Foodies love finding secret items at their favorite establishments, and no place has a more satisfying secret menu than Starbucks. It seemed like it was yesterday that Starbucks' Pink Drink was blowing up on Instagram, but there is now a new drink that is just as 'grammable that has stolen the social media spotlight.
Starbucks' latest secret drink is just as photogenic as the Pink Drink, but goes by an even cooler name: the Purple Drink.
However, before consumers do the unthinkable and change their caramel iced latte order to this new beverage, it's best to know first what they will be sipping.
Here's What Is Really In The Purple Drink
Similar to the Pink Drink, which consists of part-Strawberry Acai Refresher and part-coconut milk, the Purple Drink also goes for a more thirst-quenching combo than the chain's coffee-based drinks.
The iced beverage consists of a passion fruit iced tea (better known as the chain's Teavana Shaken Iced Passion Tango Tea) with soy milk, vanilla syrup and blackberries.
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Just because it looks good, doesn't meant it will taste as good as expected, if the consumer is not into its exotic mix of flavors. Some people (friends and the internet) voiced complaints about the Purple Drink not being as good as the Pink Drink.
Speaking of looks, what's even more disappointing is that some have also struggled to capture the best-looking Instagram photo of the beverage because baristas serve it with the hue a bit off. Customers may be handed more of a dark pink drink than a purple one. That means consumers will have to rely on a good filter and some great lighting to pull off the trending photos.
How To Order The Purple Drink
Since this is a "secret menu" item, the Purple Drink won't appear anywhere on the menu. Then again, there is really no such thing as a secret menu — it's more like knowing some customizable and delicious off-menu items.
No matter how good the Starbucks barista is, there is also a chance that they don't know what exactly goes into this one. That means the best way of ordering it is by giving the name as well as the ingredients listed above.
Those who are worried that the Purple Drink won't live up to their expectations can ditch the passion fruit iced tea and instead opt for Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, which sounds better, anyway. Don't be afraid to also swap the soy milk for coconut milk.
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Since this recipe is closer to the Pink Drink, the customer may even walk away with a more pink-looking drink in their hand. Adding more blackberries and even blueberries can help make the drink become more lavender as well.
If these pastel-colored drinks aren't appetizing for some, check out the new sugary and icy Granitas that are part of Starbucks' summer sunset menu, served daily starting at 3 p.m.