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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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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