You know the holiday season is approaching when the infamous holiday Starbucks cups begin appearing in everyone’s hands on their way to class. The red holiday cups mean more than just the holiday season; they also mean that holiday drinks are back on the menu at coffee shops.
From November through January, coffee shops such as Starbucks, Arsaga’s, The Perk and Einstein Bros greet the holiday season with a line of specialty drinks and coffee blends.
When the cheer of the holiday season begins, students are more tempted to spend a little extra money at the coffee shop, trading their regular lattes for limited holiday beverages.
“I rarely go to Starbucks, but during the holidays, it makes it more special,” said Maggie Thompson, junior biology major. “I only buy one or two over the course of the holiday season. It’s typically a way to treat myself for finishing finals or for the holidays!”
Starbucks began the tradition of holiday specialty drinks 25 years ago with their Eggnog Latte. In addition to their Eggnog Latte, they now offer a Pumpkin Spice Latte, Caramel Brulee Latte, Peppermint Mocha Latte, Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha and Gingerbread Latte.
Starbucks also offers holiday drinks for non-coffee drinkers, including Peppermint Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate and Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.
“I like the festive flavors,” said Meg Strobel, junior nursing major. “I like buying (holiday drinks) because they are only available once a year. To be honest, I didn’t even notice that the holiday drinks are more expensive than a regular drink, but it’s worth it!”
This year, Starbucks is offering a skinny version of their Peppermint Mocha Latte. The skinny version is 100 calories for a tall compared to a 250-calorie regular tall Peppermint Mocha Latte.
Arsaga’s also offers a specialty latte for the season: the pumpkin spice latte. They also have several new syrups such as winter berry syrup and winter spice syrup that you can add to your drink for some winter cheer.
The Perk on Wedington is also following the trend of holiday drinks with a s’mores mocha and a maple nut latte. They have a number of holiday ground coffee blends, like their maple syrup coffee beans and pumpkin pie coffee beans.
You can easily cut calories on any of these holiday beverages by substituting skim milk for whole milk and asking for no whipped cream, choices that can easily cut 100 calories.
Einstein Bros Bagels introduced their autumn blend coffee just in time for fall. They also have a frozen pumpkin latte and a regular pumpkin latte on their menu.
For brewing holiday drinks at home, Dunkin Donuts offers gingerbread, pumpkin spice and mocha mint flavored coffee grounds, all of which are available at Walmart.