Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino, which debuted for a limited time from April 19-23, caused quite a buzz on the internet, as customers tried the tart, colorful drink with mixed reactions.
While many people reveled at the unique color- and taste-changing capabilities, others said the drink was sour, and some baristas said the drink was a pain to make.
In the midst of the Unicorn Frappuccino craze, some Starbucks locations ran out of the ingredients needed to make the drink. As a result, the “Dragon Frappuccino” was born.
“I apologized profusely to my barista before ordering the … (Unicorn Frappuccino),” one Instagram user in California wrote. “Thankfully they were out of the ingredients and offered me something not only cooler and better tasting but easier to make.”
There’s no exact recipe for the drink, which was not an official Starbucks offering, but some have described it as a Green Tea Frappuccino with flair. One Instagram user guessed it was “a green tea frap with vanilla bean powder and some berry … swirl.”
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“No weird sour taste like the Unicorn Frappe had,” one person told “TODAY.”
While the coffee chain offers the Green Tea Frappuccino year-round, the berry swirl was likely an ingredient leftover from the Unicorn Frappe promo period.
Another drink inspired by the Unicorn Frappe? The “Unicorn Lemonade.”
A Reddit user who claimed to be a Starbucks barista first posted photos of the drink on the social media platform during the Unicorn Frappe promotion.
“It’s just a layered raspberry lemonade. On the left, the first half is with the blue powder and the top with the pink. The one of the right is just a lemonade with the blue powder on the bottom and then passion tea on top. If you put extra ice in the cup you’re able to layer it,” the Reddit user wrote. “It’s actually really yummy.”
The post was later deleted after other commenters, many of which claimed to be baristas, urged the post be taken down.
According to a Starbucks spokesperson, baristas can customize your drink over 170,000 ways.
But don’t go into a Starbucks expecting a barista to know the ingredients of all custom drinks.
“If customers want to order a beverage that is not listed on our menu boards, we recommend they know the recipe so that their barista can handcraft the beverage perfectly for them,” a Starbucks spokesperson told Bustle.
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And here is my spin on the unicorn frapp. So this is a venti lemonade mixed with 7 shakes of the blue powder and raspberry syrup (6 pumps). Then once in the cup, sprinkle the pink powder on top and gently stir to make the color descend. It's a bit sour (tastes like a liquid sour patch kid) but it's not bad. LOVES IT!!! #unicornlemonade 🦄🍋🦄🍋🦄🍋 #Starbucks
There Is A Unicorn Lemonade Starbucks Baristas Don't Want You To Know About. #FACTS APRIL 22, 2017. Starbucks baristas already despise the new Unicorn Frappuccino, so adding any variation of it only makes things worse. A well-intentioned barista used the colorful ingredients from the Unicorn Frap, to make a couple of two-toned lemonade drinks that actually look pretty cool. Hoping to get some love from fellow baristas on Reddit, the photo was posted, but was immediately met with cries of "DO NOT LET THIS HIT SOCIAL MEDIA." If the ingredients are available, Starbucks baristas can make anything your crazy little heart desires, so if these drinks were to get publicized, there's a good chance customers will ask for it. We saw it with the Pink Drink, The Purple Drink, and the Orange Drink. If something looks cool and Instagrammable, it will be ordered by the masses. The drink to the left was described as having the Unicorn Frap's blue powder on the bottom layer, and the top with the pink. The one on the right is lemonade with the blue powder on the bottom and passion tea on top. The posting barista then instructed that, "If you put extra ice in the cup you're able to layer it :)" Now everyone hates him. The Unicorn Frappuccino is only available through the weekend, then the ingredients disappear, so even if these drinks actually did catch on, it would all end in a matter of days. Have a nice weekend, Starbucks. FOODNINFO.COM #FOODNINFO #UNICORNLEMONADE #UNICORNFRAPPUCCINO #STARBUCKS #COFFEE #FOODANDWINE #FOODNEWS #FOODFACTS #TRUECOOKS #SFEATS #EATER #DISCOVERY #FOODNETWORK #FOODINDUSTRY #ESSENCEEATS #TIMEMAGAZINE #SFFOODIE #SAFOODIE #BONAPPETIT #CHEFSOFINSTAGRAM #BUZZFEEDFOOD #TOPFOODNEWS #BUZZFEED