Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images News/Getty Images

The Strongest Starbucks Drinks That Will Actually Keep You Awake, Ranked


I am completely unashamed to say that Starbucks one of my favorite places on earth for a multitude of reasons. Aside from the fact that I can literally get whatever my heart desires, it's a haven for deliciously caffeinated beverages — and to be honest, that's all I ever really need for a slightly successful day. If life is getting you down, this list of the strongest Starbucks drinks will most definitely pick you up.

It's pretty hard for me to actually pick my number one favorite Starbucks beverage, because it all depends on what I'm in the mood for. When I'm feeling like getting a little cozy, I'll most likely order a soy latte — and if I'm feeling super active, there's definitely a chance I'll be ordering something with matcha or espresso in it. My order always depends on my mood, and — most importantly — how much caffeine I'm looking for.

Since caffeine pretty much fuels my entire day, I looked into which drinks I can rely on to have the most oomph to them. Here are some of the best and most caffeinated Starbucks drinks, according to a Starbucks spokesperson. Aside from keeping you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, each of them are guaranteed to be really freaking delicious. You might be surprised by the options.

Nitro Cold Brew


Everyone loves a classic cup of cold brew, and it's even better when infused with nitrogen. According to Starbucks, adding nitrogen to cold brew gives it a naturally sweeter flavor, in addition to a softer, more velvety texture. Bottom line: The nitrogen is what makes this drink extra delicious. And the best part is that it'll give you the most energy of all, with an impressive 280 milligrams of caffeine. I don't know what your plans are for your coffee break, but mine will definitely include a Nitro Cold Brew. I don't even care if it's snowing outside right now, to be quite honest.

Iced Blonde Caffè Americano

Ah, the new and already famous Blonde espresso. It's light, sweet, and you don't realize that it packs a punch until you've already downed a decent amount of it. According to Starbucks, when multiple shots of the Blonde are combined with water, it gets kind of creamy — and with a little added ice, you'll have yourself an Iced Blonde Caffè Americano. With such a sweet and delicious taste and 255 milligrams of caffeine, you won't even realize you're getting a massive caffeine buzz.

Iced Latte Macchiato

The Iced Latte Macchiato is a totally new twist on an old favorite. Per the Starbucks website, the refreshing drink is a dangerously tasty combination of espresso shots, whole milk, and ice, resulting in a super roast-y taste. With 225 milligrams of caffeine, this drink is not only super tasty, but it also packs an icy punch to conquer any rough day, math test, or hangover.

Starbucks Double Shot Energy


Labeled as an "energy coffee beverage" the Starbucks Double Shot Energy is a ready-to-drink beverage that you can store in your bag for later. According to the Starbucks website, it comes in several flavors including vanilla, mocha, coffee, white chocolate, and Mexican mocha. It's enhanced with ginseng, guarana, Vitamin B, and, of course, Starbucks coffee. It has a hefty 146 milligrams of caffeine to get you through the day, so it should definitely be a top contender for any and all of your on-the-go energy needs.

Starbucks Plus K-Cups

Imagine that it's a Saturday morning and you're trying to get over the massive hangover acquired from last night's festivities. If your body is craving some of that good old fashioned caffeine without having to leave the house, rejoice, because Starbucks Plus K-Cups have double the caffeine of a regular Starbucks K-Cup. Starbucks Plus K-Cups include a whopping 260 milligrams of caffeine, so they're definitely strong AF. They come in Blonde Roast, Medium Roast, and Dark Roast, and if you haven't already given them a shot, they're pretty hard to beat.

Teavana Shaken Iced Black Tea

Maybe coffee isn't totally your thing, and that's completely OK! You don't have to miss out on all of the caffeinated fun. According to Starbucks' website, Teavana Shaken Iced Black Tea consists of lightly sweetened black tea that's shaken with ice. It's refreshing, and it even has 25 to 30 milligrams of caffeine to give you a boost. Although it isn't nearly as caffeinated as a coffee beverage, it's still something to keep you going through the day.

In short, there are plenty of highly-caffeinated Starbucks drinks, and not all of them are espresso-based. Whether you're in the mood for something iced, hot, or on-the-go, there's something caffeinated for everyone. TBH, that's all anyone really needs in life. If you have specific questions regarding caffeine and health, you should contact the National Coffee Association.

This article was originally published on