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Starbucks Winter Drinks Are the Best: TokyoTreat’s Top 5!

Karina IkedoKarina Ikedo
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December 29, 2022
A shot of Starbucks winter drinks with red and green holiday cups.

Starbucks has released unique and delicious winter drinks as we draw closer to Christmas. The special seasonal drinks from Starbucks Japan are already among the popular beverages in Japan! Undoubtedly, locals and tourists look forward to these drinks every year! 

For those who don’t already know, Starbucks Japan offers unique and tasty seasonal drinks that change yearly. So, fans of Starbucks can look forward to trying many limited-edition flavors all year. Keep reading to find out our top five Starbucks Japan winter drinks of 2022!

Strawberry & velvet brownie Frappuccino

The chain’s traditional cafe mocha will get a festive makeover this year with strawberry glaçage sauce! This markedly gives the coffee-based drink a fruity lift and a topping of red velvet brownie crumbs. Accordingly, the cold beverage has a warmer version as well.

The Strawberry & velvet brownie Frappuccino comes from the idea of “Let’s Be A Santa!” It has red and white colors, symbols of good luck in Japan!

The Strawberry velvet brownie frappuccino--it's red and white.
This drink is smooth and fruity! Image via Entabe

The limited-edition beverage imitates the taste of red velvet cake and has bits of a complete chocolate brownie mixture in the creamy base. It has white chocolate sprinkles and a bright red strawberry glaçage sauce. It has swirls cascading over the whipped cream in the middle and a bright red strawberry glaçage sauce.

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Butter caramel mille-feuille Frappuccino

The buttery layers of the French millefeuille pastry inspired the new Butter Caramel Mille-Feuille Frappuccino blended beverage. That is to say, the drink blends the pie crust’s crispy texture with rich, sweet custard sauce and caramel sauce. Whipped cream and a drizzle of butter caramel are the best part of this drink!

To achieve a “crunchy” and “crispy” texture, it mixes a rich, sweet custard sauce with a secret ingredient of caramel paste, a pie crumb with a thin layer of crepe dough that resembles the layers of millefeuille.

Toffee nut crunch latte and cold brew 

The Toffee Nut Crunch Latte is coming back this holiday season! It combines the richness of creamy espresso, buttery toffee nuts, and hints of roasted almonds! Similarly, the latte has a sprinkling of toffee nut crunch topping, which adds a bit of crunch. 

A snapshot of the Toffee and Nut latte, one of many Starbucks winter drinks.
The toffee and nut drink has a caramel overtone to it. Image via Entabe

A Toffee Nut Crunch Cold Brew is also an option. It’s ice-cold coffee, a layer of froth-flavoring toffee nuts, and a garnish of crispy toffee nut topping, being a decadent nutty delight. Therefore, the popular choice combines the espresso from Starbucks with silky milk and buttery toffee nut syrup. It has fluffy whipped cream and toffee nut crunch for an unquestionably textural finish.

Joyful medley apricot and mousse tea latte

This festive tea latte has three different teas with dried fruit, which is then topped with a fluffy mousse and apricot sauce and served with Japanese milk tea.

It contains three distinctive teas: robust black tea, energizing oolong tea with a delicate fragrance, and floral jasmine tea. On the whole, the Joyful Medley Full Leaf–an aromatic mixture of mango, papaya, and marigold petal– is used to make the Joyful Medley Apricot & Mousse Tea Latte.

The tea latte has a delicious taste of apricot flavor, showcasing the milk tea’s many textures. Then it’s topped with fluffy mousse and apricot sauce.

Gingerbread latte

A seasonal beverage part of Starbucks’ winter menu is the gingerbread latte which has one of the best Christmas flavors. This latte tastes like gingerbread thanks to the cinnamon and clove-infused whipped cream that is drizzled with sweet molasses to finish.

A snapshot of the Toffee and Nut latte, one of many Starbucks winter drinks.
The toffee and nut drink has a caramel overtone to it. Image via Entabe

Gingerbread Latte is with Starbucks’ signature espresso, steamed milk, and gingerbread syrup, topped with gingerbread-flavored whipped cream and a delicious wafer topping. This drink has sweet and subtly spicy gingerbread flavors for the perfect holiday touch. 

With its renowned warm beverages, from regular lattes to seasonal drinks, Starbucks is famous for helping us get through the winter months. No matter which one you get, one thing that’s consistent about Starbucks drinks is the flavors. They undoubtedly capture the imagination and entice our taste buds to discover something new and exciting!

Have you tried one of the drinks from our list? What’s your favorite Starbucks winter drink? Let us know in the comments below!

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