Starbucks is a coffee shop that many people visit every day. They have many different drinks to choose from, and some of them are sugar-free. If you're diabetic, it's important to know which drinks at Starbucks are sugar-free so that you can order correctly and not put your health at risk. In this article, you will find the best sugar-free options at Starbucks!

How to Choose a Sugar-free Drink From Starbucks?

The regular drinks at Starbucks like brewed coffee, tea, iced coffee, Americano, and Chai Tea don't contain any added sugar and are naturally sugar-free.

When adding syrups, sweeteners, milk, and toppings it becomes a sugar bomb!

Most diabetics think that diabetes and Starbucks don't go together. Therefore it's important to mention that you are a diabetic when you order so that your sugar-free drink stays sugar-free.

The good part is that when you order sugar-free drinks, this will help cut down on calories and carbohydrates.

Either go for the standard Starbucks sugar-free drinks, which is the best option, or ask the person that takes your order to leave out any topping and syrups.

Some extra tips to choose the right Starbucks drink for diabetics:

  • Prefer adding sugar-free syrup like the sugar-free vanilla syrup or the sugar-free cinnamon dolce to your drinks.
  • Avoid adding regular syrup like vanilla, cinnamon dolce, brown sugar syrup, classic syrup, and liquid cane sugar.
  • Starbucks uses soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, and coconut milk that could potentially contain naturally occurring sugar or added sugar. Go for regular cow's milk or no milk at all to make sure your drink is 100% sugar-free. Non-dairy milk doesn't mean your drink is sugar-free.
  • Replace sugary toppings with some extra steamed milk foam or some cinnamon for extra flavor.
  • Stay away from packaged Starbucks drinks like Starbucks Refreshers and Starbucks chai drinks. They come premixed and contain added sugar.
  • Avoid flavored coffee drinks like the Iced Mocha and Iced Caramel Macchiato.
  • Avoid Frappuccinos, they contain syrup and added sugar.
  • Always ask if you are not aware of the contents of your drinks.

The 22 Best Sugar-free Starbucks Drinks:

Below you can find the most popular sugar-free beverages from Starbucks. Each drink will include an explanation of your experience to better understand your needs.

All nutritional information on these sugar-free drinks is the "Short" version of Starbucks drinks.

1. Brewed Coffee (Black Coffee)

You can't go wrong with a classic cup of coffee. This is a sugar-free drink that contains 0 grams of sugar. You can add milk, but make sure it's cow's milk and not almond milk, soy milk, or any other type of non-dairy milk as they contain naturally-occurring sugars.

Starbucks has 4 blends of Coffee (Short):

  • Veranda Blend: Calories: 5 and Sugars: 0 g
  • Dark Roast: Calories: 5 and Sugars: 0 g
  • Pike Place Roast: Calories: 5 and Sugars: 0 g
  • Decaf Pike Place Roast: Calories: 5 and Sugars: 0 g

2. Caffè Americano

An Americano is an espresso with hot water added to it. This is another great sugar-free option that you can enjoy at Starbucks.

  • Caffè Americano: Calories: 15 and Sugars: 0 g

3. Espresso

An Espresso is a concentrated coffee that is full of flavor. This is a great choice for those who want a sugar-free drink but don't want to add milk or water to their coffee.

  • Espresso nutrition: Calories: 5 and Sugars: 0 g

4. Cold Brew Coffee

Starbucks Cold Brew coffee is a refreshing and sugar-free choice. This coffee is made with cold water, which gives it a smoother taste.

  • Cold Brew Coffee: Calories: 5 and Sugars: 0 g

5. Nitro Cold Brew

This cold brew from Starbucks has a creamy and sweet taste without all the sugar. It's made with cold brew coffee that has been infused with nitrogen and makes the perfect sugar-free Starbucks drink.

  • Calories: 5 and Sugar: 0 g

6. Iced Black Tea

A refreshing and sugar-free choice, iced black tea is perfect for hot summer days.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

7. Iced Green Tea

Iced green tea is a great choice if you're looking for something that is both sugar-free and refreshing.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

8. Iced Passion Tango Tea

The Passion Tango Iced tea is an amazing choice for those who are looking for a sugar-free drink with a mix of hibiscus, lemongrass, and apple. An absolutely refreshing and flavorous tea on the rocks.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

9. Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee is a great choice for hot summer days. This sugar-free drink is made with brewed coffee that is poured over ice. You can add milk to this drink, but make sure it's free from added sugar and natural sugars.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

10. Chai Tea

Chai tea offers a tasty and sugar-free way to enjoy a warm cup of tea. This spiced tea is mixed with clove, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger notes. It has a sweet and creamy taste.

