I am in no way, shape, or form paid by Starbucks to promote their shit.
My introduction to Starbucks occurred gradually. It started off as a few beverages my mom bought for me when she stopped there, and eventually graduated to me picking my own drinks.
I initially only liked two kinds of drinks. I liked those tea-lemonade hybrids which they still have to this day, and I also liked a straight-up coffee frappuccino. As you might have noticed, these are both signature cold drinks, meant to be enjoyed during the height of summer.
One winter day, my sister suggested we walk to our local Starbucks. I was reluctant. I whined how it was too cold for Starbucks.
Side note: Remember, I only knew to order my favorite chilled drinks from Starbucks at the time.
My sister looked at me like I was an idiot. Told me to just order a hot drink. I whined some more, complaining that the menu was complicated and I had no clue what was good and what was terrible based on these extravagant espresso monikers.
My sister insisted/demanded we go there anyways. Told me to be more experimentive.
Since I was still hesitant to pick (and pay) for a drink I knew nothing about, my sister ended up choosing the drink for me.
And thus, I was introduced to the Caramel Brulee Latte.
After the first initial sip, I was in sweetened, caffeinated heaven. The taste of caramel graced the edges of my tongue, the rich espresso flavor coated my throat, and the warmth of the drink touched my fingertips and my heart.
Side note: Am I being overly poetic? Yes. Yes, I am.
It was the best drink I’d ever had.
And unbeknownst to me until it was too late, it was a seasonal holiday drink.
These days, I wait for the Caramel Brulee Latte’s season in an neverending state of agitation; I hunger for it. Eight months out of the year, I’m in constant torment. Fuck the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I crave a different sugary sweetness.
Okay, I sound like a basic bitch, but come on. Where I live, Starbuckses are practically a form of entertainment. There is nothing to do around here except go to the movies, shop at the local mall, or hang out at a Starbucks. It is the only place to chill at that is not my or a friend’s home.
And now that the holidays are here, I can guzzle that caramelly, brulee-y goodness to my heart’s content.
Or at least until I get diabetes or something like that.