No need to wait in long lines, pay exorbitant prices and have your name magnificently misspelled—you can make your favorite Starbucks order at home. Whether it’s a latte, specialty tea or seasonal hot chocolate, you can whip up a superior specialty beverage at home. How do we know it’ll be better than anything from your local barista? Because your version will have booze in it. Here, the best hot cocktails inspired by Starbucks drinks.
8 Boozy Versions of Your Favorite Starbucks Orders
Peppermint and hot chocolate were made for each other—just ask the countless fans who anxiously await Peppermint Mocha Lattes every holiday season. This cocktail gets its kick from peppermint schnapps and herbaceous green Chartreuse. The result is at once cozy and refreshing.
Harry Potter fans have long given Starbucks employees headaches by ordering ersatz Butterbeer with a long list of custom ingredients. The chain recently answered the demand by introducing their Smoked Butterscotch Latte, but our version is much closer to the real deal. This creamy take on the fictional wizarding beverage uses smoky scotch and homemade butterscotch syrup, along with pumpkin ale and ginger beer for fizz, butter for extra decadence and baking spices for added warmth. One sip and you’ll be instantly transported to the Three Broomsticks.
If you love nutty coffee beverages but have grown tired of the usual hazelnut-flavored brew, this innovative pecan cocktail is for you. This Southern take on Irish Coffee calls for cherry-washed bourbon, pecan milk and a generous topping of chantilly cream.
Starbucks only recently got in on the Mexican hot chocolate craze with their Hot Chocolate Chile Mocha. The Warm-Hearted cocktail captures those traditional flavors with Patrón XO Incendio—a tequila-based liqueur flavored with Criollo chocolate and arbor chile. Mixed with creamy coconut milk and chai spices, it strikes a delicious balance between spicy and sweet.
Patrón XO Incendio
No specialty coffee beverage has ever amassed a widespread obsession quite like the Pumpkin Spice Latte. But despite its ubiquity, the PSL has some flaws. It’s usually way too sweet and artificial tasting and, of course, there’s no alcohol in it. Our improved Pumpkin Spice Latte uses real pumpkin, Irish cream and sweet, caramelly bourbon. You’ll never wait in line to get your PSL fix again.
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
When pumpkin spice season begins to fade, gingerbread picks up the torch. Our twist on a Gingerbread Latté doubles down on the holiday cheer with a hit of Cognac, which blends harmoniously with homemade gingerbread syrup—made from fresh ginger and molasses.
This drinkable version of red velvet cake (complete with a cream cheese frosting-inspired whipped cream) combines fruity red wine with rich hot chocolate. It’s the perfect drink for a romantic night in with your beau.
Sometimes you don’t want a fancy coffee drink with foam, syrups and whipped cream—a simple mug of hot tea will do just fine. Rather than just throwing a sachet of tea into some hot water, go the extra mile by stirring up this soul-soothing take on a Hot Toddy made with chai tea, gin and spiced apple juice.