This Starbucks Secret Menu Hack Tastes Like A Tropical Summer Smoothie

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I'm pretty stuck in my ways when it comes to my Starbucks order. Iced coffee, matcha latte, or chai is always what I'm picking up with the occasional pumpkin spice cold brew in the fall. Every once in a while a new drink will pop up that will make me change my ways and when I saw Totally the Bomb create a sangria-inspired iced beverage I had to try it out.

Because I live in the suburbs, when I ordered in to my local Starbucks, they were out of some of the customizations that Totally the Bomb's version called for. For their version of the Tropical Sangria Tea, they ask for a venti black iced tea, kiwi juice, apple juice, strawberry puree, coconut milk, strawberry inclusions, blackberry inclusions, and dragonfruit inclusions.

Photo credit: Alexis Morillo
Photo credit: Alexis Morillo

My local Starbs was out of kiwi juice and blackberry inclusions, but I opted for kiwi inclusions to make up for it. That being said, the drink I got was probably a bit of a different final product than the original creation by Totally the Bomb. As always, any "secret menu" items need to be ordered with customizations rather than being called that by name.

The combination is described as a sangria tea, so I was expecting a bit of a bitter taste with some fruity notes like the wine-based drink is. Of course, because the Starbucks beverage is non-alcoholic, I knew the taste would be a little bit off. Ultimately, the drink turned out as a subtle pink color that tasted heavily like apple juice with strawberry puree, more like a thin smoothie than anything else.

I've never gone for drinks that have any of the fruit inclusions and the texture after sitting in the liquid definitely wasn't for me, but I could see how the added texture would be a main selling point for someone who's into that. I'd call this adjusted version of the drink a Tropical Smoothie Tea rather than sangria-inspired so if you're into fruit-forward iced bevs for the summer this one's definitely for you.

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