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Starbucks annually releases seasonal drinks to bring a little bit of holiday cheer into the customer's’ daily cup of coffee. This year, Starbucks released these drinks the day after Halloween on Nov 1. Once inside the calm, shadowy Starbucks on Royalton Rd. in Strongsville, five out of the six total drinks were ordered after apologizing for ordering so much.
The barista offered help and gave the suggestion that the Eggnog Latte was better iced than hot. Considering the time it takes to make 5 drinks, the Starbucks’ baristas were fast as usual with the piping hot drinks out in no time. During the short wait, I found the music to be relaxing and not distracting making it the perfect spot to pick up a drink and study for midterms or finals but there was no special quirks typically found in small coffee shops that are not chains.
If one tall (small) holiday drink is purchased, the price is $4.25 with the prices only increasing as you get bigger in size. Buying one as a nice treat every once in a while will not break the bank but if it is a regular thing, it is better off to just make coffee at home and add different creamers or speciality flavor coffee beans.
When comparing the Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Latte and the regular and skinny Peppermint Mocha there was a clear winner and an unfortunate clear loser. When reading the description of the Gingerbread Latte, “The flavor of gingerbread combined with espresso and steamed milk. Finished with a topping of whipped cream and ground nutmeg”(Starbucks) brings visions of childhood memories during the holidays. Sadly this was not the case. There was too much spice that overpowered the soft gingerbread taste. Unless the drinker loves strong spices and nutmeg this drink should be avoided.
The Caramel Brulée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte and Eggnog Latte were okay but seemed to not bring the drinker to holiday bliss. These drinks tasted like standard Starbucks drinks that can be ordered all year but with just a “fancy” name and simply fell short of their expectations.
Not only the yearly fan favorite, the clear winner of the evening was the Peppermint Mocha. Although the Skinny Peppermint Mocha was not ordered, they are both the same drink just with different milk changing the total amount of calories while giving the same great taste. The drink tastes like the creators of Starbucks walked through Candyland’s peppermint forest and combined the flavor with mocha and coffee making this a perfect holiday beverage.
The Starbucks’ 2016 holiday drinks were underwhelming and proved to have misleading names with some drinks practically already existing under other names. High school senior, *name taken out for privacy*, agrees that “The holiday drinks at Starbucks were disappointing. Knowing the different seasonal drinks and how amazing they are I was expecting more. Overall, the drinks were just average and nothing special”.
This holiday, give the seasonal beverages a try or skip the hassle and go straight for the Peppermint Mocha or a standard coffee that is available all year long.
Atmosphere 9/10 Standard Starbucks coffee shop
Service 10/10 Speedy service and helpful baristas
Price 6/10 Not too expensive for the occasional treat
Overall rating of the holiday drinks as a whole 3/5