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May 22, 2024

Starbucks Heats Up Spring with New Spicy Lemonade Refreshers

Erie High School’s honest opinion and review on the drinks.

Starbucks recently released its new limited-time Spicy Drinks, offering a hot twist on the classic fruity refreshers. These drinks are part of a new lineup for the spring of 2024, embracing the “swicy” trend that blends sweet and spicy flavors. The new offerings include three Spicy Lemonade Refreshers and a Spicy Cream Cold Foam, available for a limited time.

 The Spicy Dragon Fruit Lemonade Refresher drink combines mango and dragon fruit flavors with lemonade and Starbucks’ Spicy Chili Powder Blend, mixed with pieces of dragon fruit. The blend of tropical sweetness with a spicy kick creates a unique taste experience that’s both refreshing and intriguing.

The Spicy Pineapple Lemonade Refresher.  Pineapple and passion fruit flavors are blended with lemonade and the spicy chili powder, topped with pineapple pieces. This drink offers a bright, tangy flavor profile complemented by the heat of the chili powder, making it a bold choice for those who enjoy a bit of spice in their beverages.

The Spicy Strawberry Lemonade Refresher.  Strawberry and açaí flavors are shaken with lemonade, the spicy blend, and pieces of strawberry. The combination of sweet strawberries and the tartness of açaí, enhanced with a hint of spice, provides a delightful balance of flavors.

The Spicy Cream Cold Foam can be added to any beverage, featuring the regular cold foam infused with the Spicy Chili Powder Blend for an extra kick. The Spicy Cream Cold Foam is a versatile addition, perfect for those who want to add a spicy twist to their favorite Starbucks drinks. Whether topping a cold brew or a frappuccino, this spicy foam elevates the drink with its creamy texture and spicy undertone.

These spicy drinks are aimed at those who enjoy a blend of sweet and heat, perfect for the warmer weather.

To gauge public opinion, we asked students and staff at Erie High School for their thoughts on the new drinks, and the reviews were mixed. The feedback reflects a range of preferences, highlighting how polarizing these bold flavors can be.

Coach Giger described the Spicy Dragon Fruit Lemonade Refresher as “interesting,” noting that it wasn’t good or bad, but an unusual experience that stands out. His neutral stance suggests that the drink’s unique flavor might be an acquired taste.

Coach Giger trying a Spicy Drink

Myah Schlett, a sophomore, had a strong negative reaction. She absolutely hated it and immediately started coughing, indicating that the spice level was too intense for her liking. Her experience underscores that the heat from the chili powder blend might be overwhelming for some.

Myah Schlett trying the drink

On the other hand, Tyler Muir, another sophomore, enjoyed the drink, thinking it was “pretty good.” However, he mentioned that he did not like the dragon fruit chunks in the beverage. His feedback points to the texture as a potential area of improvement, even for those who appreciate the flavor.

Tyler trying the Starbucks Drink

These varied reactions highlight that Starbucks’ new spicy drinks are not for everyone. They cater to adventurous palates and those who enjoy experimenting with unique flavor combinations. While some may find the spicy kick refreshing and exciting, others might find it too intense or unusual. This range of opinions is not uncommon when a brand steps out of the conventional flavor profiles and introduces something bold and different.

As Starbucks continues to innovate and explore new taste territories, the Spicy Lemonade Refreshers and Spicy Cream Cold Foam are a testament to their commitment to offering diverse and intriguing options for their customers. Whether you’re a fan of the heat or prefer to stick with classic flavors, these new drinks certainly add a spicy twist to the Starbucks menu, making this spring a season of exciting and bold flavors. So, if you’re feeling adventurous, give these spicy drinks a try and see where your taste buds take you!

Starbucks’ add for the Spicy Drinks
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Kayden Mckinsey
Kayden Mckinsey, Staff Reporter
I am a sophomore at Erie High School and I am a member of the Tiger Times. I have lived in Erie my whole life. I love hiking and playing golf. I love my dog. My favorite place to travel is Hawaii and Florida so I can spend time on the beach.  I am a competitive kayaker and can do flips.

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