If you’re always looking for the healthiest way to indulge in treats, like your morning Starbucks run, you’ve probably tried Starbucks coconut milk. It is the second most healthy milk option on the menu, so it's no wonder there are so many incredible options to choose from.
Here we will walk you through the most delicious and satisfying coconut drinks on the Starbucks menu, so let's get to it!
Best Starbucks Coconut Drinks
Without further ado, below are the best coconut milk drinks you can order at Starbucks, categorized into coffee-based and fruitier drinks.
Coffee Based Coconut Drinks
If coffee and espresso are your jam, these are the best drinks you can order with coconut milk and coffee.
1. Toasted White Chocolate Mocha with Coconut Milk
The Starbucks Toasted White Chocolate Mocha with Coconut Milk is a welcomed and healthier alternative to the traditional white mochas you see on the menu. White Chocolate sauce is filled with calories and sugar, but coconut milk only has one-third of the calories of two-percent milk.
Overall, if you’re looking for a slightly less indulgent treat, the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha made with coconut milk will surely scratch that itch.
2. Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte
While the Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte is technically only featured seasonally, Starbucks carries all the ingredients year-round. This drink is so special because it's technically made upside-down with vanilla bean powder instead of vanilla syrup, giving it a unique and special flair.
This drink can come hot or iced and is an excellent alternative to a traditional vanilla latte!
3. Iced Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte
While this beverage is similar to the one listed above, it stands out because it uses blonde espresso shots instead of regular ones.
Blonde espresso has a brighter and more citrusy flavor profile than traditional espresso roasts and is more acidic and caffeinated. The bright flavor profile of the blonde espresso compliments the rich and creamy flavor notes of vanilla bean powder and coconut milk.
4. Coconut Milk Latte
A Coconut Milk Latte can be made both hot or iced. It is also the base of seemingly endless flavor possibilities. While you could order just a plain Coconut Milk Latte without any added sweetener, you could also add any flavor available such as mocha, vanilla, hazelnut, raspberry, pumpkin spice, chai, or even matcha.
The possibilities are endless for this incredibly versatile drink.
5. Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato
This stunning layered drink will take your taste buds on a whole journey! This drink is reminiscent of a Caramel Macchiato. However, it uses regular mocha, white mocha, and coconut milk instead of two percent. Lastly, this drink is topped with espresso shots and mocha drizzle.
This drink is ideal for chocolate lovers who also care about making healthier choices.
Fruity Coconut Drinks
If regular coffee isn’t your preference, here are some fun, colorful, and bright coconut drinks to keep you refreshed and energized.
6. Pink Drink
The Pink Drink started as a Starbucks Secret Menu item but quickly became popular. Starbucks finally added the Pink Drink to the permanent Starbucks menu, where it has lived for several years.
This drink is a Strawberry Acai refresher that replaces the water with coconut milk. The result is a stunning pastel pink drink with dried strawberry pieces. This famous drink started a whole line of delicious coconut milk refresher options that we will dig into below!
7. Dragon Drink
Like the Pink Drink, the Dragon Drink is a refresher that substitutes coconut milk for water. The Dragon Drink is a Dragon Fruit refresher that highlights the stunning magenta dragon fruit while also highlighting tart and sweet mango flavors.
This drink is a welcomed and refreshing spin-off of the Pink Drink!
8. Coconut Lime Refresher
This is another fun twist to a classic refresher at Starbucks. The Coconut Lime Refresher is super simple to order and is truly a perfect blend of flavors. Just order a Lime Refresher in whatever size you want and ask for coconut milk instead of water.
This beverage is a stunning light green with dried lime wheels. There is a reason there is a whole song about putting lime in a coconut and shaking it all up. The flavor combination is truly top-tier. It's the ideal drink to refresh you on those hot summer days.
9. Iced Golden Ginger Drink
This is arguably one of the most healthy drinks ever to hit the Starbucks menu. This special yellow drink boasts robust pineapple, turmeric, and ginger flavors. This concoction is shaken with coconut milk and served over ice.
Ginger and turmeric are known for their magical health benefits, such as boosting immunity, helping with inflammation, and settling digestive issues. This drink is stunning and delicious and packed to the brim with health benefits!
10. Star Drink
Like the Pink Drink and Dragon Drink, the Star Drink is a refresher base shaken with coconut milk instead of water. The base of the Star Drink is the Kiwi Refresher which has stunning chunks of kiwi shaken in that give it its rich green color.
The Star Drink is a caffeinated beverage made with Starbucks' signature green bean extract.
11. Iced Coconut Milk Matcha Latte
Matcha has been incredibly popular for years because of its many health benefits. Unlike coffee, matcha is known to provide a focus-driven caffeine boost that won't leave you with jitters or anxiety.
Matcha powder is made from green tea leaves ground into powder instead of steeped like regular green tea. The result is a much more concentrated flavor and nutrient profile. It is worth noting that Starbucks adds sugar to its matcha powder to make it more palatable right out of the gate.
While traditional Matcha is mixed with water, Matcha Lattes are popular in western culture and are made by combining matcha with milk. The Iced Coconut Milk Matcha Latte has all of the added health benefits of coconut milk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Starbucks coconut milk has about 1 gram of sugar per ounce of liquid. This means you will get two ounces of espresso and about 14 ounces of milk in a 16-ounce iced latte. This means it will have 14 grams of sugar.
Yes, Starbucks coconut milk has some extra ingredients. The ingredients include water, coconut cream, cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, coconut water concentrate, natural flavors, sea salt, carrageenan, gellan gum, corn dextrin, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2.
For this reason, it is closer to coconut cream than coconut milk.
Sometimes. Starbucks will carry coconut-flavored syrups sometimes in the spring and fall months. Even though this flavor does not come back regularly, it will pop back up occasionally.
Yes, kind of. While the verdict is out that Starbucks almond milk is the healthiest milk option available, coconut milk is the second-place option. This alternative does have a bit more sugar and calories than dietitians would prefer. But the option is still healthier and easier to digest than traditional cow's milk.
As a former barista, I can confidently tell you that coconut milk should probably not be your first choice if you’re a fan of hot steamed lattes. Of all of the milk and milk alternatives that Starbucks offers, coconut milk is the toughest one to create decadent foam with, and that foam quickly and easily separates from the rest of the liquid.
As far as milk alternatives go, the oat milk steams best. On the other hand, almond milk is a close second.
It is no secret that coconut milk is a highly versatile milk alternative that can mold well with espresso-based drinks or fun fruity beverages. It is an ideal choice for those looking for milk with a very mild flavor profile, an acceptable amount of sugar, and one that won’t hurt dairy-sensitive digestive systems.