This drink is made for sipping and shopping.

By Kimberly Holland

Following the successful launch of their autumnal Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew in October and a sweet-and-savory Salted Cream Cold Brew in July, Starbucks announced a brand-new cold brew beverage that is tailor-made for the holidays: Irish Cream Cold Brew.

Beginning December 3, Starbucks customers in the United States and Canada can purchase the brand-new cold brew beverage. Each is made with Starbucks Cold Brew coffee and Irish Cream syrup, served over ice, and then topped with vanilla sweet cream cold foam. The layer of cold foam looks like a beautiful snowy cap. A dusting of cocoa powder finishes the drink and provides a decadent flavor boost.

Canadian stores are also serving a hot version of the Irish Cream holiday drink: an Irish Cream Americano.

The new iced beverage is certainly something different from Starbucks' typical holiday lineup. Hot coffee favorite Peppermint Mocha is still leading the holiday menu, as it has for the last 17 years. Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, which was first introduced in 2017, remains on the Starbucks holiday menu, as does the Caramel Brulée Latte and Eggnog Latte.

What's not back this year in the U.S.? The Gingerbread Latte, which the store failed to include on their list of holiday beverages this year. (The popular latte is available in Canada, however, if you're willing to travel.)

Cold coffee beverages, iced teas, and more recently cold foam-topped coffees, have been a big trend for the coffee chain. Cold foam was first introduced to Starbucks in 2014 at their Starbucks Roastery locations. Then, cold foam came to retail stores in April 2018. Today, the sales of cold beverages account for more than half of Starbucks beverage sales.

During the month of December, Starbucks is offering a holiday happy hour. From 2 to 7 p.m. every day, customers who buy one grande or larger handcrafted beverage (yes, that includes the new Irish Cream Cold Brew) get one free. You'll just need to download the Starbucks app to participate.

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