6 genius holiday drink hacks to try at Starbucks this season

Nov 4 2021, 10:09 pm

There is something special about Starbucks that makes the holiday season so delicious.

Is it the welcoming smile from a barista on a cold, snowy morning? Perhaps it’s the sweet aroma of their many freshly brewed beverages?

Either way, one of the best parts of the colder seasons is trying new and returning drinks from Starbucks that are bursting with holiday flavours. Think hazelnut, nutmeg, peppermint, and more…so good!

Some might not be returning this year, but a ton of the classics are.

If you want to get creative and try something new, here are six secret holiday drinks that you can order at Starbucks this season.

Holly Jolly Latte

The Holly Jolly Latte is made by fusing eggnog and peppermint flavours together to create the perfect holiday pick-me-up.

How to order:
1. Order an Eggnog Chai Latte with no water
2. Add peppermint syrup (1 pump for tall, 2 pumps for grande, 3 pumps for venti)
3. Top it with whipped cream and nutmeg sprinkles

Grinch Frappuccino

It’s almost as if the Grinch stole Christmas just to pack all its flavours into this one drink! This green concoction is sweet, packed with flavour, and perfect for Christmas lovers and haters alike.

How to order:
1. Order a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino and ask for matcha powder to be added in
2. Ask for whipped cream on top, sprinkled with matcha powder, and a strawberry garnish to represent the Grinch’s heart

Apple Cider

This crispy apple drink perfectly arouses one’s senses. The fruity flavour will remind you of eating a sweet apple pie, but without all of the calories.

How to order:
1. Order steamed apple juice
2. Add Oprah chai syrup (1 pump for tall, 1.5 for grande, 2 for venti)

Pumpkin Spice Choco-Chai


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This drink has pumpkin, chocolate and chai flavours, what more could one ask for?

How to order:
1. Order a Chai Tea Latte with extra pump of Chai
2. Add Pumpkin Spice Syrup (1 pump for tall, 2 for grande, 3 for venti)
3. Add Mocha Syrup (1 pump for tall, 2 for grande, 3 for venti)
4. Add whipped cream on top and pumpkin spice powder

Turtle Macchiato


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Chocolate turtles x Starbucks? Say less! This dreamy drink blends the holiday staple chocolate Turtles, with caramel and nut, and adds the perfect amount of sweetness and warmth to a cold or rainy day.

How to order:
1. Order Mocha syrup and Caramel syrup (2 pumps each for tall, 3 each for grande, 4 each for venti), with your choice of milk
2. Add espresso shots if you wish to spice things up
3. Ask for whipped topping
4. Ask the barista to criss-cross over the whipped cream with mocha and caramel syrup

Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

There’s nothing better to ring in the fall than a chocolate and peppermint-infused drink. Striking a perfect balance between both flavours, this drink packs just the right punch to get you into the vibe for the holiday season.

How to order:
1. Order a Peppermint Mocha or a Peppermint Hot Chocolate
2. Ask for it to be made with half mocha sauce and half white chocolate sauce

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