The weather is frosty and snow is falling. It’s time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee. (Unless you’re craving an iced coffee of course)! I’m personally an iced coffee kind of gal, but love a hot drink from Starbucks around this time of year. Throughout the last couple of weeks, I’ve tried out each of Starbucks different coffee drinks for the holidays. It’s been quite the adventure!
Here is my pretty “extra” 2018 Starbucks holiday drinks review. This post features some yummy cold varieties for all of my iced coffee lovers out there! ☕
Starbucks Holiday 2018 Review
Trying Fun & Different Coffee Drinks
So, let’s talk about Starbucks’ newest holiday drink–the Juniper Latte. After reading quite a few reviews stating that this festive drink tastes like “Christmas in a Cup,” I was pretty curious.
Starbucks notes that a Juniper Latte consists of espresso, steamed milk, juniper syrup, and “has a light, pine-like flavor with delightful citrus undertones.“
Y’all, call me Scrooge or The Grinch for saying this, but I didn’t enjoy this drink at all! When I took my first sip, it tasted pretty magical. I felt like I was walking through a snowy woodland. Unfortunately, the Juniper Latte kept getting stranger with every sip.
The citrus undertones clashed with its earthy flavor. I was left with a strange aftertaste. It did kind of taste like a “Christmas Tree in a Cup,” but in the oddest way possible. As Ariana Grande would say…..thank you, next!
Have you ever tried Olive Garden’s yummy after-dinner mints? Well, think of those in beverage form. If you’re a mint and chocolate fan, this may be the drink for you.
Via Starbucks, this holiday classic features “espresso, steamed milk, sweet mocha sauce and peppermint-flavored syrup.” The Peppermint mocha has a nice rich, chocolatey taste.
I also ordered the frappuccino variety, and find that I prefer this drink most in its original latte form. Maybe because it reminds me so much of a cup of hot chocolate. Overall, the Peppermint Mocha Latte will give you comfy vibes. A great way to warm up on a cold winter day!
A great holiday lineup. The Chestnut Praline Latte makes you feel like you’re enjoying a cabin getaway, sitting by the fireplace and cozied up with a book.
The drink’s nutty taste and hint of caramel work well together. Although it’s not my favorite Starbucks drink, this chestnut flavored latte is still a tasty, classic, and reliable choice!
Update: January 2020!
It’s been a good almost two years and this is now my absolute favorite drink. Maybe the Chestnut Praline is an acquired taste, but it’s totally worth it! I love the nutty undertones and find that this is the most unique holiday drink on the menu. If your Starbucks is still offering this drink, definitely give it a try!
New Rating: 10/10
I absolutely love the idea of coffee that tastes like a gingerbread house. The Gingerbread Latte consists of “sweet and delicately spicy gingerbread flavors” and is “topped with whipped cream and ground nutmeg.”
This drink is quite sweet, but the gingerbread flavor adds a nice little kick. I thought this was one of the most complex drinks n terms of flavor, and enjoyed the nutmeg topping.
A fun and festive choice. I would say try the hot or iced variety though, as the frappuccino version was a bit overpowering.
Side note: Alejandro tried a Gingerbread Latte for the first time this year and almost gagged. Maybe my boyfriend is just a gingerbread hater, y’all–who knows!
I really wanted to like this drink because my go-to order at Starbucks is a Caramel Macchiato (or frapp). I’m sad say this, but it fell pretty short and was just “meh.”
The Caramel Brûlée didn’t really give me a distinct flavor, except for being overly sweet. I tried the frappuccino variety, and that was even sweeter. I’ll stick to my Caramel Macchiato!
Sigh. I’m biased because eggnog has never been my thing. However, the Eggnog Latte is not exactly an experience I’d like to repeat again.
Growing up, my mom and grandparents would buy the refrigerated eggnog from Jewel, so I decided to order my eggnog latte iced. Although I remember hating it as a kid, I thought maybe I’d change my mind as a 20-something year old. Also, it’d probably taste better with coffee, right?
To quote Randy Jackson, it’s going to be a no from me. Out of all the different coffee drinks I tried, this one was my least favorite!
The Toasted White Chocolate Mocha gives me winter wonderland vibes. We’re talking snow days, candy canes, and sleigh rides. ❄️☃️
This drink is made with “espresso, steamed milk and flavors of caramelized white chocolate.“
Finally, the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha is topped with sugar sparkles and white pearls. They add such a cute touch! 🍬
The perfect drink for a cozy winter day!
P.S. Both the hot and iced versions are amazing! 💛
I hope you have an awesome rest of your day, lovelies! x
Have you tried out Starbucks different coffee drinks for the holidays? Which variety is your favorite? Also, are there any drinks you’re curious about?