Starbucks Adds 2 Lavender Drinks to the Spring Menu — and We Tried Them

This is the first time Starbucks has incorporated lavender into any drink

<p>Starbucks</p> Starbucks has two new lavender drinks for spring


Starbucks has two new lavender drinks for spring

Spring has sprung at Starbucks.

The coffee giant debuted two new drinks in honor of warmer weather. Both incorporate lavender — an ingredient Starbucks has never utilized before.

The Iced Lavender Cream Oatmilk Matcha and Iced Lavender Oatmilk Latte hit stores on Thursday, and PEOPLE got a first taste.

The matcha drink layers the popular green tea with oat milk and lavender cream cold foam. The foam is so creamy and delicious that we can only compare it to a milkshake. The earthy matcha is complemented so nicely by the sweet cold foam — but still, the drink isn’t overly sugary. Important to note: Though the new beverage features oat milk, it's not totally dairy-free, as the foam contains real milk (which explains its creaminess.)

<p>Starbucks</p> The new Iced Lavender Oatmilk Latte from Starbucks


The new Iced Lavender Oatmilk Latte from Starbucks

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The foam is a pale, beautiful shade of well, lavender, so combined with the green matcha it makes for a gorgeous photo.

The Iced Lavender Oatmilk Latte isn’t as pretty — the lavender powder gets swirled into blonde espresso so the drink isn’t purple — but it's just as delicious. If you're more of an almond milk person, that would make for a nice swap here.

In both drinks, there’s just hint of floral in the background, so don’t expect lavender to hit you right in the face.

<p>Starbucks</p> The new Iced Lavender Cream Oatmilk Matcha from Starbucks


The new Iced Lavender Cream Oatmilk Matcha from Starbucks

A Starbucks beverage developer, Patrick Penny, got the idea for the drinks during a visit to a lavender farm not far from the company's headquarters in Seattle.

“We have an abundance of lavender farms in Washington state," he said in a press release. "It’s a really beautiful floral and it smells amazing. We were in the fields cutting various stalks of lavender, smelling different varietals, looking at the flowers ... trying not to get stung by bees.”

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While March is all about purple at Starbucks, February saw a flurry of pink drinks for Valentine's Day. Two drinks joined the menu — Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Crème Frappuccino and the Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Cold Brew.

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The frappuccino featured a blend of ice, milk, strawberry puree and java chips, layered on top of a splash of strawberry puree and topped with whipped cream. The sweet cold brew combined hazelnut syrup with chocolate cream cold foam and a chocolate cookie crumble topping.

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