The holidays are a time for family, celebration, and a delicious, warm beverage. Whether it be hot cocoa, mocha coffee, or cappuccino, this time of year is perfect for making your signature drink. Many of the most popular holiday drinks are associated with Starbucks. You may have heard of the pumpkin spiced latte or peppermint mocha. These drinks are talked about and recreated throughout the season. However, they are not the only special holiday drinks Starbucks makes.
This article will discuss one of the most delicious and popular holiday drinks globally, the Starbucks Holiday Spice Flat White. It will provide information on the ingredients in the drink, how many calories it contains, and when the drink is available. It will also walk you through how to make your version of the drink at home.
What is a Starbucks Flat White?
Starbucks is known for its wide range of coffee and other brewed drinks. These range from espresso to iced tea and cold brew to peppermint mocha. One of the more popular new drinks Starbucks serves is the Flat White. The coffee company introduced this drink in its US and Canada locations in 2015.
The company describes the drink as “smooth ristretto shots of espresso get the perfect amount of steamed whole milk to create a not-too-strong, not-too-creamy, just-right flavor.”
Ristretto is a type of espresso made of very finely ground beans and brewed with much less water. This causes it to be much more robust and have a bolder flavor than espresso. Starbucks uses this brew in several of its drinks, including the Flat White. They also offer shots of ristretto that can be added to any beverage.
The Flat White appears very similar to a latte but has a crucial difference. A latte has steamed milk and foamed warm milk layers on top of the brew. A Flat White has one uniform layer of steamed milk on top of the brew.
The drink is sweet and robust because of the ristretto blend of espresso beans. The texture of the drink is very thick because of the layer of steamed milk.
The customer can customize the drink. Options include hot or iced versions. The type of milk can be changed, such as skim milk or almond milk.
What is In a Holiday Spice Flat White?
Starbucks offers several seasonal beverages that are available during the holidays. Famous examples of these drinks include the pumpkin spice latte, peppermint mocha, and eggnog latte. One other special drink is the Holiday Spice Flat White, a particular version of the standard beverage.
The Holiday Spice Flat White is made by taking a holiday mulling spice blend of espresso and adding a layer of steamed milk. Two shots of the Christmas Blend Espresso Roast are added in the ristretto technique. The Christmas Blend Espresso Roast beans are spicy and add even more flavor to the Flat White. The holiday mulling spice blend includes clove, cinnamon, sugar, ginger, and tangerine.
How Do You Recreate Holiday Spice Flat White?
Holiday Spice Flat White Recipe
- 2 teaspoon Tangerine Sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon Ground Ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon Ground Cloves
- Start by mixing each of the above ingredients and emptying them into the bottom of a coffee mug. Make two shots of espresso. If you can make two shots of ristretto, do so, but it is not required. Pour the espresso into the mug and stir with the spice mixture.
- The next step is to prepare the milk for the beverage. Steam a cup of regular milk in a kettle. Use a microfoam tool to froth the steamed milk. Pour the resulting liquid into the mug. Don't stir the mug in the center. Maintain the flat layer of milk on top of the drink.
- Ensure to let the drink sit before consuming it because it may still be hot from the steamed milk.
Making your version of the Holiday Spice Flat White requires the following ingredients:
- 1 to 2 tsp tangerine sugar
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
Start by mixing each of the above ingredients and emptying them into the bottom of a coffee mug. Make two shots of espresso. If you can make two shots of ristretto, do so, but it is not required. Pour the espresso into the mug and stir with the spice mixture.
The next step is to prepare the milk for the beverage. Steam a cup of regular milk in a kettle. Use a microfoam tool to froth the steamed milk. Pour the resulting liquid into the mug. Don’t stir the mug in the center. Maintain the flat layer of milk on top of the drink.
Ensure to let the drink sit before consuming it because it may still be hot from the steamed milk.
The entire process should only take about 6 minutes to complete. This includes 3 minutes to prep the spices and 3 minutes to create the drink.
To make an iced version of the drink, pour it over a cup of ice and leave it in the fridge for 1-2 hours before consumption. The type of steamed milk can also be changed depending on preference.
When is Holiday Spice Flat White Coming Back?
While the Holiday Spice Flat White is one of Starbucks’ most delicious drinks, it is only available for a limited time during the holidays. Since it is currently the summertime, Starbucks is not offering the beverage at the moment. According to the company, the Holiday Spice Flat White will return to the menu on November 30th. It will be available through the end of the holiday season.
Holiday Spice Flat White Calories
For a delicious drink, the Holiday Spice Flat White does not contain a high-calorie count. The amount of calories in a Holiday Spice Flat White depends on the size of the drink ordered. A grande version of the drink with regular milk contains about 240 calories. This number can also vary with what version of the drink is ordered as well. For example, an iced Holiday Spice Flat White in the tall size with almond milk contains about 80 calories.
A grande Flat White with regular milk contains about 120 calories. Substituting skim milk into the drink will bring this count down to about 80 calories. For comparison, a grande cup of regular coffee at Starbucks contains about five calories.
Remember to mark your calendar for November 30th and line up at your nearest Starbucks to get in on the delicious Holiday Spic Flat White. However, if you can’t wait that long, make your own!