Barista Life is an online community for baristas (duh) that is both an Instagram account and a website. Recently, they asked their followers what their favorite Starbucks holiday creations were because, as they put it, “Baristas know how to combine syrups to make the tastiest drinks out there.”
Troy Lendman, a former barista and founder of the group, helped compile this list with very specific instructions on how to get each drink. Happy hunting!
NOTE: All of these instructions are for *grande* drinks.
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_.
How to order: “The gingerbread syrup compliments the eggnog flavor superbly. For a grande, you’d normally receive four pumps of gingerbread, so depending on how sweet you want it, ask for one to four pumps of gingerbread syrup to add to your eggnog latte!”
Submitted by audreyruth716.
How to order: “To make a Christmas drink even more Christmasy, ask your barista to make it with eggnog instead of the standard 2% milk. You will be charged a bit extra for the eggnog, but trust me, it’s worth it. You can also ask your barista for less pumps of syrup, as the eggnog makes the drink sweeter.”
Submitted by tamalar_.
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.
How to order: “A fairly unknown drink is the iced Starbucks doubleshot. It’s made with shots of espresso that are poured over ice and shaken, then topped off with milk. Usually the drink is sweetened with classic syrup and topped off with 2% milk. For a holiday version, ask your barista to make it with chestnut praline sweetener and a splash of eggnog. Trust me, it’s amazing.”
Submitted by browneyed_barista.
How to order: “Iced coffee is usually sweetened with four pumps of classic sweetener and 2% milk. For a holiday twist, ask your barista to sweeten it with chestnut praline syrup and a splash of eggnog instead of the milk or creamer. The chestnut praline syrup smells exactly like Lucky Charms, so you’re bound to love it.”
Submitted by jainachristian.
How to order: “Simply ask your barista for a grande chai tea latte with gingerbread. If you want a creamier drink, ask them to make it with soy or almond milk. The gingerbread and chai flavors complement each other very nicely! Perfect for a cold winter day.”
Submitted by theladytwells.
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_.