5 ways to lighten up your Starbucks holiday beverage

It’s that time of year again, Starbucks beloved holiday beverages are back! Here are a few tips from Starbucks baristas to lighten up your favorite handcrafted beverages. It’s easy to do – just ask your barista or customize your drink on the Starbucks® app.

1. Choose your milk

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You can request nonfat milk when ordering any classic seasonal beverage. While 2 percent milk is standard, beverages can be made with nonfat milk or dairy-free options including almondmilk, coconutmilk, oatmilk and soymilk.  

2. Swap your syrup

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Go sugar free. You can select sugar-free syrup, sugar-free vanilla or sugar-free cinnamon dolce for great festive flavor in your holiday beverage without added calories or sugar.  

3. Fewer pumps

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Ask for less syrup to reduce the sweetness and calories in any holiday beverage.  

4. Skip the whip

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You can ask for just a little whip or no whip to save between 80 and 110 calories, depending on the size and type of drink – a great way to still enjoy a Peppermint Mocha or seasonal Frappuccino® blended beverage. Or for iced coffee beverages, you can request a dollop of unsweetened cold foam (which is made with nonfat milk) for a creamy treat.

5. Select your size

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You can choose the beverage size that's right for you. Even the short (8-ounce) option for hot beverages packs plenty of cheer.

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