Copycat Holiday Spice Flat White
This is my version of the Starbuck’s Holiday Spice Flat White. Yes, I know the holidays are over. But my cravings for Starbuck’s seasonal flavored coffee’s is NOT! The Holiday Spice Flat White grabbed me at first sip this year! Not too sweet and perfectly spiced. I am making it at home several times a week. Don’t judge…the struggle is real!
Here’s the setup. And, yes, I’m still using my holiday mugs too! I would use them all year if my husband would allow it.
I made a tangerine sugar. 1 cup of granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon of tangerine zest = mix. I use 1 1/2 teaspoons of the tangerine sugar mixed with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Place the spice mixture in your vessel (mug) of choice.
Starbuck’s pulls a ristretto shot of their Christmas Blend Espresso Roast. (Ristretto is a shorter espresso pull that differs in taste because it’s more concentrated, resulting in a bolder, fuller flavor.) I cannot do that with my automatic espresso machine. It locks up and it has to be reset to go back to full working order. I pull 1 shot of espresso for a mug this small directly over the spice mixture then give it a swirl or two. (Normally I’m making a travel mug to go and pull 2 shots)
Steam the milk. From what I have read Starbuck’s uses whole milk for the Holiday Spice Flat White. I usually only have skim milk in my fridge so that’s what I use. Choose what you like.
Pour the steamed milk over the espresso and when almost full, stream the foam right down the middle of the mug for that signature dot. I think I did fairly well with this one.
Wrap your hands around that mug, breathe deep and sip away! I think my version comes extremely close to Starbuck’s. I have added a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg a couple of times, it didn’t quite taste like theirs but still very tasty.
- 1 - 2 teaspoons tangerine sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- Prepare a tangerine sugar: Mix 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon of finely grated tangerine zest.
- Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of the tangerine sugar (I use 1½ teaspoons) with the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Place in the bottom of your coffee mug, pull a shot or two of espresso (ristretto espresso if you have the capability) over the spice mixture and swirl a couple of times, steam the milk with a microfoam and pour over the espresso without stirring directly in the center.