Starbucks’ New Holiday Drink Is a Wonderful Surprise

It’s also a first for the coffee chain.

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Listen, we’re all about Starbucks’ holiday drinks: How could you not love their peppermint mocha or a crème brulee latte? But sometimes, you want less whipped cream and more of a real coffee flavor—especially after you’ve spent the summer chugging cold brew. And amid the wassail and hot chocolate of the season, you might even want something that won’t burn your tongue.

Well, cold brew fans, you’re in luck. This year Starbucks is releasing its first cold coffee option: the Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew. The drink is a slow-steeped cold brew spiced with cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla with a generous splash of sweet cream. If you didn’t see it on the menu during your daily Starbucks run, don’t worry—the drink is only available first for Starbucks Rewards members, according to a press release. That means you’re going to have to ask for it. Later in the month, the drink will officially become a part of its holiday menu (we’re banking on it being sometime near November 10, when the red cups are released). Also a warning: it isn’t available in all stores. The Starbucks in Real Simple’s office building didn’t have the equipment needed to make it. So, if you’re really looking forward to sipping your own Venti, make sure you call ahead to see if they can make it.

Want to know more? Here are the RS staff’s thoughts from our taste test:

“I’m more of a hot cappuccino fan during the chilly seasons, so this iced beverage doesn’t really appeal to me. It does have a pleasant aroma and flavor for those who are into that sort of thing.”

“Tastes like a liquefied gingerbread man.”

“I think this will become my holiday go-to. It’s not too sweet and is made with high quality coffee. It reminds me of Stumptown’s Holiday Cheer cold brew, but is more readily available!”

“The coffee was really strong, but I liked the spices.”

Looking for a holiday treat to end your day with? Try one of these 9 classic Christmas and holiday cocktails everyone should try.