Leave it to dedicated Starbucks-lovers to continue to add creations to the not-so-secret secret menu. After the picturesque #PinkDrink took over Instagram, it didn't take long for the hashtag #PurpleDrink to appear with countless photos of people's blackberry-filled drinks, so we knew we had to try one immediately.
So, what is the Purple Drink anyway? Here's how to order it:
- Passion fruit iced tea (no water)
- Soy milk
- Vanilla syrup
- Freeze-dried blackberries
Your barista might not have heard of the drink, so be sure to list out the full recipe instead of ordering a "Tall Purple Drink." My barista said the drink usually comes with raspberry syrup, so make sure to get vanilla instead (the raspberry will turn it pink!). I'd argue that the main appeal comes from the unique color, and while it won't become my go-to Starbucks order, I'm glad I tried it once. The texture is a bit chalky, and the combination of blackberries and soy milk results a flavor that's similar to a protein shake (but hey, some people are into that). In comparison, the Starbucks Pink Drink is a strawberry acai refresher, coconut milk, and freeze-dried strawberries — a combination that truly tastes like a pink Starburst.
We held a pink versus purple taste-off in our office, and while some people enjoyed the Purple Drink (it's considerably less sweet), it's clear that pink is the winner. If you're into fruity iced drinks — keep in mind these have no coffee — you should definitely add your pick to your list of Starbucks drinks to order this Summer. If anything, do it for the Instagram, right?