There's no shortage of good reasons why it's high time to switch over from your usual hot coffee drink to something cooler for summer, if you haven't already. For one, there are few drinks that will simultaneously energize and refresh you like a big cup of iced coffee. But in case you need another good reason to ditch your usual brew for something on the rocks, Starbucks' deal for free iced drinks on Thursday may be it.
The Frappuccino slinger is hosting another of its ever-popular Happy Hour promotions on June 27, so plan for a caffeine boost to save you from your afternoon slog. This Happy Hour deal will land you buy-one-get-one-free (BOGO) iced drinks -- like Iced Caramel Macchiatos and iced tea drinks -- in size grande or larger from 3pm (local time) to close, according to a company spokesperson. Other cold drinks such as Frappuccinos or anything pre-made in a bottle are not eligible, however, and the offer is only good at participating Starbucks locations across the country. We recommend calling ahead to make sure before you walk in asking for a free drink.
Here's the full list of drinks including in the BOGO:
- Iced espresso drinks
- Iced coffee
- Cold brew
- Iced tea
- Starbucks Refreshers
Getting the BOGO iced drinks deal is easy. You just have to download the Starbucks mobile app. Open the app, and you'll find the Happy Hour offer inside the in-app inbox. You don't have sign up to become a Starbucks Rewards member, but you'll end up getting points for what you buy, so it probably wouldn't hurt. It's free after all.
What might not be as easy is deciding which iced drinks to get, thanks to a few new options on the menu. Earlier this week, Starbucks announced the debut of three new iced tea lemonades -- Teavana Peach Green Tea Lemonade, Teavana Guava White Tea Lemonade, and Teavana Blueberry Black Tea Lemonade -- for summer. The super-colorful drinks feature Teavana teas, lemonade, fruit juices, and cane sure that are mixed and shaken with ice. Meanwhile, there's a new addition to the chain's foamy -- and somewhat weird -- Cloud Macchiato platform, the Iced Cocoa Cloud Macchiato. This one sports layers of whipped meringue-like cold foam (made with egg white powder), Toffee Nut Syrup, espresso, and a caramel crosshatch and mocha sauce drizzle on top. Yeah, you can choose two drinks, but good luck with that!
Here's our ranking of Starbucks' best drinks in case you need some ideas. No matter what you end up ordering, there's a good chance you're scoring some free caffeine to help you get through the long summer afternoon. Happy hour indeed.