Everyone has surely heard of the new "Pink Drink" that has been all over Instagram. Although not on the official menu, the idea of switching out the water for coconut milk in Starbucks' Strawberry Acai Refresher has become the new official drink of summer. But before you claim that it's the only thing you'll be drinking this season, wait to try the new "Granitas" being released on June 14! These drinks are made of tea or coffee poured over shaved ice, and are just as fun and Instagrammable as the Pink Drink has become.
So what exactly is it like to drink a granita? A Cosmopolitan reporter got to taste the drinks, and wrote that they were similar to a Frappuccino but without all the dairy products—making it a much lighter drink for the season.
There are three flavors of this drink hitting stores this summer. The Teavana Youthberry White Tea Granita is a pretty shade of pink, made of lemonade flavored shaved ice and a tropical, fruity tea. Second, there's the Strawberry Lemon Limeade Granita, made with the lemonade ice, strawberry slices and house-made limeade. And for coffee lovers, there's the Caramel Espresso Granita, which consists of shaved ice, espresso shots, a splash of cream and caramel drizzle. These new drinks are going to be a great way to cool down on a hot summer day!
Before you rush to your closest Starbucks, though, check the time. Starbucks added the Granitas to its new Sunset Menu, making them available only after 3p.m. (We know you want to enjoy these yummy drinks in the morning, too, but you'll just have to wait like the rest of us!)
Along with these new drinks, Starbucks is bringing in two new dessert items: the Chocolate Brownie Trifle and the Strawberry Shortcake Trifle. AKA layers of whipped cream, drizzle and yummy brownie or shortcake dessert.
Don't forget that from June 14 to June 26, you can bring your morning receipt from Starbucks back with you in the afternoon drink to score a grande Granita or a Trifle dessert for just $3.