This Summer Treat Is So Wallet-Friendly

When I worked in a coffee house, I learned two things: a Starbucks macchiato is different beast than a traditional macchiato, and coconut milk is the next "it" thing when it comes to non-dairy milk products. So obviously, my first question upon hearing that the mighty 'Bux had a new summer drink on the menu was, how much does a Starbucks Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato cost? I mean, coconut milk somehow always seems more glamorous to me than soy milk. Just saying.

The latest of Starbucks' ~fancy summer bevs~, the Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato blends coconut milk (Sumatran coconut milk, if we're being really fancy) with white chocolate mocha sauce — I know, already amazing. They could have stopped there, to be honest, and I would have been more than satisfied. But instead, they added a shot of espresso and a li'l touch of caramel sauce and mocha sauce, and served the whole truly delicious sounding concoction over ice.

So what will this fantastic-sounding creation set you back? For a Grande (read: medium), you can expect to pay between $4.95 and $5.25, because summer glamour comes cheap, but it does not come free. That's a life lesson we all should learn. And maybe get tattooed on our forearms or something. Like, I'm not telling you what to do; I just think it's really good advice.

Though you officially can't try the Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato until July 12 (unless you're a Starbucks Rewards Member, in which case you get to test run it on July 11, aka today), this drink is not a fleeting treat, already a memory by the time you realize its magic. No, my sweet, fancy summer people, this is a drink that will last — well, until the end of the summer. But that's better than just a week or two, right?

So if you need a little pick me up — and who doesn't right now? — then maybe check out this sweet, refreshing, warm weather drinky drink. Imagine you're on a beach somewhere drinking that coconut milk out of an actual coconut, rather than from a plastic cup on a sidewalk in a city with 100 percent humidity and a pervading smell of the worst parts of summer (hi, Chicago!). Because you deserve a little vacation, even if it's just a few minutes long and exists mainly in your brain. Go somewhere tropical. And bring your coconut milk with you.

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