I have been drinking Starbucks lattes ever since I can remember. There was a time I got bored with my usual simple latte and I wanted something more without deviating too much, so I decided to spice things up at the Starbucks counter. If you have ever felt this way, this post is for you fellow latte lover. Together, we are going to rise above the usual espresso with steamed milk and explore other alternatives to the Lattes that we are used to.
7 Starbucks Latte Alternatives
Starbucks has a wide range of latte alternatives that we can choose from. There are flavors like Cinnamon dolce late, Hazelnut Bianco latte, Pumpkin spice latte, Pistachio latte, gingerbread latte, Caramel Brulee Latte, and peppermint mocha latte. After reading this, you will have yourself to blame for living a boring latte life, so keep reading.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte
This one gives you a hint of vanilla, a dash of cinnamon flavor, a cinnamon dolce topping, and your favorite whip cream. I love cinnamon for its spicy taste and also for its numerous health benefits. You can never go wrong with a cinnamon anything well unless you are allergic to cinnamon. I am a sweet tooth and I love my sugar.
The natural sweetness of the cinnamon syrup and whip cream made me wonder what I had been doing with normal lattes for this entire time. If you don’t like the toppings, you can always adjust your order. If you try this one and hate it, I don’t think it’s the latte that’s the problem. Anyway, I have more alternatives if this just doesn’t cut it for you.
Hazelnut Bianco Latte
This drink doesn’t take away your beloved latte taste but adds a twist to it. The hazelnut praline introduces a nutty taste as it is infused with steamed milk. Starbucks makes this one with its reserve espresso beans just to make sure you get exactly what you deserve. It’s a little sweet but not overdone and if you are worried that the nuts would be overbearing, rest assured that the balance here is perfect. The hazelnut is slowly but surely making it to the top of my favorites list.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Why did it take me so long to have a taste of this magical latte? Well, you are going to live a life full of regrets if you skip this one in its next fall. Yea, it’s a seasonal latte. Some gems are best reserved for special times. This is what makes them special. The pumpkin spice latte is your autumn go-to drink. The reason why this is called the autumn drink is that it is characterized by the autumn spices such as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The icing on the cake is the pumpkin pie spice topping. Its popularity stems from the Thanksgiving staple pumpkin pie spice.
The spring doesn’t just present to you the breathtaking blooms, but also this pistachio latte. It is the less sweet version of the caramel latte. This flavor is the newest member of the Starbucks seasonal lattes family, the reason you probably never heard of it. This is a must-try for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. I tried it last spring and I can’t wait to have it next season and no, I’m not going to make a copycat version at home; I’m going to wait for the Starbucks one. Remember, you can customize all your lattes by adding or limiting sugar, milk, toppings, and syrups.
This is just what you need for your next holiday season. Don’t just order an espresso and steamed milk during the holiday season; spice it up with this holiday special gingerbread latte. The magical holiday flavors of gingerbread intertwined with the Starbucks espresso and steamed milk seamlessly to give you a sweet and delicate taste.
If you have some holiday baking at hand, your holiday is as good as complete. This latte is featured on the Starbucks holiday menu which mostly begins on the 4th of November. All the winter spices come into play such as nutmeg and cinnamon. They are infused to make this mouth-watering creamy drink. I have grown a soft spot for this one. I especially love the gingerbread syrup taste. It lingers in the mouth for a while after your last sip.
Peppermint mocha latte
Just when you thought it was over, I introduce to you the amazing peppermint mocha. This combo of chocolate and mint is out of this world. After a long day of holiday shopping and skating, a Grande of this latte will be your perfect finish. Mint is great as a spice in many recipes. This latte is a great treat for your holiday season. You might be wondering what else you get apart from the mint; this drink is made with espresso, milk, mocha sauce, peppermint syrup, and a topping of whip cream and chocolate curls.
The Starbucks version of this drink contains a heavier chocolate flavor than coffee, so it might be your big break from the same old strong coffee that you are used to. The great thing about the Starbucks latte is that you can customize it as much as you want. For instance, you can get skinny peppermint mocha. This drink is nonfat with sugar-free peppermint syrup and skinny mocha sauce. You can also opt for no whip cream and add the chocolate curls topping only.
Caramel Bluree Latte
Lastly, we look at the caramel Bluree. The difference between ordinary caramel and caramel bluree is that the latter is darker than the former. This drink is available in both the fall and winter seasons. This sweet treat is topped with caramel candy for an amazing flavor. Your normal latte is infused with the sweet caramel bluree sauce and topped with whipping cream and those lovely caramel candies.
These ingredients are a sure way to remove the boring from the latte. There is a caramel latte that is available all year round, but the caramel Bluree is seasonal. Remember to differentiate between the two. As we had mentioned earlier, you can customize your latte to suit your taste. The baristas are there to assist you to reach your favorite taste.
If you have been wondering if there is more to the signature Starbucks espresso and steamed milk, you can now put the issue to rest and order a spicy, delicious latte flavor of your choice. If you like some ingredients and don’t like others, you can always customize your drink to your taste. In these lattes, even milk is not a fixed choice. You can opt for non-dairy milk such as soy or almond milk. Alternatively, you can make a huge U-turn and ask for a tea latte. Whatever you end up drinking, you now have numerous items to choose from and always look out for the allergens.