The 2019 Starbucks Holiday Drinks, Ranked


Gaby Lesmana, Staff Writer

   Every year, Starbucks lovers await the red cup season for their favorite holiday drinks to return. Some may say the sweetness of these flavors overpowers the coffee, but others enjoy the more dessert-like drinks. The beverages are classics from years before, providing the comfort of the holiday season. Here is a ranking of the top 2019 Starbucks holiday drinks.

5. Toasted White Chocolate Mocha – With a toasty vanilla flavor, the caramelized notes are a spin on Starbucks’ traditional White Chocolate Mocha. It is topped with whipped cream and red sugar sprinkles, which have a dull taste compared to the toppings on the other drinks. It also seems the least festive flavor-wise, and it tastes very similar to many of their other drinks.

4. Chestnut Praline Latte – Made with flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices, this latte has a sweet, buttery flavor. It is also topped with whipped cream and praline crumbles which provide an occasional burst of holiday spices. The sweetness may have overpowered the nuttiness, however. This drink was a bit lack-luster overall.

3. Caramel Brulée Latte – Although this drink is similar to the previous two, the caramel flavor was very prominent and the caramel bits on top were a nice contrast to the creamy latte. This drink actually tasted like it’s title, each sip making you feel cozy.

2. Eggnog Latte – A sip of this drink feels like cozying up under a blanket on Christmas morning. With the classic eggnog spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, it brings back the nostalgic flavor of the holidays. It was surprisingly less sweet than the other drinks, as it is made with just eggnog instead of added syrups. However, many people who dislike eggnog may find this latte unpleasant.

1. Peppermint Mocha – Combining flavors of indulgent chocolate and festive peppermint, this drink captures the essence of the holiday season. The chocolate mint shavings on top enhance the flavor as they melt into the drink. Peppermint is clearly a holiday flavor, so this reminiscent beverage takes you straight to Christmas time.

   No matter what flavor you choose, the Starbucks holiday drinks are essential to the holiday season and are fun to try with your friends and family.