11 Fantastic Hot Drinks You Need To Try This Winter

Starbucks is known for its coffee and tea offerings, but they also offer a variety of other beverages such as smoothies, frappés, iced teas, and even alcoholic beverages. If you want to try out some of these new drinks, then check out our guide below.

11 Fantastic Hot Drinks You Need To Try This Winter

As the weather gets colder, Starbucks wants to warm us up with some of its cold beverage options. From frozen Frappuccino to spiked eggnog lattes, here are 11 of the newest items on the menu.

Choosing The Best Ones

Starbucks’ coffee menu offers many different options, including Frappuccino, lattes, espresso beverages, and even tea. But what about hot drinks? Do you know how to choose the best ones?

We’re here to help you find the perfect drink. Here are some tips to keep in mind while choosing one:

1. Ordering a hot drink isn’t always easy. You’ll want to pay attention to the size of the cup and whether it includes milk or cream. Also, consider the type of milk used; skim, 2%, whole, etc.

2. If you’re ordering a latte, you might want to ask for extra foam. This way, you’ll end up with a thicker beverage.

3. For those who like sweet treats, there are plenty of choices. Some popular flavors include caramel macchiato, mocha almond Frappuccino, cappuccino, vanilla bean, chocolate hazelnut, and cinnamon dolce latte.

4. To add flavor, you can use syrups such as caramel, hazelnut, mint chip, and others.

5. Finally, don’t forget to check out the seasonal offerings. They change every season, so take note of what’s available during the winter months.

6. Once you’ve chosen the perfect drink, enjoy it!

7. And remember: no matter where you go, you’ll never run out of delicious options.

1. White Chocolate Mocha

Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha isn’t just a great way to start off a winter morning; it’s also one of our favorite coffee drinks. It’s smooth and creamy without being too heavy, and the combination of dark chocolate and white chocolate syrup creates a flavor profile that’s hard to describe.

We’ve been drinking this particular version since college, and we love how it tastes even better now than it did then. With a little practice, you’ll be able to make a perfect cup every single time.

Starbucks’ White Chocolate Mocha isn’t just a coffee shop classic — it’s one of our favorite drinks. This creamy, decadent beverage is made like a latte, but with steamed milk and a shot of espresso. 

A layer of whipped cream adds extra sweetness and texture. But what really sets the White Chocolate Mocha apart from other mocha recipes is Starbucks’ signature white chocolaty syrup.

The syrup is made from real sugar crystals and cocoa butter, giving the drink a smooth, velvety taste. You’ll find it in specialty stores across the country, but it’s hard to come by outside the Northeast.

To make sure you don’t miss out on a sip, request your White Chocolate Mocha with whole milk for a richer flavor. And if you want even more indulgence, try substituting half-and-half for the milk.

2. Caramel Style Macchiato

The Caramel Macchiatos are one of our favorites. They are very simple, and they always make me feel good. The caramel drizzled over the coffee is delicious, and the foam is perfect. You can even add ice cream to the drink if you want.

The Caramel Macchiatos are among Starbucks’ most iconic drinks. They’ve been around since the chain opened its doors in 1971 and remain one of the brand’s best-selling products today.

The drink itself consists of a small amount of brewed coffee, topped off with steamed milk and a layer of whipped cream, along with a sprinkle of caramel sauce.

Simple, with tasty vanilla syrup and the freshest steamed milk, poured into a large cup, the Caramel Macchiatos are a great way to start your day.

If you want something even sweeter, try ordering a Caramel macchiato infused with three additional shots of espresso. This gives you a full dose of caffeine without overwhelming the taste buds.

For those looking for a stronger coffee flavor, go for a venti Caramel Macchiato, which actually uses the exact same number of cups as a standard size, but adds an extra ounce of coffee.

The Caramel Macchiatos are among the most popular drinks at Starbucks (see also ‘43 Best and Most Delicious Starbucks Secret Menu Drinks‘). They come in three sizes: regular, Grande, and venti. A regular size contains 12 fluid ounces, while a Grande holds 16 fluid ounces and a venti holds 20 fluid ounces.

The drink consists of a cup of hot water, steamed milk, one teaspoon of sugar, espresso beans, and a splash of caramel sauce. The caramel sauce is what makes the drink special.

3. Café Americano

Starbucks (see also ‘12 Starbucks Smoothies That Will Blow Your Mind‘) launched the Americano in 2011 to help bridge the gap between its signature Starbucks Coffee drinks and its traditional drip coffee beverages. 

The Americano is espresso blended with hot water and served over ice. It is the perfect drink for those who prefer a smooth, creamy sip rather than a strong shot of caffeine.

The Americano is named for how it is traditionally enjoyed in America—a blend of espresso and steamed milk. In fact, the Italian name for an Americano alone is “café Americano,” meaning “coffee American.”

The drink became popular among customers in Italy, where it is known as café Americano. The name stuck in America, too, and it’s now one of the most recognizable drinks at Starbucks (see also ‘17 Best Tea Drinks To Order At Starbucks‘).

