15 Starbucks Chai Drinks (Including Secret Menu)

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Chai drinks are some of the most popular on the Starbucks tea menu. From tea lattes to Frappuccinos, here’s a list of 15 drinks made with chai, including secret menu.

Six photo grid showing five Starbucks drinks with chai.

Chai Drinks at Starbucks

Chai (originally from India and shortened from masala chai) is tea that’s flavored with spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and ginger.

At Starbucks, chai comes in a chai concentrate and tea bags, depending on the drink.

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3 Ways to Add Chai to a Drink

  1. Chai tea concentrate
    The chai concentrate at Starbucks is by Tazo and it’s pre-sweetened so there’s no way to get it unsweetened. Add pumps of this concentrate when you want to add chai flavor to a drink.
  2. Chai tea bags
    Brewed tea is made using chai tea sachets by Teavana. For brewed tea that’s bigger than a grande size, you can mix and match tea sachets, so try a cup with a tea like English Breakfast and one chai tea bag.
  3. Chai cold foam (Secret menu)
    Ask for 2 pumps of chai to be added to vanilla sweet cream cold foam to create a customized chai cold foam for iced drinks.

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Tips On Ordering Chai Drinks

  • Chai Latte, Iced Chai Latte, and Chai Frappuccino are all made with the chai tea concentrate. You can’t make any of these drinks less sweet since the concentrate is already sweetened.
  • Brewed chai (tea bags in hot water) is the only drink made using chai tea bags.
  • Chai is made with black tea, so there’s caffeine in all chai drinks.
  • Chai and pumpkin spice share similar spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves) so they go well together. Try adding pumps of chai into a pumpkin spice drink. Note that this is seasonal since pumpkin spice is only available a few months out of the year.
  • To sweeten chai, try adding vanilla syrup, brown sugar syrup, cinnamon dolce syrup, or apple brown sugar syrup (seasonal).

Best Chai Starbucks Drinks, Ranked

There are just 4 chai drinks on the Starbucks official menu. Here is a ranked list, starting with the best and most popular.

1. Chai Tea Latte
2% Milk + Water + Chai Tea Concentrate
Caffeine in a grande: 95 mg
Calories in a grande: 240
Sugar in a grande: 42 g

The most popular Starbucks chai drink, a common way to customize it is to order it without the water for a creamier texture.
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti
MAKE IT AT HOME: Starbucks Chai Latte Copycat

2. Iced Chai Latte
Ice + 2% Milk + Chai Tea Concentrate
Caffeine in a grande: 95 mg
Calories in a grande: 240
Sugar in a grande: 42 g

To make this drink decadent, add vanilla sweet cream cold foam.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti
MAKE IT AT HOME: Starbucks Iced Chai Tea Latte Copycat

3. Chai Crème Frappuccino
Ice + Whole Milk + Crème Frappuccino Syrup + Chai Concentrate + Whipped Cream + Cinnamon Powder
Caffeine in a grande: 40 mg
Calories in a grande: 340
Sugar in a grande: 45 g

A frozen chai drink made in a blender, it’s often customized with caramel drizzle.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti
MAKE IT AT HOME: Starbucks Chai Frappuccino Copycat

4. Chai Tea
Chai Tea Bags + Water 
Caffeine in a grande: 40 mg
Calories in a grande: 0
Sugar in a grande: 0 g

If you’re looking for a simple brewed hot tea that’s just hot water and a tea bag, this is it.
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

Secret Menu Chai Drinks

Secret menu items are customized Starbucks official menu drinks that got popular on social media.

Baristas aren’t trained on making secret menu drinks, so instead of ordering by the secret menu name, give them the recipe, letting them know the exact list of what ingredients and how it should be made.

It’s best to order in person and be aware that with supply shortages, Starbucks may not have all the ingredients to make a secret menu drink.

5. Tiktok Iced Chai Latte
Base drink: Iced Chai Latte
Customizations: Substitute oatmilk instead of 2% milk, 2 pumps of brown sugar syrup, and vanilla sweet cream cold foam
How to order: “Can I get a grande Iced Chai Latte with oat milk, 2 pumps brown sugar syrup, and vanilla sweet cream cold foam?”

