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Starbucks’ New Coffee Changes Colors! (Photo)

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Starbucks’ elusive Unicorn Frappuccino has officially left the coffee chain’s kingdom leaving behind a trail of sticky syrups, pink powder, and a taste for aesthetically-pleasing beverages.

In its place is Starbucks’ new and enchanting beverage for the bubblegum age — or anyone who prioritizes the look of an Instagram-worthy drink over the taste.

Introducing the “Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade Cold Brew,” a kind of drinkable mood ring that serves as an Instagram prop and a visually-stimulating caffeine fix.

The ingredients that go into the drink combine to form a color-changing beverage. From top to bottom, the drink layers cold brew coffee, lemonade, and the magical ingredient, Butterfly Pea Flower tea. The tea, available exclusively in Asia, is a powdered ingredient commonly found in Thai and Malaysian cuisine and gets its magical abilities from its sensitivity to pH. Like hydrangea flowers, which change color depending on the soil’s pH, the color of butterfly pea flower tea changes depending on what it’s mixed in with. Adding lemon, for example, transforms the tea from a deep cobalt blue to a Lisa Frank-ian violet.

But contrary to its predecessor, the Unicorn Frappuccino, Starbucks’ new vibrant beverage is not sweet nor syrupy. The taste has been described as “earthy” and “woody” and similar to a green tea, according to Bon Appetit. Starbucks’ take on the Asian tea leaf is just a tad sweeter with the addition of lemonade. But, as a whole, how tasty can a coffee-lemonade hybrid be? To give your taste buds some perspective, imagine a bolder and darker Arnold Palmer.

The beverage, which is only available in select markets across Asia, is also for a limited time only. The company has not announced whether this color-changing commodity will be brought to the states for U.S. customers to try either. Luckily, an expired passport will not stop you from getting a taste of colorful cold brew.

The most difficult ingredient to find, Butterfly Pea Flower tea, is available on Amazon and the rest can be picked up at any supermarket. Cheers to miraculous mixology!

Sources: Delish, Bon Appetit / Featured Image: Pixabay

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Under The Weather? Starbucks’ New Drinks Might Help

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Got the sniffles? Caught that nasty flu going around? Some of us unlucky ones battling the common cold or flu, reminiscing fondly of a time, not too long ago, when we could breathe through our noses and actually taste food, will be in better spirits thanks to Starbucks’ latest winter tea lineup.

The coffee chain’s Teavana beverages are packed with soothing ingredients and invigorating blends to combat seasonal ailments and help you power through this blistering winter.

Teavana Wellness Teas rolled out on Starbucks’ menu in four different power-packed flavors to address each one of your flu symptoms — from the chills to drowsiness, to a compromised immune system.

First up is Teavana Comfort Wellness Tea, a robust blend to reach for when you’re feeling perhaps unsettled or rumpled by winter’s ugly slush-lined streets and unforgiving wind chill. Calming rooibos and soothing ginger and lemon, mixed with spearmint and peppermint, are naturally uplifting flavors and will warm you from the inside out.

Teavana Defense Wellness Tea is what you should drink when your guard is down and tissue boxes are running low. Made with zesty oranges, lemon, lemongrass, cinnamon and ginger, this white tea is a dependable defense against the flu and its nasty symptoms. Defense Wellness Tea is loaded with vitamin C to kick up your immune system during these cold winter months.

Teavana’s Rev Up tea is a powerful, energizing blend made with three teas — black, oolong and green. It’s the best choice after a few sick days to get you back in your groove.

The last line of defense, Citrus Defender, is Starbucks’ newest lineup of Teavana teas. It contains all the basics to a tea tonic — white tea, soothing honey and lemon.

Starbucks beverages cover pretty much every mood — in sickness and in health. And recently, in the name of mischief and magic, a Harry Potter-inspired beverage was recently added to the chain’s extensive list of secret menu items. The Butterbeer Frappuccino, made with a Creme Frappuccino base, three pumps of caramel and toffee nut syrups each, is a wizardly libation to sip during endless Harry Potter marathons.

Sources: Delish (2), Teavana / Featured Image: David Mulder/Flickr

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After 40 Years, Starbucks Releases New Espresso

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Starbucks has officially “mellowed out,” ushering in a mild, light-roast espresso blend to its shops across the U.S. on Jan. 9, the first espresso option added to the company’s U.S. menu in more than 40 years. Known widely for dark roast coffee — bold-bodied and bitter — the coffee chain is offering a light Blonde Espresso for an “easier” coffee-drinking experience.

