Starbucks Holiday Drinks Ranked

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everyone is waiting around for new cup and drink releases from Starbucks. Being a gold card holder since 2013, I can declare myself an expert in the subject. So after countless cups of “research” here is my ranking of the Starbucks holiday drinks:

8. Any Cold Holiday Drink

First of all, I am writing this from Indiana so anyone ordering a cold drink in November should be jailed. Since the outside of my body is cold I do not wish the same for my insides. I bet the iced or frappuccino drinks are great sellers in Arizona, they are not recommended to be consumed somewhere it gets colder than a frozen drink.

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7. Holiday Spice Flat White

I am slightly biased but I have never enjoyed flat whites. The spices were good but it was like drinking spicy milk, so I am not a fan. However, this drink contained the least amount of calories and sugar.

            Calories: 210

            Sugar: 22 g

6. Eggnog Latte

If you are a fan of eggnog you may feel this drink is an ultimate treat. If you are like me, you will think it is nasty. I immediately turn my nose up from the eggnog smell. It has the same spice blend as the flat white but with an eggy taste. I would pass if offered it again.

            Calories: 450

            Sugar: 52 g

5. Gingerbread Latte

Not being a fan of gingerbread, I find this drink surprisingly delicious. The Gingerbread Latte has an extremely spicy flavor and is topped with nutmeg. Luckily, the steamed milk and whipped cream cut down on what could have been overwhelming spice.

            Calories: 330

            Sugar: 38 g


4. Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

I rushed to Starbucks on campus as soon as it was released but I ended up not being crazy about this drink. The cranberries on top of it confused me because they did not taste like cranberries. The drink essentially tasted like a toasted marshmallow with some weird chewy bits on top.

            Calories: 420

            Sugar: 53 g

3. Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint and chocolate, what could go wrong? I love the peppermint that Starbucks uses because it is potent but not overpowering and the chocolate they use counteracts the sting. In my opinion, the Peppermint Mocha has the most classic look with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls that look wonderfully festive against the red Christmas cup.

            Calories: 440

            Sugar: 54 g

2. Chestnut Praline Latte

Sugary, nutty, and Carmel…what more could you ask for? Smelling this drink makes me feel like I am curled up in a big blanket, waiting for Santa to arrive. The Chestnut Praline Latte contains caramelized chestnuts and spices  and is decorated with whipped cream and topped with praline crumbs. My favorite part is getting to the bottom and finding bits of coffee-soaked praline.

            Calories: 330

            Sugar: 39 g

1. Caramel Brûlée Latte

I wish I could get this drink year-round. Every year I count down the days to holiday drink releases just for this drink alone. I am a big lover of caramel so the Caramel Brûlée Latte always satisfies my sweet tooth. If you also enjoy drinking double the suggested amount of sugars in one drink, I would highly recommend the Caramel Brûlée Latte. After all, we are here for a good time, not a long time.

            Calories: 440

            Sugar: 54 g

This has been my highly subjective ranking of the Starbucks Holiday drinks, apart from the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which I have not included since it does not deserve a spot on the list. Starbucks also has festive hot chocolates and teas but I decided to not dive into those since my bank account has been tapped out and I have been on a three week sugar high.