My Favorite Vegan Starbucks Drinks

One of my favorite things to do is go out for coffee, but as a vegan, I’ve found my drink choices have changed ever so slightly. Thankfully, we live in a world that is becoming more and more accommodating of the vegan diet, and while Starbucks isn’t necessarily the best corporation to support, for reasons that could be discussed in another blog, I have found that they offer a wide variety of vegan options. Inspired by Peta’s Starbucks guide for vegans, these are some of my favorite Starbucks drinks.

My favorite hot drinks:

  • Soy mocha latte. I was thrilled to learn that Starbucks’ mocha sauce is, in fact, vegan. Since I love chocolate, and espresso, this has been my latest go-to for hot drinks. Not only does it fulfill a sweet tooth craving, but it wakes you up. Just remember to order it without the whipped cream.
  • Soy hot chocolate. For those who are less of a fan of caffeine, or coffee, you can still get a Starbucks hot chocolate. It’s made almost exactly the same as a soy mocha latte; the only difference is that a soy hot chocolate is made without espresso, and also includes vanilla. Also like the soy mocha latte, don’t forget to say “no whip.”
  • Vanilla latte with coconut milk. If I’m in less of a mood for something sweet, but would still like some flavor, I often go for a vanilla latte. Why coconut milk instead of soy? Personally, for this pairing specifically, I think it tastes better.

My favorite iced drinks:

  • Iced cinnamon almond milk macchiato. Before going vegan, I used to enjoy an occasional iced caramel macchiato, but since that drink isn’t vegan, I’ve had to find other options. Luckily, this past summer, Starbucks came out with this drink, which is just as good, maybe even better, than a caramel macchiato.
  • Iced coconut milk macchiato. Wanting something a little lighter in flavor, perhaps for warmer weather? This is a great option for that. If you’re already feeling energized, you may consider asking for decaf.
  • Pink drink. During the summertime, if I want something sweet and fun, I go for the pink drink, which is essentially a strawberrry acai refreshers with coconut milk instead of water. (Fun fact: Refreshers contain more caffeine than coffee but lack the nasty carcinogens.)

While there are many other options for drinks at Starbucks, coffee and tea included, these are a few of my favorites. Be sure to check out Peta’s guide, which I provided a link for above, to gain a more in-depth understanding of do’s and don’ts at Starbucks. Be aware, however, that Peta’s list is not exhaustive; for instance, it doesn’t mention that chai tea lattes contain honey and should be avoided. You can always visit the Starbucks website to view explore the various drink ingredient lists for yourself.

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