If you love Starbucks’ Teavana tea the coffee giant’s latest offering is bound to leave you stirred up — in a good way. Starbucks’ new Teavana Shaken Iced Tea Infusions combine the same flavorful tea experience you’ve come to crave from their previous iced teas, with the fresh edge of real fruit. Thanks to the new Infusions, instead of giving you fruit-flavored teas, they’re now offering up tea drinks that have been steeped in actual fresh fruit. It’s part of a push to reinvent their flavored ice tea platform, which seems to have lost some of its appeal in recent years. But this summer, Starbucks' teas are front and center, and it begs the question: what are Starbucks’ new Teavana Infusions?
Starbucks has technically added three new drinks to its permanent menu as part of the release: Teavana Shaken Iced Pineapple Black Tea, a juicy Teavana Shaken Iced Strawberry Green Tea Infusion, and a refreshing Teavana Shaken Iced Peach Citrus Tea Infusion. The flavors are a mouthful, but if their jam-packed titles are any indication, patrons are in for a hefty dose of fresh fruit in their drinks. According to Starbucks, each one is handcrafted using a bold new flavoring method: freshly steeped fruits and botanicals, combined with the Starbucks’ premium Teavana iced tea. After being mixed, each tea drink can be sweetened with just a touch of liquid cane sugar if the customer desires, and the result is sweet and fruity, but not too overpowering.
The reason I say "technically," however, is because these drinks are also way customizable — meaning, you can basically create your own infused tea combo if you want to. If none the suggested pairings sound like what you’re looking for, you can mix and mingle your flavors until you find the perfect combo: Maybe that looks like Pineapple and Strawberry infused with White Tea, or Strawberry and Peach infused with Green tea. You can also have your tea made with lemonade for a game-changing Arnold Palmer infusion. With so many teas and fruits to choose from, any combo is fair game, and the options are bound to last you through the summer.
The drinks are available now as part of Starbuck’s new permanent menu, meaning they’ll be around for quite a while. And to celebrate its new additions, Strarbucks has dubbed Jul. 14 as Free Tea Friday. Customers who stop by any Starbucks locations to try the new Teavana Shaken Iced Tea infusions between 1 and 2 p.m. local time will receive free 12 oz. Teavana Shaken Iced Tea infusion in any of the three standard Starbucks flavors. Careful though — the special only runs while supplies last, so you’ll want to get there early.