Seasonal drinks return to Starbucks

December 7, 2016

The red cups are back at your local Starbucks! With the return of the red cups comes the delicious holiday drinks that fill them. I went to Starbucks on a taste test to determine which holiday drink is best. I tried the Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Eggnog Latte, and Gingerbread Latte.

Peppermint Mocha


The peppermint mocha is one of the most popular drinks during the holiday season. The drink has a rich, chocolate flavor with hints of mint sprinkled within. The Peppermint Mocha is served as an espresso, iced latte, and a frappuccino beverage. It is topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls. The grande peppermint mocha has around 420-440 calories.

Caramel Brulée


The Caramel Brulée Latte is one of my favorite drinks on the holiday menu because caramel is perfect for my sweet tooth. The Caramel Brulée Latte is an espresso, iced latte, and frappuccino beverage that is made with rich, caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream and caramel brulée flakes to make every sip savory. The espresso is perfect for those who love a sweet and savory taste. The grande Caramel Brulée is around 420-440 calories.

Chestnut Praline


The Chestnut Praline Latte is a seasonal drink flavored with caramelized chestnuts and other seasonal spices topped with whipped cream and a sprinkle of spiced praline crumbs. The latte was more bitter than I expected but was still a pleasing taste. The chestnut praline is perfect for people who like a muted sweet taste to their beverages. The grande Chestnut Praline is around 320-380 calories.

Gingerbread Latte


For those who love gingerbread, this drink is to die for. The espresso has a hint of gingerbread flavors that are sweet and spicy all at the same time. The espresso is topped with whipped cream and ground nutmeg. The Gingerbread Latte was one drink that I wasn’t sure if I would like but it surprised me with its delectable flavors. It comes in an iced latte and frappuccino and is around 330-370 calories.

Eggnog Latte

Eggnog Latte

The Eggnog Latte was my least favorite of the seasonal Starbucks drinks. It’s made with steamed eggnog and espresso, then topped with whipped cream and dusted nutmeg. The espresso had a rich eggnog flavor, but I’m not the biggest fan of the eggnog taste. However, for those that enjoy eggnog, it is a perfect holiday espresso. It comes in a frappucino and iced latte as well and the grande is around 290-450 calories. 

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