Here’s something I never thought I’d write: I’ve been reducing my caffeine intake. Turns out, you actually can have too much and my caffeine intake had slowly creeped up to a place where it was starting to negatively effect my health.
But, I didn’t realize how difficult it was going to be to reduce my caffeine intake, especially since making and getting drinks with caffeine has become such a large part of my habits and daily life.
Drop kids off at dance? Go get a coffee while you wait. Drop kids off at summer camp? Go work at Starbucks while you’re waiting. A lot of parenting is driving people places and then… waiting! And sitting in your car in 100 degree heat is no fun, so I find myself popping in to different places to grab a drink and sit down just to pass the time or be productive for that pocket of time.
I share this because I know I’m not the only person who is probably struggling with this and I’m here to tell you – you can enjoy a drink at one of your favorite places while also reducing your caffeine intake.
So, after trying a bunch of non-caffeinated drinks at Dutch Bros over the past few weeks, I’ve decided to round up some of my favorites. But, watch out, these drinks are so delicious, you might find yourself ordering them instead of a coffee (gasp! shock!). Not a bad thing, though, especially if you’ve already had your coffee and you actually want to sleep at night, lol.
Without further ado, here are some of my favorite drinks at DB when I need to cut caffeine:
1. Dutch Bros High Dive Lemonade:
This drink is so delicious – it’s practically magical. It has a similar taste profile to the best Dutch Bros Rebel of all time. It literally tastes like a cup of sunshine. It’s so good.
They start with pomegranate and peach syrups added to lemonade, then they drizzle a tropical fruit syrup on top that adds a little bit of sweet/sour taste to it. It’s just the most brilliant combination.
And, since it’s just lemonade, syrups and a drizzle, you are looking at a very refreshing, super delicious drink with no caffeine.
2. Dutch Bros Electric Blue Lemonade:
I had already ordered my drinks when I saw this cute little blue guy on the menu up ahead and decided to just order it as well to try it out. Now, it’s a staple in my house.
This drink is so good, guys. You gotta try it. The blue raspberry syrups mingle with the lemonade to create the most perfect flavor. It’s less complex than the High Dive, but still very good. Sweet, but a little bit sassy thanks to the lemonade, and perfect for a hot summer day when you don’t want anything creamy or milky.
It’s also perfect for kids. We were in the habit of ordering frosts, but even they don’t want anything milk based when it’s 100 degrees and the flavored lemonades are colorful and perfect for kids, too.
3. Dutch Bros Italian Sodas:
I loooove Italian sodas. There’s this adorable little soda truck that parks in a parking lot near us and they serve up customized sodas, as well as a full menu of pre-designed options. I never knew sodas could be so fun, or so tasty, and Italian sodas are the best of both worlds, because you get all the flavor and none of the caffeine.
You can add any syrup combo to them that you want from Dutch Bros huge collection of syrups. I mimicked the flavors in a Rebel I like: strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and lime, plus a splash of breve to make it creamy.
The result? A drink I could NOT stop sipping. I’ve also gotten just strawberry and a splash of cream before and it’s like the best strawberry soda you’ve ever had.
4. Dutch Bros Smoothies:
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Did you know that DB has smoothies? They do! Current flavors include peach, strawberry, green apple and mango. One popular combo is mango strawberry for a refreshing smoothie with no caffeine!
5. Dutch Bros Orange Creamsicle Soda:
This is one of my new obsessions. Orange and vanilla syrups are added to soda water with 2 parts cream to create a drink that tastes so much like those orange creamsicle popsicles we all loved (and still love) as kids.
The best part is that it doesn’t melt if you don’t eat it fast enough, lol, so you can sip and enjoy. Plus, you can get it blended, to make it like a dreamsicle milkshake. Yum.
6. Birthday Cake Dutch Freeze:
This festive non-caffeinated drink is great for celebrating special moments without caffeine. It’s sweet, thanks to white chocolate syrup and almond roca syrup blended with vanilla ice cream to make a delicious milkshake.
Top it with whip and their big, color sprinkles for a drink that is perfect for when someone needs a pick-me-up.
7. Dutch Bros French Toast Frost:
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Brown sugar, cinnamon, white chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream are blended together to create a drink that tastes very much like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Delicious.
8. Dutch Bros Ninja Frost:
Known someone obsessed with mint chocolate chip ice cream? Is that person you? This is the frost for you! White chocolate and mint syrups are added to the frost base for a creamy, sweet and minty drink you won’t be able to stop drinking.
Frosts are available in all sizes, including kid sizes, which makes them perfect for littles ones or a small-sized treat if you’re watching your sugars/carbs.
9. Dutch Bros Cotton Candy Frost:
This one looks so cool, thanks to the blue raspberry syrup added to a white chocolate and vanilla ice cream frost base, for a treat that’ll transport you back to your favorite fair with a big thing of cotton candy.
10. Dutch Bros Strawberry Frost:
Strawberry. Vanilla. Classic. Delicious.
You really can never go wrong with strawberry. One of my kids loves this drink and gets it in the kid-sized almost every time we go.
11. Dutch Bros White Chocolate Frost:
White chocolate syrup blended with vanilla ice cream is surprisingly good! It’s a flavor combo that is also used in the White Zombie Chai, which is one of my all-time favorite drinks.
A great choice for someone undecided on what they want, too.
12. Dutch Bros Chocolate Frost:
Classic chocolate is always a win. We usually get a kid-sized with the toppings.
13. Dutch Bros Vanilla Bean Frost:
Simple and delicious – vanilla and white chocolate syrup are blended up with ice cream into a milkshake and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. So good.
Honestly, though, there are so many potential frost flavors you could explore. Here is a link to the page where you can get tons of inspiration for frosts to try or to inspire your own drink.
14. Dutch Bros Chocolate Milk:
Something for the kids? The iced chocolate milk is like a mocha without coffee. You can substitute any type of milk you like if you’ve gone non-dairy.
15. Dutch Bros Puppuccino:
Okay, to be fair, this one is for the furry friends, but it’s free, they love it, and there’s no caffeine! A pup cup or puppuccino is just whip cream and little dog treats, so unless your pup has dairy allergies, they should be good to go! To read all about the puppuccino – head to this post.
Customization Options at Dutch Bros:
There are so many ways you can make your drink your own. Here are some things to think about:
- Milk: Choose your milk. Dutch Bros has them all.
- Syrups: Dutch Bros has an expansive collection of syrups, so you can really customize this drink. If you’re keto, read my post on which syrups are keto at DB and also my post on sugar-free syrups at DB.
- Temperature: You can get most of these drinks iced or blended. Some of them you could get hot.
- Size: You can get most of these drinks in kid-size, small, medium, or large. Medium is my go-to at DB.
- Toppings: Add whip, add soft top, add a dash of cinnamon, add syrup drizzle, or add nothing at all.
Have some fun with it and find your own fave drink.
More Dutch Bros Drink Ideas:
I am a big-time DB aficionado, but it hasn’t always been that way. It took me awhile to find my DB zone and I share it all with you on the blog. Check out these posts for more tips:
- 5 Best Iced Coffee Drinks at DB
- 5 Best Dutch Bros Chai Drinks You’ll Love!
- 21 best drinks on the Dutch Bros menu
- 3 Dutch Bros drinks for kids and a freebie!
- How to get free Dutch Bros with the app!
- 10 Dutch Bros Secret Menu Items to Try
- The Dutch Bros Secret Menu Drink You’ll Love
- 5 Best Dutch Bros Rebel Flavors
Hope this inspired you to try some caffeine free drinks at DB.