Starbucks has launched two new iced coffee menu items on May 31just in time for summer to come on full force. The launch includes a Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew, which will be available across the U.S. and Canada starting on the 31st. The other is a Nitro Cold Brew, poured from taps behind the counter. Those are going to be rolled out to select cities starting on the 31st.
The new items are a little more focused on the actual coffee and not the crazy sugar bonanza of a s'mores Frappuccino or that weird Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino that was definitely not on any summer diet plans. Whatever. Live every day like it's The Rock's Cheat Day.
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
Vanilla sweet cream, made in-house daily, poured over a Starbucks cold brew coffee.
This drink falls on this side of coffee from the very sweet Starbucks mochas, and that's what's refreshing about it: It's a coffee-forward sweet drink. It remains more of a dessert than an entree, but it manages to retain its coffee flavor while providing a little something different and not overwhelming the coffee with one kind of syrup or another.
It also offers a bit of a visual treat as the cream floats over the cold brew, running white fingers down to the bottom. If you get a drink of it before stirring it up, it's a tasty, layered flavor that gives a different experience from what Starbucks normally offers.