When Starbucks comes out with new items for the holidays, I get pretty excited because I love the usual suspects like gingerbread latte and peppermint mocha. This year, they launched the Juniper Latte. According to people on social media, they either love it or hate it. I had to try it out for myself.
They use their signature espresso and steamed milk with juniper syrup. Then topped with a dusting of pine-citrus sugar.
I was warned by several people to not try it, but you know me, if there is something new on the menu, I must try it. Upon the first sip, I made a face and my friend knew right away that it wasn’t for me. I tried a few more sips and for the first time in a long time, I wanted to return a beverage. Luckily, the lovely barista made me a regular latte as she wanted me to have a happy start to the day.
For me, the Juniper Latte tasted like gin due to the juniper. It has a woodsy botanical taste to it. It was really hard for my taste buds to wrap my head around this taste. They tried to balance it with the citrus, but it didn’t really do much. The juniper syrup was very potent.