Halloween may have only just ended, but many are already looking towards the next set of holidays looming on the horizon — including Starbucks: The 2018 Starbucks holiday drink lineup is here, and this year, we’ve got six returning favorites to keep us warm all season long. The drinks will be available in Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada starting on Nov. 2 — so if you’re all pumpkin spice’d out and eagerly anticipating your first Peppermint Mocha of the season, good news! You can get started spreading holiday cheer as soon as tomorrow!
The Starbucks winter holiday season usually kicks up not too long after the end of Pumpkin Spice Latte season, and this year is no exception. In 2017, the new holiday cup design was revealed on Nov. 1; in 2016, the actual drinks returned on Nov. 1; and this year, the announcements about both the drinks and the cups has come on Nov. 1, even if the treats themselves won’t be available until Nov. 2. Fall is dead. Long live the winter.
The inspiration for all of Starbucks’ 2018 treats comes from “the spirit of yesteryear,” according to a press release. For the holiday cup design, that nod to the past comes with a modern twist — but for the actual menu, we’re basically looking at a whole lot of favorites from years gone by. It’s true that there isn’t anything new this year; sometimes, though, it's enough to just be happy with what you’ve already got — which is exactly the case here.
“When you come into Starbucks, there’s a festive vibe,” said Kristy Cameron of the Starbucks Creative Studio in a press release. “Our customers have told us that the return of Starbucks holiday cups and beverages are a signal the season is upon us. We hope they feel the holiday magic that only Starbucks can create during this special time of year.”