4. The Flat White

The Flat White isn’t just a new way to make a cappuccino — it’s a new type of coffee altogether (see also ‘18 Amazing Keto Coffee Drinks You Need To Try‘). The drink is made with steamed milk, and the key difference lies in how the barista makes the espresso.

Instead of pulling shots of espresso, the barista simply pulls shots of hot water into the cup.

This creates a much lighter brew than what you’d find in a traditional cappuccino, but one that still packs a punch thanks to the addition of half-and-half.

Starbucks (see also ‘The Best Starbucks Caramel Drinks – 18 Drinks You Need To Try‘) introduced Flat White actually in roughly 2015 as part of a larger refresh of its menu. But while most people know about the change, few understand why it was necessary.

” We wanted to give our customers a better choice,” says Scott McCartney, head barista trainer at Starbucks (see also ‘20 Best Caffeine Free Starbucks Drinks‘). “Cappuccinos are great, but we felt there was room for improvement.”

McCartney explains that the original version of the original flat white was too strong because the espresso was pulled too quickly. He says that the new version allows the barista to pull the shot slowly, resulting in a richer taste.

But the real reason behind the move away from espresso is far less technical. In fact, it’s pretty simple: Starbucks wants to appeal to a broader audience.

“I think that over the course of history, we’ve become very focused on the artisanal experience,” he says. “That’s been a big part of our brand identity since day one.”

This focus has resulted in some strange trends among coffee drinkers. For example, Starbucks recently launched a line of flavored syrups designed to match different types of coffee. 

These include flavors like caramelized coconut, chocolate chip cookie dough, and mocha almond butter. All of these flavors are meant to pair well with Flat White.

And while many coffee drinkers enjoy drinking their beverages black, Starbucks has long offered a variety of options (see also ‘The Top Starbucks Latte Flavors You Need To Order!‘). The chain offers everything from classic lattes to chai tea lattes to flat whites.

Starbucks (see also ‘Top 16 Starbucks Vegan Foods‘) now sells nearly 200 varieties of drinks across its stores. Yet the original Flat White is only one of four specialty drinks on offer. 

The rest include the cold brew iced coffee, the seasonal pumpkin spice latte, and the seasonal holiday eggnog latte (for something with more of a kick, check out our guide to eggnog cocktails). In short, Flat White is just another step forward for Starbucks.

5. Pumpkin Spice Style Latte

Starbucks baristas free-pour steam milk over espresso shots to make the Pumpkin Spice Latte. To ensure consistency, Starbucks makes each batch of the latte with the same ratio of coffee to milk.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of the most popular beverages served at Starbucks locations around the world. It debuted in October 2004.

In 2010, Starbucks introduced a seasonal version called the Pumpkin Pie Latte. Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of the most iconic beverages in the world. 

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of those things you just know without having to think about it. You’ve probably had one yourself, even though you might not remember where you got it.

But there’s nothing like seeing the familiar orange cup sitting next to you in the coffee shop, waiting for you to pick it up and take a sip.

And what makes this particular version of the drink so special is that it’s been around since 2004, when Starbucks introduced the original recipe to customers in Seattle.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is the base of the Pumpkin Spice Flavors menu, which includes Frappuccino, lattes, and mochas.

Each flavor is inspired by a different holiday season — Cinnamon Bun Mocha during the winter holidays, Orange Creamsicle Mocha during the summer, and Pumpkin Pie Mocha during Halloween.

6. Blonde Vanilla Style Latte

This version of the classic vanilla latte combines Starbucks’ signature caramelized vanilla syrup with blonde espresso. The Blonde Vanilla Latte is made with whole milk, making it sweeter than the standard vanilla latte.

Starbucks introduced its Blonde Vanilla Latte on November 22, 2017. In the same announcement, it revealed plans to release a second version of the beverage later in 2018. The Blonde Vanilla Latte features espresso blended with Starbucks’ signature vanilla syrup.

The coffee giant says that the Blonde Vanilla Lattes are “inspired by the rich, creamy flavor of classic French vanilla lattes.” They’re also made with real milk, unlike many other Starbucks beverages.

The Blonde Vanilla Latte is part of Starbucks’ ongoing effort to make its drinks healthier. Last month, the company announced that it had removed artificial ingredients from 16 beverages, including Frappuccino and Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Starbucks (see also ‘20 of the All-Time Tastiest Starbucks’ Syrups‘) introduced a new flavor of coffee called the “Blonde Vanilla Latte,” which combines the sweetness of vanilla syrup with the smoothness of light roast espresso.

The Blonde Vanilla Latte features a blend of Starbucks’ classic vanilla syrup and espresso made with lightly roasted Arabica beans. In addition to being a great-tasting latte, it’s also a great way to introduce people to the world of espresso.

7. Chai Tea

Starbucks introduced the Chai Tea Latte in 2008. The beverage came about because Starbucks wanted to offer customers something different from their regular lattes.

Chai tea lattes are typically served hot, though some stores sell them chilled. They’re sweetened with honey, and many people add cream or whipped cream.

The drink is popular among teenagers and college students. Many teens say that they like the caffeine kick of the drink, while others just enjoy drinking something unique.

