Something to sip: Seasonal drinks to enjoy this holiday season

Season’s greetings! The holiday season is spreading its spirit, waking a plethora of seasonal drinks from their year-long slumber.
As the holiday season approaches, a variety of franchises are releasing their winter-themed drinks for customers to enjoy.
As the holiday season approaches, a variety of franchises are releasing their winter-themed drinks for customers to enjoy.
Sam Chu
Seasonal drink flavors range from peppermint to winter cookie-infused delights. Photo used with permission from Ruth Georgiev via Unsplash.
Introduction

Ready for an afternoon pick-me-up? Instead of ordering that go-to drink, walk through the doors of festive flavors and joy that await for purchase. Trying any new item is a courageous feat, however, these drinks are worth the shot. Their wide variety of flavors is enough to leave anyone satisfied. Recognizable franchises like Starbucks, Dunkin’ and Chick-fil-A rolled out their seasonal drinks and are ready to serve their customers their share of holiday treats.

Seasonal drink flavors range from peppermint to winter cookie-infused delights. Photo used with permission from Ruth Georgiev via Unsplash.
The Chick-fil-A Peppermint Milkshake is delivered in a white cup with cursive red lettering that says, It’s the most wonderful time.
Chick-fil-A

Peppermint Milkshake

This frozen delight is a pepperminty treat that surprises one’s taste with every sip. The incorporation of peppermint bark bits gives the shake a contrasting crunch and extra flavor to each mouthful. Although the weather is getting colder, this drink will satisfy any peppermint cravings no matter the temperature.

The Chick-fil-A Peppermint Milkshake is delivered in a white cup with cursive red lettering that says, “It’s the most wonderful time.” (Sam Chu)
Starbucks holiday menu presents a variety of festive coffee drinks for customers who want to try something new. Photo used with permission from Diliara Garifullina via Unsplash.
Starbucks

Starting Nov. 2, Starbucks introduced its eagerly-anticipated holiday menu. Bringing back the iconic seasonal colored cups, any coffee enjoyer would be excited to order drinks that match their festive mood.

Iced Caramel Brûlée Latte 

This delicious seasonal drink is a solid coffee to indulge in, with the sweet caramel cutting through the bitterness of the bean. The familiar taste of Starbucks’ regular caramel latte is upgraded in the Brûlée drink, making it very addicting and delicious. Whether iced or hot, this drink is welcoming to any coffee enjoyer looking for a quick energy boost.

Hot Peppermint Mocha 

This drink has a typical flavor profile expected from the jolly season. After receiving the hot holiday cup, the smell of peppermint can be found immediately, hugging the senses with a cool yet warm welcome. Hints of dark chocolate within the coffee create a bitter first impression, however, the peppermint adds a sweet and soothing aftertaste to cut the initial sip. The Peppermint Mocha can have one wanting more with its addicting palate.

Iced Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai 

With warm gingerbread notes and a cozy blend of spiced chai, this drink provides a warm hug and a delicious taste. The drink is light and airy from the steamed oat milk poured over top of the tea. It’s not too sweet nor overpowering in its flavoring, making it an enjoyable treat. Any chai enjoyer will find this drink to be a delightful seasonal twist on a classic order.

Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte 

This mix of Starbucks’ Blonde Espresso and sugar cookie flavors creates a light sweet flavor at first sip. The taste of sugar cookies is deliciously present without overpowering the espresso within the drink and is desirable to anyone. Its creaminess from the almond milk and the sweetness from the cookie flavors turns a simple coffee into an elevated treat. The presentation is also extremely festive with red and green sprinkles to perfectly wrap everything together.

Starbucks’ holiday menu presents a variety of festive coffee drinks for customers who want to try something new. Photo used with permission from Diliara Garifullina via Unsplash.
The iced Toasted White Chocolate Signature Latte from Dunkin blends together flavors from sweet chocolate and nutty coffee.
Dunkin’

Iced Toasted White Chocolate Signature Latte 

This drink provides any creamy coffee lover with a blissful experience. The nutty coffee flavor from the toasted white chocolate keeps the beverage mildly sweet. It has an addicting combination of sweetness and creaminess with the addition of whipped cream and cinnamon being a cherry on top. This delight can be ordered either hot or iced. 

The iced Toasted White Chocolate Signature Latte from Dunkin’ blends together flavors from sweet chocolate and nutty coffee. (Sam Chu)
Consider stopping at one of these stores to try a holiday treat -- they make a perfect afternoon pick-me-up as chilly weather approaches. Photo used with permission from Blake Verdoorn via Unsplash.
As the year comes to an end, bundle the season with delicious drinks and treats perfect for the holiday spirit.

As the year comes to an end, celebrate the season with delicious drinks and treats perfect to put you in the holiday spirit.

Consider stopping at one of these stores to try a holiday treat — they make a perfect afternoon pick-me-up as chilly weather approaches. Photo used with permission from Blake Verdoorn via Unsplash.
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