Ask for the Starbucks tea bags and not the concentrate that is full of sugar.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

11. Earl Grey Tea

Earl Grey tea is a great sugar-free option at Starbucks. You can choose from many different types of tea, including black tea, green tea, and herbal tea. All of these teas are naturally sugar-free and make for a great cup of tea.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

12. Organic Green Tea

Another fine choice of tea and a great sugar-free option at Starbucks that is caffeine-free.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

13. Jade Citrus Mint Tea

A green tea infused with delicious tastes from lemon verbena and a hint of spearmint.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

14. Peach Tranquility Tea

A delicious hot herbal tea that is caffeine-free and infused with peach, pineapple, chamomile blossoms, lemon verbena, and rose hips.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

15. Emperor’s Clouds & Mist Tea

Another fine selection of tea at Starbucks that is sugar-free and full of flavor. This particular tea is a green tea that has a light and slightly sweet taste.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

16. Mint Majesty

This lemon verbena herbal tea is flavored with spearmint and peppermint leaves, making it very refreshing.

Not only it's caffeine-free, but it’s also free of carbohydrates, calories, and doesn't contain any grams of sugar.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g

17. Hawaii Volcanic Water

The best way to stay hydrated and healthy is by drinking water. At Starbucks, you can find a variety of waters to choose from including sparkling water, still water, and flavored water. All of these waters are sugar-free and a great way to stay hydrated.

  • Calories: 0 and Sugar: 0 g


There are plenty of more "sugar-free Starbucks drinks" you can order but most of them will have naturally occurring sugar added because of the cream, half steamed milk, or milk added to it.

18. Pink Drink Alternative

The original Pink Drink is not sugar-free. You may make your own sugar-free version with iced passion tea with zero sugar, four pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, and freeze-dried strawberries. Pay attention to the added strawberries which contain some grams of sugar.

19. Chai Tea Latte

A Chai Tea Latte is made with sweetened tea, spices, and milk. Prefer a chai latte with no added sugar? Ask for a brewed chai tea or a latte made with chai tea bags.

  • Calories: 120 and Sugar: 21 g and Fat: 2 g

20. Skinny Hot Chocolate

The Skinny Hot Chocolate is a skinnier version of the original one. It contains sugar-free syrups, non-fat milk, and reduces the sugar content by over 20 grams.

  • Calories: 80 and Sugar: 8 g and Fat: 1 g

21. Flat White

A flat white is a combination of espresso and steamed milk. It contains sugar from the milk added but overall it's a sugar-free drink. Changing the type of milk can influence the sugar intake of this drink.

  • Calories: 110 and Sugar: 8 g and Fat: 5 g

22. Regular Cappuccino

Cappuccino is made with espresso, steamed milk, and foam. Espresso is sugar-free but a short cappuccino contains easily 6 grams of sugar.

  • Calories: 70 and Sugar: 6 g and Fat: 2.5 g

What Starbucks Ingredients To Avoid?

There are many Starbucks ingredients to add to the list of "unsafe for diabetics".

1. Sugary syrups

Vanilla, cinnamon dolce, brown sugar syrup, classic syrup, and liquid cane sugar are all examples of sugary syrups.

2. Sweeteners

Sweeteners like honey and agave nectar can cause a spike in blood sugar levels.

3. Non-Dairy Milk

Soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, and coconut milk all contain naturally-occurring sugars or added sugars. Stick to regular cow's milk or no milk at all.

4. Toppings

Toppings like whipped cream and chocolate chips can add extra sugar to your drink.

5. Flavored coffee drinks

Drinks like the Iced Mocha and Iced Caramel Macchiato are loaded with sugar.

6. Frappuccinos

These drinks contain syrup and added sugar, making them a no-go for diabetics.

7. Packaged Starbucks drinks

Starbucks Refreshers and Starbucks chai drinks come premixed and contain added sugar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Starbucks Have Sugar-free Syrups?

Luckily there are some great sugar-free syrup options available at Starbucks. These include:

  • sugar-free vanilla
  • sugar-free cinnamon dolce
  • sugar-free hazelnut
  • sugar-free caramel

Conclusion

Now that you know what to order at Starbucks when you're trying to go sugar-free, you can enjoy your coffee or tea without worrying about your blood sugar levels!

Just remember to ask for no sweeteners, syrups, or toppings, and stick to regular cow's milk or no milk at all. You'll be sure to enjoy a delicious and safe drink!

About the Author

Ely Fornoville

Hi, I'm Ely Fornoville and I am the founder of Diabetic & Me. Being a type 1 diabetic since 1996 I developed a passion to help people learn more about diabetes. I write about diabetes and share stories from other diabetics around the world. I am currently using a Freestyle Libre CGM and a Minimed 640G insulin pump with Humalog.

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