There are few things that signal the arrival of Christmas like the Starbucks holiday menu.
If in the past, a simple peppermint hot chocolate or eggnog latte didn’t do the trick to warm your cold pre-Christmas heart, then the barista community has a damn good surprise for you.
Barista Life, an online community for baristas, has asked their followers what their favourite Starbucks holiday creations are. And Troy Lendman, a former barista and founder of the group, helped compile a very specific list with very specific instructions on how to get each secret menu drink.
If you’re looking for a macchiato, hot chocolate, or latte with a little extra Christmas pizzazz, here are the top five most delicious-sounding, Christmassy drinks on the list.
Hot chocolate with gingerbread syrup.
How to order: “For a Christmas twist for a generic hot chocolate, ask your barista to substitute the vanilla syrup usually included in a standard hot chocolate with gingerbread syrup. You won’t be disappointed.”
Submitted by danceeatlove.
Flat white with two pumps of toffee nut and one pump of gingerbread.
— Sonia Louro Carvalho (@nialouro) November 17, 2016
How to order: “The flat white is made with whole milk, ristretto shots, and thick, velvety foam. By adding toffee nut you are enhancing it with the spirit of Christmas. Simply order a ‘flat white with a pump or two of toffee nut.”
Submitted by vodka_riot.
Salted caramel mocha made with eggnog.
— Roxy (@RmystiQue78) November 17, 2016
How to order: “By making the salted caramel mocha with eggnog instead of 2% milk, you get a more Christmasy, creamy version of an already delicious beverage. Ask your barista for half the pumps if you don’t like it very sweet because the eggnog is sweeter than regular milk!”
Submitted by tamalar_.
Eggnog latte with cinnamon dolce, whipped cream and praline topping.
— Kellie Cheadle (@kellieseattle) November 15, 2016
How to order: “You can order this drink just how I called it: ‘eggnog latte with cinnamon dolce, whipped cream and chestnut praline topping.’ It’s on the sweeter side, and you will be charged for the cinnamon dolce syrup, but it’s totally worth it. Literally Christmas in a cup!”
Submitted by jonkaan_.
Caramel apple spice with gingerbread instead of cinnamon dolce.
— Oh! 'Livia. (@Oh_MyLivia) November 15, 2016
How to order: “The caramel apple spice as it comes is already a perfect drink for a cold winter night. However, we have to take advantage of the holiday syrups while they’re here! Ask your barista for a Caramel Apple Spice with gingerbread instead of the standard cinnamon dolce syrup and you will not be disappointed.”
Submitted by breezymicjr.
If you happen to be more of a cold-weather-cold-drink person, you can also order an iced white mocha with chestnut praline and soy milk, a cold brewed iced coffee and eggnog, or an iced coffee with gingerbread syrup and eggnog, Buzzfeed reports.