These 7 Creative Starbucks Concoctions Will Make Sipping Sweeter and Are Under $5!

Starbucks is beloved for its variety of beverage choices (not just the Pumpkin Spice Latte, regardless of what PSL stans try to tell you). Whether you need a serious caffeinated boost or you're craving one of the more dessert-like drink options, the coffee shop has something for everyone. That said, buying Starbucks every day can be tough on your wallet. If you are looking to spend a little less but still want to satisfy your daily cravings at the fan-favorite coffee chain, you might assume you'll be stuck sipping plain, black coffee or tea. But that's not the case. The cheapest Starbucks drinks you can order have surprising range.

There are regular menu items that come in under $5, including smaller size options of the Pink Drink, a Coffee Frappuccino, or a Blonde Vanilla Latte. But a Starbucks barista also shared the best customized options that aren't always advertised, and that may let you get a little more for under five bucks. Whether you like fruity beverages, chocolatey concoctions, or creamy creations, whether you're into sipping something cold and refreshing or wrapping your hands around a cup of warmth, these delicious drinks are worth every penny.

Note: Prices are for tall-size drinks. Prices and selection may differ in different geographic locations.

Additional reporting by Emily Co, Jenny Sugar, and Naomi Parris


Raspberry Passion Tea Lemonade

Cost: $3.45 (price includes syrup)

What it is: The Raspberry Passion Tea Lemonade is basically a mix of iced herbal tea and lemonade with a pump of raspberry syrup. This drink is refreshing and delicious . . . and doubles as the perfect instagram Story picture.


Iced Coffee With Milk and Flavored Syrup

Cost: $3.75 (price includes syrup and milk)

What it is: Spice up your iced coffee with milk and your choice of flavored syrup. Here's a list of syrups from the barista (selection may vary in different locations):

  • Caramel
  • Sugar-free caramel
  • Hazelnut
  • Sugar-free hazelnut
  • Cinnamon dolce
  • Sugar-free cinnamon dolce
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar-free vanilla
  • Peppermint
  • Raspberry
  • Toffee nut
  • Classic — a simple syrup that has no flavor but adds sweetness
  • Coconut (seasonal, available during the summer)
  • Gingerbread (seasonal, available during the winter)
  • Pumpkin spice (seasonal, available during the fall)

Strawberry Blend Lemonade

Cost: $4.25

What it is: Fancy a lemonade to cool you down? Try the Strawberry Blend Lemonade, a Starbucks drink that's full of fruity goodness. It's a mix of strawberry puree, lemonade, and ice.


Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

Cost: $4.65 (for an added twist but a little extra cash, add a pump of raspberry syrup for 80 cents)

What it is: This drink-slash-dessert is a sweet blend of vanilla bean, milk, and ice.


Iced Vanilla Americano

Cost: $4.05 (price includes syrup)

What it is: Americano is basically water added to espresso. Add two pumps of vanilla syrup to it, and you'll have a refreshing iced vanilla Americano.


Minty Hot Chocolate

Cost: $3.45 (price includes syrup)

What it is: The Starbucks hot chocolate contains steamed milk, vanilla, and mocha-flavored syrup. But for an added kick, add a pump of peppermint syrup to remind you of Christmas! In our opinion, it's never too early for the yuletide cheer — but the barista recommends replacing the syrup with toffee nut, caramel, or raspberry if peppermint's not your thing.


Caramel Apple Spice

Cost: $3.55

What it is: A fall and winter favorite, this drink will remind you of a cozy fireplace setting. It consists of steamed, freshly pressed apple juice and cinnamon syrup. The barista will top it with sweetened whipped cream and caramel syrup, too.