Breakfast drinks are an underrated beverage category. When deciding what to drink in the morning, we usually go for coffee, tea, or water. But there are a wide variety of options to wet your whistle and get you going for the day.
A quality breakfast drink can also double as a nutritious breakfast. That’s a win-win. Not everyone has time to eat a full, well-rounded breakfast. Having a delicious, drinkable breakfast solves that problem.
While coffee, in all its glorious forms, is the number one drink of choice in the AM, this list of the best breakfast drinks will expand your horizons and pleasantly surprise you.
We have included coffee, of course, however, read on to discover the plethora of other choices for your morning bevy. Morning may become your new favorite time of day with this beguiling list of the best breakfast drinks.
1. Iced Coffee
Our morning cup of joe is definitely at the top of the list when it comes to the best breakfast drinks. When the weather warms up, I love to make this easy iced coffee at home.
Pro-tip, brew a large pot of coffee and put it in the fridge to cool. That way, when you pour over ice, it won’t melt immediately. Add your favorite creamer and a little sugar if you like, then enjoy.
2. Cafe Mocha
Skip the coffee shop and make your favorite mocha at home with this simple recipe. Mocha’s feel like such a treat to me and are one of my favorite breakfast drinks.
The chocolate blended with the coffee and cream is a decadent treat. A cafe mocha is especially good with your favorite pastry.
Tea is a beloved breakfast drink and has been enjoyed in the mornings for millennia. Chai tea lattes have gained notoriety in the last few decades thanks to Starbucks.
This copycat recipe is a breeze to make at home. You can skip the long wait in line and savor every sip of this divine beverage in the comfort of your jammies at home.
You haven’t had strawberry milk like this before. There are no powders here, only fresh, natural ingredients. Making your own strawberry syrup is simple and creates the best strawberry flavor for your milk.
It comes together in just 15 minutes and is a flavorful, refreshing breakfast drink. This is one of those morning beverages the kids can’t get enough of.
No, a non-alcoholic mimosa isn’t just orange juice. It is a fun, delicious breakfast drink that is easy to make and perfect for anyone who wants to partake without alcohol.
Combine orange juice, pineapple juice, and sprite or sparkling water to create the fizz. This combination is a lovely alternative to the alcoholic version.
A list of the best breakfast drinks wouldn’t be complete without hot chocolate. This cozy, loved morning drink is easy to make at home. No need to use a store-bought package with this simple at-home recipe.
In 5 minutes, you are enjoying a rich, creamy mug of hot cocoa. It’s perfect to relish each sip wrapped in a blanket on a cold morning.
Some breakfast drinks feel more like dessert than a beverage, and I’m ok with that. If you like caramel, then you will love a caramel frappuccino. This easy at-home recipe comes together in 5 minutes and is just as good as the local coffee shop.
A chilled, blended coffee drink with caramel, milk, sugar, and coffee topped with whipped cream is a decadent, delicious morning treat.
A great way to get your nutrients during a busy morning is with a healthy smoothie. Smoothies are a wonderful way to have a nutritious breakfast drink on the run.
This recipe is perfect for meal prepping by creating smoothie packs ready to go straight from the freezer. With frozen fruit, spinach, banana, yogurt, and apple juice, your on-the-go healthy smoothie is ready.
9. Matcha Latte
Matcha tea is a powerhouse of cancer-fighting antioxidants. It’s no wonder matcha lattes are so popular. You can skip the coffeehouse and save a few bucks by making it at home. This DIY recipe is simple, quick to make, and one of the best breakfast drinks to enjoy in the mornings.
Not all healthy smoothies taste as good as this one. This easy recipe is full of protein and nutrients but tastes like a creamy milkshake even though it is dairy free.
Bananas and peanut butter are an irresistible combination. Blended into a healthy smoothie with ground flaxseed, chia seeds, almond milk, and protein powder creates a mouthwatering, delightful breakfast drink.
11. Dalgona Coffee
Expand your coffee-drinking horizons with a dalgona whipped coffee. This isn’t your average cup of joe. It is a beautiful blend of coffee, milk, water, and sugar whipped to creamy perfection.
Top it with chocolate shavings and whipped cream to round out this inviting morning beverage.
Some mornings are a rush to get out the door, and there isn’t time for breakfast. In that case, take 5 minutes and make this easy, healthy smoothie with frozen fruit. Just toss everything into a blender and mix. Boom! You are out the door with a flavorful breakfast drink that is also good for you.
