Drinks like the Eggnog Latte and Peppermint Mocha are holiday favorites that Starbucks fans look forward to all year long. They’re not the only holiday drinks out there, however, and you can build even more perfect-for-the-holidays drinks by getting a little bit creative with your Starbucks order. These are 5 custom “secret menu” holiday drinks that are well worth ordering at Starbucks, all in grande size. Try to order them by the ingredients, as not every barista is going to know one of these concoctions by name.
Candy Cane Frappuccino – Who doesn’t love the occasional candy cane around the holidays. I stir them into my hot chocolate, but you can build a whole candy cane flavored drink, too. Order a grande vanilla bean frappuccino with one and a half pumps of peppermint syrup. It may not look like a candy cane, but you’ll get that same festive, minty flavor. The only thing missing is the red and white swirl, but you can always bring your own candy can in for garnish!
Apple Pie a La Mode – Everyone loves hot apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. To get this in drink form, order a grande steamed apple cider with 4 pumps of gingerbread syrup. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon from the condiment bar. It’ll taste just like a hot slice of cinnamon-spiced pumpkin pie – and the cold vanilla whipped cream on top stands in for the ice cream that makes this “a la mode.”
Peppermint Bark Frappuccino – Peppermint bark is a combination of chocolate and mint that is a popular candy around the holidays, and this frappuccino version captures both chocolate and peppermint in every sip. Order a grandy Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino and add one and a half pumps of peppermint syrup. Top it with whipped cream and some chocolate curls for extra chocolate.
Eggnog Tea Latte – Eggnog isn’t just for lattes with coffee because it goes very well with tea, too. Order a grande Earl Grey tea latte (previously known as a London Fog Latte) with steamed eggnog instead of milk. The drink has the perfect holiday combination of ‘nog, orange and vanilla in one drink.
Chocolate Gingerbread Latte – Sweet and spicy gingerbread is a great match for chocolate and I bake chocolate gingerbread cookies and cakes all season long. Order a grande mocha with two pumps of gingerbread syrup for just the right hint of spice. If you prefer more gingerbread, start with a gingerbread latte and add two pumps of mocha.