Starbucks never runs out of syrup options, and we are definitely spoilt for choices with the many options available. If you love trying different syrups in your drinks, read on to know more about Starbucks Cascara Syrup so you can try it next.
Starbucks Cascara Syrup is a syrup whose main ingredient is cascara (coffee cherry outer skin), combined with other things for preservation and additional flavor. I love trying out new drinks and flavors at Starbucks, and I can say that Starbucks cascara syrup is one of the best addition to my list of favorite syrups. However, I have realized that not many Starbucks customers know about cascara syrup, and they are yet to indulge in its delicious taste. Therefore, I will share with you everything you need to know about it, including a copycat recipe to try at home.
Brief history of the syrup
Cascara syrup at Starbucks is made from coffee cherry extract, water, and preservatives and it became popular in 2017 when Starbucks introduced Cascara Latte.
Cascara is the Spanish name for husk, and it’s simply the outer skin of coffee cherries. Cascara is relatively new in the United States, but people from Ethiopia and Yemen have been using it for centuries to make drinks. The dried husk is steeped with spices in these countries to make a delicious, fragrant beverage.
Is Starbucks Cascara Syrup still available at Starbucks?
Starbucks Cascara Syrup is not on the list of syrups you can customize your drinks with on the Starbucks app. Thus, the syrup is unavailable at Starbucks.
Where to buy Starbucks Cascara Syrup
Starbucks does not sell cascara syrup. However, you can get this alternative at Amazon if you still want to get a taste of the syrups deliciousness.
Starbucks Cascara Syrup (Ingredients, Taste, Calories, name variations)
What’s in a Starbucks Cascara Syrup- (ingredients)
According to the Starbucks website menu, the ingredients in their cascara syrup are water, coffee cherry extract, cane sugar, organic coconut sugar, xanthan gum, citric acid, and potassium sorbate. Luckily, the homemade cascara syrup recipe is simple, and you will only need three ingredients.
Water: It acts as the solvent; it dissolves the sugar and the cascara’s strong flavor and caffeine.
Cascara: It gives the syrup its unique flavor.
Sugar: It balances the strong cascara flavor by giving the syrup a sweet taste.
Starbucks Cascara Syrup: nutrition & Calories
Looking at the nutritional facts before deciding to add syrup to your drink is essential. For instance, if you want to lose weight, you are advised to avoid foods or drinks with high fat and sugar content. Checking the nutritional value helps you to know which foods or beverages you should take or avoid.
A serving (2 tablespoons) of the syrup contains 70 calories, 16 grams sugar, and 0.1 grams protein. Therefore, cascara syrup is healthy because it adds a small number of calories to your body. It is also fat-free; it contains 0 grams of fat. Also, it contains a small amount of caffeine, about ¼ of what is in a cup of coffee. Caffeine is good for your body because it helps to boost your energy levels.
So, what does Starbucks Cascara Syrup taste like?
The Starbucks cascara syrup boasts subtle notes of luscious maple and dark brown sugar; it blends perfectly into your coffee or other hot or cold beverages. It is a perfect substitute for maple syrup and honey. You can also use it in the place of other syrups used to sweeten drinks.
Drinks that use Starbucks Cascara Syrup
After preparing the cascara syrup at home, the next step is to know which drinks it goes well with.
For that, let’s take a look at the official Starbucks website menu.
The drinks with the cascara syrup on the Starbucks menu are;
- Cold Brew with Cascara Cold Foam
- Cascara Latte
You can customize any beverage on the Starbucks menu prepared with cascara syrup.
Starbucks Cascara Syrup: Other names
Another name for the Starbucks cascara syrup is the cascara syrup.
How to make Starbucks Cascara Syrup at home – Starbucks Cascara Syrup Copycat Recipe
Starbucks Cascara Syrup Copycat Recipe
- A saucepan
- A sieve
- A funnel
- A bottle or container
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup of cascara
- Add the water into the saucepan, place it on a heat source, and let it boil.
- Add sugar and cascara into the water and stir until the former dissolves.
- Remove the blend from the heat source and let it cool for around four minutes
- Sieve the mixture and funnel it into a clear bottle or container
- Store the syrup in a refrigerator
- Ensure the bottle or container is tightly sealed before placing it in the refrigerator
- Seal the syrup tightly every time you use it and return it to your refrigerator.
Is Starbucks Cascara syrup vegan?
Yes, Starbucks cascara is vegan since it does not contain any animal product.
Is Starbucks Cascara syrup gluten free?
Yes, since it does not contain any gluten. Gluten is a protein mainly found in wheat or products prepared using wheat flour.
Is Starbucks Cascara syrup seasonal?
No, although it was discontinued, the syrup was not seasonal.
How much is Starbuck Cascara syrup?
Starbucks no longer has cascara syrup but you can buy a 150 ml bottle from inspired coffee at $7.00
Does Starbucks Cascara syrup use real Cascara?
No, when making the cascara syrup, Starbucks used coffee cherry extract instead of the real cascara.
Is Starbucks Cascara syrup healthy?
Yes, a serving of the syrup contains a small number of calories. Also, it is fat-free.
Is Starbucks Cascara syrup good?
Yes, the syrup has a unique taste and can be a perfect substitute for other syrups and honey.