Spring is in the air (and on the menu) with new Starbucks iced beverages


Hello sunshine! Springtime has arrived in Starbucks stores in the United States starting today (March 3), along with a refreshing trio of new iced beverages – Iced Golden Ginger Drink, Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink and Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam.

New flavors of the rainbow

Starbucks is launching a pair of new coconutmilk iced drinks after the debut of two new non-dairy hot beverages in January, their colorful hues adding to the vivid palette of iced beverages.

“We were inspired by Venice Beach and the California sun, reminiscent of a L.A. kind of vibe,” said Kris Murray, product specialist for the Starbucks Beverage Research & Development team. This concept led to colorful coconutmilk beverages with a tropical twist, featuring flavors like matcha, turmeric, pineapple and ginger.

Iced Golden Ginger Drink

First up is Iced Golden Ginger Drink, a sunny beverage that features ginger, pineapple and turmeric flavors, shaken with coconutmilk and ice.

“Its vibrant color and sunny flavors make you think of springtime,” said Murray.

Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink

Next is Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink, made with premium matcha green tea with flavors of pineapple and ginger, shaken with coconutmilk and ice.

“Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink is the perfect blend of pineapple and matcha with a hint of coconut,” Murray said. “At first sip, you get some of that pineapple flavor complimented by the coconutmilk, with matcha and ginger flavors really shining through at the end.”

Hi, honey

Spring also brings a new cold coffee beverage, Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam, which joins Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato and Iced Cocoa Cloud Macchiato as the featured seasonal cold coffee drinks. This beverage was designed to complement the smooth flavors of nitro cold brew, topped with a salted honey cold foam and a stripe of sweet and salty toasted honey.

Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam

Matthew Thornton, product developer for the Beverage R&D team, created the new beverage, which has 40 calories for a grande, with 7 grams of total sugar.

“This beverage really showcases our coffee with just a touch of sweetness from the salted honey foam,” Thornton said.

More in store

New food and ready-to-drink beverage items are also in stores starting today, along with a cheerful collection of spring merchandise. Learn more.

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