Starbucks holiday drinks without coffee may seem like a rarity. But truth be told, the holidays aren’t just for coffee drinkers at Starbucks.
Sure, you walk into Starbucks and the aroma of coffee and all the festive drinks lined up on the counter might make you feel a little left out if you’re just not into coffee.
From lattes and frappuccinos flavored with rich syrups and adorned with decadent toppings, a non-coffee drinker may not know what to order.
But take a closer look at the Starbucks holiday drink menu.
The line-up of holiday-flavored crème steamers, hot chocolates and crème frappuccinos have one thing in common—none of them have coffee.
Here’s a closer look at every non-coffee drink on the seasonal menu.
You just may find a new favorite to enjoy anytime of day without the caffeine worries.
Not to mention, most are great for kids, too.
Types of Non-Coffee Holiday Drinks at Starbucks
The official return of the holiday season at Starbucks always brings back a collection of flavorful syrups and sauces for making lattes, mochas and frappuccinos.
To get a sans coffee version of these drinks all you have to do is order a steamer, hot chocolate or crème frappuccino.
And for 2023 Starbucks has added a holiday chai drink!
Also called syrup crèmes, this type of Starbucks drink is simply a latte without espresso.
In other words, a steamer is flavored steamed milk that’s topped with whipped cream.
Steamers at Starbucks can have any flavor syrup added in, even if the drink isn’t listed on the menu.
Starbucks hot chocolates are the equivalent of a mocha minus the coffee.
A hot chocolate is simply chocolate sauce combined with steamed milk.
Of course, all flavored hot chocolates, including white chocolate and toasted white chocolate, come with a luscious swirl of whipped cream and other festive toppings.
Crème-based frappuccinos at Starbucks do not contain coffee frappuccino roast.
This means, every crème frappuccino is coffee-free.
However, not every single crème frappuccino is caffeine-free.
12 Starbucks Holiday Drinks without Coffee
From peppermint to chestnut praline, here’s a list of every Starbucks holiday drink without coffee.
These are official menu drinks, so no customizations are required.
And all these holiday options, except the chai and dark chocolate varieties, are 100% caffeine-free.
1. Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai Tea Latte
Gingerbread Syrup + Oat Milk + Chai Tea + Spice Topping
The new Gingerbread Oat Milk Chai is a cozy drink full of warming spices, just in time for the holidays.
The gingerbread perfectly complements the spicy chai in this festive drink that comes iced or hot.
2. Caramel Brulée Crème
Caramel Brulée Sauce + Steamed 2% Milk + Whipped Cream + Caramel Brulée Topping
Caramel Brulée Crème combines rich and creamy caramel brulée sauce with steamed milk.
Sugary bits are sprinkled on top.
To me, it tastes of butterscotch.
For more about this holiday beverage, take a look at: Starbucks Caramel Brulée Crème (What’s in it).
3. Chestnut Praline Crème
Chestnut Praline Syrup + Steamed 2% Milk + Whipped Cream + Chestnut Praline Topping
Chestnut Praline syrup is swirled together with steamed milk to create a creamy, nutty, toffee-flavored hot drink.
For more about this holiday beverage, take a look at: Starbucks Chestnut Praline Crème (What’s in it)
4. Toasted White Hot Chocolate
Toasted White Chocolate Sauce + Steamed 2% Milk + Whipped Cream + Holiday Sugar Sparkles
*Not available for 2023 holiday season.
A twist on a regular hot chocolate, toasted white chocolate brings a distinct toasted marshmallow flavor to this classic winter beverage.
5. Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint Syrup + Chocolate Sauce + Steamed 2% Milk + Whipped Cream + Chocolate Curls Topping
Perhaps the most iconic of Starbucks holiday drinks, Peppermint Hot Chocolate is the perfect union of peppermint syrup, chocolate and cream.
If you’re in the mood for a peppermint mocha but don’t want the coffee, this is the drink to get.
RELATED RECIPE: How to Make Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate
6. Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Peppermint Syrup + White Chocolate Sauce + Steamed 2% Milk + Whipped Cream + Chocolate Curls Topping
Nestled in the non-coffee, hot drinks section of the Starbucks menu, is a delicious twist on a regular hot chocolate.
This holiday favorite is a swirl of peppermint-flavored syrup, white chocolate sauce and steamed milk.
RELATED RECIPE: Starbucks Snickerdoodle Hot Chocolate Copycat Recipe
7. Caramel Brulée Crème Frappuccino
Caramel Brulée Sauce + Whole Milk + Crème Frappuccino Syrup + Ice + Whipped Cream + Caramel Brulée Topping
Not only does this blended beverage, topped with golden bits of sugar look festive, but its smoky caramel, butterscotch-ish taste is pure decadence.
8. Chestnut Praline Frappuccino
Chestnut Praline Syrup + Whole Milk + Crème Frappuccino Syrup + Ice + Whipped Cream + Chestnut Praline Topping
The sweet nuttiness of chestnut praline blended into a creamy frappuccino is a drink worth trying!
The spiced praline topping sprinkled on whipped cream makes each sip all you could ask for.
9. Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Crème Frappuccino
Sugar Cookie Syrup + Almond Milk + Crème Frappuccino Syrup + Ice + Whipped Cream + Red and Green Sprinkle Topping
Inspired by holiday spritz cookies, this almondy sugar cookie frappuccino is a great non-coffee holiday option that’s light on dairy.
To make it totally non-dairy, leave off all the whipped cream.
10. Toasted White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino
Toasted White Chocolate Sauce + Whole Milk + Crème Frappuccino Syrup + Ice + Whipped Cream + Holiday Sugar Sparkles
*Not available for 2023 holiday season.
Finished with red sugar sparkles, this all-white blend of white chocolate sauce and cream topped with even more cream is an absolutely delicious, albeit indulgent, holiday treat.
11. Peppermint Mocha Crème Frappuccino
Peppermint Syrup + Chocolate Sauce + Whole Milk + Crème Frappuccino Syrup + Ice + Whipped Cream + Chocolate Curls Topping
Who needs coffee, when you can have peppermint and chocolate?
This creamy frappuccino is like a peppermint-chocolate milkshake, finished off with sweetened whipped cream and the cutest little dark chocolate curls.
12. Peppermint White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino
Peppermint Syrup + White Chocolate Sauce + Whole Milk + Crème Frappuccino Syrup + Ice + Whipped Cream + Chocolate Curls Topping
This white chocolate blended masterpiece is flavored with peppermint syrup and a big swirl of whipped cream is adorned with dark chocolate curls.
It tastes like Christmas, from first sip to last.