nutrients, the drink is delectable and health enriching.

Cold Drinks

Blessing you with a refreshingly cold and bestowing a renewed sense of energy, here are two cool drinks I selected.

12. Blended Strawberry Lemonade

Starbucks Blended Strawberry Lemonade
Starbucks Blended Strawberry Lemonade

A zap of lemonade infused with a delectable strawberry flavor all mixed together and blended with ice. Zestful and sweet fruity goodness, bringing the cool comfort of civilization to our weathered souls.

13. Lemonade

A traditional cold beverage. Quite difficult to go wrong with this simple and refreshing citrus drink. As usual, this single fruit drink can be mixed with all sorts of stuff on the menu. You can mix it with another kind of juice, some sort of syrup, or whatever catches your fancy in the options available.

A staple drink in the wretched heat or pleasant summer days.

Frappuccino Blended Beverages

A trademark Starbucks classic. Blended iced coffee with all sorts of unique stuff in it.

14. Coffee Frappuccino Blended Beverage

Blending coffee, ice, and milk, this drink reinvents the enjoyment of regular ol’ coffee. In the trademark recipe of Starbucks, the only thing you need to change is the milk content in the available dairy-free options.

15. Matcha Créme Frappuccino Blended Beverage

Premium sweet matcha green tea, ice, and your dairy-free milk of choice. You’ll have to abstain from having the barista add cream to it to make it fully dairy-free.


And there we have it! Information and a selection of 15 drinks in Starbucks to cater to your dairy-free beverage needs. There are still a lot more options, though, much, much more, so I encourage you to explore the menu. Make it an adventure.

Who knows, maybe on your quest to find excellent drinks to match your preferences, you’ll come across the best beverage that fits your tastes the best and be satisfied on every occasion you drink it for the rest of your life. Thank you for reading! Bye.

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About David Dewitt

Hi, my name is David and I come from Columbus, Ohio. I am a amateur photographer, and a coffee lover. I love to write, and don't mind me a cup of joe!