MANILA, Philippines – For Starbucks lovers everywhere, the holiday season truly begins when the coffee chain releases its annual holiday drinks.
The limited edition drinks were once crucial to acquiring the coveted Starbucks planner. This year, though, the mechanics have changed so that any handcrafted beverage qualifies for a sticker. (IN PHOTOS: The Starbucks 2019 planner, travel organizer)
Leading this year’s holiday offerings is a new drink: the Snowy Cranberry White Mocha. Available hot, iced, or blended as a frap, the drink is made with Starbucks’ signature espresso, mixed with steamed milk and a white chocolate sauce. It is then topped off with a swirl of whipped cream and cranberry sugar sprinkles.
The drink is on the sugary side, so it’s best for those who like to indulge their sweet tooth during the holidays.
Those who prefer something mintier or nuttier can of course choose the old holiday favorites Peppermint Mocha and Toffee Nut Crunch Latte, which are appearing on Starbucks’ holiday menu again this year.
The holiday drinks cost P175 for a tall, P190 for a grande, and P205 for a venti.
Of course, holiday food items were also rolled out to pair with the drinks. On the sweet side, there is the Almond Matcha Doughnut (P65), the Choco Chip Overload Cookie (P85), the Cracked Cookie – which is basically a chocolate crinkle (P85), the Choco Peanut Butter Bun (P95), the Baked Cheese Tart (P75) and the Cereal Milk Pudding (P65).