Customers can now choose between a “Starbucks Signature” or “Starbucks Blonde” espresso for any of the chain’s beverages like lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites, Americanos, macchiatos or shots. Beverages were already customizable, as evidenced by Starbucks’ best-kept secret menu that features over 200 drink recipes and counting. Starbucks beverages can be custom-fitted even more now.

Coffee-drinkers with a distaste for Starbucks’ signature full-bodied roasts will especially enjoy blonde roasts, which have a light-bodied profile, contrary to Starbucks’ traditional dark roasts. Andrew Linnemann, vice president of Global Coffee for the coffee company, said in a press release that the lighter alternative has a “bright taste with sweet citrus notes and a smooth body” and is breaking Starbucks’ long-held rule with full-bodied roasts.

Avid Starbucks drinkers raise their noses to Americans who can’t handle the chain’s overly bitter coffee profiles, lest they are drowned in the works — half dozen pumps of mocha syrup and powder, whipped cream frosted skyward, a caramel sauce drizzle for good measure, all thoroughly diluted with soy milk. Sensitive palates are sure to welcome Starbucks’ light roast without all the bells and whistles, perhaps saving a few calories in sweeteners.

Blonde Espresso, the company says, sources beans from Latin America and East Africa, after which they’re roasted to peak flavor for a balanced, subtle coffee.

Third-wave cafes have treated blonde roasts with the same critical care and snobbiness as sommeliers. Alongside artisanal foodstuffs and elaborate drip apparatuses, blonde roasts have been peddled by “coffee artisans” for years.

Starbucks, all things considered, was a little slow on the draw, offering blonde roasts since 2012 everywhere else but the U.S. In Canada, Austin, Texas, and Tampa, Florida, locations, Blonde Espresso was received with overwhelming reviews, sparking the company to do a full rollout now in the U.S. at all 8,000 company-run stores beginning Jan. 9.

Sources: Starbucks, Brand Eating / Featured Image: Pxhere

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Starbucks Introduces New Drinks For The New Year (Photo)

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Christmas is over and New Year’s looms ahead; limp trees will soon line the sidewalks if they haven’t already, Santa hats will be traded in for plastic 2018 party glasses, elf shoes for stilettos and white beards for black ties.

The same transition is occurring in specialty drinks at Starbucks, which is now moving aside Christmas jolly for formal affairs. The Black and White Mocha Collection will usher in the 2018 year with a bang and a boom.

The black and white themed collection includes a trio of white chocolate and dark mocha flavors as hot chocolate, coffee and frappuccino beverages. The Black and White Mocha starts off with Starbucks’ signature espresso roast, then silky swirls of white and dark chocolate are mixed in with steamed milk and finally topped with whipped cream and chocolate sequins to resemble a black tie.

The Black and White Frappuccino is the frozen sibling of the Mocha, while the Black and White Hot Chocolate combines dark and white chocolate mocha sauce, steamed milk and whipped cream, then finished with chocolate sequins.

The black-tie trio beverages are now on sale at participating Starbucks locations nationwide and will be available through the new year while supplies last. But if these are anything like Starbucks’ recent streak of viral coffee concoctions, then you’ll want to act fast — delicious chocolate sequins will only be around for so long.

Starbucks debuted the collection on social media on Dec. 27 and has answered questions from fans. One Twitter user pointed out that she has been ordering Black and White Mochas for years, which means — chocolate sequins aside — you can get a “New Year’s” drink all year round. Starbucks Twitter responded to the user explaining that the coffee company gave the beverage an official name that can be easily ordered on Starbucks Mobile Order app.

Starbucks released a color-changing Unicorn Frappuccino, followed quickly and less virally by the Dragon Frappuccino — a sinister sister to the Unicorn. The fabulous Mermaid Frappuccino, complete with edible pink pearls, pink and green swirls, and blue whipped cream, went viral in Mexico during summer 2017. Comparatively, the Black and White Frappuccino is subdued, with far fewer colors and sugar, but tasty nonetheless.

