We Tried It: Mariah Carey’s Melodic Butterfly Drink

06/12/2014 at 06:10 PM ET

Mariah Carey's 'Butterfly' Drink
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WHAT IS IT: Butterfly, Mariah Carey‘s new bottled drink ($1.99 each at Walgreen’s nationwide)

WHO TRIED IT: Any PEOPLE.com staffers curious enough to come to our office taste test

WHY WE DID IT: Love of Mariah? Super thirsty? Free drinks? Motives differed.

Butterfly is, according to the slender pink bottle, “a melodic beverage inspired by the magic of Mariah Carey.” Is it a juice? An energy drink? Is Mariah’s magic really the inspiration for a mix of filtered water, sugar and “natural flavors?” Clearly, we had to stage an office taste test.

Even buying Butterfly is magical. If your shopping experience is anything like ours, a drugstore employee will interrupt you while you are plucking bottles out of the cooler — “Maa’m? Maa’m?” — and ask if you’ve tried the drink before, because he is very curious what it tastes like. “No! First time!” you will cheerfully answer, before a male shopper in a dress shirt and tie chimes in from across the store: “It’s really shi*** tasting.”  You will look at him inquisitively. “It was a good Instagram,” he will say, shrugging.

Mariah Carey's 'Butterfly' Drink
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Here is the drink. Unfortunately, we did not have this many bottles to test at PEOPLE.com because there were only two left at the Walgreen’s down the street.

Reactions from the PEOPLE peanut gallery speak for themselves:

“It smells like gummy bears.”

“It’s… not horrible.”

“The flavor is elusive — like Mariah!”

“I think monarch butterflies are taking off in my stomach.”

“I feel like I should be calling my co-workers ‘lambs’ now.”

“I feel like a giant gummy bear is enveloping me in a giant gummy bear hug.”

“It tastes like watered-down Kool-Aid. No, the Kool-Aid off-brand. Flavor Aid!”

[Looking at nutrition label] “It’s just full of sugar and water.”

“And unicorn tears.”

“Oh my God! There’s an aftertaste!”

“Is the aftertaste Nick Cannon?”

“No, it’s Tommy Mottola.”

“The color makes me nervous.”

“It looks like fairy mouthwash.”

“This would be great for a kid’s tea party.”

“It would! There should be princesses on the bottle.”

THE GROUP VERDICT: The closest flavor approximation is a liquified Ring Pop, the drink would channel more of Mariah’s magic if it were fizzy, and, despite the above reactions, we all finished our cups and somehow felt compelled to pour ourselves more. The bright pink bottle and even brighter pink liquid would be terrific for a princess-themed tea party. Also, we really hope Mariah has this coming straight out of her fridge’s water filter.

If you are interested in trying Butterfly, you should probably take advantage of Walgreen’s 2 for $3 deal (beware: card members only!). That way you’ll have a bottle left over to take to your next karaoke night, where some PEOPLE staffers are convinced it will turn you into a fantastic singer. A metamorphosis from karaoke caterpillar to karaoke butterfly, if you will.

Sadly, our 2 p.m. taste-test group found that spiking Butterfly with vodka makes it taste curiously worse, like medicine. If you find a better mixer, we’re all ears.

—Marissa Conrad

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andrea on

Lol It just looked like it would be nasty.I wish Mariah would realize it is time to move past the whole Lisa Frank cutesy stuff. Forever young, I guess.

Just Sayin' on

No thanks, “natural flavors” are GMO

whatever on

Everything about her is hideously tacky.

Anonymous on

LOL- thanks People for bringing so much joy from one article today!

/s on

THANK YOU! I work at Walgreens and we’ve been staring this stuff down trying to figure out exactly what it’s supposed to be but no one would bite the bullet and actually buy the stuff. I LOVE the reactions. I should print this up and post it in our breakroom. 😉


By the way i bought that Skinny Mojito by Bethany Frnkel at Target -and it was awful :(((

ecalypso on

who wrote this? It’s such and odd amateurish style of writing I had to double check to make sure I was on people.com. Don’t think I’ll be trying this novelty drink for some time.

Vanessa on

Like the 3D Doritos or Surge soda, I doubt this will last.

Melissa on

I hear mixing it with pureed butterflies makes it taste better.

Yo-Yo on

I kind of want to try it now.

Charli on


Reflections on

I think the drink is DELICIOUS! To me, it tastes like gummy bears. After first trying the beverage, I was craving gummy bears for a week! haha 🙂 I really like it. Also, it’s probably not the best mixed with vodka, but it IS pretty delicious with champagne! YUM! 🙂

Anonymous on

One bottle is 2 servings…. Which one serving has 80
Calories. 22 grams of carbs 21 grams of sugar …. That’s just as much as a soda….I’ll stick to real fruit in water… Ditch the empty calories!!

MeMe on

This drink looks disgusting. And the packaging is as tacky as Meme.


I never even heard of this drink, My daughter bought some and wanted me to try it. Needless to say we both love it, I bought all the bottles that was in the store cooler. I went from drinking pop everyday to drinking the Butterfly. Those who don’t like it. I would suggest trying it again. Cuz this is wonderful drink.. I Just wish this was sold in more stores..

MO' on

Hilarious article, LMAO @ the after-taste bit.

I think this move is just… tragic.


I’m late to the party, but I really do like Butterfly, since discovering it a few days ago, and I’ve bought 7 bottles so far. I have yet to get the app and access the network, but that’ll come soon enough. On a related note, 40/40, the other beverage by Go N’Syde, is also pretty good. It tastes of tea and lemon and doesn’t contain Sucralose, so if you didn’t like Butterfly because of the overpowering sweetness, give 40/40 a try.

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