Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers
A hot, sunny afternoon calls for a refreshing drink. Luckily – though that would be somewhat weird since it was a Black Friday – Starbucks was debuting its new line of summer beverages: the Starbucks Refreshers with Green Coffee Extract. It is caffeine without the taste of coffee, or what I call the exact opposite of decaf. For the summer though, there is nothing like an icy cup of refreshing fruit-flavoured beverage with a boost of caffeine to get you even more excited with everything that is going on. After a quick meal at McDonald’s, Mom and I walked into Starbucks and the line was almost out the door. Everyone was holding a Starbucks Refresher, either pink or yellow. There seemed to be no other drink in sight, from 12-3 p.m. when they were giving out tall drinks for free. Honestly, though, why would anyone buy another beverage when a cool looking new one was being promoted?
The Cool Lime Starbucks Refresher is made with real citrus fruit juice, mint, and a lime slice. It looks like it is watered down, but is a less sour version of lemonade, with a nice hint of mint. At first, you can only taste the lightly sweet and tangy lime. Once you swallow your sip, however, you will get that refreshing mint aroma on your tongue. It is quite a pleasant surprise. The mint is masked by the lime at first and is revealed only after you drink the beverage. The lime slice just makes it more interesting. I would certainly get a cup of this on a hot afternoon.
The other flavour was the Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers, made with real fruit juice and whole blackberries. This one was a lot sweeter, but still not sugary. After all, it is fruit juice and thus, still very refreshing. There were about four blackberries in the drink, which again, made it quite fun. The dark pink shade was very pleasing for the eye. The tanginess was nicely balanced with the sweetness and it was really nice and fruity. I would get this on a slightly cooler summer day, or perhaps in the evening, as it is slightly sweeter than the lime one and does not have the mint.
Both drinks live up to the name of ‘Refreshers’ as both are perfect under the sun. Two different flavours for different moods, whether it is the lime for a relaxing, drowsy afternoon, or the berry hibiscus for an exciting, fun-filled afternoon. I think they probably could have released these a little earlier, especially considering how much of the US and Canada got hot really early on this year due to the extremely weird weather worldwide. I am sure, though, that a mere three hours of free beverages would bring in a lot of extra revenue for them as these Refreshers provide customers the boost from caffeine without having to have something too rich and milky. Ice and fruit in the summer is always a good decision!