Source: Delish / Featured Image: poolie/Flickr

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Millennial Rose Gold Makes Its Way To Starbucks (Photos)

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‘Tis the season for shiny new things!

Starbucks recently drew open the curtain on a gift-worthy drinkware line splashed in the trendiest colors — and they are perfect for gifting that caffeine addict with sparkling sensibilities. Tumblers in rose gold, millennial pink, white, and silver shades were spotted on Starbucks’ shelves beginning Nov. 11, according to Popsugar.

The chain’s latest tumbler designs — kitschy, sparkly, rose-golden — are made for the millennial age, the aesthetically pink Instagram page, the fabulous. If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to reconsider upgrading your drab drinking vessel to one that shines bright like a diamond, and can stand in as a glamorous holiday prop, like this photo below:

Of course, if you’re more conservative about your travel mugs, Starbucks’ drinkware line also comes in no-frills, minimalist silver and white tumblers that mean business but are still charmingly designed. The coffee chain has a knack for beautifully designed kitchenware, too. A Twitter user spotted a stylish French press in rose gold, pictured below. (Our prediction: Christmas gifts are going to be filled with rose gold merch!)

And, as an added bonus, the brand new coffee tumblers come with a few perks, and we’re not just talking about the coffee. These festive cups are environmentally friendly and will save you 10 cents on any Starbucks beverage. A shiny new vessel with fringe benefits — that’s a two-in-one holiday gift!

Starbucks is clearly going full-steam ahead on the chain’s millennial-forward collection, and just in time for the holidays too! These tumblers are the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift to friends and coworkers who can’t get enough of life’s greatest pleasures: coffee and shiny things.

There is a catch to all of this, but it is a small one. The new rose gold tumblers are not available online yet, so you’ll need to trek to your local Starbucks for new tumblers. But, don’t let that deter you; Starbucks’ latest festive treat, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha made with caramel, white chocolate and cranberry sugar will be worth the trip to the local chain — Christmas shopping can be a treat for you, too!

Sources: Popsugar, Hello Giggles / Featured Image: Pixabay

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Starbucks PSL Fans Can Get An Early Fix At The Store (Photos)

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Spring, summer and winter can be dreary affairs for die-hard fans of Starbucks’ infamous Pumpkin Spice Lattes. But starting a little later in August, you can pick up your own bottled PSLs and Pumpkin Spice-flavored coffee to start satisfying your cravings a little earlier this year — and possibly stock up for the long winter ahead.

“Customers can start prepping for fall with new Starbucks Pumpkin Spice offerings and other returning favorites, for cozy coffee moments at home,” Starbucks said in a press release.

There will now be six different ways to savor the flavor that you probably either love or hate, since the company is also bringing back Pumpkin Spice Caffe Latte K-Cup Pods, Iced Espresso Classics Pumpkin Spice Latte, VIA Instant Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino Chilled Coffee Drink, so you definitely have some options.

As for the new stuff? The ready-to-drink 14-ounce Starbucks Iced Pumpkin Spice Lattes will likely sell for around $2.79 a pop. The folks at ‘Bux say that it “features Starbucks high-quality arabica coffee with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices, and creamy milk,” which sounds a lot like the ones they’ll be making in their coffee shops at some undisclosed time in the fall.

Plus, you can also pick up the Pumpkin Spice Coffee (PSC?) in grocery stores around the country for a suggested $9.99 for an 11-ounce bag.

“This new fall coffee features Starbucks lightest roast coffee with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg,” the release says. “Add a splash of cream and a bit of sugar to evoke the familiar flavors inspired by the handcrafted Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.”

Starbucks remains tight-lipped about the actual launch date of their PSLs in cafes, although they typically roll out in early September. Last year you could order one in stores as early as September 1, which Fortune notes is well ahead of the first official day of fall on September 22.

Sources: Starbucks, Fortune / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Starbucks

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Starbucks Is Offering Horchata Frappuccinos! (Photos)

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Looking for a fun new way to get your Starbucks fix?

Consider the Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino, which is sadly only around for a limited time but looks super delicious!

“Our take on Horchata is a creamy, cool, cinnamon-sweet Frappuccino drink blended to perfection,” Starbucks said on their website. “Delightful during the warmer months, and like summer, not here for long.”

While it doesn’t have actual horchata in it, the dairy-free almond base, double dose of cinnamon and caramel drizzle sounds pretty good to me.

