Starbucks Releases a Juniper Latte with Mandarins
- by Kayla Webb
SEATTLE, WA – The PSL season is officially over, but there’s no need to mourn, for Starbucks has released a new limited holiday drink, and hence, Juniper Latte season is born.
As the newest addition to Starbucks’ holiday menu, the Juniper Latte taps into aromas specific to the holidays as well as a winter fresh produce fave: citrus!
“We started with our Christmas Reserve. That earthy, aged Sumatra-inspired the woodiness, while the citrus flavor in the Hacienda Alsacia ties in that note of sweet orange,” said Lillian Ontiveros, Product Specialist, Global Product Innovation & Concept Development, in a Starbucks press release. “With the first sip, you’ll inhale that woodsy aroma and the savory woodiness of the juniper. On your second sip, you’ll get the mandarin. The sage follows on the backend. It’s a well-rounded experience.”
With a centerpiece of Starbucks Reserve® Christmas 2017—a holiday tradition that features Latin American and Indonesian beans, flavors of orange and mulled spices, and notes of cedar and black licorice—brewed as espresso, the beverage goes for true Christmas-in-a-cup authenticity. The holiday treat infuses steamed milk with a syrup made with dried juniper berries, sage, and mandarin oranges, before finishing off with latte art, a sparkle of juniper sugar, and a sprig of fresh sage. Yes, please!
And, if your identity as an Iced Coffee Drinker™ cannot be swayed, you can also request a cooler take on the holiday beverage with the Juniper Affogato—made with a scoop of Mora® juniper ice cream and a shot of Starbucks Reserve Christmas 2017 espresso.
The new holiday beverage is available for a limited time at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle and participating U.S. stores with Starbucks Reserve coffee bars (a complete list here).
With sleigh rides, snowfall, and evergreen fir trees on the horizon, skip the typical oranges in your stockings this year, and give the gift of Juniper Lattes!
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