The flavors of gingerbread call to mind all the comforts of the season and the warm aroma of fresh-baked cookies and reconnecting with family and friends – is there anything more holiday? The new Iced Gingerbread Oatmilk Chai takes this festive flavor and gives it an icy new twist with the addition of creamy oatmilk and a cozy blend of chai spices.
“It’s a love letter to gingerbread and ginger,” said Matt Thornton, senior beverage developer at Starbucks. “The gingerbread flavor amplifies the spice of the chai.”
The beverage is made with a blend of oatmilk and black tea infused with cinnamon and warming spices and topped with a sprinkle of spice topping. It’s the newest tea beverage to the holiday beverage menu in U.S. Starbucks stores starting Nov. 2, adding more variety and another iced favorite alongside Iced Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte.
Warm gingerbread notes and a cozy blend of chai spices and creamy oatmilk come together in a tea latte to create a unique, festive, feel-good moment. Also available hot.
The original Starbucks Gingerbread Latte launched in 2000 and was part of the holiday menu in the United States for nearly two decades, and is still a favorite in markets in Europe and Asia.
And what about for those fans of Gingerbread Latte? You can get that too, along with the return of Gingerbread Loaf. “There’s something about gingerbread that just feels like the holidays,” Thornton said.
Oleato Gingerbread Oatmilk Latte
Starbucks stores in the United States that serve Starbucks Oleato™ beverages will also offer the new Oleato™ Gingerbread Oatmilk Latte, the first Starbucks Oleato holiday beverage. (Starbucks Reserve and Roastery locations will have their own Starbucks Reserve® holiday lineup, including an Oleato™ Whiskey Barrel Aged Cold Brew.)
Billy Altieri, senior product developer for Starbucks, said the beverage is reminiscent of freshly baked gingerbread and olive oil cake. “The combination of the Starbucks Blonde Espresso with the steamed oatmilk infused with olive oil is nice and balanced with the gingerbread syrup uplifting all those spice notes. It's cozy and warming with an enjoyable dash of holiday flavors.”
Starbucks® Blonde Espresso Roast infused with Partanna® extra virgin olive oil, with steamed oatmilk and notes of warm gingerbread. Finished with a subtle dusting of bright ginger and citrus.
The beverage is topped off with a ginger citrus sprinkle for a holiday cookie aroma, with notes of tangerine and gingersnap. “A lot of Italian desserts use citrus flavors during the holidays,” Altieri said. “It was an opportunity to blend the spices with the olive oil and the citrus was the ingredient that really brought these flavors together.”
To find a Starbucks store that serves Oleato near you, use the Starbucks store locator here.