Christmas is obviously the most magical time of the year, but the festive season also means cold temperatures, strong winds and more than likely some showers of rain. How do you combat the cold and stay warm and cosy? With Christmas coffees and other hot drinks of course. If you’re wondering when you can get your hands on Starbucks Christmas menu for 2023, here's what we expect to be in store this year.
Nothing signals the start of the festive season more than Starbucks’ smooth transition from pumpkin-spiced latte (to which we must wave, sadly, goodbye) to hot drinks flavoured with cinnamon, gingerbread and eggnog. There is a strong collection of limited-edition lattes to choose from this year including a brand new gingerbread number. Ah, the thrill! But don’t panic, because plenty of the stores' signature lattes are still available to buy this season so you don’t have to miss out on your favourite festive pick-me-up.
If coffee isn’t really your thing, then stay tuned for Starbucks’ range of indulgent hot chocolates designed to warm your cockles and line your arteries – yes, they’re fabulously rich and worth every sip. Topped with whipped cream and a selection of dreamy sauces and sprinkles, you might want to leave a bit of extra room for one of the chocolatey hot drinks.
Finally, the news you've really been waiting for: are Starbucks' famous red cups returning for another year of festive fun? They sure are, with a brand new set of joyful, festive designs. This year's theme is 'Share the Joy' - not sure what we're talking about? Keep on scrolling.
What's on the Starbucks Christmas menu in 2023?
While official details about the Starbucks Christmas menu in the UK have yet to be released, Starbucks US has announced a few details about Christmas food and drink for this season. The new menus launch in the US on 2 November, as do the new red cup designs, and Starbucks UK will likely feature many of the same treats. So, what's on the menu? So far, there's news of a couple of brand-new seasonal drinks, alongside the return of lots of familiar favourites.
Starbucks Food Menu 2023
• Gingerbread Loaf
• Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop
• Snowman Cookie
• Sugar Plum Cheese Danish
• Cranberry Bliss Bar
Starbucks Drinks Menu 2023
• NEW Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai
• Peppermint Mocha
• NEW Oleato Gingerbread Oat Milk Latte
• Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte
• Caramel Brulee Latte
• Chestnut Praline Latte
Keep tabs on this guide for more *official* info soon!
What drinks were on the Starbucks Christmas menu in 2022?
There were some pretty exciting new additions to the menu last year, along with some familiar faces that returned for another Christmas. Here's the full breakdown.
Toffee Nut Cream Cold Brew
What: This cold brew is infused with vanilla syrup, topped with a toffee nut cream foam and finished with a dash of toffee nut sprinkles.
How much: £3.90 RRP
Praline Cookie Hot Chocolate
What: This drink takes mocha sauce, pours it through steamed milk and combines it with hints of cookie and caramelised hazelnut, almond and walnut, making it an instant classic. On top, you'll find chocolatey whipped cream and a sprinkle of cookie crumbs.
How much: £3.65 RRP
Drinks that returned from 2021
You'll be pleased to know that some of our old favourites returned for Christmas 2022, including:
- Toffee nut latte - £3.55 RRP
- Caramel waffle latte - £3.55 RRP
- Gingerbread latte - £3.55 RRP
- Eggnog latte - £3.65 RRP
What food was on the Starbucks Christmas menu in 2022?
Of course, you'll need something to snack on with your festive drinks. Here's last year's Christmas food offering, also featuring newcomers and old classics. Tuck in!
Pigs Under Blanket Roll
What: This little beauty is comprised of a crusty Vienna roll packed with pork sausage, smoked bacon, sage & onion mayonnaise, cheddar cheese and cranberry chutney. What more could you want?
How much: £4.89 RRP
Ginger Mini Loaf Cake
What: This mini loaf cake is the perfect pairing for a gingerbread latte, laced with spiced ginger and topped with white chocolate icing and crushed ginger biscuits.
How much: £2.29 RRP
Toffee Nut Muffin and Mini Loaf Cake
What: Both of these tasty numbers are injected with caramel, topped with toffee frosting and sprinkled with hazelnuts. The muffin also has an extra drizzle of milk chocolate, but the choice is up to you.
How much: £2.19 RRP for the muffin, £2.29 RRP for the mini loaf cake
Food that returned from 2021
As with the drinks, some familiar faces made it back onto the roster last year, including:
- Toffee nut latte - £3.55 RRP
- Festive feast panini - £4.89 RRP
- Brie and cran-merry focaccia - £4.89 RRP
- 'Tis the season turkey sandwich £4.19 RRP
- Red velvet loaf cake - £2.29 RRP
- The Christmas tree brownie - £2.29 RRP
- Chocolate caramel muffin - £2.09 RRP
How much are the Christmas drinks at Starbucks?
Starbucks' festive coffees and hot chocolates started at £3.45 for a tall last year. Prices may vary depending on location.
Starbucks Red Cups 2023
Starbucks’ famous red cups are expected to be back with a bang this season. The coffee giant's red cups appear every holiday season, usually with a brand new design each year. This year's red cup designs have been announced in the US, and we expect you'll see the same cups on this side of the pond! Designed by Bridget Shilling, Starbucks 2023 red cups feel joyful and festive, resulting in a range that plays on festive green and red in a variety of designs.
What: Designed to imitate a plaid scarf, Shilling modernises the design further with some modern, geometric sensibilities.
What: A special cup for the returning Peppermint Mocha, this design incorporates a lot of movement, as well as 2023's familiar Starbucks Christmas colours of red, green and pink.
What: Red, green and pink ribbons wind their way around this special cup - another ode to Christmas wrapping and the gifts within.
What: This bold print plays off geometric shapes, designed to look like a wrapped gift.
What: A special frosty bauble for anyone ordering iced drinks, like Starbucks' new Iced Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai, for example.
If you're feeling hungry for more Christmas deliciousness, head to our guide to the best Christmas dinners in London.