Watermelon is synonymous with summer. This light, invigorating fruit conjures up images of long, lazy beach days with friends, and endless backyard barbecues. If you want to capture the excitement of summer, this Starbucks watermelon drink will definitely give you all the feels, but getting it won't be easy because it's only available in Japan. This beautiful beverage is part of Starbucks TEAVANA collection, which means "heaven of teas." And, the Starbucks Shaken Watermelon and Passion Tea drink definitely sounds heavenly.
Starbucks Japan is calling it the perfect drink for summer, and will make is available in its Japanese stores beginning June 28. "The base passion tea is a vibrant red, caffeine-free herb tea with blended hibiscus flowers, papaya, mango, lemon grass, and other [flavors]," Starbucks Japan noted in a press release. Crushed ice and watermelon gives it a cool, sweet finish. If you could put summer in a bottle, it would taste like this drink.
Most people love watermelon, and it's actually really good for you, too. According to WebMD, watermelon is loaded with nutrients, including vitamins A and C, and potassium. And, because watermelon is 92 percent water, it's an easy way to stay hydrated. Having major FOMO right now? You're not the only one. Tokyo Treat even teased us on Twitter.
Shaken Watermelon & Passion Tea crafted by Teavana and Starbucks Japan with caffeine-free herb tea. 🍉 Wish you had it there? pic.twitter.com/81JWEC8KOU— Tokyo Treat (@TokyoTreat) June 23, 2017
This super fruit is also a great source of lycopene and antioxidants, which some studies suggest can prevent cardiovascular disease, and fight cancer. It also an all-natural way to achieve a healthy glow.
"Thanks to the fruit’s vitamin A and C, watermelon can help keep your hair and skin healthy," Registered Dietician Katherine Brooking noted on the WebMD blog. "Vitamin A helps protect skin from UV-ray damage, while vitamin C is necessary to produce collagen, the foundation of your hair and skin. Vitamin C’s collagen-producing powers may help prevent against wrinkles and sun-related aging of your skin."
I actually just scooped some watermelon last night, and put it in the freezer so I can enjoy some homemade sweet treats during the forthcoming 90-degree days. Watermelon is also a great party fruit, and you can easily turn it into an Instagram-worthy keg.
I'm not sure if telling you all of these wonderful things about watermelon is making you feel better or worse about not being able to get your hands on the Starbucks Shaken Watermelon and Passion Tea. Let's appeal to Starbucks to bring this pretty, pink thirst quencher to the U.S. It's going to be a long, hot summer, and this definitely looks like a delicious way to stay cool.