Starbucks Holiday Drink Reviews

Kathleen Shaffer, Staff Writer

Peppermint Mocha Latte
Throughout the year people stop by Starbucks to get a variety of drinks. Now on the cold winter days people can purchase the Starbucks holiday drinks. Sitting in Starbucks bundled up with a holiday drink in hand heightens the feelings of the winter season. The peppermint mocha was better than I anticipated. I normally don’t like mint combined with other flavors because it can be overpowering, but the peppermint flavoring added to the drink rather than taking anything away. There was not a strong coffee taste, and towards the bottom of the cup it started to taste very chocolaty.

Gingerbread Latte
The price of the holiday drinks are the same as the non-seasonal drinks, so they are worth trying. All the lattes have a special cup during the winter, but it exemplifies the specialty drinks that are available. The gingerbread latte was my favorite out of the three seasonal drinks available. It was very sweet and I loved the strong gingerbread taste. It tasted like eating an actual gingerbread cookie. The warmth of the drink quickly melted the whip cream making it frothy. The balance between coffee and gingerbread flavoring was off. There was not a distinct coffee taste.

Caramel Brulée
The caramel brulée is a new addition to the holiday drinks. After having the peppermint mocha and gingerbread latte I expected a candy like latte. I took several sips before realizing that I didn’t like the caramel brulée because it had a stronger coffee taste than the other two.The drink left a distinct bitter aftertaste. The caramel brulée resembles the caramel macchiato which is a non-seasonal drink. The pieces of topping on top of the whipped cream gave it a nice appearance Even though I disliked the caramel brulée, there is a Facebook group that supports making it a non-seasonal drink.