What Does the ‘Pink Drink’ on Starbucks’ Secret Menu Actually Taste Like? We Investigate

06/02/2016 at 01:13 PM ET

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Grace Gavilanes

Who Tried It: Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE writer-reporter

Instagram is thinking pink with its sudden flood of pink drink pics (try saying that three times fast) that have been causing quite the commotion and double-tapping among Starbucks lovers.

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While I’m not an obsessive Starbucks devotee, I do appreciate pastels and Mean Girls, which was more than enough to get me lining up to try the summery concoction off Starbucks’ beloved secret menu this morning.

“One tall Pink Drink please,” I confidently ordered, only to receive a confused stare in return.

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“What? We have a lot of pink drinks,” the N.Y.C.-based barista responded, explaining to me that ordering off the secret menu means specifically stating what you want in the beverage (rookie mistake). In this case, I ordered a Strawberry Acai Refresher with no water; the barista would then know to add coconut milk in its absence, he told me.

“I know someone who comes in every day just for this drink,” he said before I made my way to the side, anxiously waiting to see/taste/hold this mythical beverage.

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And guys, I was not disappointed … okay maybe I was a teeny bit upset because I did not spot any sliced strawberries in my beverage (darn those misleading ‘grams!) The drink tastes just like a pink Starburst (a.k.a. the world’s favorite candy) — and that says a lot coming from someone who isn’t super into fruity drinks. It’s light, refreshing and will most definitely become my go-to beverage this summer. It’s been a good run, Chai Tea Latte.

—Grace Gavilanes

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Haiya on

this is the best drink ever!xxx #Tbt

Cindy Cameron on

Personally I prefer the vanilla bean frappucino with a shot of raspberry (aka cotton candy frapp) yummy and also pink!

Chris on

We tried it last week and loved it. My friend then made it at home using the following recipe: http://beautyandthebeets.com/starbucks-pink-drink-copycat-recipe/

Girl on

today I tried the pink drink and I really love it, except that the coconut milk cost more to add. That makes me upset but worth the cost for sure!

Diana on

I don’t like the pink drink, I can’t ever develop a taste for coconut milk. I don’t like the watery consistency of it,. It does look pretty though I must say…my go to will always be whole milk. It’s just what I like best. Sorry folks! Interesting to read about it though.

Jacqualine Stowman on

Melissa on

Be careful drinking this. It made me throw up I dont think it was mixed properly or it just made a bad mix in my stomach. The first time I had this it was good but second time I had this it was grosss

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