Starbucks has just revealed its newest blended beverage that is sure to tide everyone over until Pumpkin Spice Latte mania descends upon us all.
As of August 8th, locations across the U.S. and Canada will now carry the Horchata Frappuccino, a frozen blend inspired by horchata. A grande-size of the drink with no whipped cream will run you 260 calories, and prices vary by location.
If you’ve never heard of horchata, it is a type of beverage that originated from the Taifa of Valencia, a medieval Moorish kingdom that was located in the region now known as Spain. The original beverage consisted of tigernuts blended with water to create a thick, creamy beverage. Today, most of us are likely familiar with the Mexican version of horchata, which is made from rice and includes cinnamon. How horchata is made varies across Latin America, but it is always served chilled over ice, making it a refreshing summer beverage. Plus, it’s almost always dairy-free!
Let’s take a look at the coffee giant’s latest addition to the menu:
According to a press release, Starbucks’ new Horchata Frappuccino has a cool, creamy texture that “is complemented by sweet caramel and warm spice flavors of cinnamon which hint that fall is near.”
Eater reports that Starbucks newest addition to the beverage menu is the company’s first Frappuccino to be made with almond milk. In addition to that, it’s made using their Cinnamon Dolce syrup, coffee, ice, whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sugar sprinkles. Want to make it vegan? Just request that your barista leave out the whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sugar sprinkles (sadly, they contain butter). Sounds tasty? We agree. But it’s far from what one could consider “authentic” horchata.