Starbucks Red Cup Day 2021: How to get a free reusable cup with your holiday drink Thursday – USA TODAY

Set your alarms. Starbucks’ highly-anticipated Red Cup Day is Thursday.

The coffee chain is giving away free limited-edition reusable red cups to customers who order a handcrafted holiday or fall beverage at participating U.S. stores on Thursday. The freebie is available while supplies last.

Holiday drinks, which include Peppermint Mocha and Chestnut Praline Latte, returned to Starbucks on Nov. 4 and were joined by the new Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte. In past years, the free reusable cup giveaway was held on the first day of the holiday menu.

This year’s reusable cup is made with 50% recycled content to honor the chain’s 50th anniversary, Starbucks said. It features classic holiday red with playful swirls of shimmering ribbon dancing against a starry sky.

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Starbucks said the red cup giveaway is available whatever way you order, including mobile order and pickup, curbside pickup and through delivery on Uber Eats.

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The free cup is available with any handcrafted holiday or fall beverage (hot, iced, or blended) including: Apple Crisp Macchiato, Caramel Brulee Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Hot Chocolate, Irish Cream Cold Brew, Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Peppermint Mocha, Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte, Toasted White Hot Chocolate and Toasted White Chocolate Mocha.

Starbucks Christmas Blend brewed coffee and Christmas Starbucks Reserve are excluded.

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In the early days of the pandemic, Starbucks temporarily restricted personal mugs. In June, after 15 months, the chain reintroduced mugs and brought back the 10-cent reusable cup discount to “encourage customers to choose reusable and reduce single-use cup waste.”

Free cups from Thursday’s giveaway are eligible for the discount.

The June return of personal mugs came with changes and Starbucks says it is “testing safe options for allowing personal reusable cups in the drive-thru, but for now personal reusable cups are only accepted inside stores.”

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