Starbucks Releases a Totally New Line of Frozen Drinks

Move over, Fraps.

Recently, Instagram has gone crazy for the "pink drink," (opens in new tab) a customized beverage that's not on the official Starbucks menu but looks great with a summer manicure: 

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Little did Starbucks addicts know that the company was developing its own colorful summer sips that are as tasty as they are Instagrammable. Starting June 14, you can get three different varieties of granitas, which are basically tea or coffee poured over finely shaved ice.

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I got to try these new granitas at a preview event, and they remind me of Frappuccinos but without the heavy addition of milk, cream, or whip. So think more like a fancy slushie, not a milkshake.

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The Strawberry Lemon Limeade Granita offers a cute pop of peachy orange, with lemonade-flavored ice, strawberry slices, and limeade. The Teavana Youthberry White Tea Granita is a fairy-princess pink, with the same lemonade-flavored ice and a tropical, fruity tea topping. But my personal favorite was the Caramel Espresso Granita, which combines shaved ice with espresso shots, a little cream, and a caramel drizzle. It's the caffeine you need, combined with a little sweetness, and the shaved ice helps cool you down in the summer heat.

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But there's one big catch with these new drinks: they're only available in the afternoons. They're part of Starbucks' new Sunset Menu, which is only available every day after 3 p.m. throughout the summer. While you're there, you can also pick up a Chocolate Brownie Trifle or Strawberry Shortcake Trifle dessert, which come layered in a traditional Starbucks drink cup. And from June 14 to June 26, you can bring your morning receipt into Starbucks in the afternoon to get a grande granita or trifle for $3.

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Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.