This year’s Christmas drinks at Starbucks, Costa and Caffè Nero


The new festive take-out mugs from Costa Coffee. Photo: Publicity photo

Now that pumpkin and spice lattes are retiring, street cafes are rolling out their lines of Christmas treats.

With menus filled with cinnamon, gingerbread and chocolate treats, we took a look at what’s on offer for 2021. All served in festive mugs, of course.


The famous Starbucks red mugs will be filled with two new flavors this year, alongside a returning classic. The seasonal classic Toffee Nut Latte is joined by newcomers Fudge Brownie Hot Chocolate and Caramel Waffle Latte.

Their Toffee Nut Latte is “a steamed espresso and milk, combined with Toffee Nut syrup, whipped cream and delicious Toffee Nut chips”.

Their Hot Chocolate Fudge Brownie is described as “a classic mocha, mixed with a cookie-flavored sauce and combined with mocha. Finished with whipped cream, a drizzle of mocha and a fudge-dusted topping.” Definitely not something for those without a sweet tooth.

Finally, Caramel Waffle Latte is “a steamed espresso and milk combined with a Winter Waffle sauce. Topped with whipped cream and Spiced Caramel Waffle Crunch topping.”

Eggnog Latte and Gingerbread Latte are also back, along with a range of goodies including Cran-merry Cheesecake Muffin, South Pole Shortbread Sam, Pole Nat Shortbread. Nord, the Jolly Jammie cookie and the Christmas tree brownie. And tarts, of course.

Starbucks offers milks and alternatives including skim milk, semi-skimmed milk, whole milk, soy, Starbucks Original nut mix, oats, coconut and almonds.


This year Costa once again welcomed its famous three festive flavors and introduced another special guest, with its exclusive line of Quality Street drinks.

New to the line this year is the Quality Street Toffee Penny Latte, “a classic latte mixed with a rich golden caramel sauce, topped with a light swirl of dairy and sprinkled with crunchy caramel toppings to perfectly capture the buttery notes. of the nation’s beloved Quality Street Toffee Penny Candy. “

Returning lattes are Quality Street, Purple One Latte and Gingerbread Latte, along with Terry’s Chocolate Orange, After Eight and Blackforest hot chocolates.

Other seasonal treats offer a huge selection, including Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffin, Turkey Topping Toast, Bacon and Cheese Toast, Vegan Santa Gingerbread, minced meat pie, the Pigs Under Blankets panini and many more.

Costa offers milks and alternatives, including whole, skim, semi-skim, coconut, almond, soy and oat milks.

Coffee Nero

Caffè Nero sticks to the classics with its Christmas menu, with hot drinks such as Salted Caramel Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Mint Chocolate Chip Hot Chocolate and Hazelnut Hot Chocolate .

Drink extras are also offered, with whipped cream, vegan creamy topping, and marshmallows all available.

Tasty snacks include the Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Panini, Truffle Cotto Ham Tostati, and Turkey & Cranberry Trellis.

Winter treats range from the classic mince pie and deluxe Black Forest roulade to their billionaire salted caramel and chocolate and orange puff cake.

Caffè Nero offers milks and alternatives, including semi-skimmed, skimmed, whole, soy, coconut and oat milks.

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