Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

If the holidays are about anything anymore, they're not about punching your fellow man to get hold of a cheap TV.

It's amusing, for sure. But it's still not the very core of Christmas and all the other religious festivities that descend in December.

This last stagger toward the year's end is surely about one thing: warmth.

In certain countries, they wrap up snugly and sip mulled wine.

Even in warmer climes, there's an extra effort to bathe in the glow of closeness and human heat.

Now along come those revolutionary mercenaries at Starbucks to toss a chill into proceedings.

Not content with creating special green cups in a vain attempt to get us to like each other a little, Seattle's finest has gone one step further.

It's released a special holiday drink. A special cold holiday drink.

The Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew is, allegedly, a "cool twist on a holiday tradition."

Some might see only the symbolism of attempting to douse the flames of a combustible society.

Some might merely see that Starbucks is preparing for a permanent chill in the societal air, as change that some can't believe takes hold.

You'll, though, be wondering what this new cold concoction tastes like.

Starbucks claims it's slow-steeped for 20 hours. Which is about how long baristas in the less successful Starbucks take to make my coffee.

After the slow steeping, though, the cold brew is spiced with a myriad flavors.

Cinnamon, anise, nutmeg and vanilla all emerge to waft freezing festivity into your veins.

A float of house-made sweet cream then reminds you that there is infinite opportunity to pile on the calories at your local coffee emporium.

Perhaps, though, as global warming takes hold, we will all need cooler December drinks.

Perhaps, too, this new Nariño will be the perfect hangover cure, as we try and forget everything that's happened this year.

Nov 4, 2016