My immediate reaction upon hearing about the announcement of a new Starbucks drink is pretty much always, “OOOO WHAT’S IN IT?” If you, too,harbor an insatiable need to dissect the ingredients list of your favorite coffee concoctions, good news: I can now tell you exactly what’s in the Starbucks Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino. And even better news is the fact that this one sounds like everything I have ever dreamed of. Cinnamon? Check. Creamy deliciousness? Check. Looks like I know what I’m doing on my lunch break today.
The Starbucks Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino arrives at participating Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada on Aug. 8 (which, incidentally, is today. Hoorah!). The perfect end-of-summer treat, it accomplishes the difficult-to-handle feat of straddling the gap between summer and fall; indeed, as the drink’s fact sheet puts it, “The creamy and cool texture — ideal for warm August days — is complemented by sweet caramel and warm spice flavors of cinnamon which hint that fall is near.” Yes, please.
But how much like actual horchata is it? It’s similar, but not quite the same. Although horchata can be made a variety of different ways (what it’s like depends on whether you’re in Spain or Latin America — and if you’re in Latin America, it further depends on which specific country you’rein), Starbucks’ riff on the drink is probably closest to the version you’ll find in Mexico: There, it’s rice-based and served with vanilla and cinnamon. It’s best enjoyed chilled, ideally poured over ice.
Again, though, Sbux’s version is yet another variation on the theme. Here’s what you can expect to find in the Starbucks Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino: