Listen up, Shamrock Shake fans! Starbucks is giving McDonald's a run for its money by releasing a gorgeous green drink for spring. It's not mint, though—it's matcha.
No one ever said St. Paddy's day was synonymous with mint. In fact, wearing green on the day originated more in America than Ireland. No hate on Shamrock Shakes (or green-tinted beer), but it's time for a healthier holiday drink option.
That's where the Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink comes in. Brewed with matcha green tea and shaken with pineapple, ginger, and coconut milk, this pretty iced drink is about to be all over Instagram.
This beverage comes with Starbucks' initiative to release more vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free options for coffee fiends of all dietary restrictions. Along with the Iced Pineapple Matcha, Starbucks is also updating the menu with the Iced Golden Ginger Drink—a turmeric, pineapple, and coconut milk combo—and the Nitro Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam (just 40 calories!). The company also introduced hot dairy-free drinks in early January, using almond, coconut, and oat milk to improve whatever coffee concoction your heart desires, be it lattes, flat whites, or macchiatos.
Another celebration-worthy part of the Starbucks announcement: Ready-to-drink cans of Nitro Cold Brew are hitting stores nationwide, so you can stock up on your fave coffee without having to stop at Starbucks every morning. Vanilla Sweet Cream and Dark Caramel sound divine, but there's also a plain black flavor for those of you who like your coffee as dark and unsweetened as possible.
One of the company's reasons for moving toward a plant-based menu is their recent announcement that they're aiming for a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions and waste by 2030. A healthier menu doesn't just mean better-for-you options like the Iced Pineapple Matcha; it also means healthier choices for our planet, and that's something we can all get behind.
Starting March 3, 2020, get in the St. Patrick's Day spirit with a fresh, springy, and healthy drink that you can actually feel good about. Cheers!