Hi, lovelies! 💓 I hope you’re having a fantastic Monday! What better way to celebrate the holidays being upon us than with a seasonal drink from Starbucks? The weather is frosty, snow is falling, and it’s time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee (unless you’re craving a frappuccino of course). I’m personally an iced coffee kind of gal, but can appreciate a hot drink from Starbucks around this time of year.
Throughout the last couple of weeks, I’ve tried out each of Starbucks’ 7 holiday flavors, and 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!
So, let’s talk about Starbucks’ newest holiday drink–the Juniper Latte. After reading quite a few reviews stating that this festive beverage tastes like “Christmas in a Cup,” I was pretty darn curious. According to Starbucks, 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 quite magical–like walking through a snowy woodland. Unfortunately, the Juniper Latte kept getting stranger with every sip.
The citrus undertones clashed with its initial earthy flavor, and 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!
Overall Rating: 4/10
Have you ever tried Olive Garden’s delicious after-dinner mints? Well, imagine those in beverage form. If you’re a mint and chocolate enthusiast, 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 delightfully rich, chocolatey taste.
I also ordered the frappuccino variety, and find that I prefer this beverage most in its original latte form. Maybe because it reminds me so much of a cup of hot chocolate. The Peppermint Mocha Latte will give you comfy vibes and warm you up on a cold winter day!
Overall Rating: 9/10
A nice addition to Starbucks’ 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 beverage, this chestnut flavored latte is still a tasty, classic, and reliable choice!
Overall Rating: 7/10
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 beverages in terms of flavor, and enjoyed the nutmeg topping.
A fun and festive choice. I would recommend 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!
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
I really wanted to like this drink because my go-to order at Starbucks is a Caramel Macchiato (or frapp). Unfortunately, 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!
Overall Rating: 5/10
Sigh. I’m definitely biased because eggnog has never been my thing, but 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, hey– maybe I’d appreciate this classic holiday drink as an adult? Also, it’d probably taste better with coffee, right?
To quote Randy Jackson, it’s going to be a no from me.
Overall Rating: 1/10
The Toasted White Chocolate Mocha gives me winter wonderland vibes. We’re talking snow days, candy canes, and sleigh rides here. ❄️☃️
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 an adorable touch! 🍬
The perfect drink for a cozy winter day!
P.S. Both the hot and iced varieties are amazing! 💛
Overall Rating: 10/10
I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day, lovelies! x
Have you tried out Starbucks’ holiday drinks? Which variety is your favorite? Are there any drinks you’re not a fan of (or are curious about)?