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    I Sampled 12 New Starbucks "Secret Menu" Spring Drinks, And To Be Brutally Honest, A Few Of Them Should Stay Secret

    Iced, iced, baby.

    It's spring, which means new "secret menu" drinks are yet again front and center at Starbucks — and several of them have been getting a lot of love on social media lately.

    TikTok grid of the hashtag "starbuckssecretmenu"

    So armed with a list of a dozen drinks that TikTok has raved about over the past several months, I headed to my local Starbucks to try them all.

    The author carrying a carousel of Starbucks drinks

    I taste tested the dozen drinks over three different visits with the help of a few friends to get more than just my opinion.

    The dozen Starbucks drinks the author tried in this article

    Here's my ranking of the drinks, from least favorite to top pick, and my thoughts on each of them.

    And a reminder: If you order any of these, be specific with your order! Secret menu drinks are custom drinks that your barista may or may not be familiar with — so be polite, be patient, and tip well. For each drink below, I'm including what to ask for instead of just ordering it by name, as well as a link to a TikTok that breaks down the drink further.

    I'm also including the cost of each drink, before tax. These are all Los Angeles prices, and I ordered almost all of them in a tall size!

    12. The supposedly comforting "Spring Blossom Refresher" that was described on TikTok as being a cherry blossom in a cup. (It was not.)

    Starbucks Spring Blossom Refresher drink

    Since it was supposed to look very different, I judged this drink by its taste only. And it tastes like a glass of milk that had a raspberry lollipop marinating in it overnight.

    Author's reaction to tasting the Starbucks Spring Blossom Refresher drink

    11. This excessively creamy "Peach Pink Drink" that probably needs to at least be in a Venti to have any flavor to it.

    Starbucks Peach Pink Drink

    This drink was all vibes, no taste. The sweet cream foam hogged the show, and peach was barely present.

    Author's friend trying the Starbucks Peach Pink Drink and her reaction

    10. This "Winnie the Pooh Frap" that was all milk and no honey.

    Starbucks Winnie The Pooh Drink

    This custom frap tasted mostly like milk...because it is. There wasn't much sweetness to it, and our drink could've used more caramel.

    Author and friend trying the Starbucks Winnie the Pooh drink

    9. A "Sour Patch Kids" drink that was painfully sweet, and not at all sour.

    Starbucks Sour Patch Kids drink

    This custom lemonade tasted like an overly sweet Jolly Rancher. The sweetness was honestly overwhelming.

    Author's reaction to trying the Starbucks Sour Patch Kids drink

    8. The bland, yet beautiful "Fruit Punch Refresher."

    Starbucks Fruit Punch Refresher drink

    Here's the tea: It tastes like watered down tea. There's not much of a sweet taste to it, so it's great as a casual drink.

    Author and friend trying the Starbucks Fruit Punch Refresher drink

    7. A less sweet, more tart "Sunset Tea" that feels like a homage to homemade iced tea.

    Starbucks Sunset Tea drink

    This secret menu drink tasted like hibiscus tea bags that were steeped in the sun for hours. It leans a little more tart, but we didn't find it sweet at all.

    Author and friend trying the Starbucks Sunset Tea drink

    6. This stunning "Acai Lemonade Refresher" that fell below expectations in terms of having a distinct taste.

    Starbucks Acai Lemonade Refresher drink

    Again, beautiful drink. There was even some surprise slush since the drink was double-blended, which was a nice touch. However, it tasted more watered-down than refreshing.

    Author pouring the Starbucks Acai Lemonade Refresher drink into a glass, followed by author's friend's reaction

    5. This appropriately-named "Fuzzy Peach Refresher" that felt sweet for a reason — a good one.

    Starbucks Fuzzy Peach Refresher Drink

    This drink was sweet, refreshing, and since it's topped off with coconut milk, vegan-friendly. The mango flavor works well with the peach juice, and the vanilla balances it all out.

    Author trying the Starbucks Fuzzy Peach Refresher drink, along with a thumbs up from the author's friend

    4. The creamy sweet "Pink Drink with Vanilla Foam" that came with a generous amount of strawberry slices.

    Starbucks Pink Drink with Vanilla Cold Foam

    It reminded me of the Strawberry Créme Frappuccino, though this secret drink was less heavy and sweet. I liked that.

    Author's reaction to trying the Starbucks Pink Drink with Vanilla Foam drink

    3. This straight-forward "Kiwi Splash" that stole a spot in the top three thanks to its juicy kiwi inclusions.

    Starbucks Kiwi Splash drink

    The kiwi lemonade base was a great balance of sweet and tart. The raspberry add-in helped elevate this drink to its refreshing status. And the kiwi pieces really brought it home.

    Author's reaction to trying the Starbucks Kiwi Splash drink

    2. The aesthetically hypnotizing "Hidden Strawberry Acai" that also packs sweet, fruity, and savory punches of flavor. Yum!

    Starbucks Hidden Strawberry Acai drink

    The drink's rich pink-purple color pulled us in and kept us sipping for more of its potent vanilla and dragon fruit flavors. It brought the best of both worlds.

    Author and friend sipping the Hidden Strawberry Acai drink, followed by reaction

    1. And finally, the Gummy Bear Refresher — our top pick. There's a reason why over a million people like this drink.

    Starbucks Gummy Bear Refresher drink

    This popular drink tastes like a subtle gummy bear, or a less sweet watermelon Jolly Rancher (the best kind). Its berry and peach flavors fuse together for a drink that's light, refreshing, and not overpoweringly sweet — the perfect summer drink.

    Author and friend's reaction to trying the Starbucks Gummy Bear Refresher drink

    And that's all 12 drinks! Overall, they were all on the fruitier side and are a delightful toast to the spring season. Try them out yourself, and make sure to show your barista an example.

    (Left) Author holding an empty Starbucks drink cup (Right) The 12 drinks sampled by the author and friends

    Which secret menu drink are you most curious to try? And if you have any recommendations for "hidden" Starbucks drinks I absolutely need to try, let me know in the comments!