“Inspired by the popular Horchata beverages, which vary by culture and region, Starbucks Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino blended beverage starts with almondmilk, cinnamon dolce syrup, coffee, and ice blended together,” Starbucks said in a press release. “And for Starbucks’s twist on the recipe — the beverage is topped with whipped cream, a swirl of caramel, and cinnamon and sugar sprinkles.”

If you miss the late-summer drink’s cutoff point, you might be able to order the secret menu version, which uses the Tazo Chai Creme Frappuccino base and adds vanilla syrup, cinnamon dolce syrup, and chai syrup as well as a dusting of cinnamon on top, according to the Starbucks Secret Menu website.

Of course, if you’re looking for a more traditional horchata flavor, the chai might throw you off, but as with most drinks at ‘Bux, you’re usually welcome to request it with modifications.

The secret menu drink popped up a couple years ago and made the rounds on the internet. Commenters on one Reddit thread — which featured a similar chai and cinnamon version — mostly agreed that it’s not horchata-y enough for them but rather tasted mostly of regular chai.

“Oh my gosh, tonight I tried a vanilla bean with cinnamon,” one Redditor said. “THAT’S a horchata frappucino.”

Others have said that Starbucks in Mexico offers a regular horchata Frappuccino, and it tastes a lot more like the real thing with vanilla, coconut and cinnamon.

“Horchatas should have more cinnamon so if you’re in the mood to try this put in one more shake of cinnamon than suggested,” another commented on the Reddit version, which uses four shakes of cinnamon for a tall but does not include the syrup.

The good thing is that besides the cinnamon and sugar sprinkles, the newer iteration of an ice blended horchata uses pretty regular ingredients, so if you memorize the recipe you might be able to special-request it year-round.

Sources: Starbucks (2), Reddit, Starbucks Secret Menu / Featured Image: akiko yanagawa/Flickr / Embedded Images: Starbucks

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It’s True! You Can Get Free Macchiatos From Starbucks!

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Starbucks is giving out free macchiatos from August 3-7, and life is good!

If you’re looking to cool off with a friend during the afternoon, you can’t do a whole lot better than this deal.

Here’s how it works: According to Starbucks’ official website, they are offering a BOGO deal for any macchiato of equal or lesser value, be it hot, iced, sweet or plain, at participating locations. Incidentally, you can also pick up either of their new Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato or the Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato drinks.

“The original inspiration for the [Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato] beverage is from horchata, a popular beverage in Spain and Latin America,” Yoke Wong from Starbucks Beverage Development team said. “It is traditionally made with almond or rice milk and spices like cinnamon, and it is served hot or cold.”

The coconut mocha version is a dairy-free spin on the classic sweet macchiatos like the caramel iced one. Then again, you can’t go wrong with the classic menu fixtures either — and you can get either kind with this promotion.

The “Meet for Macchiatos” event, which you might have spotted on Facebook, is only good between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., but hey, you still get a pretty sweet deal here.

What’s the occasion, you ask? The promo is a multi-day celebration of International Friendship Day on August 6, which was created to “contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good,” according to the U.N.

“Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples,” continues the U.N.’s entry on the holiday. “To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.”

Sources: Starbucks (2), U,N. / Featured Image: poolie/Flickr

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You Need To Try Starbucks’ New Pina Colada Drink (Photo)

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You probably want a vacation right about now, but maybe you don’t have the time. What if I told you that you can get a tropical trip in a cup for less than $5 and only 80 calories — and you can carry it into work with you?

You can, and it’s called Starbucks’ new Teavana Iced Pina Colada Tea Infusion.

The pleasantly peach-colored, summery beverage is made with Teavana pineapple black tea and coconut milk, finished with ice for a refreshingly cool drink. It’s now on the permanent menu across the country.

With just 80 calories in a grande serving, the drink is a guilt-free alternative to a boozy pina colada. But since alcohol makes everything more fun, the tea infusion can always be used as a base for something a little stronger.

“It needs rum,” one Reddit user determined. Rum it can have, indeed. Add a shot of your favorite brand to the Starbucks beverage, then throw the mixture into a blender with ice for a low-calorie cocktail. A cherry on top certainly won’t hurt.

