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Best Vegan Starbucks Drinks for the Holidays

From Frappuccinos to lattes, here’s how to customize your go-to Starbucks drinks to add some holiday flair!

‘Tis the season for good food, family, and your favorite festive drinks from Starbucks. With a wide selection of vegan milks and syrups, Starbucks’ menu—with a little customization—has some great options to get you in the spirit. Check out our finds below for the best vegan Starbucks drinks for the holidays!

Chestnut Praline Latte

This Starbucks holiday specialty can be made vegan with a few quick fixes! To enjoy the sweet nutty taste of the Chestnut Praline Latte, ask your barista to substitute with a dairy-free milk, skip the whip, and you’re all set. Want to know the sweetest part? The chestnut praline crumbs are vegan—so you can be sure to pack those on for some extra bursts of flavor!

Irish Cream Cold Brew

The Irish Cream Cold Brew is the perfect drink for every avid iced coffee drinker! With a blended cold brew and Irish Cream syrup base, topped with frothy sweet vanilla foam, this drink captures the spirit of the holidays! Looking to veganize this seasonal classic? Make sure to ask for the foam to be made with non-dairy milk! Lightly dusted with cocoa powder, this vegan version of the Irish Cream Cold Brew will be your new holiday go-to!

Irish Cream Cold Brew

Peppermint Mocha / Hot Chocolate

If your go-to Starbucks drink is a mocha, there is a clear and easy way to spice it up for the season—add in a pump of peppermint syrup! This simple addition will make all the difference, giving you a sweet, minty flavor combo. Looking for something more kid-friendly? We all know the Starbucks vegan hot chocolate is a must-have—but for something extra-festive, try out a peppermint hot chocolate, instead. You’ll get the same taste as the peppermint mocha, minus the caffeine!

Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte

Not into modifications? This Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte is the perfect option for you! Inherently vegan, this latte boasts a nostalgic sugary-sweet taste and can be enjoyed both hot and iced. Aside from being Starbucks’ first official non-dairy holiday drink, the Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte is an absolute must-try!

Iced Sugar Cookie Latte

Caramel Brulée Latte

While Starbucks’ caramel sauce does contain milk, you can easily customize your own equally delicious vegan version of this certified classic with their syrups! Opt for a normal latte, and add in pumps of both the caramel and toffee nut syrups for some festive flair. The best part? Starbucks’ caramel brûlée topping is vegan, so you can top off your latte with a light sprinkling of these crunchy crumbles!

Hazelnut Latte

Looking for something a bit nuttier? Starbucks’ Hazelnut Latte is the best way to spice up your daily coffee routine for the holidays! Made with a blonde espresso roast and their signature hazelnut syrup, this latte is the perfect pick-me-up to enjoy in the morning or afternoon. Complete this latte with the dairy-free milk of your choosing, and you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit!

Toffee Nut Latte

Another nutty option at Starbucks is the Toffee Nut Latte, equipped with a dairy-free milk and a rich buttery taste. Just make sure to ask for no whipped cream or toffee nut sprinkles on top. Not into the sweetness? Ask the barista to make your Toffee Nut Latte half-sweet, to enjoy the fun festive flavors without the sugar rush! Take your morning coffee routine to the next level, and pair your latte with a plain or sprouted grain bagel—one of the tastiest options for vegan food at Starbucks.

Apple Cider

To create this delightfully warm holiday beverage, all you’ll need to do is order a traditional Caramel Apple Spice, but omit the whipped cream and caramel drizzle. This simple Apple Cider is made from a combo of warm apple juice and Starbucks’ OG cinnamon dolce syrup—creating the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold winter day! Add this to the list of the best vegan Starbucks drinks you need to try!

Candy Cane Frappuccino

This secret menu classic isn’t just for non-vegans anymore! With a few quick customizations, you can spice up your holiday season with this deliciously minty Candy Cane Frappuccino. Just order a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with almond milk—or any dairy-free milk of choice—add in peppermint syrup, and you’re all set. Make sure to ask for no whipped cream. Enjoy a true taste of the holiday season!

Christmas Cookie Frappuccino

Another secret menu classic, the Christmas Cookie Frappuccino is a little more complicated, but certainly worth the customization! Order your standard Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with dairy-free milk, adding in pumps of both toffee nut and peppermint syrup, for that classic Christmas cookie taste. This drink definitely takes the cake as one of the best vegan Starbucks drinks!

Natalie Brown

@naataliebrown

Natalie, a UCLA senior studying English and Film, moved to LA from Ontario, Canada, and now considers herself a full-fledged Southern Californian, loading up on tacos and guac, tanning at the beach, and blasting YG’s discography any opportunity she gets. When not writing for VegOut or UCLA’s Daily Bruin, she can be found strolling the farmers markets or binge-watching the latest Netflix docuseries.

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