8 Vegan Starbucks Holiday Drink Knock-Offs

Do the holidays officially start for you when you order your first pumpkin spice latte? Save a buck with these homemade, vegan versions of Starbucks holiday drinks!

There are actually quite a few vegan holiday drinks on the Starbucks menu, so if you’re feeling spendy or just don’t want to go to the trouble of making your own, you can order right off of their menu. According to PETA, there are three rules to ordering a vegan drinks at a Starbucks store:

  1. Sub the cow’s milk with soy, almond or coconut.
  2. Skip the whip. You also need to ask the barista to omit any java chips, caramel drizzle or cinnamon dolce topping.
  3. Some drinks can’t be veganized, because the syrups contain animal products. PETA says that the non-vegan syrups are: pumpkin spice, white mocha, caramel brûlée and chai.

Of course, if you’d rather not place an order in the style of When Harry Met Sally, you’re better off with one of the vegan Starbucks holiday drinks knock-off recipes below!

8 Vegan Starbucks Holiday Drinks Knock-Offs

Vegan Starbucks Holiday Drinks

These drinks aren’t necessarily healthy, but they are free from animal products. Because you’re making them at home, you can also control how sugary you want your finished drink to be. If you’re trying to cut back on refined sugar, simply use less sugar or syrup than the recipe calls for when you make your drink. Just do not try to reduce the sugar in the actual syrup recipe, because you might end up with some really gross results.

1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

Not only is this PSL totally vegan, it gets some of its richness from real pumpkin! You can make it as sweet—or unsweet—as you like with maple syrup. There is no pumpkin spice syrup to make for this recipe.

Gingerbread Tea Latte from Dianne's Vegan Kitchen

2. Gingerbread Tea Latte

If you’ve been coveting this Starbucks holiday drink, try Dianne’s vegan version made with black tea instead of coffee! Like the pumpkin spice latte above, you sweeten this drink with maple syrup, so you can easily hold back the sweetness without sacrificing any of the good, gingerbread flavor.

3. Eggnog Latte

If you’re worried about what’s in that Eggnog Latte from Starbucks, put your mind at ease with a homespun, vegan version! Start with this vegan eggnog recipe from Rhian, then add to a good, hot cup of strong coffee. The nog is yet another maple syrup-sweetened recipe, so you can easily adjust the sweetness, if you like.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa from Delightful Adventures

4. Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Gwen’s rich, decadent peppermint hot chocolate will have you asking “Starwhat? Starwho?” You sweeten this drink to taste, and you can even use stevia, if you don’t do conventional sweeteners at all.

5. Juniper Syrup for a Juniper Latte

Starbucks’ Juniper Latte isn’t available in the U.S., but you can make your own with Kathy’s Instant Pot Juniper Syrup! This recipe does call for juniper berries, which you can find in some grocery stores. If you can’t find them locally, you can order them online.

6. Caramel Brulee Latte

This vegan Starbucks holiday drink recipe is definitely not healthy, but it is completely decadent and dairy free! If you don’t have an espresso maker, you can use strong coffee instead of the espresso in this recipe.

7. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

This is another date-sweetened hot chocolate recipe, and the dates are what give this drink its caramel flavor. You might think that’s kind of weird, but date caramel tastes pretty darn legit.

Vegan White Hot Chocolate from Healthy Slow Cooking

8. White Hot Chocolate

This date-sweetened, vegan white hot chocolate uses real cacao butter. It gets its creaminess from homemade cashew milk for a healthy-yet-decadent-tasting holiday treat.

Do you have a favorite Starbucks holiday drink that you make vegan at home? Tell us about it in the comments!

All images via recipe authors, used with permission.


Greta L
Greta L1 months ago

Thank you for sharing

Shae L
Shae Lee3 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Mely L
Mely Lu3 months ago

Thanks for sharing. Starbucks is just overpriced designer coffee. I'd just rather brew my own coffee at home.

maria r
maria reis3 months ago

Sounds delicious.

Carole R
Carole R3 months ago

Thanks for posting.

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Janis K
Janis K3 months ago

Thanks for sharing.