This has been quite the year for Starbucks. First, the coffee mega-giant's CEO Howard Schultz steps down to peruse his own desires of a more boutique coffee experience. Then, for a solid 72 hours in mid-May, adventurous tasters flocked to their local Starbucks for the flash-in-the-pan limited edition "Unicorn Frappuccino," and a month later, Lady Gaga partnered with the chain for their Cups of KIndness initiative, culminating in the Joanne singer stinting as a barista.
And come August, the exciting news for 'Bucks lovers hasn't stopped. We now have the newest character in the blended beverage lineup: the Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino.
On Tuesday (Aug. 9), Starbucks quietly debuted their Latin-inspired Frappuccino, the company's first-ever official almond milk-based drink. Similar to the "Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino" of winter 2016, the newest Frapp is blended with cinnamon dolce syrup, coffee and ice, but the Horchata is instead topped with whipped cream, caramel drizzle and sugar sprinkles. No word yet on whether Starbucks' version includes vanilla like the original Mexican classic, but beware: Just like its fantastical cousin the Unicorn, this Frapp won't be here for long.