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We Tasted Starbucks' New Pink Ombre Drink And It's Basically The Drink Of The Summer

Is this a good ombré or a bad ombré?

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You might have seen a new pink Starbucks drink popping up on your Instagram feeds in the last week or so and been wondering what in tarnation was up.

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And this week, the Ombré Pink Drink OFFICIALLY hit Starbucks menus.

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The drink is made with the chain's Cool Lime Refresher (with coconut milk swapped in for the base) topped with the Iced Passion Tango Tea and a lime slice, because they're classy like that. Hot on the heels of the Unicorn Frappuccino, it seems the brand is going for drinks with an aesthetic: A Starbucks publicity rep described the drink as "as delicious as it is gorgeous" to us.

But is the Ombré Pink Drink as delicious as it is good-looking? We knew there was only one way to find out: Make the journey to the closest Starbucks and order one for ourselves.

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Even though we were told the drink was ~officially~ on the menu, there was no signage advertising the drink at either of the locations we visited in New York and Los Angeles — but baristas were happy to make it for us.

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Here's what it looked like right after the barista set it down.

Can you feel the Instagram power?
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Can you feel the Instagram power?

Here's what Kevin thought about the Ombré Pink Drink:

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Kevin Smith / BuzzFeed

Kevin's Review: I love Starbucks iced tea, but I wasn’t exactly sold on the idea of coconut milk at first. But after one sip I was immediately on board and realized that this is the perfect summer drink. I said to myself, Damn, this tastes good! The flavor combinations are nearly perfect. The tea is unsweetened, but the coconut milk sweetens it up and brings everything together, and cuts the lime’s sourness. When I took my first sip, it was sweet, but as I mixed things together it got super refreshing and the sweetness pretty much disappeared, which I liked. I would order this drink again and I would order it all summer.

Kevin's Rating: 10/10

And here's what Sam thought about it:

Sam's Review: Usually I like my Starbucks drinks black, like my soul. Like, I literally want to feel the caffeine pulsing through my veins — to me, "pretty" Starbucks drinks are for sissies. But there was something compelling about the Ombré Pink Drink, probably because I'm a slut for a good picture and this drink has "Instagram" written all over it. If pink were a flavor, it would definitely taste like this. Honestly, the thing I was most excited about was it wasn't cloyingly sweet — I could take a few sips without feeling like my teeth were going to rot off. Here's the deal: Was it something I would regularly order? No. Was it delicious? Yes. Would it taste better if it was spiked with tequila? HELL YES.Sam's rating: 6/10 (8/10 if we can get some Patrón in this bad boy)
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Sam's Review: Usually I like my Starbucks drinks black, like my soul. Like, I literally want to feel the caffeine pulsing through my veins — to me, "pretty" Starbucks drinks are for sissies. But there was something compelling about the Ombré Pink Drink, probably because I'm a slut for a good picture and this drink has "Instagram" written all over it. If pink were a flavor, it would definitely taste like this. Honestly, the thing I was most excited about was it wasn't cloyingly sweet — I could take a few sips without feeling like my teeth were going to rot off. Here's the deal: Was it something I would regularly order? No. Was it delicious? Yes. Would it taste better if it was spiked with tequila? HELL YES.

Sam's rating: 6/10 (8/10 if we can get some Patrón in this bad boy)

TL;DR: The Ombré Pink Drink isn't just for cute Instagrams, it actually tastes pretty decent!

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