I was adamant about swapping out my coffee for tea this morning... but then Starbucks announced a new and very limited edition drink, so that all went right out the window. The name intrigued me, so I did a bit more homework on what's in a Starbucks Cherry Blossom Frappuccino — because we're all dying to know, right? The coffee giant released the drink to celebrate the arrival of spring, as pink cherry blossoms are an invigorating symbol known by many as the mark of the changing of the seasons. It's also happening in conjunction with a drink now available in Japan: The Sakura Blossom & Strawberry Frappuccino. (The cherry blossom, or sakura, symbolizes renewal and simplicity in Japan). This tea I'm drinking is looking more and more boring by the second.
There's a catch, though: The Cherry Blossom Frappuccino is only available for a brief amount of time. You can nab one starting today, March 15, but it'll say "bye-bye" on Sunday, March 20, the actual first day of spring. So don't delay — head out and grab yours ASAP, and celebrate the coming of spring and new beginnings with this deliciously fruity beverage.
1. Matcha. Matcha... Everywhere
Matcha plays a prominent role in this drink: There's a matcha drizzle in blended in, with a sprinkling of matcha on top. The name literally means "powdered tea": Matcha is made of actual green tea leaves that have been powdered. This means that its nutrients are incredibly potent. Matcha contains antioxidants that have been found to protect against heart disease and cancer, help reduce blood pressure, slow the aging process, and boost your metabolism.
Matcha is all the rage right now; no doubt you're seeing it not only in powdered form, but also prepared in smoothies and ice cream. In fact, people are finding all sorts of creative ways to cook with matcha.
2. Strawberries And Cream
This one needs no introduction. Strawberries and cream is a flavor used widely throughout milkshakes, pop, and candy; of course Starbucks is going to use it in its latest epically delicious beverage creation. This is blended into the drink to give it a springy, sweet little kick. In addition to its coffee-based Frappuccinos, Starbucks also offers Vanilla Bean and Strawberries & Creme-based drinks.
3. White Chocolate Sauce
Banish all thoughts of this as the inferior chocolate! Starbucks knows how to do white chocolate. Have you ever had their White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee? Add this special ingredient into the mix and the Cherry Blossom Frappuccino is all kinds of YES.
4. Whipped Cream