Some fans suggest using other Starbucks drinks to heighten the flavor of the tea infusion. One smartie with a sweet tooth says to ask for the drink to be combined with the store’s toasted coconut syrup and a vanilla Frappuccino for a creamy, dessert-like treat.

“It’s delicious,” they wrote.

Starbucks itself is urging customers to customize the drink with other teas, according to Delish. It can be mixed with any Teavana iced tea, like strawberry white tea or pineapple green tea, for a fruity caffeine fix. If you’re into citrus, try it with lemonade for a tart Arnold Palmer situation.

The chain’s coconut milk craze goes beyond tea infusions. Their new Iced Cascara Coconutmilk Latte combines the milk with espresso and cascara, the brown-sugary dried fruit from the coffee plant. Coconut milk is mixed with ice, a white chocolate mocha and espresso in the returning Iced Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato — an alternative to the caramel macchiato for coconut lovers.

Suddenly craving coconut? We’ve got you covered. Get your fix with this coconut butter pecan praline sheet cake, coconut beer-battered shrimp or coconut banana cream pie.

Source: Delish / Featured image credit: Pixabay

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Starbucks Debuts New Iced Teas, Get Them For Free! (Photo)

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Iced tea lovers, Starbucks has a special treat just for you!

On July 11, the worldwide coffee chain debuted three new fruity spins on iced tea, and the best part is they are here to stay for good, so you won’t need to mourn when your favorite limited-time drink special disappears. (Rest in peace, Caramelized Honey Latte.) Oh, and you can get them for free for exactly one hour!

According to PopSugar, you can now cool off with Teavana Shaken Iced Tea Infusions, which come in three new flavors: pineapple black tea, peach white tea and strawberry green tea. The drinks are made up of Teavana teas combined with steeped fruit and botanical mixes and usually get shaken with simple syrup, although you can request them unsweetened or even mixed with lemonade or anything else you prefer.

The drinks start at $3 for a Tall, and you can even get a free one on July 14 between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., so mark your calendars.

Are they worth it? How do they taste?

The folks over at PopSugar sampled the new brews and had generally positive feedback.

“The Teavana Shaken Iced Peach Citrus Tea Infusion is light and fruity and perfect to sip on all day,” they wrote. “The peach flavor is subtle but present and is only enhanced when the tea is lightly sweetened, which is how it’s typically served.”

The Teavana Shaken Iced Pineapple Black Tea Infusion, however, is much stronger and “bolder” than the peach, they said, and the pineapple tastes “authentic” and not like that fake stuff, suggesting that they probably brewed it with real pineapple.

“The Teavana Shaken Iced Strawberry Green Tea Infusion has a surprising flavor because of the green tea, which has hints of mint,” added the reviewers. “The mint combined with the sweet, tart strawberry is the bold kick in the pants you might need on a day when you’re hot and dragging.”

The teas are part of a larger menu expansion that ‘Bux rolled out on the same day, including the Iced Cascara Coconutmilk Latte and the Iced Coconutmilk Mocha Macchiato, notes Refinery29.

Sources: PopSugar, Refinery29 / Photo Credit: Rob Pongsajapan/Flickr, Starbucks via PopSugar

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Starbucks Topped Its New Frappuccino With Chocolate Cake (Photos)

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In another case of Asian Starbucks stores being far superior in the realm of Frappuccinos, cake-topped Fraps have hit select Starbucks Japan locations for a limited time, according to Brand Eating.

They’re cold, they’re creamy, they’re topped with discs of fudgy chocolate cake; they’re the Chocolate Cake Top Frappuccinos — available in both coffee and matcha flavors.

Both varieties begin with a base of Creme Frappuccino, blended with almonds for a nutty boost of thickness. Then they’re topped with a round piece of chocolate cake and a generous dollop of whipped cream. 

The Cake Top Frap seems to draw inspiration from its pie-topped predecessor: the American Cherry Pie Frappuccino from Japan. The beverage also combines drink with dessert with its cherry and vanilla base and pie-crust dome. 

You can enjoy the cake drink however you want. The cake looks so appetizing on its own, some might be tempted to put it on a separate plate and enjoy alternating bites of chocolaty dessert with sips of sweet Frappuccino, like a Starbucks version of high tea. The intention, though, is for beverage lovers to break up the cake with an accompanying oversize straw, stirring the pieces into the drink until they’re softened and drinkable, resulting in a cakey, shake-like experience.

