As the holidays approach and exams loom, coffee shops across campus have started preparing their seasonal menus. Here are some festive-themed coffees to grab on the way to class.
Ellipsis Coffeehouse(1259 W Devon Ave)
While Ellipsis Coffeehouse doesn’t have a holiday menu, they do have the Cinnamon Chili flavor add-in which is a fantastic option for those looking for a local shop and a kick in their latte.
Metropolis Coffee Company (1039 W. Granville Ave.)
Metropolis is the place to be if you love the neighborhood-like coffee shop atmosphere. Its seasonal menu gives you more variety in the type of coffee to sip on while you study.
Honey Almond Cold Brew ($5.19, 12oz)
The Honey Almond Cold Brew is perfect for a groggy winter day, with its not-too-sweet nutty taste. It also pairs well with a good study sesh in the cafe. The cost is $5.19 for a 12oz.
Blackberry Cobbler Latte ($4.79, 8oz)
No holiday is complete without dessert. The Blackberry Cobbler Latte fulfills the dessert role with an unforgettable bittersweet yet creamy taste. The savory blackberry flavor is similar to the famous holiday dessert and the fruity taste is unmistakably evident.
Pairing oat milk with the drink blends the sweetness of the fruit with the smoothness of the milk and makes a delectable combo. The latte stands apart from all other holiday drinks and is a perfect alternative to the other holiday options around campus. It stands at $4.79 for an 8oz.
Starbucks (6350 N. Broadway)
As the temperature drops, the holiday season is getting nearer and the much anticipated Starbucks holiday drinks have been released. This year’s selection offers both classic holiday drinks along with a creative, new coffee to try.
Peppermint Mocha ($5.25, Grande)
For those looking for a festive drink to pump you up for exams, Starbucks has you covered. This year they have the classic Peppermint Mocha which is bound to add a little excitement to the daily routine. The warm, chocolatey flavor and addition of peppermint syrup is a staple of the Starbucks holiday season and costs $5.25 for a grande. While simple, the drink is iconic.
Toasted White Chocolate Mocha ($5.25, Grande)
Those looking for something similar but a bit more sophisticated should try the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha. The $5.25 drink contains white chocolate paired with a nuttier roast and brings a new meaning to chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte ($5.45, Grande)
The next drink on the Starbucks holiday list is more on the whimsical side. The Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte is similar to the sweet aroma of baking sugar cookies in your childhood home. The drink itself has a few flaws, as the red and green sprinkles tend to float to the bottom almost immediately, but the presentation lives up to the name of the drink and the sugary sweet taste makes it a bold new and distinct holiday drink.
Dunkin’ (6332 N. Broadway St. or Loyola Red Line Stop)
What could be better than a festive donut and a rejuvenating coffee after a long lecture? Dunkin’ offers both with the release of its holiday coffee line.
Peppermint Mocha Signature Latte ($4.29, Medium)
Like Starbucks, Dunkin offers its Peppermint Mocha Signature Latte. The mocha is high quality, however, the Starbucks version may get you more bang for your buck. Dunkin’s peppermint is too subtle and it just tastes like a normal mocha with extra whipped cream. The cost is $4.29 for a medium.
Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew ($4.29, Medium)
Now, the Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew with sweet cold foam is a different story. The mocha and peppermint blend perfectly together and are topped off with cold foam that adds sweetness to the drink, imitating the feeling of waking up on a snowy winter day. A detour to Dunkin’ for this cheery wintery mix is worth the walk and the $4.29.
Toasted White Chocolate Signature Latte ($4.69, Medium)
If you’re still searching for an iced drink that gives off a cozier feel, the Toasted White Chocolate Signature Latte should satisfy that. The components are similar to the Starbucks version but it tastes richer in flavor and more enhanced with white chocolate. The iced version is reminiscent of sitting by the fire with a blanket and a good book, a charming feel for a snowy, cold day.