Starbucks Just Announced Its First-Ever Iced Holiday Drink

November 3, 2016, 7:49 PM UTC
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For the first time ever, Starbucks is offering an iced holiday drink.

The coffee-giant introduced the Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew today—a blend of Colombia Nariño and African coffee beans that have been slow-steeped for 20 hours, then spiced with cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. The drink is topped off with a dollop of sweet cream.

Rewards members can try the drink today, but the rest of us will have to wait: Starbucks (SBUX) said the drink isn’t available to non-rewards members until “later in November.”

Although the coffee-chain has offered iced and blended versions of its holiday espresso beverages before, this is its first time creating a cold coffee holiday beverage.


“The spices complement the cold brew and bring out the cocoa notes in the coffee,” Yoke Wong, from the Starbucks beverage development team, said. “It’s a flavor reminiscent of the holiday season.”

The coffee-chain’s new drink isn’t the only holiday-related coverage it’s had lately. On Tuesday, Starbucks released a new, green cup that “celebrates community.” After many wrongly assumed it was the company’s new holiday cup, outraged customers took to social media to express their discontent—which is now something of a tradition at Starbucks.

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