The embellished libation caters to two different cravings: one for coffee and one for matcha. The Coffee Shot version comes with a coffee sauce, which contrasts beautifully in color with the dark chocolate cake, and a sprinkling of dark mocha powder. The Matcha Shot variety is drizzled with a striking matcha green tea sauce and dusted with matcha powder. 

If you feel like you’ve seen matcha popping up all over the place, you’re not imagining it. The trendy ingredient has made its way into other Starbucks products, like their mini matcha pudding cups and the secret menu’s Matcha Pink Drink. The finely ground green tea powder has gained buzz for its possession of antioxidants, caffeine and, of course, photo-worthy bright color.

If you’re worried about being too indulgent, rest a little easier knowing that the drink is only available in a tall size. Plus, you can always share it with a friend. 

Source: Brand Eating / Photo credit: Pixabay, Starbucks Japan via Brand Eating

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We Need To Try Starbucks’ Watermelon Tea Right Now! (Photos)

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In other news of wonderful watermelon summer creations (we’re looking at you, What-A-Melon Soft Serve), Starbucks has just released a stunning new watermelon iced tea.

Watermelon plus iced tea? We’re already sold.

Watermelon may be the ultimate summer fruit. It’s sweet, refreshing and vibrantly colored, just the way you want your perfect summer to be.

You can eat it plain, drink it or even serve it with ice cream (if you’re adventurous).

Now, Starbucks Japan has created a perfect, simple, refreshing (and still totally Instagram-worthy) drink for customers to grab on the way to the beach or on a hot summer day in the city.

It’s called the Shaken Watermelon and Passion Tea, because it joins watermelon juice with Starbucks’ Teavana Passion Tea, according to Foodbeast.

The simply delicious drink combines watermelon juice with the papaya, lemongrass, mango and hibiscus flower flavors of Teavana Passion Tea into one icy, fruity, watermelon-colored beverage.

To top it all off, the Shaken Watermelon and Passion Tea is served with a freeze-dried lime, just to add that extra citrusy, tropical touch.

Check out the photos to see how stunning it is:

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According to RocketNews24, the drink is said to make you feel as if you’re biting into a slice of fresh, juicy watermelon. Yum!

Sadly, this perfectly refreshing summer drink is only available at Starbucks Japan, and even there it’s only available through the end of August. So if you’re in Japan, hurry up and try it before summer ends!

If you’re not planning a trip to Tokyo any time soon, you can also try to recreate a similar drink at home.

All it takes is some fresh watermelon mixed with the iced juices of your favorite fruits, and you’ll have the perfect beverage to refresh you through the summer months. 

Are you into it? 

Sources: Foodbeast, RocketNews24 / Photo credit: Pixabay

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Could These Be The Next Starbucks Frappuccinos?! (Photos)

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There’s a rumored new pair of Starbucks limited edition Frappuccinos, and they look wild!

If you’ve been paying any attention to Starbucks lately, you might have noticed that the coffee chain has been rotating new Frappuccinos about as fast as my blood sugar spikes when I sip on one. From the controversial Unicorn Frappuccino to the just-as-bright but maybe less sour Dragon one to the more demure and sensible Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino, nobody can really blame you if you checked out a while ago after the first neon drink rotation.

But now, there’s something totally new, and it actually looks deliciously summery. The Prickly Pear Frappuccino and the Pineapple Mango Frappuccino are said to launch somewhere around June 20, although you should be aware that it’s still hearsay at this point.

That’s right, it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet by the green mermaid herself, but this looks pretty legit, right?

Here’s the scoop: Both of these ice blended drinks are probably going to be part of ‘Bux’s “Colors of Summer” offerings and will include a mango creme frappuccino base topped with a puree of either of the two flavors — pineapple mango or prickly pear — which come swirled at the top and bottom of each drink, notes Foodbeast.

Some people — Starbucks employees, I assume — who have already tasted them said on a Reddit thread that they taste great, but they’re even better if you ask your barista to blend in some of the fruit puree.

They don’t usually come with whipped cream, so if you want it, you’ll have to ask.

A whopping one person compared the two and said the prickly pear drink was the best one, but I think I’m going to have to try them both and decide for myself …

Sources: Foodbeast, Reddit / Photo Credit: theimpulsivebuy/Flickr

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