Regardless of your feelings on Starbucks, you have to admit: they know how to keep people buzzing about their innovations. From crazy Unicorn Frappucinos to their now-famous pink drinks, the brand has gone well beyond drip coffee, keeping fans happy and skeptics grumbling. All press is good press, right?
Their newest inventive drink might be the strangest yet: a cold brew coffee take on a gin and tonic. Yep, one the most popular bar orders is getting a coffee makeover. Starbucks takes coffee beans and stores them in a barrel used for bourbon aging and then gin aging, which lends them an alcohol flavor.
Starbucks’s manager of product development, Jennifer Galbraith, explained the process. “The beans absorb the botanical essence of the gin, bringing out its bright citrus notes with a sweet caramel finish. The resulting cup is rich, nuanced and unlike anything we’ve tasted before.”
The drink is nonalcoholic, but it is still served up like a cocktail, complete with lime bitters, tonic, and a lime. Don’t worry about your kids getting a taste for alcohol, though: this new drink is only available at Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle.