December brings return of Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew, free coffee for front-line responders, and more

Beginning Dec. 1, Starbucks is bringing  moments of joy to customers and our communities through: the return of Irish Cream Cold Brew at stores in the U.S.; free coffee to front-line responders all month long in December; more than 2.5 million prizes available to win with the Starbucks For Life game; and in honor of Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day, The Starbucks Foundation is donating $500,000 to the Global Fund to fight AIDS with (RED).

Irish Cream Cold Brew is back

Irish Cream Cold Brew with holiday background

Beginning Tuesday, December 1, Starbucks customers can enjoy the returning favorite Irish Cream Cold Brew. Back for its second holiday season, the beverage is made with Starbucks® Cold Brew coffee and Irish cream syrup over ice, topped with a frothy cap of vanilla sweet cream cold foam like a layer of fresh snow and a dusting of cocoa powder. It is available at Starbucks stores across the U.S. and Canada for a limited time, while supplies last.

The Starbucks app is the best way for customers to locate a store, order ahead and use contactless payment, and determine the most convenient pickup option, including in-store, at the door, drive-thru, or curbside pickup where available. In locations with in-store pickup, there will be a limited number of customers inside at one time and floor markers and signage will promote social distancing. Customers can also enjoy their favorites including the new Irish Cream Cold Brew without leaving home through Starbucks® Delivers on Uber Eats. To check restrictions and availability, customers can visit the Uber Eats app (menu limited).

Starbucks recognizes front-line responders with free coffee all month long

Starbucks male barista in red apron, holding a tall holiday drink

In response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and to recognize the significant efforts of the front-line responder and health care community, Starbucks announced today that it will offer a free tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) to front-line responders at participating U.S. Starbucks stores throughout the month of December to show appreciation for those keeping our communities safe during COVID-19. Read more here.

Starbucks for Life returns for the sixth year

Mobile phone with Starbucks for Life game on screen

The Starbucks for Life game is back for its sixth year. From December 1 through January 4, Starbucks Rewards members can play for the chance to win more than 2.5 million prizes ranging from free coffee and exclusive Starbucks merchandise, to the grand prize of Starbucks for Life!

Additionally, Starbucks is offering new prizes this year including: Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds, a Starbucks for Life limited edition puzzle from Ravensburger®, Alaska Airlines® roundtrip travel vouchers and local food bank donations through Feeding America.

Starbucks Rewards members can earn plays by making a qualifying purchase using the Starbucks app or Starbucks card at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. Visit for more details, or visit here to sign up for Starbucks Rewards. And as a special bonus, your first play is on us! *

Giving back for Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day

(Starbucks)RED logo

On December 1, in recognition of Giving Tuesday and World AIDS Day, The Starbucks Foundation will donate $500,000 to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS with (RED). The donation will support the Global Fund’s COVID-19 Response, which aims to strengthen health systems and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on AIDS programs. These funds will help protect the extraordinary gains the global health community has made in the fight against AIDS and ensure continued access to life-saving treatment and services.

This donation builds on Starbucks prior efforts to support the global fight against AIDS. Since Starbucks partnership with (RED) began in 2008, Starbucks has donated more than $16 million to help fight AIDS. Read more here and to learn more about how you can get involved this World AIDS Day, visit

Visiting Starbucks

Starbucks continues to take actions to protect the health and well-being of our customers and partners (employees), and to control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in accordance with the expert guidance of the CDC and local public health authorities. These actions include asking customers to wear facial coverings and follow social distancing when visiting our stores, partner precautions and enhanced cleaning measures. Click here for an at-a-glance overview  of what you need to know about your local store, Starbucks partners and the community.

To read more about Starbucks holiday news and highlights, read more on Starbucks Stories here.

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.) 18 AND OLDER AND WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE STARBUCKS REWARDS LOYALTY PROGRAM AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Starbucks Partners (employees) are not eligible to win prizes. Participating stores only. Promotion ends 1/4/21. For Official Rules, how to enter without purchase, prizes, and odds, visit Sponsor: Starbucks Corporation, 2401 Utah Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134.

Starbucks for Life means the winner will receive a daily credit for 30 years for one free food or beverage item at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. Excludes alcohol.

Starbucks for a Year, 6 Months, 3 Months, or 1 Month will be fulfilled as a daily credit for one free food item or standard menu beverage during the time period specified, which can be redeemed at participating stores.

Entrants can receive a maximum of 2 plays per day plus bonus opportunities to earn additional plays.

Game plays may be earned on eligible transactions at a participating Starbucks store. Purchases of alcohol, Starbucks Cards and Starbucks Card reloads are excluded. See for details.