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Sipping in Seasonal Style

A highly-caffeinated BW slurps through Treasure Valley coffee shops in search of a holiday dream drink.

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ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

Java Caramel Apple Chaider

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $3.90

This distinctive drink sits firmly on the dessert spectrum, somewhere between a caramel apple and apple pie a la mode. The distinctive tang of apple rings through the ultra-sweet combination of apple cider, chai and caramel but doesn't do anything to undercut it, while a thick raft of whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with yet more caramel sends this drink over the top.


ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

Human Bean Peppermint Vanilla Latte

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $3.15

Made with a blend of steamed milk, peppermint and vanilla syrups, this latte is reminiscent of the peppermint hot chocolate you drank as a kid—with the exception of the two shots of espresso. If you feel like playing it safe with your taste buds this season, try this solid afternoon pick-me-up that never disappoints.


ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

Caffe D'arte White Chocolate Gingerbread Mocha

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $3.60

This beverage spices up a classic coffee drink by adding a drop of gingerbread to its base of rich white chocolate. While a sweet sip of this drink wouldn't be a first choice for staunch black coffee adherents, if you want a holiday-themed dessert, you need look no further.


ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

Hyde Perk Toasted Marshmallow Mocha

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $3.50

The molten marshmallow drizzled into this classic chocolatey mocha makes every sip taste like drinking a liquid s'more. Thick, creamy and rich, this two-shot mocha is the perfect decadent dessert for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth.


ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

Flying M Coffee Garage Eggnog Latte

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $3.10

With enough calories (440) to keep you satisfied all evening, this shockingly delightful beverage is made with a blend of ¾ eggnog ¼ whole milk, steamed to perfection and topped with a single shot of espresso. Creamy and festive, this is the perfect warm drink to try if you're in the mood for something both familiar and new.


ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

The Brim Coffee House Caramel White Chocolate Mocha

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $4.35

The Brim's caramel white chocolate mocha is available year-round, but whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon give this drink a special holiday twist. Made with 2 percent milk and two shots of espresso to cut the sugary caramel and white chocolate, this mocha is sweet without being overpowering.


ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

Dawson's Downtown Gingerbread Latte

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $3.70

If you're in the market for a simple, no-nonsense holiday indulgence, Dawson's has the drink for you. Made with whole milk, two shots of espresso, and high-quality gingerbread syrup, their Gingerbread Latte has all of the holiday spice and flair without the sugar rush.


ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $4.25

Not as overwhelmingly sugary as other holiday beverages, the chestnut praline latte is nutty with a hint of sweetness. This latte is made by combining 2 percent milk, a single shot of espresso, and vanilla and chestnut-praline syrups. A topping of whipped cream and toffee morsels gives this holiday special just the right amount of textural surprise.


ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

Goldy's Corner Christmas Wreath

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $3.41

The Christmas Wreath, one of many seasonal drinks on offer at Goldy's, pays as much attention to aesthetics as it does flavor. The drink's base is 2 percent milk and a single shot of espresso dyed a bright green by creme de menthe and Irish cream syrups. A wreath-shaped ring of whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed candy cane completes the look and creates a fun mix of sensations that keep you sipping.


ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

Moxie Java Roasted Reindeer Mocha

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $2.22

This surprisingly inexpensive drink offers great bang for your buck, combining hot chocolate, caramel sauce, a single shot of espresso, and hazelnut and butter pecan syrups to create a nutty delight. A cool ruffle of whipped cream puts a final touch on the sweet treat, which is just one option of many from Moxie's holiday menu.


ALEXANDRA NELSON
  • Alexandra Nelson

Oliver's Daily Grind Eggnog Spiced Chai

Size: 12 oz.

Cost: $3.75

If you're one of those people who thinks frosting is the best part of a cake, this is the drink for you. Spiced chai powder is stirred into steamed eggnog and topped with a house-made peppermint whipped cream (free upon request) that gives the beverage a festive pop of color. This rich, sweet holiday concoction tastes like a hug feels.

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