Starbucks customers on TikTok are ‘horrified’ by the chain’s new menu item: ‘This cannot be real’

Even this Starbucks barista can’t get behind the franchise’s latest summer drink. 

For some reason, the company is encouraging customers to mix coffee and lemonade together. Back in February, Starbucks launched its cold brew lemonade as an exclusive “Barista Pick” only for its Starbucks Rewards Visa Card members. Even back then, a Reddit thread called the drink “repulsive” and the corporation’s “sick joke.” 

“It may seem an unlikely combination, but adding lemonade to your homemade iced coffee creates a bold, tangy and delicious drink. Think of it as an Arnold Palmer, with strong coffee instead of black tea,” Starbucks’ website states

When the cold brew lemonade was listed as a new featured drink at a Starbucks location, one barista couldn’t hide her disdain. TikToker @kayli.cernan posted a video where she tried the new beverage. 

@kayli.cernan

new featured drink…… immediately no.

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“New featured drink…… immediately no,” she wrote in the caption

The barista prepared the drink, took a sip and looked ready to vomit after trying it. 

TikTokers couldn’t help but echo the barista’s concerns about the unusual drink. 

“This cannot be real… but how did it taste? I’m curious.” a user asked. The barista replied, “Like I just threw up in my mouth.”

“It was traumatizing to try,” someone said

“I love cold brew lemonade; we make this at the coffee shop I work at,” a person commented

“Acid reflux speed run,” another joked

“A spritz of lemon in iced coffee is a game changer, but half lemonade in a cold brew is a felony,” a TikToker added

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