15 Best Starbucks Teas You Need To Try (Hot & Cold)

There are many drinks at Starbucks, as the entire menu is basically customizable, but one thing the company has done is elevate tea.

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

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

15 Best Starbucks Teas You Need To Try

15. Iced Black Tea

If you love southern sweet tea, you will enjoy an Iced Black Tea from Starbucks.

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

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

Plus, it’s definitely caffeinated, 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 Unsweetened Peach Nectarine Tea

For a peachy flavor that is light, refreshing, and bubbly, consider ordering the Teavana Sparkling Unsweetened Peach Nectarine Green Tea, which comes in a bottle.

Added into the mix are nectarine and green tea flavors, plus the delicious zip of carbonation.

The tea has zero calories, zero fat, and zero sugar, so if you’re watching what you eat and drink, this is an excellent choice.

Ask for a Venti cup with ice and pour the tea in so that it stays colder longer!

13. Iced Green Tea Lemonade

For a cool drink on a warm day, try the Iced Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks.

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

While there is sugar in the lemonade, if it’s not sweet enough for your tastes, you can add Classic Syrup, Liquid Cane Sugar or Honey Blend.

Or you could add in pure sugar, Sugar in the Raw, honey, Splenda or Stevia in the Raw.

When drank as-is, a Grande Iced Green Tea Lemonade has only 50 calories, so it’s a fairly virtuous beverage as well.

12. Matcha Crème Green Tea Frappuccino

If you like green tea and matcha, but you’re craving a blended 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.

Mind you, a Grande has 420 calories and a whopping 61 grams of sugar, so it’s not for the faint of heart (or the diabetic).

11. Vanilla Chai Latte

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

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

A great substitution for regular milk is almond milk or coconut milk, making this the perfect beverage for non-dairy drinkers.

The Vanilla Chai Latte is also great as an iced drink, too.

10. Honey Citrus Mint Tea

The Honey Citrus Mint Tea started off its “life” at Starbucks on the Secret Menu – as a Medicine Ball Tea.

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

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

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

9. Iced Passion Tango Tea

At zero calories on its own, this blend of hibiscus, lemongrass, and apple in a tea are hand shaken with ice, for a simple but flavorful beverage that will transport you.

Add in liquid cane sugar or classic syrup for 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 just 50 calories (but 11 grams of sugar).

8. Raspberry Passion Tango Tea Lemonade

Raspberry Passion Tango Tea Lemonade

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

The resulting drink is a sweet, tropical tea that will have you reaching for your sunglasses and bathing suit and seeking out a pool to lounge by.

7. Iced Matcha Lemonade

For what Restaurant Clicks calls “sort of like the bohemian approach to an Arnold Palmer” order lemonade with the matcha tea blend over ice.

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

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

6. Iced Chai Tea Latte

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

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

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

5. London Fog Tea Latte

The author at Restaurant Clicks 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 swapping out the standard two-percent milk for soy milk, because it’s vanilla-flavored.

Don’t want to sweat in the hot summer sun with a warm tea beverage? 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 secretive – the Dirty Chai Latte, like a dirty martini, includes the addition of something.

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

You can also amp up the creaminess in the drink by asking for it “breve” – that means, steamed half and half, rather than the usual milk.

3. Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

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 isn’t 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, full-leaf black teas from India and Sri Lanka” is steeped and then sweetened with liquid cane sugar.

Because it only contains about 40 mg of caffeine, consider getting it “dirty” – with added espresso shots to help you power through your day.

2. Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade

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

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

They’re shaken together, and the flavors meld beautifully, while the color, a lovely, dreamy orange, is sure to enchant.

1. Mint Majesty

When you’re feeling under the weather, or you 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 let you sleep, this is the one for you, as it’s caffeine-free.

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

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


Tea has taken on a life of its own at Starbucks, with as many combinations – if not more – than there are coffee drinks.

These 15 teas represent the very best, whether they be Chai, black tea or green tea, on their own or with mix-ins.

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Mackenzie Jerks

Mackenzie is a freelance writer and editor, published author, and music enthusiast who holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. When she’s not writing, Mackenzie is either wrapped up in a book, discovering new music, or introducing herself to a new fitness regimen.

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