Japanese Starbucks is getting into the holiday spirit for 2020, but this year, you might say, they’re going green. Of course, Starbucks is known for releasing unusual seasonal drinks throughout the year. It wouldn’t be spring without a Starbucks cherry blossom drink of some kind, or autumn without a drink using one of Japan’s fall-time flavors like pumpkin, chestnut, or sweet potato. When we think of what they might dream up for the holiday season, it’s hard not to dream of pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes.
Just like in Seattle, Japanese Starbucks offers standard green tea frappuccinos year-round, but this one takes the flavor to the next level, bringing it up to snuff for a special holiday specialty drink. The drink is officially described in the Starbucks press release as a “luxurious frappuccino with a gentle sweetness, using a fragrant and lightly bitter matcha sauce and a rich white chocolate syrup. A marble effect drawn with the matcha sauce, along with whipped cream and bits of matcha brownie studded with snow-like powdered sugar, finish off this impressive drink.”
This drink may be a cold frappuccino, and have none of the toasty-warm spices we come to expect from a winter drink, but Starbucks still insists that it will “warm your heart” (if not your fingers). It’s certainly an indulgent beverage, in the midst of a year that’s been a bit hard on each and every one of us. If you’re in Japan and you’d like to try the drink, it’s available until Christmas (Nov 25 ~ Dec 25, 2020). If you’re a matcha fiend but you’d love to try it whenever you next make it to Japan, you could probably approximate the drink at other times of year by ordering an extra-intense green tea frappuccino along with one of the matcha brownies, which aren’t limited to the holiday season.