Everything We Know About Starbucks' 2021 Holiday Drink Menu

Every year, there are a couple of major events that unfold at Starbucks locations everywhere. The first is undoubtedly the reveal of the pumpkin spice latte launch date, to either the joy or chagrin of Starbucks patrons everywhere. That is closely followed by the start of the holiday drink menu. And when those holiday drinks roll out, that means it's red cup season — something no dedicated Starbucks rewards member or mega-fan of the coffee chain wants to miss.

This year, Starbucks is bringing back fan-favorite holiday flavors. That includes classic drinks like the peppermint mocha and caramel brulee latte, as well as chestnut praline latte and toasted white chocolate mocha drinks. The Irish cream cold brew is also making its earliest debut yet alongside the other seasonal flavors. Popular non-drink treats like the chain's sugar plum cheese danish, cranberry bliss bar, and snowman cookie are also reemerging.

There is, however, one new drink that's got the attention of Starbucks fanatics everywhere, especially those with dietary restrictions.

Starbucks added a dairy-free option

For the first time ever, Starbucks has added a dairy-free holiday flavor to its drink menu. This year, vegans and dairy-free customers everywhere can order the all-new iced sugar cookie almond milk latte. It's like sipping nostalgia in a cup, with the holiday taste of warm sugar cookies straight out of the oven. It's enough to make anyone switch up their order to give the new holiday flavor a try, even if they can have dairy.

The drink is made with Starbucks Blonde espresso, almond milk, sugar cookie-flavored syrup, and ice. Of course, to make it even more festive, the drink is topped with red and green cookie sprinkles for an added pop of color and some seasonal flair. And, if the idea of ordering an iced coffee drink in the waning months of the year seems unpalatable, don't worry. You can order it hot, too. All told, this drink is the perfect addition to the chain's debut reindeer cake pop if you're looking for an order of all-new menu items.

Naturally, those who love the Christmas coffee blend can also expect to find it at their local Starbucks stores and grocery stores, too. It's quite possibly the easiest way to bring the holiday joy of Starbucks home without making a daily coffee run.

So, don't wait to visit your local Starbucks and check out the latest drink menu. The holiday season is already in full swing.