There are a lot of drinks at Starbucks because the entire menu is basically customizable, but one thing the company has done is elevate the tea.

Tea is essentially a very basic drink, but thanks to Starbucks’ many options and combinations, this simple drink can be mixed and matched until it truly becomes spectacular.

Without further ado, here are the 15 best Starbucks teas you need to try, in no particular order.

15 Best Starbucks Teas You Must Try


15. Iced black tea

If you like sweet southern tea, you’ll enjoy an iced black tea from Starbucks.

It’s simply iced black tea and liquid cane sugar – then the concoction is shaken with ice.

The taste is bold and lively, refreshing and satisfying, and you can even order it with a little lemonade for that truly authentic southern sweet tea flavor.

Plus, it definitely contains caffeine, so you can drink it whenever you need a pick-me-up, but without the sometimes harsh effects of coffee on your stomach.

14. Teavana Sparkling Peach Nectarine Tea Unsweetened

For a light, refreshing and sparkling peach flavor, consider ordering Teavana Sparkling Peach & Nectarine Green Tea, which comes in a bottle.

Flavors of nectarine and green tea are added to the mix, along with the delicious zip of carbonation.

Tea has no calories, no fat, and no sugar, so if you’re careful about what you eat and drink, it’s a great choice.

Ask for a Venti cup with ice and pour the tea into it so it stays cold longer!

13. Iced Green Tea Lemonade

For a cool drink on hot days, try Starbucks Iced Green Tea Lemonade.

It’s a blend of cold green tea – which is infused with flavors of lemongrass, spearmint and lemon verbena – with lemonade and ice.

Although there is sugar in lemonade, if it’s not sweet enough for your taste, you can add regular syrup, liquid cane sugar, or honey mixture.

Or you can add pure sugar, raw sugar, honey, Splenda or raw stevia.

When drunk as is, a large iced green tea lemonade only has 50 calories, so it’s also a pretty virtuous drink.

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12. Matcha Cream Green Tea Frappuccino

If you love green tea and matcha, but crave a mixed drink, consider ordering the Matcha Crème Green Tea Frappuccino.

It comes with milk, classic syrup, and sweetened matcha powder, and it’s topped with a swirl of whipped cream.

Be careful, a Grande contains 420 calories and 61 grams of sugar, so it’s not for the faint of heart (or diabetics).

11. Vanilla Chai Latte

Chai is a popular tea drink that combines black tea and spices, such as cardamom and cinnamon.

The Vanilla Chai Latte is a custom drink that takes the Chai Latte and adds two or three pumps of vanilla syrup (or sugar-free vanilla syrup).

A great substitute for regular milk is almond milk or coconut milk, making it the perfect drink for non-dairy drinkers.

The Vanilla Chai Latte is also great as a frozen drink.

10. Honey Citrus Mint Tea

Honey Citrus Mint Tea started its “life” at Starbucks on the secret menu – as Medicine Ball Tea.

But it proved so popular that Starbucks made it an official tea drink.

It combines Jade Citrus Mint tea and Peach Tranquility tea, brewed in hot water, with the addition of steamed lemonade.

Then just a pinch of honey for added sweetness, and you can ask for a pump of peppermint syrup if you really want the mint flavor to shine.

9. Passion Tango Iced Tea

Zero calories, this blend of hibiscus, lemongrass and apple in a tea is hand shaken with ice, for a simple yet flavorful drink that will transport you.

Add liquid cane sugar or classic syrup for a sweetness that will really make the flavors sing.

Or, you can go the Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade route, which adds a splash of lemonade and a touch of sweetness, with only 50 calories (but 11 grams of sugar).

8. Raspberry Passion Tango Tea Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade Passion Tea Tango

To take the tea drink a step further, consider adding two pumps of raspberry syrup and two pumps of liquid cane sugar to your Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade.

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The resulting drink is a sweet tropical tea that will have you grabbing your sunglasses and swimsuit and looking for a pool to relax in.

7. Frozen Matcha Lemonade

For what Restaurant Clicks calls « a bit like an Arnold Palmer’s bohemian approach, » order lemonade with matcha tea mix on ice.

The herbal flavors of matcha pair beautifully with the sweet, citrusy flavors of lemonade, and the bright green color is beautiful to look at.

This sophisticated tea drink has 120 calories and 27 grams of sugar for a Grande size, so like most Starbucks drinks, it’s probably best as an « once in a while » treat.

6. Chai Iced Milk Tea

Chai tea is also excellent cold, and in its simplest incarnation – the Iced Chai Tea Latte – the spicy and bold flavors of Chai can really shine.

The drink is made with Chai, which is black tea brewed with cinnamon, cloves and other warming spices, and combined with milk of your choice and ice.

The Iced Chai Tea Latte in a large cup has 240 calories and 42 grams of sugar.

5. London Fog Tea Latte

The Restaurant Clicks author calls the London Fog Tea Latte « one of his favorite things to order at Starbucks. »

The London Fog Tea Latte contains Earl Gray tea, which is a combination of black tea, bergamot and lavender, steamed milk and vanilla syrup.

The result is bright and citrusy meets sweet and slightly creamy, in what Starbucks calls a « delicious reinvention of a classic Earl Gray tea. »

Oh How Civilized also recommends replacing standard two percent milk with soy milk, as it is vanilla flavored.

Don’t want to sweat under the hot summer sun with a hot tea drink? The London Fog Tea Latte can also be served over ice.

4. Dirty Chai Latte

As far as “secret menu” items go, this one isn’t too secret — the Dirty Chai Latte, like a dirty martini, includes adding something.

That something, in this case, is a glass or two of espresso, to really amp up the caffeine.

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You can also increase the creaminess of the drink by asking for it “breve” – that is, steamed half and half, rather than the usual milk.

3. Iced Royal English Milk Tea

The Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte is, according to Sweet Steep, the least popular tea drink on the Starbucks menu.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not good or worthy of this list.

It combines English Breakfast tea, milk, liquid cane sugar and ice.

The English Breakfast Tea, which features “a select blend of rich, whole-leaf black teas from India and Sri Lanka,” is brewed and then sweetened with liquid cane sugar.

Because it only contains about 40 mg of caffeine, consider “dirty” it – with extra shots of espresso to help you get through the day.

2. Frozen Peach Green Tea Lemonade

For a truly sweet and refreshing drink that’s also bright, citrusy and peachy, order an Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade.

It’s a blend of iced green tea and lemonade, with a peach-flavored fruit juice blend and four pumps of liquid cane sugar combined.

They are shaken together and the flavors blend beautifully, while the color, a beautiful dreamy orange, is sure to delight.

1. Mint Majesty

When you’re feeling under the weather, or just want a simple peppermint tea, order the Mint Majesty.

This blend of mint – peppermint and spearmint – plus a dose of lemon in the form of lemongrass and lemon verbena, will hit the spot.

You get two tea bags with a Grande order, and if you need something that will help you sleep, this is the one to get, because it’s caffeine-free.

For sore throats or allergies, add a touch of honey.

To learn more, you can also read our articles on Starbucks Flat White, Starbucks Pink Drink and Starbucks Sweet Cream.

Conclusion

Tea has come to life at Starbucks, with as many, if not more, combinations as there are coffee drinks.

These 15 teas represent the best, whether Chai, black tea or green tea, alone or blended.

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