10 Starbucks Drinks for Kids You Didn’t Know You Could Order

Are there kid-friendly Starbucks drinks? Of course! Here are the most delicious Starbucks drinks for kids to add to your next drive-thru order.

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Teavana Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade with Coconut Milk
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Here’s a tip: When you order lemonade for your little one at Starbucks, be aware that it’s completely unsweetened. You may want to consider requesting it with classic syrup and coconut milk so it’s not too sour. Check the Test Kitchen’s notes on milk alternatives before you order.

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Young teenage girl enjoying a starbucks holiday drink outside in the snow

Hot Chocolate

No child (or adult for that matter) can resist a steaming mug of hot cocoa on a cold day. The Starbucks version, with whipped cream and a chocolate drizzle, is simply decadent. Pair it with two cake pops for a secret discount.

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Espresso Blended Beverages served in the hand inside of starbuck shop at Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand.
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Caramel Apple Spice

Nothing quite says fall like hot apple cider. And while this seasonal sip—with fresh apple juice, cinnamon syrup, whipped cream and caramel—isn’t actual cider, it’s definitely the next best thing. (This is the difference between apple juice and apple cider.)

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Starbucks paper cup


Does your kid love vanilla, pumpkin spice or cinnamon? Here’s the right drink! You can snag a steamer—which is simply steamed milk—with any flavor syrup that Starbucks offers. See our copycat recipe you can make at home.

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A cup of Starbucks coffee blended beverages, Vanilla bean frappuccino

Creme Frappuccinos

Name one Starbucks drink more delicious than a Frappuccino… we’ll wait. And while most of the frozen favorites have coffee, none of the creme-based ones (like vanilla bean) do. That mean’s they’re a perfect treat for your kiddo—just opt for a smaller size like a tall or mini to avoid the inevitable sugar crash. Psst! These kid-friendly snacks help curb sugar cravings.

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Blended Strawberry Lemonade
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Blended Strawberry Lemonade

Is it frozen lemonade or a strawberry slush? The correct answer would be both. This fruity concoction has the consistency of the frozen lemonade you get at the beach in the summer but with a splash of strawberry juice that gives it a little something extra. Get our copycat recipe here.

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Starbucks smoothies on a platter
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Sure, you can make your own smoothies at home, but when you’re pressed for time or when your child is complaining that they’re hungry in the car, these Starbucks frozen treats will do. Each of the flavors (including strawberry and orange mango) are made with a whole banana—which is an ingredient that packs some surprising benefits.

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Purple Drink

Yes, kids can safely sip on the secret-menu beverage that took Instagram by storm. It’s as pretty as it is good for you! What’s in the Purple Drink? Just herbal iced tea, soy milk, vanilla syrup and lots of fresh blackberries. Follow it up with these juicy blackberry desserts.

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Bangkok Thailand: Starbucks Hot Coffee Cups Beverage Tall size and Grande size
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Don’t let the name fool you—this frothy beverage is for kids of all ages. Made with just milk, it’s like a cappuccino but without the espresso (and the caffeine). It isn’t on the menu, though, so you’ll have to make a special request. See what else is on the secret menu at Starbucks.

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Evolution Fresh™ Cold-Pressed Juice
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Blended Juice Drink

Here’s something most people don’t know: You can ask your Starbucks barista to blend any of their fresh-pressed juices with ice to make a better-for-you slushie. It’s refreshing and it will give your kids a boost of antioxidants. These are some of the other surprisingly healthy Starbucks drinks you can order.

Amanda Tarlton
Amanda has more than a decade of media experience, specifically in product testing in the cooking and lifestyle space. As a freelancer for Taste of Home, Amanda writes mostly about foodie finds, home and lifestyle goods and cooking and baking utensils that make life easier (and more fun!). Outside of freelancing, Amanda is the executive editor of commerce at Field & Stream.
When she's not working, Amanda is on the lookout for the best pizzas in town or testing out secret menu items at restaurants and coffee shops.