Starbucks Holiday Cups

Love 'em? Hate 'em? Couldn't care less about 'em?

Though I'm anti-Starbucks on principle, I can't deny my love for the delicious specialty drinks (though I've even managed to find a way around that). I always love when the holiday cups make their appearance, signifying the kick off of the holiday season. It seems like this year is earlier than usual, no? I pass a giant Starbucks on my way to work in the morning and have seen many a red cup gracing the hands of bustling New Yorkers. My favorite beverage? It's a tie between the Caramel Apple Cider (oh so sweet and warming) and the Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (a mouth-watering treat that disappeared after only one holiday season. I'm crossing my fingers they will bring it back this year!). So the question of the day is: Are you a Starbucks or other specialty coffee shop fan? If so, what's your poison?

Psst...want to see more DIY specialty beverages? Add your picks in the comments and I'll devise some twists on coffee shop specials!