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Starbucks’ new lavender cold foam is the addition your Pink Drink never knew it needed

Spring forward with Starbucks’ lavender cold foam! It's a must-try with your favorite iced beverages, including the classic Pink Drink.

Starbucks has done it again — it’s introduced an exciting addition to its spring menu: the lavender cold foam. This delightful topping is the perfect way to elevate your favorite Starbucks drinks, from refreshers to frappuccinos.

On March 8, a day after its debut, I walked into a Starbucks in Santa Barbara, ready to order my usual trenta-sized Pink Drink. The jolly barista asked me, “Would you like to try our new lavender cold foam on top?” I was hesitant when asked on the spot, but I went for it anyway.

And let me tell you… I have no regrets. “Lavender Haze” was love at first sip!

What is Starbucks’ lavender cold foam?

Available in Starbucks locations across the US and Canada, the new lavender cold foam is a creamy, frothy topping made with non-fat milk, heavy cream, and a special lavender syrup. The mixture is blended with a frother until smooth and gently poured over your favorite iced beverage.

What sets this cold foam apart is the unique lavender syrup used in its creation. Starbucks makes this syrup using real lavender extract, giving the foam a delicate floral flavor without being overpowering.

Tried-and-tested: A unique spin on the Pink Drink

As soon as this new spring cold foam hit Starbucks menus, I knew I had to try it. I just didn’t know how — because on social media the coffee chain kept advertising it with the matcha latte, which I’m not a fan of. So, I was stoked when the barista gave me the idea of trying it on top of my Pink Drink.

For those who may not be familiar (how dare you?!), the Pink Drink is a refreshing blend of Starbucks’ Strawberry Açai Refreshers Beverage, coconut milk, and freeze-dried strawberries. It’s a fruity, creamy cold drink perfect for summer… but if you’re like me, all year round.

I had a hunch that the lavender cold foam would complement the Pink Drink beautifully, and I wasn’t wrong. In fact, it was better than I expected.

Source: Sharon Wu

Tasting notes with the Pink Drink

I knew I was in for a treat when the barista handed over my order. The light purple foam sat on top of the Pink Drink like a pillowy cloud, creating a satisfying ombre effect that was almost too pretty to drink. Almost.

As I took my first sip, I was surprised by how well the lavender flavor married the fruity notes of the Pink Drink. The cold foam itself has a subtle floral taste with a hint of sweetness. It’s not overpowering — rather, it adds a lovely depth to the drink’s flavor.

The real magic happens as you continue to sip and the foam begins to mix with the Pink Drink. The drink gets a creamier, more luxurious texture reminiscent of a lavender-infused milkshake. The flavors blend a harmonious balance of fruit, floral, and cream.

In terms of mouthfeel, the lavender cold foam adds a velvety smoothness to the Pink Drink. And while the lavender is definitely there, it never overwhelms the palate. I give the taste and color a solid 10/10.

How to order lavender cold foam with your Starbucks drink

If your barista hasn’t suggested you try the new and amazing lavender cold foam like mine did, ordering it is simple. Ask them to add the foam on top of your favorite iced beverage. While I highly recommend trying it on the Pink Drink, I’ve heard it also pairs nicely with iced chai tea lattes and even cold brew coffee

Alternatively, you can order the Lavender Crème Frappuccino which blends the signature lavender flavor with sweet vanilla. My boyfriend got this and I took a sip — yummy but not better than the Pink Drink combo (in my opinion).

Lavender Haze and Lavender Creme Frappuccino at Starbucks

Source: Sharon Wu

How much does Starbucks’ lavender cold foam cost?

Adding the lavender cold foam to my drink set me back $1.45. This made my usual trenta-sized Pink Drink, normally $5.95, come out to $7.40. It’s pricey, but I found the flavor experience well worth the splurge. I won’t make it part of my daily routine, but more like an occasional treat.

Is the Starbucks lavender cold foam vegan?

At the time of writing (March 2024), Starbucks doesn’t offer lavender cold foam without real milk. The baristas use non-fat milk and heavy cream to achieve the perfect consistency for the foam. Unfortunately, this means the lavender cold foam isn’t suitable for vegans.

Can I make Starbucks’ lavender cold foam at home?

If you want to save some cash, you can make a DIY lavender cold foam at home. While recreating the exact recipe might be tricky without insider Starbucks knowledge, you can still capture the essence of it with a few simple ingredients.

How to make DIY lavender syrup

To start, you’ll need to make a lavender syrup. This is the key to infusing your cold foam with that distinctive floral flavor.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 oz dried lavender flower buds


Note: Stick with dried lavender flower buds for this recipe (not handpicked). Cutting stems from a lavender plant requires you to dry them in a dark place for 10-14 days before you can remove the buds. If you can’t find them at your local grocer, Amazon sells bags in various sizes, generally for under $15.

Instructions:

  1. Combine the water, sugar, and lavender flower buds in a saucepan over medium heat
  2. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture starts simmering
  3. Remove from heat and let steep for about 30 minutes
  4. Strain out the lavender flowers and transfer the syrup to a clean glass jar
  5. Keep the syrup in the refrigerator (good for up to 2 weeks)


How to make DIY lavender cold foam

Now that you have your lavender syrup, it’s time to make the cold foam! Starbucks uses a special powder to create that stunning purple hue, but you can still achieve a tasty foam without it.

You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp non-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp homemade lavender syrup (to taste)
  • 1-2 drops of purple food coloring (optional)


Instructions:

  1. Pour the non-fat milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and lavender syrup into a jar or small bowl
  2. If using food coloring, add that to the mixture
  3. Use a handheld milk frother to beat the mixture until it thickens and becomes foamy (this may take a few minutes)
  4. Spoon the lavender cold foam over your favorite iced drink and enjoy


Remember, this won’t be a replica of Starbucks’ lavender cold foam. But it’ll still satisfy that craving and give you a taste of the trending spring flavor. Plus, you can adjust the amount of lavender syrup to suit your preferences. Get creative and try it on different beverages!

The final verdict: Yay or nay?

After indulging in the lavender cold foam with my go-to Starbucks drink, I can say it’s a winner. The delicate floral notes and creamy texture make the Pink Drink even more enjoyable than I thought possible. It’s a refreshing and sophisticated choice — perfect to ring in the new season.

Of course, taste is subjective. Not everyone will love the lavender cold foam as much as I do. But that’s the beauty of Starbucks’ seasonal menus — there’s always something new to discover.

If you love floral flavors and creamy textures, I say give the “Lavender Haze” a try next time you visit a Starbucks. Who knows? You may meet your new favorite drink combo.

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