Wintertime Means New Starbucks Drinks


In the month of December, the holiday season, classic holiday flavors have returned to the Starbucks menu.

Senior Lilian Hertel, who currently works at Starbucks, has tried all of their holiday drinks.This years holiday drinks list is: Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte, Irish Cream Cold Brew, Chestnut Praline Latte, Caramel Brulée Latte, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the Peppermint Mocha. “It’s fun! Starting in late October, we are constantly making holiday drinks, so it’s a way to get in the holiday spirit,” Hertel said.

These drinks will run on the menu until the first weeks of January and then they will be taken off. Shale Hornig, a junior, has also tried some of these holiday drinks and agrees that the holiday spirit is presented well in them. “It really got me in the Christmas mood…I always get excited when these drinks come back and it just reminds me of the holiday season,” Hornig said.

Some people are very happy that the Pumpkin Spice Latte continues as a holiday drink even though it was also on the fall drink menu. When asked to choose between her favorite holiday drink, Hornig chose the Pumpkin Spice Latte over the Iced Sugar Cookie Almond “[I would have to choose the] Pumpkin Spice [Latte] just because you can’t get it year round and the pumpkin gives a great taste of the holiday season,” Hornig said.

When Hornig was asked about her expectations for the Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte she was hoping for a new holiday favorite. She said that it still needed something, and seemed like it was lacking in an ingredient. “[It] missed [my expectations], I think they could have added a little bit more almond milk to kind of even out the texture and flavor of the sugar cookies,” Hornig said.

Hertel thinks that some of the holiday drinks at Starbucks are overrated. Her opinion is that the peppermint syrup is too strong in the holiday drinks, and that it is an overused flavor. She prefers the chestnut praline latte and rated it a 8/10. “[The holiday drinks are] pretty unique to Starbucks. The peppermint mocha and those kinds of flavors aren’t really unique to Starbucks, but the chestnut praline, caramel brulée, and sugar cookie are,” Hertel said.

Overall the Starbucks winter drinks are favored during the month of December and get a majority of the Starbucks consumers in the holiday mood.