This drink is incredibly popular and once you taste it, you’ll know why. If you love Iced Chai Latte, you’ll probably love this even more.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

6. Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte [Seasonal]
Base drink: Chai Latte
Customizations: 2 pumps of pumpkin sauce, whipped cream optional
How to order: “Can I get a grande Chai Latte with 2 pumps pumpkin sauce?”

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte used to be on the official menu at one point, but it’s no longer. There are a lot of shared spices in pumpkin spice and chai so they naturally go well together. This drink is seasonal due to the pumpkin sauce.
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti
MAKE IT AT HOME: Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

7. White Chocolate Cinnamon Chai Latte
Base drink: Chai Latte
Customizations: 2 pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup, 2 pump of white mocha sauce, whipped cream, cinnamon dolce powder
How to order: “Can I get a grande Chai Latte with 2 pumps cinnamon dolce and 2 pumps white mocha, then topped off with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce power?”

Cinnamon, chai, and white mocha make this drink a sweet treat.
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

8. Eggnog Latte
Base drink: Chai Latte
Customizations: 2 pumps of caramel sauce
How to order: “Can I get a grande Chai Latte with 2 pumps caramel?”

Eggnog Lattes are no longer on the official Starbucks menu but you can get this version that’s available all year.
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

9. Dirty Chai Latte
Base drink: Chai Latte
Customizations: 1-2 shots of espresso
How to order: “Can I get a grande Chai Latte with a shot of espresso?”

You can order this drink hot or iced. To order it a Dirty Chai Frappuccino, say “Can I get a grande Chai Frappuccino with a shot of espresso blended in?”
Drink sizes: Short, Tall, Grande, Venti

10. Pumpkin Patch Latte [Seasonal]
Base drink: Iced Chai Latte
Customizations: Pumpkin cream cold foam
How to order: “Can I get a grande Iced Chai Latte with pumpkin cream cold foam?”

This is a seasonal drink since pumpkin cream cold foam isn’t available year-round.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

11. Apple Pie Frappuccino [Seasonal]
Base drink: Chai Frappuccino
Customizations: 2 pumps of apple brown sugar syrup, apple spice drizzle, and caramel drizzle
How to order: “Can I get a grande Chai Frappuccino with 2 pumps apple brown sugar syrup, apple spice drizzle, and caramel drizzle?” 

This drink is seasonal since it’s made with apple brown sugar syrup.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

12. Flannel Frappuccino [Seasonal]
Base drink: Chai Frappuccino
Customizations: 1 pump of pumpkin sauce, apple spice drizzle
How to order: “Can I get a grande Chai Frappuccino with 1 pump pumpkin sauce and apple spice drizzle?”

Both the pumpkin sauce and apple spice drizzle are seasonal.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

13. Cha Cha Latte
Base drink: Iced Matcha Latte
Customizations: 2 pumps of chai syrup
How to order: “Can I get a grande Iced Matcha Latte with 2 pumps chai?”

This drink is also known as the TikTok Iced Matcha Latte with Chai. You can get this hot or iced.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti

14. Pumpkin Butter Cold Brew [Seasonal]
Base drink: Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
Customizations: no vanilla syrup, 2 pumps of white chocolate mocha sauce, 1 pump of cinnamon dolce syrup, 1 pump of chai, cinnamon powder on top of the foam
How to order: “Can I get a grande Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew without vanilla syrup, but with 2 pumps white mocha, 1 pump cinnamon dolce, 1 pump chai, and cinnamon powder on top of the foam

A sweet twist on a seasonal cold brew.
Drink sizes: Tall, Grande, Venti, Trenta

15. Gingerbread Cookie
Base drink: Chai Latte
Customizations: Oatmilk instead of 2% milk, brown sugar syrup, whipped cream
How to order: “Can I get a grande oatmilk Chai Latte with brown sugar syrup and whipped cream?”

Even though gingerbread syrup is no longer available at Starbucks, you can customize a Chai Latte to make a drink that tastes just like a gingerbread cookie.

Questions You May Have

Is Starbucks Chai Latte healthy?

The Chai Latte is delicious, but there’s quite a bit of sugar in the drink. A grande has 45 g of sugar, a little more than a can of Coke, which ha 39 g of sugar.

Is there caffeine in chai?

Yes, there’s caffeine in both the brewed chai and in the chai concentrate.

What’s in Starbucks chai tea concentrate?

There’s black tea, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, sugar, honey, ginger juice, vanilla, natural flavors, and citric acid in the chai tea concentrate at Starbucks.

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