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New likable lavender drinks at Starbucks

On March 7, Starbucks announced their new menu for this season and it has a new flavor that embodies the essence of Spring. Four new drinks came to the menu that included the new lavender flavor. There are an assortment of cold and hot drinks between the four of them. Along with the four menu items, I also ordered a “secret menu” item that I saw on social media. I was very excited to try them all, considering I have not had any drinks before which included the lavender flavoring.

The first drink I was most eager to try was the Iced Lavender Cream Oat Milk Matcha.

Iced Lavender Cream Oat Milk Matcha (Grace Vollmer ’26)

It had the bright signature green color for the actual drink, but at the top there was a pastel purple lavender cream cold foam. For my first reaction, the taste of the drink was very bitter. There was definitely a hint of lavender in the actual drink, but not as much as I would have liked. This was my first ever time trying matcha though, and I was pleasantly surprised. Many say that matcha can taste a lot like “grass,” or even “dirt,” but I believe that the drink didn’t taste like that at all. The cold foam at the top added more of the lavender flavor and sweetness to the drink. Overall, the drink was mediocre compared to the others that I tried which included the lavender flavoring.

The next two I ordered were the Iced Lavender Oat Milk Latte and the Hot Lavender Oat Milk Latte.

Hot Lavender Oat Milk Latte (Grace Vollmer ’26)
Iced Lavender Oat Milk Latte


Considering that the drinks were both the same thing, but one is iced, they don’t differ in taste extremely. The iced latte had a very strong flavor of coffee, and the taste of the oat milk was also very prominent.​​ The lavender flavor was lacking in this drink compared to the other ones. I believe it could have been better if the flavor was more distinguished. On the bottom of the drink, there was a large pooling of syrup that was added to the drink. In the hot latte, there was more of a lavender flavor. The drink overall was still somewhat bland, and had a prominent coffee taste, also.

My two favorite drinks I ordered were the Lavender Crème Frappuccino and the “secret menu” item.

Lavender Creme Frappuccino (Grace Vollmer ’26)

Personally, I am a fan of sugary flavors and refreshing drinks, which these definitely were. The frappuccino had a bright purple color and powerful lavender taste that made it my favorite drink I tried today. The frappuccino also had a vanilla taste, which made it ten times sweeter. The “secret menu” item I tried was called the “Lavender Lemonade.”

Lavender Lemonade (Grace Vollmer ’26)

To order it, ask for a Strawberry Acai Refresher with Lemonade and two scoops of Lavender Powder. The Strawberry Acai Refresher is very refreshing and tastes just like strawberry lemonade, and with the Lavender Powder, it is the perfect combination. The lavender isn’t too overpowering and both flavors coincide very well.

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Grace Vollmer ’26
Grace Vollmer ’26, Copy Editor
Grace Vollmer ’26, a first-year copy editor is ready to enter the Tower after a long summer of lifeguarding. Starting her sophomore year, Vollmer’s excited to join Tower because she loves to write and she is excited for the opportunities the Tower class offers to her. Vollmer is excited to meet with more people of all grades and get to know more students. “I really like it (journalism) because I love to write and I also love talking to people,” Vollmer said. “I think it’s such a fun class because I get to interact with more people that I usually wouldn’t.” Grace loves to keep herself busy, whether it's playing with Harlow her Goldendoodle, or participating in her multi-varsity sports tennis and swimming. Always ready for a challenge on land, pool, and the court.

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