If you are like me and don’t like coffee, you have probably experienced an ever-awkward Starbucks excursion with your friends. You walk in, wait on line, your friends order their lattes, cappuccinos, and Americanos, and you are left ordering ice water or mediocre herbal tea. Well, I am here to tell you that you can do better. Check out these six delicious drinks that you can order even if coffee is not your thing.
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1. Iced Green Tea
This drink is mellow, fresh, and just what you need to quench your thirst. Infused with the wonderful flavors of lemongrass and spearmint, it has just the right amount of caffeine to deliver the perfect pick-me-up without leaving you feeling jittery or causing a sugar crash (there’s no sugar added). Plus, the lemongrass and the spearmint ensure that you don’t get any of the unpleasant bitterness that so often goes hand-in-hand with green tea.
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2. Frappuccino (Green Tea or Vanilla)
Craving something a little sweet? The Starbucks frappuccino menu — and by frappuccino we mean milkshakes for adults — has got you covered. There are an array of seasonal and classic options to choose from, ranging from strawberries and cream to smores, but I recommend either the vanilla option if you are looking for something classic or the green tea if you want to be a bit exotic. Either way, frappuccinos are a wonderful way to add a little sweetness to your life without having to go to the ice cream parlor.
3. Chai Tea Latte
There are multiple people in my life who simply can’t start their day without their chai tea latte. Whether you choose to get it iced, soy, coconut, or without water, this tea-based take on the traditional coffee latte is sweet and a little bit spicy, without all the acidic bitterness that makes coffee so unappealing (at least to me). Plus, a little goes a long way so you won’t feel the need to order a venti-sized cup every time you go to Starbucks.
4. Passion Tea Lemonade
Looking for something cool and refreshing that still has a little kick? Try a passion tea lemonade. It is subtle and not too sugary, featuring a wonderfully authentic fruity flavor without being too sweet. It goes perfectly with a lunchtime sandwich or works well as an afternoon treat. After you try it, you’ll be wishing you had offered it at your childhood lemonade stand.
5. Orange Mango Smoothie
In need of a little nutrition in your drink? Try an orange mango smoothie, made with fresh banana, orange mango juice, protein power, and ice. This creamy, exotic blend is sweet and delicious but will also leave you feeling full and satisfied. Not feeling the orange mango? Don’t worry! Try sweet greens or strawberry-flavored alternatives for the perfect summer delight.
6. Caramel Apple Spice
Feeling left out of the pumpkin spice latte obsession that crops up every fall? Wishing you could enjoy the comforting warmth of a fall drink year round and ditch the coffee? Well search no longer. The trick is to order a caramel apple spice drink off the kid’s menu. We know, it’s a complete hack. If you’re longing for the toasty warmth of a woolly blanket and crackling fire, but don’t have the luxury of escaping to a cabin, 100% pressed apple juice sweetened with cinnamon syrup, and garnished with whipped cream strikes a soothing balance between sweet and tart that never fails to hit the spot.
You may not love trips to Starbucks with friends because you would rather go to a home-grown coffee place or tea house. But if you have to go for social reasons, the six options above should give you some fun choices to consider.
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