A STARBUCKS super fan has shared her review of the coffee chain’s three new summer drinks, including her thoughts on one that had a shocking and unexpected ingredient.
The three new drinks come on the heels of the launch of the new Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, which debuted at Starbucks in May.
Anneta Konstantinides shared her thoughts with Insider after trying out 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 and passion fruit soda as “the embodiment of a tropical vacation.”
She said the drink was bright yellow in color and tasted tart and acidic.
However, Anneta thinks the drink could benefit from another flavor to help balance the intensity of the pineapple and passion fruit flavors.
He said the refreshing passion fruit pineapple lemonade helped pull that off a bit, though the drinks looked almost identical and tasted pretty similar to the first drink.
Anneta was happy that both soft drinks had lots of pineapple chunks and enjoyed the addition of fresh fruit.
But her favorite of the three drinks was Paradise Drink.
Paradise Drink is a non-dairy option, according to the Starbucks website.
It is similar to the cult favorite Pink Drink.
Anneta said that the coconut milk gives a creamy texture and adds sweetness that helps balance the tartness and tartness of the fruit.
“Paradise Drink Starbucks Refreshers is like sunlight 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 Maple Butter Chicken Egg Sandwich and the Cookies and Cream Pie.
The new menu items were released on June 21.