Our editors weigh in on whether it’s worth all the hype. 

By Grace Elkus
Grace Elkus

Last summer, the biggest Starbucks' “secret” menu item was the “pink drink.” The soft pink-hued beverage took over social feeds like Instagram and Facebook, inspiring a dedicated following. And, not surprisingly, after nearly a year of off-the-menu ordering, the coffee chain finally announced the beverage will be available on the menu year-round. (That means no more handing the barista your phone to look at the ingredients!)

The drink is a mix of Starbucks’ Strawberry Acai Refresher and coconut milk, topped off with a scoop of strawberries. It has a pretty pink hue, and a creamy consistency that's pleasantly refreshing. 

Intrigued, we decided to give it a try when it first came out. The consensus? While we likely couldn't gulp down a venti, we were content with the few sips we did try. A few more thoughts: 

“I was pleasantly surprised by the mysterious pink drink. The coconut milk makes it slightly creamy, and I didn’t find it to be too artificial tasting. Would I order it in the future? Probably not, but I think it’s a fun, pretty drink for summer.”

“It does taste like summer, but I’m not sure that’s what I want in a drink. It’s a little too artificial for my liking. It’s like the strawberry flavoring in a strawberry milkshake, but more refreshing since it’s not thick and creamy.”

“Very refreshing…it tastes like a strawberry flavored energy drink with just the slightest hint of cream.”

"It's surprisingly refreshing. If anyone is familiar with Asian yogurt-based drinks, it tastes similar. It's definitely on the sweet side, so I don't think it would be my regular drink order."

Looking for more light, summery drinks? We've got an abundance of tasty cocktails, iced teas, and lemonades.

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