As the holidays approach, words like “pumpkin,” “gingerbread,” and “eggnog” suddenly become more pervasive. Radical new coffee flavors are introduced to entice caffeine lovers. These drinks can help you get in the holiday spirit, while you’re sitting by your fire watching the snow fall, or they can help you enjoy a much-needed respite from the bustle of holiday shopping.
For the 2012 holiday season, Starbucks brings out drinks like the Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog Latte, and Gingerbread Latte. There’s also the Caramel Brulée Latte and Skinny Peppermint Mocha. If you want holiday-themed Starbucks coffee to enjoy at home, you can purchase Starbucks’ Christmas Blend, Holiday Blend, or Peppermint Mocha Flavored Coffee.
Patrons of Caribou Coffee can enjoy their Ho Ho Mocha or Fa La Latte with Eggnog in-store or to go. There’s also Caribou’s holiday Reindeer Blend to take home and brew, with “a hint of caramel and a dash of spice.”
If you like McDonald’s McCafé coffee drinks, you might want to try their Peppermint Mocha or Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Seattle’s Best Coffee has three holiday treats: Gingerbread Latte, Candy Cane Mocha, and Sugar Cookie Latte.
Dunkin’ Donuts welcomes the holidays with Peppermint Mocha, White Chocolate, and Gingerbread flavored coffee or lattes. If you like Dunkin’s packaged coffee, there are several seasonal ground coffee varieties that you can buy in the store and take home. There’s Gingerbread Cookie, Pumpkin Spice, and Mocha Mint, as well as K-Cup packs of Peppermint Mocha.
Even convenience stores and gas stations are getting into the holiday coffee spirit. 7-11 offers coffee lovers a few seasonal selections: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Spice Coffee, and Peppermint Mocha Latte.
If you buy coffee to brew yourself at home, there are many holiday blends to choose from. Whether you buy your coffee online or at the grocery store, there are seasonal choices for everyone. Green Mountain Coffee sells Gingerbread Coffee and Spicy Eggnog coffee, both in bags and in K-Cups. Maxwell House has two holiday offerings: Peppermint Mocha Latte and Pumpkin Spice Latte. Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen has a wide variety of holiday coffee blends, from Peppermint Bark to Winter Breakfast Blend to Santa’s White Christmas.
You can brew up your own special coffee drinks at home, if you’re snowed in or just don’t feel like going out in the cold. Folgers has a great recipe for Cinnamon Mocha Coffee, and Ridiculously Healthy has an easy recipe for Holiday Spiced Coffee.