Starbucks launched the Chai Tea Lattes in January 2017 and quickly became a hit among customers. The beverage contains “a blend of Indian black teas,” according to the company.

The drink is no longer limited to Starbucks locations. In fact, you’ll find it in nearly every coffee shop across America. 

8. Cappuccino

Starbucks says it has over 20 million customers who enjoy its range of beverages every day. But there are some people out there who know what makes a good cup of coffee—and they’ve been sharing their knowledge online.

The Cappuccino is known as one of the most complex beverages served at Starbucks, along with the Frappuccino. While it might seem like a simple drink, there are many variables that must be considered when preparing a quality cappuccino.

In addition to the complexity of the beverage itself, the preparation process requires a certain level of skill and experience. This makes the Cappuccino a great training tool for aspiring baristas.

Here Are Some Tips On How To Make A Great Cappuccino

The Cappuccino is a very popular beverage at Starbucks. Many people enjoy drinking it because of its rich flavor and creamy texture. However, making a quality cappuccino isn’t easy. Here are some tips on how to make a good cappuccino. If you follow these steps, you’ll end up with a delicious cup of coffee.

1. Be sure to use high-quality ingredients. You want to use whole milk, not skimmed milk. Also, choose a high-quality espresso machine. If you don’t have one, consider getting one.

2. Use the correct amount of espresso. If you add too little, the drink won’t taste strong enough. If you add too much, the drink will be bitter. Try adding about 2 tablespoons of espresso per 8 ounces of milk.

9. Almond Milk Honey Flat White

Starbucks’ original flat white alone is one of our favorite drinks. We love how the milkshake gives it body and makes it creamy without being heavy. And the taste is still great.

Starbucks introduced flat white back in 2004, and since then, it has become one of the most popular drinks across the world. But what makes the flat white different from the rest of the lattes out there? The answer lies in the fact that the flat white is actually a latte without milk.

The traditional flat white contains three ingredients – espresso, steamed milk, and foam. However, Starbucks recently launched a new version of the classic beverage called “the Honey Almond milk flat white.” This new version features a blend of honey and almond milk, making it even sweeter than the regular flat white.

We tried both versions of the flat whites and found the Honey Almond milkshake much better than the standard flat white. Not only does the almond milk add richness and creaminess to the drink, but the addition of honey gives it a slightly caramelized taste.

For people who want to enjoy the sweetness of flat white without adding too many calories, this is definitely the way to go.

10. Cinnamon Dolce Latte

This latte isn’t the first coffee beverage Starbucks introduced that blended together two popular beverages into one. But the combination of espresso and latte is certainly unique.

And while there are plenty of reasons to love the espresso version of the drink, the cinnamon dolce latte is another reason why people keep coming back.

Starbucks introduced the amazing cinnamon dolce lattes in 2011. They quickly became a fan favorite and even earned the nickname “cinnamon dolce latte.”

While the original recipe included vanilla bean ice cream, Starbucks began offering the cinnamon dolce versions without it in 2012.

In 2017, the company added a caramel sauce to the mix. This allowed customers to customize their cinnamon dolce latte with toppings such as whipped cream, mini chocolate chips, and tasty cinnamon dolce syrup.

Starbucks’ Cinnamon Dolce Latte isn’t just delicious; it’s also pretty darn good for you. The latte is loaded with antioxidants thanks to the cocoa powder and green tea extract used in the recipe, plus it contains less than 10 grams of sugar per serving.

The beverage is also packed with protein and fiber thanks to almond milk. Plus, it offers up a whopping 30% daily value of calcium — a major bonus for those looking to build strong bones.

11. Macchiato Espresso

Starbucks introduced the Espresso Macchiato in 2006. Made directly in traditional Italian fashion, it consists of espresso poured into a glass containing whipped cream and topped with chocolate syrup.

To make the drink, the espresso must be prepared just prior to being added to the glass, since the foam needs to be freshly whipped every time. This is why you don’t see many variations on the recipe; it takes some practice to perfect.

The original Espresso Macchietta was a hit, and today it’s one of the most popular beverages offered at Starbucks locations around the world.

In fact, the Espresso Macchiato is now the third-largest beverage category in Starbucks stores, behind Frappuccino and Teas.

Starbucks knows how to make a good latte. But it didn’t invent the idea of a macchiato. In fact, there are many variations of the macchiato around the world.

This one is called the “espresso macchiato.” A macchiato is similar to a cappuccino, except you add steamed milk rather than foam.

And the name? Well, in Italian it means stained because the drink gets its color from a little splash of milk. So that’s what they did — they added some milk. 

They used their regular espresso machine and just put a few drops of milk into the cup. Then they brought it up to temperature and let it sit for about 30 seconds. After that, they poured it over ice cubes and stirred it well. 

Final Thoughts

If you want to get your caffeine fix without all the calories or sugar, then the Cinnamon Dolce Latte is definitely worth trying out. 

It’s not only tasty but also healthy. Not only does it contain fewer calories than other options, but it also has more nutrients than any other Starbucks drink.

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