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Starbucks Adds A Stunning Watermelon Tea We Need To Try NOW

With all the wacky Starbucks concoctions hitting the US, we can’t help but feel overwhelmed deciding what to order on our next trip to the coffee shop.

On the other side of the world, Starbucks Japan just released an elegant new summer drink. Unlike the recent mythical creature-themed Frappuccino’s we’ve been saturated with, this tea has the advantage of simplicity on its side.

The new Shaken Watermelon and Passion Tea combines watermelon juice with Starbucks’ Teavana Passion Tea. The result is a combination of watermelon, papaya, mango, lemongrass, and hibiscus flower flavors over a mound of ice. Starbucks’ new drink is served with a slice of freeze-dried lime.

That’s it. There are no cupcakes or a mountain of multicolored whipped cream. Simple and refreshing.

Patrons in Japan can find the new drink at participating Starbucks locations now through the end of August. I wonder if there’s a way to recreate this drink here in the US?

Photos: Starbucks Japan

By Peter Pham

Pete's favorite foods include pizza, tacos and pretty much any kind of breakfast. He'll usually snap a photo or two while his food cools down.