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The Best Vegan Starbucks Drinks for the Holidays

Donning the festive flavors of gingerbread, sugar cookie, and peppermint, these vegan-friendly coffee drinks are here for the holiday season!

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Donning the festive flavors of gingerbread, sugar cookie, and peppermint, these vegan-friendly coffee drinks are here for the holiday season!

‘Tis the season to take a break from your go-to Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso and celebrate with Starbucks’ festive drink offerings. From Gingerbread Lattes to Peppermint Mochas, Starbucks has the perfect seasonal treats to help fuel your holiday shopping. For more festive fun, check out our list of the best vegan Starbucks drinks for the 2023 holiday season!

Gingerbread Lattes

While the Iced Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai is not vegan (contains honey), Starbucks has two tasty vegan-friendly Gingerbread Lattes to fall in love with this year! The standard Gingerbread Latte can be ordered vegan by removing the whip and opting for one of the many non-dairy milk alternatives. At the same time, the Oleato Gingerbread Oatmilk Latte is totally vegan as-is! The latter features the company’s newest innovation of infusing its coffee creations with extra virgin olive oil for a creamy, indulgent feel.

Oleato Gingerbread Oatmilk Latte

Oleato Gingerbread Oatmilk Latte Courtesy of Starbucks

Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte

Back for another year, the Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte is always on our holiday wish list. Featuring steamed almond milk, dreamy sugar cookie syrup, blonde espresso, and festive sprinkles, this vegan-as-is Starbucks sipper is exactly what we crave around the holidays. If you like your drinks to match the outside temperature, you can always opt for this coffee treat over ice.

Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte

Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte Courtesy of Starbucks

Chestnut Praline Latte

So, the Caramel Brulee Latte can’t really be veganized, but the Chestnut Praline Latte is another story! Both the Chestnut Praline Syrup and Chestnut Praline Topping are vegan-friendly, so just order your latte with the vegan milk of choice and omit the whip for a cruelty-free bevvy. It’s the new-age version of chestnuts roasting on an open fire—welcome to 2023, baby!

Peppermint Mocha

Not a coffee fan? We’ve got you. The Peppermint Mocha is a festive Starbucks sipper, and it’s got your name on it! Just omit the whipped cream, swap for dairy-free milk, and remove the chocolate curls. But if you are a coffee lover, opt for a veganized Peppermint Café Mocha which contains espresso. Either way, you’re going to love this chocolate mint fan favorite.

Starbucks Christmas Blonde Roast Clover Vertica Brewed Coffee

Coffee purist? Hear, hear! This is your chance to reach for a piping hot cup of limited-edition brewed coffee. While not as fancy as Starbucks’ creamy holiday creations, the Starbucks Christmas Blonde Roast Clover Vertica Brewed Coffee makes a great cup of joe! Plus, you can always customize your cup with a splash of soy milk if you so choose.

Starbucks Red Cup

Starbucks Ornament Courtesy of Starbucks

Cinnamon Dolce Latte

While this one is available year-round, the Cinnamon Dolce Latte has us feeling in the holiday spirit! Who’s with us? Vegan Starbucks patrons need to order this sweet sipper with non-dairy milk and remove both the whipped cream and Cinnamon Dolce Topping. This is the drive-thru pick-me-up we all need to get us through the season of holiday shopping.

Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato

Coming in hot, or iced, from the fall menu, the Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato remains one of our fave sippers during the festive season. It’s like a warm, apple crisp in a red holiday cup! Made with creamy oat milk, this Starbucks beverage is vegan as-is. You know we love to see it! If you’re a real apple lover, Starbucks also offers Steamed Apple Juice that you can easily customize with vegan add-ins.

Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato

Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato Courtesy of Starbucks

Anja Grommons

Anja Grommons


During her studies to become a registered dietitian, Anja—a longtime vegetarian—transitioned to a vegan diet. Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the time (Go Broncos!), she met Maggie and Tammie through VegOut Kalamazoo (one of VegOut’s first focus cities) and began collaborating with the duo. When she’s not writing about new vegan eats, practicing as a pediatric clinical dietitian, and virtually coaching fellow plant-based eaters, you can find her creating veg-centric recipes, trying new cruelty-free products, and spending time with her partner Addison and cat Kovu.

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