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How to Order Vanilla Iced Coffee at Starbucks in 3 Steps

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Erica Cervenkova

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There’s no denying it:

Vanilla Iced Coffee is one of the most popular items on the Starbucks menu. This is because there is a variety of vanilla iced drinks to soothe the desires of diverse customers.

With so many Iced Vanilla options, you may find it hard to properly communicate your order.


Starbucks has its unique cup sizes and terminologies. Not being familiar with them complicates things even further.


How do you order your Vanilla Iced Coffee smoothly?

There are three steps to making your order, but before we look at these steps:

Have this in the back of your mind:

You must know what Starbucks offers and what you want before approaching your barista. Otherwise, you may start second-guessing yourself, thus causing unnecessary hassle for everyone.


Here are the three steps in ordering Vanilla Iced Coffee at Starbucks.

Step 1: Choose Your Size

The first thing you want to do when ordering your Vanilla Iced Coffee is to specify the cup size you want.

To do this, You must know Starbucks cup sizes

The cup sizes are shown below:

Tall12 Ounces
Grande16 Ounces
Venti24 Ounces
Trenta31 Ounces
Starbucks Cup Sizes

Step 2: Choose Your Flavor

After specifying the cup size you want, you can request your favorite Vanilla Iced Coffee drink. There are several flavors of vanilla iced drinks at Starbucks. Here are some of the most popular ones:

Iced Vanilla Latte

The Iced Vanilla Latte is a full-bodied espresso blended with milk and vanilla syrup and served with ice. The ingredients for this classic espresso beverage are:

  • Ice
  • Milk
  • Brewed Espresso
  • Vanilla Syrup


Need that coffee drink to cool yourself down on a warm and sunny afternoon? The Vanilla iced Latte is your go-to drink. It comes in the Tall, Grande, and Venti sizes.

Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte

This smooth and subtly sweet classic espresso drink is one of the most beloved iced drinks Starbucks offers. It is a combination of the following ingredients:

  • Blonde Espresso
  • Ice
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Syrup

Like the Iced Vanilla Latte:

The Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte is only available in the Tall, Grande, and Venti Sizes.


To make things more interesting, you can customize your Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte to your taste. The most common customizations include:

  • Vanilla Syrup
  • Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
  • Oatmilk


You can combine your Blonde Vanilla Latte with vanilla sweet cream cold foam to give it an entirely different kick.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

To make this full-bodied espresso, Starbucks combines vanilla-flavored syrup with ice and milk, topped with a caramel drizzle for that mouth-licking finish.

Iced Caramel Macchiato also has the same sizes as the previous two.

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This Starbucks classic is a slow-steeped custom blend of its Cold Brew coffee. It is a combination of vanilla topped with house-made vanilla sweet cream that runs throughout the cup like a small waterfall.

Now here’s the thing:

The combination of Starbucks’ cold brewed coffee and vanilla sweet cream is the perfect blend. The former compliments the bold and rich flavors of the latter.


The combination adds extra vanilla directly to the coffee, bringing all the flavors together. You’ll find this drink in Tall, Grande, Venti, and Trenta sizes. For that extra sweetness in your drink, add extra caramel drizzle.

Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino

This caffeine-free drink is a kid’s favorite. It is a rich and creamy blend of vanilla bean, milk, and ice accented with whipped cream.

It gets even better:

You can try the Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino affogato-style. That is, pouring hot espresso shots over the top.

More vanilla iced coffee options? Starbucks also offers the following options:

  • Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew
  • Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino
  • Iced London Fog Tea Latte

Step 3: Choose Your Drink


By now, you know the different sizes and flavors of vanilla iced drinks at Starbucks.

The next step is ordering your drink.


Your order should be a combination of the cup size and flavor or vanilla iced coffee you want. It should also include the add-ons you prefer.

Here are some examples of what your order should look like:

Can I have an Iced Caramel Macchiato with almond milk and cinnamon syrup?”

Can I have an Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte with oat milk and cinnamon dolce syrup?”

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Ordering Iced Coffee at Starbucks

Cup Size

Don’t make the mistake of ordering your Vanilla Iced Coffee with the same cup size as other beverages. This is because iced coffee requires bigger cups as the ice takes up a lot of space. Thus, leaving less room for the coffee in your cup.

In other words:

You don’t get the satisfaction you need.

As you may have figured:

The simple solution to this is ordering a cup size bigger than what you would normally need for hot coffee.


Say you usually buy the 16-ounce hot grande, Vanilla Iced Coffee would require the 24-ounce Venti.

The extra 8 ounces make up for the space occupied by the ice and ensure that your add-ons are well-contained.

Undissolved Sugar

Unlike hot coffee, iced coffee doesn’t dissolve powdered sugar on time.

If you’re the type that likes your vanilla iced coffee a bit sweeter, this can be a problem. You may end up having a powdery and grainy drink.

To avoid such an unpleasant experience, opt for a simple syrup instead of the powdered one.


Here’s a summary of what we’ve learned so far:

  • Starbucks offers a variety of Vanilla Iced Coffee options.
  • Ice takes up a lot of space in the cup. Therefore, you need bigger cup sizes for Vanilla Iced Coffee.
  • Customization is key. You should know the right add-ons to put in your drink. The combination will ruin the drink.
  • Powdered sugar doesn’t dissolve quickly in iced coffee. Opt for simple syrup instead.

With all these in mind:

What is your favorite Vanilla Iced Coffee, and how do you like to customize it? Please leave a comment below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you ask for Vanilla Iced Coffee at Starbucks?

You can ask for Vanilla Iced Coffee by first specifying your preferred cup size. After that, you can choose your flavor and add-ons.

What is Vanilla Iced Coffee called at Starbucks?

There are different types of Vanilla Iced Coffee at Starbucks, and they all have different names. Some of the most popular ones include
●        Iced Caramel Macchiato
●        Iced Vanilla Latte
●        Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
●        Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

How do I order a good Vanilla Iced Coffee?

You can order a good Vanilla Iced Coffee by ensuring that you put only the right add-ons.

How many pumps of vanilla are in Vanilla Iced Coffee at Starbucks?

Typically, the vanilla pumps increase with the size. The Tall gets three pumps, and Grande and Venti have four and six, respectively.

Erica Cervenkova
Coffee Connoisseur, SCA Member

As a coffee connoisseur and member of the Specialty Coffee Association, I am dedicated to understanding the sustainability of coffee pods and the impact it has on the environment. My expertise lies in the realm of capsule coffee machines, from the likes of Keurig and Nespresso to other well-known US brands. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping others make informed decisions about their coffee choices. Whether you're a coffee enthusiast or just looking for a new way to enjoy your morning cup, I'm here to help.


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