We Tasted the Starbucks Rainbow So You Don’t Have To ft. TheThriveness

Hi friends!

   Anyone who knows me knows that I am pretty much a Starbucks junkie. While I normally go for overly-sweet java or PSL (yeah I’m that basic girl, don’t hate on it), awhile back I discovered the “Pink Drink.” I basically fell in love. Since it’s emergence, people have been concocting their own colored drinks. My best friend and fellow blogger Emily decided to test them out and see if they’re worth the sweet, like-worthy Instagram. Keep reading to find out my thoughts on them, and head on over to TheThriveness to see how Emily felt about them.

starbucks rainbow

Pretty in Pink Drink

Pink Starbucks Drink

How to Order: Ask for a Strawberry Açai Refresher with coconut milk, instead of water.

Thoughts: Let’s start with the original, shall we? This drink is one of my Starbucks faves, rainbow drinks or not. It’s light and fruity, sweet without being sickly. It’s refreshing, perfect for summertime (or like, anytime, really). It tastes vaguely like strawberry milk, just not so heavy. Pro tip: order this for your next hangover remedy- you’re welcome in advance.


Mighty Green Mint Drink

Green Starbucks Drink.jpg

How to Order: Ask for an iced black tea with no water, sub coconut milk, matcha and a pump of peppermint syrup.

Thoughts: Omg much peppermint, so matcha. Honestly, it was my least favorite of the group, but Emily loved it. It was kind of bitter for me, and had a weird after taste.  And the peppermint was so strong. The whole thing was weird to me and the taste lingered in my mouth forever. If it sounds like your thing, I’d try it with either no peppermint syrup or with a pump of Classic to mellow out the minty flavor.


Supposed to be Red, Turned Out Kinda Orange Drink

Red Starbucks Drink

How to Order: Ask for a Blended Strawberry Lemonade, add Vanilla Bean powder, and raspberry syrup.

Thoughts: So the barista added soy milk to this, and there wasn’t supposed to be any, but we felt too bad for ruining his life with these weird orders to say anything. Honestly I kind of didn’t hate it with the soy milk, except that we kept having to shake it up. I can only describe the flavor as like, aggressively fruity. I’ve seen this referred to as the “Red Starburst” drink, which is pretty accurate. I actually liked it, it was sweet and sour at the same time. Tbh, I’d put vodka in this and day drink if the opportunity ever came up.


Purple Paradise Drink

Purple Starbucks Drink

How to Order: Iced Passion Tango Tea w/ no water, sub soy milk, vanilla syrup and blackberries.

Thoughts: I thought this was going to be fruity, but it isn’t really. Emily thought I was crazy, but I definitely tasted cinnamon or some kind of spices in this. The aftertaste is really what makes the drink for me. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. Refreshing, and also has an indescribable kick to it. I really enjoyed it, and would totally order it again. Side note: some people list this recipe as a “blue” drink, and the only difference is that the purple has blackberries and the blue doesn’t. I’m not sure how much that’ll change the color, but I don’t imagine that the taste would change.


Mellow Yellow Drink

Yellow Starbucks Drink

How to Order: Iced Black Tea, made w/ half & half instead of water, add mango syrup

Thoughts: Omg yaaaas. This is probably my new favorite. As a true lover of milk/boba teas, this is an extremely accessible alternative. It basically tastes just like mango milk tea, just without the tapioca balls. It is seriously so good. It’s light and refreshing, definitely something I’d love when I’ve had too many drinks the night before.The mango is sweet, but not overpowering. I’ll definitely be re-ordering this gem.


starbucks rainbow 2

What the drinks look like before you shake them up

Final Thoughts: This was seriously a lot of fun, and I’ve found a few new drinks to order at Sbux when I’m not feeling coffee. Overall, the drinks weren’t what I was expecting, but not necessarily in a bad way.  If you decide to take the rainbow plunge and order more than one of them, definitely do not go during peak hours. Choose a quiet time when traffic is low, because it can take a bit for them to get the order and make the drinks. And be sure to tip your baristas!


Have you tried any of the Starbucks Rainbow Drinks? Which is your favorite? Do you have a creation I should try? Let me know in the comments below! As always, thanks for reading, and stay golden!



3 thoughts on “We Tasted the Starbucks Rainbow So You Don’t Have To ft. TheThriveness

  1. Active Aly says:

    I always order an unsweetened matcha green tea frappe with soy milk and whipped cream, and it is fantastic. I added protein powder and waffle cone bits once (I figured I might as well go hard using my free drink points) and it was delicious. My sister says it tastes like she is drinking the earth, but I can dig it (no earth pun intended).


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