A STARBUCKS super fan has shared her thoughts on the coffee chain’s three new summer drinks – including her thoughts on one that had an unexpected and shocking ingredient.
The three new drinks follow the release of the new Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, which debuted at Starbucks in May.
Anneta Konstantinides shared her thoughts with Insider after trying the three new drinks.
She says the new drinks emphasize fruity flavors — not necessarily coffee.
The three new drinks are Pineapple Passionfruit Refresher, Pineapple Passionfruit Refresher Lemonade and Paradise Drink.
Anneta described the Pineapple Passionfruit Refresher as “the epitome of a tropical vacation”.
She said the drink had a bright yellow coloring and tasted sour and tart.
However, Anneta thinks the drink could benefit from another flavor to help balance the sharpness of the pineapple and passion fruit flavors.
She said the refreshing pineapple passion fruit lemonade helped achieve this a bit, although the drinks looked almost identical and tasted quite similar to the first drink.
Anneta was happy that both refreshing drinks had lots of pineapple chunks and appreciated the addition of fresh fruit.
But his favorite of the three drinks was the Paradise Drink.
The Paradise Drink is a non-dairy option, according to the Starbucks website.
It is similar to the cult drink Pink Drink.
Anneta said the coconut milk provides a creamy texture and adds a sweetness that helps balance the tartness and flavor of the fruit.
“Starbucks Refreshers Paradise Drink is like sunshine in a cup – the bright tropical flavors are radiant, happy and joyful,” said Raegan Powell, senior product developer at Starbucks who helped bring the new drink to life.
“It’s the perfect summer sip for a little moment of escape wherever you are.”
The coffee chain also announced two new menu items: the chicken, maple butter and egg sandwich and the cookie and cream cake pop.
The new menu items launched on June 21.