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Starbucks Launches A ‘Dragon Drink’ Just In Time For Game of Thrones

While it feels like spring just started, Starbucks has launched its summer menu early, and it conveniently coincides with the final season of Game of Thrones.

While Starbucks doesn’t outright say its new lineup was launched with Game of Thrones in mind, their newest drink is called the “Dragon Drink,” and if that isn’t meant to spark some GoT vibes, I don’t know what is.

The Dragon Drink is a mixture of their Mango Dragronfruit Refresher and coconut milk, with a dried dragonfruit topping.

Along with the Dragon Drink, Starbucks is also launching a new permanent menu item in its crispy grilled cheese sandwich with a three cheese blend sitting between toasted sourdough bread.

They’re also making sure to not forget about their plant-based customers, introducing a Baja Black Bean Veggie Wrap made with a salsa slaw and over a half cup of veggies.

Rounding out their summer menu is the return of some popular Frappuccino flavors. Coming back for a limited time is their S’mores Frap. Their Mocha Cookie Crumble Frap and Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frap have also returned and will be sticking around permanently.

Whoops, just kidding. They do have one more item, as the Frosted Doughnut Cake Pop sneaked into this lineup, as well.


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You don’t have to worry about the Dragon Drink disappearing, as Starbucks said it is going to be on the permanent menu. Even if they tried to make it “limited,” the two main ingredients are always available, meaning you could annoy your barista and ask for it anyway.

The S’mores Frap and Black Bean wrap are only limited time offerings, so if you want to try those, do it now and enjoy them while watching Arya Stark be a badass.


How to Make an Instant-Coca Cola Slushie


Soda traditionally comes in two states: liquid and FML-I-forgot-it-in-the-freezer solid.

But self-proclaimed King of Random Grant Thompson has turned conventional cola wisdom on its ear with a new discovery — the self-freezing soda. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a trick that allows you to turn any bottle of pop into an instant slushie. Not quite liquid, not quite solid, now you can literally have your cola and chew it too.

Calling this a trick may be overstating matters, since I’m pretty sure this has been invented by about a million other people who’ve accidentally left their Cokes or Dr. Peppers in the freezer too long. And instant is a bit of a misnomer, considering you need three-plus hours of freezer time to get Thompson’s promised “light and fluffy delicious carbonated ice.” (Sorry!) But if you have an intrepid spirit, an afternoon to kill, and no 7-Eleven nearby, learning how to slushify your Coke is a worthy experiment — and cheaper than our other fave new soda-consumption gadget.

Did it work for you? Once the brain freeze fades, let us know.

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Panera Offers New ‘Sweet & Tart’ Frozen Cherry Limeade

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I’m currently writing this from Fresno, California, aka the middle of nowhere. It’s more than a 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and every time I step out the sun attempts to burn my face off. I’m suddenly grateful that every food chain on Earth is rolling out with their own line of frozen/chilled/icy summer drinks — even though I swore if I had to write “summer ready” one more time, I’d kick a puppy.

That being said, Panera is offering a new Frozen Cherry Limeade made with purees of dark sweet cherries, tart red cherries, strawberries, apple and lime juice. The drink carries a sweet and tart flavor, the two things your mouth is probably craving when dying of thirst (well, that or water).

Along with the Frozen Cherry Limeade, Panera is also bringing back the Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad. The seasonal dish packs Mandarin oranges, pecans, strawberries, blueberries, chicken, romaine lettuce and fat-free poppyseed dressing. The brand also debuted its new Chilled Shrimp & Soba Noodle Salad, made with soba noodles tossed in peanut sauce and a Napa cabbage blend, with a side of baby spinach topped with cooked shrimp.

All very summer ready appropriate.


Here’s How to Make a Summer-Ready Knob Creek Mint Julep


The last time we used doused a drink in bourbon we concocted the Bourbon Raspberry Float. Now that summer is here and we can feel the heat creeping every time we step out, this Storyville Juelp is the perfect refresher. We used Knob Creek for the bourbon, the vanilla notes compliment the punch of mint and it’s the kind of drink we can easily see ourselves sipping in the hot California sun.

Knob Creek  Storyville Julep

Courtesy of Bobby “G” Gleason, Beam Master Mixologist


    • 1½ parts Knob Creek® Bourbon
    • ½ part Thin Honey Syrup (3 parts honey, 2 parts water)
    • 1½ parts Fresh Pressed Pineapple Juice
    • 6 Fresh Mint Leaves
    • Club Soda

Here’s How to Make It

1. Muddle pineapple, honey syrup and mint in an Old Fashioned Glass
2. Fill with ice, add Knob Creek® Bourbon and stir top with club soda.
3. Garnish with a pineapple clip and mint top.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Offers New Berry Blast, Raspberry Lime and Orange Coolatta


Dunkin’ Donuts, rarely one to miss an opportunity, launched three new Coolatta flavors in preparation for the summer heat. The new frozen items include Berry Blast, Rasperry Lime and Orange. The new Berry Blast Coolatta features a pomegranate and blueberry “taste,” while the Raspberry Lime Coolatta carries a hint of raspberry followed by a sweet lime flavor. These two items are available for a limited time only.

The Minute Maid Orange Coolatta will be a permanent fixture to the lineup — think frozen orange juice blended and packed with more sugar. As a promotion for the new drinks, any small Coolatta can be purchased for $1.99 during the month of May. This includes their Frozen Coffee flavors (Mocha Coffee, Frozen Caramel, etc.) as well.