SEATTLE — Starbucks Corp. is debuting its first-ever non-dairy coffee holiday drink alongside some familiar favorites.
Joining the seasonal lineup is the Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte, combining Starbucks Blonde espresso, sugar cookie-flavored syrup, ice and almond milk, topped with red and green cookie sprinkles. The item also is available as a hot beverage. The beverage was inspired by spritz cookies, the slightly sweet staple of holiday gatherings and cookie exchanges, according to Starbucks.
“Almond is used quite a bit in baking,” said Erin Marinan, product development manager for Starbucks R&D, who led product development with Starbucks employee Sara Bennett. “The almond flavor from the almond milk makes for a natural pairing with the nutty notes in Starbucks Blonde Espresso. We also wanted to harness the buttery and vanilla notes of the cookie, which you can pick up in the aroma from that first sip from the sugar cookie flavored syrup and sprinkles. It reminds me of making cookies with my mom and sisters growing up. It gives me all the nostalgic feels of the holiday.”
Returning items include the Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha and Irish Cream Cold Brew. Bakery items include the new Reindeer Cake Pop, plus returning Sugar Plum Danish, Cranberry Bliss Bar and Snowman Cookie.