The unicorn drink at Starbucks went viral in 2017 and it was loved and concurrently criticized by many. So, what is a unicorn drink at Starbucks?
The unicorn drink at Starbucks is the Unicorn Frappuccino blended beverage prepared with pink powder, ice, sour blue powder, milk, crème Frappuccino and mango syrup. The overwhelming flavours and taste of the Starbucks Unicorn drink surprised me the first time I sipped the beverage. Not only was the taste enormously sweet, but the colours of the beverage are also surprisingly exhilarating. The Unicorn drink starts as a purple beverage with a few swishes of blue, but after stirring it, it turns to pink. Additionally, the more your stir the drink, its colour and flavours change. To learn more about this adventurous beverage, continue reading.
What is in the Starbucks unicorn drink?
The Unicorn drink at Starbucks consists of crème Frappuccino, mango syrup, milk, sour blue powder, ice and pink powder and finally topped with blue drizzle, pink and blue powder and vanilla whipped cream.
It is crucial to realize that Starbucks does not guarantee allergen-free ingredients in this beverage. This is because the equipment used in the preparation of the Unicorn beverage can be exposed to allergens, even though the Starbucks employees try to control them. It is, therefore, important to be aware of these ingredients, especially if you’re susceptible to allergic reactions.
What flavour is the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino?
The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino is immensely sweet and mellow with a sour and zesty flavour and tart undertones. Among these subtle bitter-y flavours, the tangy flavour is dominating, especially in the sips with the blue drizzle. The sweet and fruity flavours are from the mango syrup and pink powder while the subtle zesty flavours are from the sour blue powder.
How do you order a Starbucks Unicorn drink?
The Starbucks Unicorn drink is not on the main menu, although, you can request it from the Starbucks secret menu. Also, since the drink is no longer being served at the coffeehouse, you can only get a replicated version of the Unicorn drink and not the original concoction.
To order from the secret menu, you need to make your order by the recipe and not the beverage name, again, because it’s no longer being served at Starbucks. All you need to know is the base drink, the substitutions and the additions. With these three, your ordering process will be easier and faster and your barista won’t be confused with your order.
According to the Starbucks secret menu official site, to order the Unicorn drink at Starbucks, request a crème Frappuccino as the base beverage. For the additions, ask for mango syrup and their pink powder. Request for a mixture of white mocha, sour blue powder and classic syrup to be drizzled on your beverage. Finally, ask the barista for the vanilla whipped cream as the topping.
How do you make the Starbucks Unicorn drink?
Although you cannot make the original concoction of the Starbucks Unicorn drink, you can replicate it in your kitchen with little equipment and easily sourced ingredients.
The equipment needed is a saucepan and a high-speed blender. The required ingredients are; ½ teaspoon of Kool-Aid raspberry powder and 1 tablespoon of Kool-Aid pink lemonade powder for flavour and colour. ¼ cup of white chocolate (melted), 1 tablespoon of mango syrup and ½ tablespoon of grenadine. ½ cup of crushed ice and 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream (plain) for the frap texture. Lastly, a ¼ cup of hot water, ¾ cup of your preferred milk and vanilla whipped cream for topping.
To make the Unicorn drink, mix the ice cream, milk, mango syrup, grenadine, ice and the pink lemonade Kool-Aid powder in a blender. Blend thoroughly on high, to achieve a smooth consistency.
Combine a bit of hot water and the blue raspberry Kool-Aid powder to achieve a “Kool-Aid drink” consistency.
In the saucepan, mix the melted white chocolate and the blue Kool-Aid powder and heat on low while stirring until properly mixed into a thick but pourable consistency.
To serve the “Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino” way, fill one-third of a big glass with the blended portion first. Fill the second one-third with the blue raspberry syrup and in the last one-third of the glass, fill with the remaining pink blended mixture. Garnish your Unicorn Frappuccino with whipped cream and enjoy.
The recipe provided is enough for one serving. Adjust the ingredients amounts to get the number of servings you need.
Among these ingredients, mango syrup is probably the hardest to find, but you most likely can find it in your local baking supply store.
Does Starbucks still sell the Unicorn Frappuccino?
The Unicorn Frappuccino is no longer being served at Starbucks. This beverage was available for a limited time when it came out. The best alternative you can have is a replicated version of the beverage from the Starbucks secret menu. The secret menu Unicorn Frappuccino is, obviously, not the same concoction as the original Unicorn Frappuccino.
Why was the Unicorn Frappuccino so popular?
The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino was popular mainly because its bright “unicorn” colours made it photogenic. Its change of colour and flavours also attracted a lot of attention. Additionally, since it was available for a limited time, everyone wanted to try it out before it sold out. This beverage garnered almost 155,000 posts on Instagram during its short existence. The FOMO (fear of missing out) among customers popularized this beverage.
Will Unicorn Frappuccino come back?
Starbucks has not mentioned anything about the Unicorn Frappuccino coming back. When they released this beverage, its availability was for a limited time.
How long did the Unicorn Frappuccino last?
The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino came out on the 19th of April 2017 and would be served until the 23rd of April 2017. The beverage lasted for 5 days only. Although in the less busy Starbucks stores, the beverage lasted a little bit longer than in the busy stores where it sold out quickly.