Starbucks is back with a summer favorite, the Peach Green Tea Lemonade, and a newcomer, the Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade.
Both of these drinks are only available for a limited time.
Are they worth trying?
I’ll answer that in a detailed review to follow.
According to Starbucks’s website, the Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade consists of a layered blend of green tea, sweet peach, ginger, and a splash of lemonade; and the Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade has a layered blend of green tea, juicy blackberry, mint, and a splash of lemonade.
Both drinks are refreshing and good on a hot summer day. However, the Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade was a bit disappointing. They added syrup for a sweet peach taste, however, I could barely taste the peach. It was a bit too sweet and the sweetness did not even blend well with the tea’s bitterness. Unlike what it claimed to be, it tasted more like a watery iced green tea with sweetener while the sweet peach and lemonade flavors were missing. I don’t think I’d try this drink again. (6 out of 10)
The Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade was much better. It was refreshing and had a good amount of sweetness, with hints of blackberry and mint, as well as bitterness from the green tea. Unlike the Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade, all the flavors in this drink blended very well and complimented each other. This drink reminded me of the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher that Starbucks has. Both are similar in color. For taste, this drink is less sweet and more bitter than the Very Berry Hibiscus. (9 out of 10)
Good taste is important, but if it’s healthy, it’s a HUGE plus. So let’s look at the nutrition.
Here are the nutrition facts of the two drinks from Starbucks’s website:
(^ Peach Tea Green Tea Lemonade) (^ Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade)
For a grande (16oz = 473ml), both drinks contain 40 – 45 mg of caffeine. As a comparison, Starbucks’s Clover brewed coffees at the same size contains 330 mg of Caffeine and the Starbucks’s Decaf Pike Place Roast contains about 25 mg of caffeine. The new iced tea drinks contain just slightly more caffeine than decaf coffee, so if you are a decaf person, you won’t have to worry too much about drinking this.
Another thing to consider is the amount of sugar in each drink. Both drinks contain 32g of sugar. Considering that the recommended sugar intake amount per day by the American Heart Association (AHA) is 20g for adult women and 36g for adult men, 32g per grande drink is quite a lot.
Overall, I enjoyed drinking these two new drinks from Starbucks. While the Peach Green Tea Lemonade was a bit disappointing, I’ll definitely enjoy the Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade again this summer.
Let me know in the comments if you tried any of these new drinks, and what you thought about them! If you know of any other great drinks for hot summer days, please recommend them to me below =)