April was the month of unicorns at Starbucks, from the Unicorn Frappuccino (opens in new tab) to Unicorn Lemonade (opens in new tab) and every other secret unicorn drink (opens in new tab) in between. But a new month calls for new magical beverages, and now, it's the Mermaid Frappuccino's time to shine.
The purple and green Mermaid Frapp was created by Starbucks barista and blogger The Modern Barista (opens in new tab), and it's mostly made with vanilla bean, blended blackberries, and matcha powder.
While it resembles the Dragon Frappuccino (opens in new tab), which is a Green Tea Frappuccino with vanilla-bean powder and berry cup swirls, the Mermaid Frapp actually has a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino base.
To order it, ask for a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with three scoops of blackberry inclusions (for a grande). Then, ask for a drizzle made with eight pumps of white mocha, three pumps of toasted coconut, and three scoops of matcha powder.
Starbucks Melody (opens in new tab), a website dedicated to Starbucks news, suggests asking for whipped cream topped with matcha powder if your barista doesn't want to make the drizzle.
I asked my local barista to make the drink, and while he did it happily, he admitted that it was time-consuming to make the drizzle. He also suggested asking your barista for a Pokémon Go Frappuccino (opens in new tab)—the base of the Mermaid Frappuccino—and explain the green drizzle recipe.
Another pro tip from him: Ask your barista to pour the drizzle around the cup (similar to the Unicorn Frappuccino's blue drizzle) before adding in the rest of the Frappuccino mixture. This will create that pretty green and purple made-for-Instagram look.
If the most important thing to you is getting a fun, mermaid-inspired Insta-worthy drink, this Frapp hits all the marks. When it comes to flavor, though, you should only get this if you (1) really like matcha, and (2) really like sweet drinks.
Since it's made with a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, it tastes like a vanilla milkshake with a hint of flavor from the blackberry inclusions. After that, it's a whole lot of matcha.
I don't like matcha very matcha (😇), so it wasn't really my thing, but it's definitely pretty and fun.
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I like pink, iced coffee, and long walks through the candle section. When I'm not lighting up my favorite scents (probably while testing out new skincare), you can find me writing and editing all of the lifestyle things at Seventeen.
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