Starbucks Spicy Lemonade Refreshers shake up the chili with the chill

Starbucks Spicy Lemonade Refreshers
Starbucks Spicy Lemonade Refreshers / Starbucks

While Starbucks beverages often bring the sweet, the iconic food brand is ready to take on the swicy trend. With the new Starbucks Spicy Lemonade Refreshers, the sweet heat proves quite refreshing for the warmer days ahead.

The blend of sweet heat has taken over the food conversation. From hot honey drizzles on pizza to sauces on chicken, the flavor trend is everywhere. Now, the Starbucks has found a way to shake up the idea in their beverages.

Starting on April 16, three Spicy Lemonade Refreshers arrive on the menu. The beverages use a Spicy Chili Powder Blend to bring the flavor heat. That choice is interesting since it is a broad statement on the spice. Although some other beverage brands have leaned into their regional spices, like Tajin, Starbucks is staying with a more general chili. In a way, it could be more approachable to a wider audience.

What are the new Starbucks Spicy Lemonade Refreshers flavors?

According to Starbucks, the new Spicy Lemonade Refreshers are Spicy Dragonfruit, Spicy Pineapple, and Spicy Strawberry. Looking the three offerings, they are similar to beverages that are on the menu. Whether people pick their preferred fruit or rather try something new, remains to be seen.

Looking at the three Refreshers, the Spicy Dragonfruit will be the boldest flavor. Since this beverage includes mango with the dragonfruit, it will work well with the spicy notes. Similar to a mangonada, the tropical flavors blend well with chili.

The Spicy Strawberry might be the most approachable and will capture the swicy best. The strawberry and acai are sweet which will temper the chili. It will be a slight burn, but one that is still enjoyable.

Starbucks Spicy Refreshers beverage
Starbucks Spicy Refreshers hit menus / Starbucks

Lastly, the Spicy Pineapple will be the middle of the road option. Pineapple and passionfruit with the chili will be a little tingle on the tongue but not overpowering.

Overall, it will be interesting to see how the chili note appears in these beverages. Whether it is a lingering heat or an upfront kick, people will have to try all of them to see which is their favorite.

More importantly, it is another "pour" in the lemonade conversation. Lemonade is taking over restaurants menus as the must have beverage. Starbucks is adding its unique take. It will be interesting to see how others respond.

The new Starbucks Spicy Lemonade Refreshers will be available starting on April 16. Check stores for availability. The flavors will be available for a limited time.