Starbucks Holiday Drink Recipes

On average, Americans consume 3.1 cups of coffee a day and if Starbucks is your brewery of choice, that’s $33 per work week for a grande-sized pick-me-up.
So why not make them at home? With the right recipe you can enjoy your favorite Starbucks drink without putting a dent in your wallet.

Recipes Below :

Gingerbread Latte


First prepare the Gingerbread Syrup

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients into a medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce hit and allow for syrup to simmer. Leave uncovered for 15 minutes and then remove from fire.

1/2 cup fresh espresso

8 ounces milk, steamed
Prepare a double shot of espresso and steam 8 ounces of milk. Pour 1/2 cup of espresso into mug, add 1/4 cup of gingerbread syrup followed by the milk. Stir and serve hot.

Caramel Brulée Latte

2 oz. espresso or strong coffee

8 oz. steamed milk

1 oz. vanilla bean syrup

2 tbsp. caramel ice cream topping
Brew coffee or espresso. Line mug with caramel topping, add syrup and then espresso. Steam milk and pour into cup.

Pumpkin Spice Latte


2 cups milk

2 tablespoons

2 tablespoons canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee)

Combine milk, pumpkin and sugar in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until steamed. Remove from hit and stir in vanilla and pumpkin spice. Transfer the mixture into a blender and process for 10 seconds or until foamy. Or you can simply whisk the mixture until foam appears
Pour into mug, add espresso and enjoy.

Peppermint Mocha


1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

3 tablespoons powdered cocoa

3 tablespoons warm water

1/2 cup hot espresso

1 1/2 cups hot milk

Stir the water and sugar in a saucepan until sugar dissolves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and add peppermint extract. Allow mixture to simmer for 20 minutes.
Mix cocoa and water in a mag until paste forms. Add espresso and 1 1/2 teaspoon of the peppermint syrup. Finally, add the milk and serve hot.

Eggnog Latte


1/2 cup eggnog

1/4 cup whole milk

1-2 shots espresso

Sprinkle of nutmeg for garnish

Combine cold eggnog with cold milk and steam. Add espresso shots to steamed eggnog mixture and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Chai Tea Latte


3 cups water

3 cups milk

6-8 black tea bags

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground ginger

Bring water and milk to a boil. Add remaining ingredients, return to boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags then filter. Serve hot or iced.

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Becky Branch is a “30-ish” wife, mom, photographer, coffee junkie, and DFW blogger. Originally from Arkansas, she now calls Grapevine, TX home. @thejavamama

27 Responses to Starbucks Holiday Drink Recipes

  1. Maria says:

    Just recently discovered my love for Caramel Brulee Lattes. Must make this to save some cash!

  2. OMG this amazing. I have been starbucks free for 2 weeks, and although my bank account is happy I am so missing the holiday drinks. Going to try these for sure!

  3. Nancy says:

    What a great post! So glad you shared!!

  4. Lil' Woman says:

    I bet you made like a million followers happy today by posting these recipes 🙂

  5. Cheryl E. says:

    Yay! Thanks for sharing. Cant wait to try some of these out. The gingerbread sounds devine!

  6. Schmitty says:

    Yum!! I’m making Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars for my Bible Study tomorrow night. 🙂 You can find the recipe here:

  7. ~KS says:

    Sigh. I just love going through the drive thru before the sun goes up to get my Starbs fix. Days when I have Starbs just seem better… probably in my head, but I am convinced it’s true 🙂

    Thanks to a new budget, I have cut back…. so perhaps I should try to make some of these at home!!!

  8. Miranda says:

    I LOVE YOU! I’m a Starbucks ADDICT – this is awesome! 🙂

  9. You should win all sorts of Santa points for this post.

    You made my day!!

  10. Amazing!!! I will definitely be trying out each and every one of these recipes!!!

  11. Amy says:

    Thanks so much for posting these! I love Starbucks, but not how empty it leaves my wallet. I will definitely be trying these recipes 🙂

  12. I love you! … oh wait … was that too soon? But seriously, thank you so much I can’t wait to try these!!! 🙂

  13. Anonymous says:

    For the Chai Tea latte you can also buy either the Tazo or Oregon Trail liquid chai tea concentrate. I use it all the time with soy milk to make my iced chai’s. Used to work at Starbucks and it tastes just like theirs. Sbux usually uses Tazo chai concentrate.

  14. glen7297 says:

    I might save the money but I would spend a lot of time making these. Don’t have that time right now. Great post that I will save for the future when I’m not working so much. 🙂

  15. So I totally LOVE this!! But what under the Pumpkin Spice one, it says 2 tablespoons and no ingredient…what is the ingredient that goes there??

  16. Anonymous says:

    Tiffany, I think it’s a typo because the directions only include what she listed. 🙂

  17. Anonymous says:

    Tiffany, I think it’s a typo because the directions only include what she listed. 🙂

  18. This is awesome. I love all of those, but pumpkin spice latte is my favorite, so thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂

  19. Vanilla Bean Syrup for the Caramel Brulee Latte: Where do you find that? I see Sam’s Club has Vanilla or French Vanilla syrup. Is there a difference from the Vanilla Bean that is significant?
    I am hooked and look forward to making this at home. Thank you!

  20. Anonymous says:

    when i asked one of the baristas at starbucks what the closest thing they had off season to caramel brulee they said it
    was a latte with toffee nut syrup

  21. Anonymous says:

    Any chance you have one for a Vanilla Latte?? 🙂

  22. Jess says:

    Just curious how 3 grandes a day @ at LEAST $4 each comes out to be $33 a week?

    3 x $4 = $12/day

    $12/day x 5 days/week (work?) = $60!!!

  23. Awesome! Going to try this and sub splenda to make the gingerbread syrup sugar free!
    Do you know How long will these keep – and do they need to be refrigerated?

    Thanks so much!

  24. KeRobinson says:

    Thanks for sharing! Do u have a recipe for the coffee frappé? LOL! Love Starbucks! 🙂

  25. Anonymous says:

    Do you use Hershey unsweetened cocoa powder or nestle quick cocoa powder

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  27. Stephanie says:

    What is “mag”…on the peppermint you said add cocoa and water to mag???

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