5 DIY Starbucks Holiday Drink Recipes

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Being around for over 40 years is part of what helped Starbucks raise to the top as the world’s top coffee retailed. With over 16,850 shops in 40 countries, Starbucks has tested their fair share of drinks and gained more loyal customers than imaginable. The average Starbucks customer visits the store 6 times per month while a loyal 20% of customers go to the stores 16 times per month. Many customers head into Starbucks to get the day started or to keep pushing through a long day.  A Starbucks grande coffee has 320 milligrams of caffeine, over four times the amount of caffeine in a Red Bull. I love me a good cup of coffee but I’m obsessed with making and trying to mock recipes. I’ve found 5 DIY Starbucks Holiday Drinks that are worth a try.

Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Recipe


  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 3 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 3 tablespoons powered cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/2 cup hot espresso
  • 1.5 cups steamed milk


    1. Stir water and sugar in a pot until sugar dissolves and bring to a boil.
    2. Reduce heat to a low simmer and add 1.5 teaspoons peppermint extract.
    3. Allow mixture to simmer for 20 minutes
    4. Mix cocoa and water in a cup until paste forms.
    5. Add espresso and 1.5 teaspoons peppermint extract.
    6. Add milk and serve immediately.

Starbucks Eggnog Latte Recipe


  • 1/2 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup espresso
  • sprinkle of nutmeg (for garnish)


    1. Combine eggnog with milk and steam.
    2. Add espresso shots to steamed mixture.
    3. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve immediately.

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup espresso.


    1.  Combine milk, sugar and pumpkin in a pot and stir over medium heat until steamed.
    2. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and pumpkin spice.
    3. Transfer the mixture into a blender and process of 10 seconds (or until foamy) or whisk the mixture until foam appears.
    4. Pour into mug, add espresso and serve immediately.

Starbucks Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappaccino Recipe


  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbs flavored creamer
  • ½ tsp white sugar
  • ½ tsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 3 Tbsp mini chocolate chips, chopped
  • 3 Oreos, crushed (or 2 Tbs cookie crumbs)
  • 1-1½ cup crushed ice
  • Chocolate whipped cream
  • Cookie crumbs for garnish
    1. Mix coffee, creamer, and chocolate syrup together. Refrigerate if using hot coffee.
    2. Once coffee is cooled, pour into blender.
    3. Add chocolate chips, crushed Oreos and ice.
    4.  Blend on high until everything is well mixed and the ice is no longer visible.
    5. Top with whipped cream and cookie crumbs. Serve immediately.

Starbucks Gingerbread Latte Recipe


Gingerbread Syrup

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup fresh espresso
  • 8 ounces milk, steamed (with a little foam)


  • whipped cream
  • ground nutmeg


    1. Make the gingerbread syrup by combining water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Make sure your pan is large enough so the mixture won’t boil over
    2. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and simmer syrup, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat when it’s done and put a lid on it.
    3. Make a double shot of espresso (1/2 cup), using an espresso machine. Use the machine to steam 8 ounces of milk, or heat up the milk in the microwave if your machine does not foam and steam milk.
    4. Make your latte by first adding 1/2 cup espresso to a 16-ounce cup. Add 1/4 cup gingerbread syrup, followed by the steamed milk. Stir.
    5.  Top off the drink with a dollop of whipped cream, and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Serve immediately.

JUST ADDED: Copycat Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Recipe

Enjoy making each of these and let me know which you liked the best. Please note, these are not the official recipes from Starbucks. Let me know of any tweaks you made to these recipes to make them your own. Drink up!

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  1. Karen says

    I made the Gingerbread Latte, is really good. Wasn't brave enough before to try it at Starbucks. The only thing I didn't have was whipped cream and when I added the nutmeg my milk bubbled for a second then stirred itself into the espresso.

  2. jtulip says

    Yum! These are all my favorite drinks. Now I am putting an espresso maker on my wish list :) Thanks for sharing! Hope to see you at True Aim.

  3. says

    Thanks for linking up with The mommy Club Linky party! You were super quick this week- what a great spot you got! Starbucks recipes really speak to me! I need my cofee! Thanks so much for linking up – cant wait to see what you have for us next week! :)

    -Shannon (Milkandcuddles.com)

    • Dallas_Socials says

      Per your suggestion, I\’ve been wanting to participate in more Linky parties so when I saw you post yours I was ALL over it! :)

  4. says

    Don’t get me wrong I love my Keurig, but I don’t think it could ever make coffee that would tastes as good as these recipes. I will be trying some of these out especially that cookie crumble frap.. I’m literally drooling at my screen :]

  5. balmtomysoul says

    Yum!! Although I don’t drink coffee, these definitely are some ideas for hot cocoa, which I even drink in the summer!! I would have never considered putting ginger or pumpkin in it, but it sounds delish!!

  6. says

    Uhm, this is amazing… I am totally making the Gingerbread Latte! Thanks so much for sharing — stopping in from SITS Sharefest this morning and hope you’re enjoying your weekend!!

  7. ctrochelman says

    YUMMMM! Who doesn’t love Starbucks!? Thanks so much for sharing with us at Saturday Night Fever…can’t wait to make these at home!

  8. Carol wilcox says

    Need help! Recipe says 1/4 tsp peppermint. In directions 2 and 5 it states in each to add 1.5 tsp. I think that totals 3tsp. How much peppermint extract should I use – 1/4 tsp or the 1.5 and 1.5tsp? Thanks for the clarification!

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