There’s Only One Holiday Drink Starbucks Serves All Over the Globe – Can You Guess Which One?

The coffee chain released a list of 27 festive beverages it serves around the world.

December 10, 2021


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Wherever people drink coffee – so, many parts of the world – there’s probably a Starbucks. After all, the Seattle-based coffee shop is a global hit, with over 33,000 storefronts across 82 markets worldwide.

This year, seasonal sippers anywhere can taste their way through the world (well, at least through their screens) without hopping on a plane.

On Wednesday, Starbucks released a list of 27 seasonal holiday beverages it serves around the world. Developed by cultural experts, each cozy cup on the list has been tailored to the tastes of its respective markets with local ingredients. One scroll through, and fans can get a taste of what it’s like to sip on a red cup in places like Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi and more. Here are some that we can’t wait to try one day.

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Photo courtesy of Starbucks

Starting with the homefront, one of Starbucks’ latest U.S. holiday creations includes its Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte – a delicately sweet ode to spritz cookies, complete with sprinkles on top.

In Canada, our northern neighbor is enjoying the Eggnog Latte, a concoction of real eggnog and creamy milk. This beverage was the first ever drink the company developed to celebrate the holidays in the winter of 1986. But since then, though it originates from Canada, the Eggnog Latte has become a fixture at multiple Starbucks counters around the globe.

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Photo courtesy of Starbucks

Starbucks goers in Latin America and the Caribbean are ringing in cheer with the Holiday Cinnamon, a whimsical drink that combines espresso, steamed milk and a kick of cinnamon dolce flavor with nutmeg-dusted whipped cream. The region offers several berry-scented drinks, including the Cranberry Mocha Blanco, a vibrant white chocolate mocha that includes not only a cranberry drizzle, but a crystallized cranberry sugar to boot.

The lineup in Europe, the Middle East and Africa features drinks driven by bold spice and chocolate. Here, Starbucks delivers goodies like the Fudge Brownie Hot Chocolate (Starbs, you had me at biscuit syrup and chunky fudge sprinkles!), the Gingerbread Latte (which includes the ginger and molasses-like crumbs of the real cookie) and the cocoa-filled Chocolatey Gingerbread Latte.

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Photo courtesy of Starbucks

Next stop on the International Coffee Run of Our Dreams: Asia Pacific. It’s a corner of the world Starbucks shares a long history with. Since the shop’s early days in Seattle, the company has sourced high-quality arabica beans from Indonesia’s Sumatra island. In that sense, the holiday drinks in Asia celebrate a homecoming. From nutty milks to blonde-roast lattes topped with a teddy bear-shaped cookies, they’re also uniquely abundant; in fact, Japan and South Korea even have their own drink recipes you can’t get elsewhere. We think the Pumpkin Spice Latte walked so Korea’s Golden Wish Latte could run. A fragrant black tea base gets deepened by warm Haenam roasted sweet potatoes, sour cream, and rich caramel. Local ingredients take center stage in Korea’s beverages; the new Golden Wish Latte, in particular, is an homage to the beautiful sweet potatoes cultivated in Haenam, an agricultural county.

In Japan, Starbucks fans can start their day with the Toffee Nut Crunch Cold Brew, which includes strong black coffee topped with a pillowy cloud of cold foam and a crunchy toffee nut dusting.

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Photo courtesy of Starbucks

And no holiday is complete without Peppermint Mocha! Of the bunch, this drink (created in 2002) is the only one holiday beverage that Starbucks distributes globally. It turns out a lot of people associate the most wonderful time of year with peppermint and chocolate! Of course, there are a few regional twists. Whereas in the Americas, the drink’s fluffy whipped cream topping gets a hit of dark chocolate curls, Europe and Asia Pacific opt for a shower of candy pieces and lacy mocha drizzles, respectively. Yum!

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