13. Orange Julius
Save time and money by skipping a trip to the mall and going to your local Orange Julius. This copycat recipe is simple to make at home.
It takes a handful of ingredients and 5 minutes to create the legendary Orange Julius. The orange and vanilla flavors of this creamy, sweet drink are both satisfying and refreshing.
14. London Fog Latte
The London fog tea latte is a breakfast drink that creates little sips of heaven. 3 ingredients are all it takes to make this favorite latte. Something magical happens when the citrusy bergamot and touch of lavender in the earl grey tea mix with the frothy milk and vanilla. It truly is a divine experience to enjoy this breakfast drink.
15. Iced Tea
There is something about a refreshing glass of iced tea that really satisfies. Making a pitcher of sweet, brisk lemon iced tea is quick and easy with this simple recipe.
It is especially good on hot summer days. There are no rules when it comes to when you can enjoy this refreshing beverage. It makes a fabulous morning beverage.
This isn’t your average cappuccino. The homemade cinnamon syrup is next level for this DIY coffee drink. Cinnamon is a natural antioxidant so it is a healthy addition to your coffee. Mix espresso with frothed milk and cinnamon syrup for this inviting breakfast drink.
Healthy green smoothies are the champions of breakfast drinks. Smoothies double as breakfast and are packed full of nutrients. This spinach smoothie is no different. The mango adds sweetness, so there is no added sugar. It is a refreshing, healthy smoothie that will get your motor running.
18. Orange Juice
A best breakfast drinks list would be remiss not to include orange juice. The tart, fresh flavors of fresh squeezed orange juice is unparalleled to their store-bought counterparts.
Oranges are bursting with vitamin-c, supporting your immune system. Enjoying a glass of this refreshing fruit juice will brighten your morning and get you ready for the day.
19. Blushing Mimosas
Mimosas are by far one of the most beloved alcoholic breakfast drinks. No brunch is complete without this beloved beverage. Delicious, satisfying, and all-around fabulous, mimosas are fun to enjoy while brunching with the ladies and great for bridal showers.
This mimosa recipe adds a little zing to the traditional recipe by adding pineapple juice and grenadine. It’s a must-try.
20. Bloody Mary
Another favorite alcoholic breakfast drink is the incomparable bloody mary. Some call it a hangover cure, while others consider it a spiked nutritional breakfast.
Whatever you call it, it is a glass full of goodness. This recipe creates a bloody mary mix full of zing with zesty ingredients. Serve over ice cubes and garnish how you like and consider it a meal or the best breakfast drink ever.
21. Rumchata Coffee
Sometimes a morning cocktail is in order. Coffee rumchata is a scrumptious blend of coffee, rumchata (creamy Caribbean rum), cinnamon, and whipped cream.
Of course, you can skip the whipped cream and cinnamon and go straight for the spiked coffee. Either way, in the realm of the best breakfast drinks, this one will have you feeling those island vibes.
22. Irish Coffee
This one is for whiskey and coffee lovers. It is a beautiful blend of both worlds in a decadent breakfast drink. This recipe infuses coffee with Irish whiskey,
Baileys Irish cream, and brown sugar, then tops it off with homemade Baileys Irish cream whipped cream. To say it is a heavenly coffee cocktail would be an understatement.
23. Hot Apple Cider
During the colder months, a warm beverage in the morning is essential. Hot apple cider is a lovely alternative to coffee and gets you into the holiday spirit during the fall months. This one is great for the kiddos too. Hot apple cider and caramel blend together and are topped with whipped cream. It is a tasty treat worthy of any cold morning.
Stretch those barista muscles and make this brown sugar iced coffee. It is simple to make and comes together in 5 quick minutes. Not too sweet and not too strong, it has a wonderful balance of flavors. This iced breakfast drink will get your motor running on a hot summer morning.
This famous breakfast drink has its name for a reason. You will feel bulletproof after enjoying the blend of black coffee, butter, and MCT oil. Also known as butter coffee, bulletproof coffee is popular among the keto and paleo communities for its health benefits.
Full of healthy fats, it is a rich and creamy breakfast drink that doubles as breakfast. Some say it’s the breakfast of champions.
More breakfast recipes
25 Breakfast Drink Recipes
- 2 cups coffee chilled or room temperature
- 4 tablespoons half and half
- Fill 2 glasses with ice. Pour coffee over ice.
- Pour in half and half. Gently stir.