During the end of the year, when the weather turns colder and holiday decorations start going up, most people would be looking for a hot beverage to warm them up while out shopping or going about their day.
One of the most iconic coffee shops to stop by during this time is Starbucks and for good reason. Starbucks has a wide range of drinks available and a specific holiday-themed range that incorporates the flavors associated with this time of year.
In this article, we are going to look at the top Starbucks holiday drinks to help you choose which beverage to try next time you are out and about.
Overview of Starbucks Holiday Drinks
- Peppermint Mocha
- Chestnut Praline Latte
- Caramel Brulé Latte
- Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte
- Toasted White Chocolate Mocha
Top 5 Starbucks Holiday Drinks
Starbucks recently released its top holiday drinks for the year and among this list are 5 options available with ranging holiday flavors. These options include hot and cold options and can be ordered in your proffered cup size to make it ideal for you.
1. Peppermint Mocha
A mocha is a delicious drink made with coffee, chocolate, and milk and is a good drink option for someone looking to have a coffee but without the bitter notes of espresso. Starbucks introduced their Peppermint Mocha as part of their holiday offerings to add a festive and sweet option to their menu.
Peppermint is a classic flavor note during the holidays and has notes of mint and menthol, with a cooling and candy-like element to it.
By combining this with the chocolate notes of a mocha, which carries rich and sweet-tasting notes, you can create a festive beverage ideal for a late afternoon spent shopping or sitting in your local Starbucks to work or read.
Having debuted in 2002, this drink option is made with steamed milk (which you can adjust to suit our favorite milk type), espresso, peppermint syrup, and mocha sauce.
This drink is then topped with dark chocolate curls and whipped cream to make it visually appealing and suitable to the taste of the mocha.
2. Chestnut Praline Latte
A latte is a caffeinated beverage that is made with espresso and milk and can be served hot or cold. At Starbucks, you can order a latte in any sized cup with the amount of espresso in each drink depending on the size cup you order.
This beverage has the most milk of any espresso-based drink and is a good option for someone looking for less caffeine in a hot or cold beverage.
Made with steamed milk, the type of which is your choice, this holiday coffee has notes of spices and caramelized chestnuts, making it ideal for the holidays.
It is served in a Starbucks holiday cup and is topped with whipped cream and crumbs of spiced praline. Praline is a southern confection made with milk, butter, sugar, corn syrup, and pecan halves.
This latte carries these flavor notes and creates a nutty and warm drink that alludes to the holiday it was made in.
3. Caramel Brulé Latte
Served as a hot latte, this caramel brulé is a good drink option if you are looking for something sweet with a hint of coffee to keep you awake during the dark early evenings.
It is made with espresso and steamed milk, which you can adjust to suit your preference (cow’s milk, almond milk, etc.).Aside from these ingredients, whipped cream and caramel brulé sauce are added to create this sweet and festive drink.
It is a good option for when you are on the go or having a calm evening at your local Starbucks to catch up on your reading.
You can order this drink in a variety of cup sizes, including Venti, Grande, and tall. The Tall cup holds 12 ounces of your drink, while the Grande holds more at 16 ounces per cup. Finally, the largest cup option available is the Venti, which can hold 20 ounces of this latte.
There is a difference between the cup sizes depending on the temperature.
4. Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte
As an iced drink, this latte is a great way to cool down if you are in a region that is warmer than expected during winter. It combines the flavors of sugar cookies, which are a classic during the holidays, and almond milk which adds a light sweetness to the drink.
It is made using Starbucks’ Blonde Espresso which is a light roast that is made to highlight the lighter notes in espresso. There is a light citrus note to this coffee and it has a creamy and smooth body, making it a delightful drink to have.
Topped with green and red sprinkles, this drink is made with creamy almond milk and ice. almond milk is a good alternative to cow’s milk for anyone with a lactose allergy or intolerance, or if you are vegan.
Overall, this is a good drink option for someone wanting something sweet, cold, and with a kick of caffeine to keep them going.
5. Toasted White Chocolate Mocha
When you think about the holiday time of the year, a usual expectation is that at some point you will have a cup of hot chocolate. White hot chocolate is a sweeter iteration of this drink and is made using white chocolate sauce and your chosen steamed milk.
This white chocolate mocha sauce has notes of caramel and works well with the steamed milk and espresso combined to create this drink. It is an ideal option for someone who is looking for a caffeine kick but does not want the overwhelming flavors of a straight coffee.
If you order this drink, you will be welcomed with the sight of a hot beverage in a festive cup, topped with whipped cream, crispy white pearls, and holiday sugar sparkles. This is a good drink option to buy when going shopping for gifts or meeting with loved ones.