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Starbucks released its fall menu earlier than ever this year (ya know, since we all really needed it), and now we’re just weeks away from the launch of 2020’s winter drinks. Just so you know what to order the second they’re available, we’ve ranked the best Starbucks holiday drinks to sip on from sweater season through New Year’s. Consider it an early Christmas gift.

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starbucks holiday drinks Eggnog Latte
Starbucks

8. Eggnog Latte

Most nostalgic

This Christmas sipper is arguably as divisive as holiday fruitcake: Most people either love it or hate it. If you’re a fan of eggnog on its own, the latte is worth a try. Made with steamed eggnog and espresso, it’s rich and creamy—texturally, just like the eggnog you sipped as a kid while opening stockings—but flavor-wise, it’s as if the steaming and heating of the eggnog strips it of its melted ice cream-like qualities. Its sweetness is far subtler, thanks to the bitter espresso. Those of you who prefer your lattes without flavored syrup should give it a go.

starbucks holiday drinks Salted Caramel Mocha
Starbucks

7. Salted Caramel Mocha Latte

Best to try in hot chocolate

OK, hear us out: There’s nothing wrong with this salty-sweet mashup of mocha sauce, toffee nut syrup, espresso and steamed milk. But if we’re being honest, it’s super sweet, and we’re not always in the mood for a coffee that tastes like liquid dessert. So, this holiday flavor is our go-to whenever we’re really craving a treat, like hot cocoa. That way, we can get our fix without having to sacrifice the buzz from our morning java to an inevitable sugar crash.

starbucks holiday drinks Chestnut Praline Latte
Starbucks

6. Chestnut Praline Latte

Most underrated

You forgot about this one, huh? You’re not alone—it’s easy to neglect this flavor among so many menu heavyweights, especially if you never stray from your usual order. But we’re here to make a case for this underappreciated sipper. Steamed milk and espresso meet silky notes of caramelized chestnuts and warm spices for a cozy, sweet bev that won’t knock you over the head with holly-jolly flourishes. While it doesn’t have bright red sugar sprinkles or in-your-face seasonal flavor, it’s a nutty, balanced pick that we think deserves more credit. Come on, it’s topped with spiced praline crumbs. Need we say more?

starbucks holiday drinks Caramel Brulee Latte
Starbucks

5. Caramel Brulée Latte

Best for newbies

Even if you’ve never tried a Starbucks holiday drink, we’re pretty damn positive you’d enjoy this one. It stars rich, buttery Caramel Brulée sauce, inspired by crème brûlée’s layer of torched sugar. The pretty caramel brulée topping mimics the crunch of burnt sugar even further. While it has all the sweet, comforting traits of a standard caramel latte, this pick has a spiced, almost smoky nuance to it that we get psyched for every single year.

starbucks holiday drinks Gingerbread Latte
Starbucks

4. Gingerbread Latte

Most festive

We’ve begrudgingly forgiven Starbucks since they nixed this holiday mainstay from the menu last year. Its 2020 return is still TBD, so you can consider our fingers and toes crossed. Until we know for sure, allow us to wax poetic about this classic that’s alive and well in our hearts. The flavor syrup is modeled after one of the most old-school Christmas treats around, so despite its modest appearance, it puts us in the holiday spirit at first sip. Loaded with notes of warm spices like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, steamed milk beautifully rounds out the latte’s intensity. We hope to see it reclaim its rightful place on the menu, and definitely won’t stop talking about it until it does.

starbucks holiday drinks Toasted White Chocolate Mocha
Starbucks

3. Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

Best to try iced

It’s basically an elevated white mocha. Imagine the white mocha you sip on year-round—only infused with toasted marshmallow and topped with the most festive candy pearls and sprinkles you’ve ever seen. The sauce has a caramelized white chocolate flavor that we straight-up can’t get enough of. In fact, we add it to our cold brew every chance we get. Both hot and iced, the latte has a super smooth, almost luxurious mouthfeel and just the right amount of sweetness, thanks to the thick sauce.

starbucks holiday drinks pumpkin spice latte PSL
Starbucks

2. Pumpkin Spice Latte

Most iconic

The PSL is that b**** for a reason. Coffee drinkers dream of the pumpkin syrup months ahead of fall. Bursting with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, the PSL is as autumnal as coffee can get—and even if you’re not totally obsessed with it, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something flat-out wrong with it. Try your hand at making one at home. We’ve also grown loyal to the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, sweetened with vanilla syrup and topped with pumpkin cream cold foam.

starbucks holiday drinks Peppermint Mocha Latte and Frappuccino
Starbucks

1. Peppermint Mocha

Best to try as a Frappuccino

Consider this a cup of liquid holiday bark. Decadent mocha sauce meets cool peppermint syrup, roasty espresso and steamed milk for a festive mashup that’s sure to stand the test of time. Like the Salted Caramel Mocha, the Peppermint Mocha is a bit of a sugar bomb because it’s made with more than one flavor syrup. That’s why we enjoy this enduring combination most in a Frappuccino; the blended ice and milk help dilute the sweetness. But don’t get us wrong: Just because it’s sweet doesn’t mean we’re skipping the whipped cream or the dark chocolate curls.

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