How To Order Those Instagram-Worthy Layered Drinks From Starbucks
This is the year of the layered drinks!
From galaxy drinks that are layered with beautiful blue and purple colors to other creative concoctions that involve a multitude of colors and flavors!
It's all so beautiful to look at. The #aesthetics though are so IG-worthy but best of all, they taste so delicious and refreshing too!
I wanted to try ordering a layered drink myself and happened to be at Starbucks (Tustin Marketplace) yesterday with Dominique (@thosearoundme) and Michelle (@justfoodlife). I intentionally ordered when it was not too busy because I felt a bit bothersome ordering off the menu and trying to make this ridiculous request of a layered drink. The barista / cashier named Eric was super kind though and seemed to know what sort of drink I wanted to order.
What I (mistakenly) ordered:
- The purple drink which I mistakenly thought was the berry hibiscus drink with coconut milk (...?)
- green tea latte as the bottom layer
- Venti size
- Specifically said to not mix it but to layer it
Eric, the awesome barista, took the order and explained to the other baristas to make sure to layer it instead of mixing it to the color division would be visible. The drink disappointingly came out not as purple on the top and the layers were very faded.
I ended up taking pics of it anyway but this is when Eric, became really awesome. He asked me if the drink was okay (I didn't drink it yet) and I hesitantly said it was fine. I admitted that it was my fault for giving a probably incorrect recipe.
I'll try to make it this time. Let me look up the recipe
- Eric (well, he said something similar)
I could see the determination in his face. I patiently waited in my seat and watched him bust out his inner scientist, mathematically calculating in his head the right proportions to pour, when to pour, and which recipe to use to create the perfect purple-green gradient.
The result was a success! Mad shout out to Eric from the Starbucks located at the Tustin Marketplace (or is it Irvine... debatable...) for not giving up!
The result is a beautifully layered passion iced tea with soymilk + matcha latte with added berries on top.
Look at that green tea foam on top and the berries! YESSS! This drink actually tastes quite amazing too. 10/10 recommend y'all!
I merrily went outside and took pics for the Instagram - and of course for this blog. I absolutely love how it turned out!
When I went back inside to drink it there were already other customers staring at this beautiful creation. They asked me what drink it was and I was just pointing to Eric saying, "Eric will take care of you." Some other people thought it was the cherry blossom green tea drink (famous in Japan) but unfortunately that doesn't exist over here in the States. Read my rant about it here.
So what the drink really was:
- passion iced tea with soymilk and added berries (can substitute with coconut milk as well)
- matcha latte as the bottom layer
- do not mix
- I noticed Eric was really careful with pouring the components into the cup. It was actually pretty cool watching!
- Eric was also the cashier that took my order and charged me aroudn $6 - $7 for the drink (venti size).
- note: I felt super bad because he had to make me another drink to get it perfect and so I tipped $5. But it was all worth it and well deserved! Also, props to the other baristas that made the first drink because they really tried too! Thanks for all the efforts!
Here are some other cool creations from the Instagram world:
It's hard to expresso my feelings, but I like this drink a latté. This drink seems to be all the hype in Asia so I decided to give it a try here in the US! Here's the "secret" recipe: one shot of Espresso☕️, Caramel Syrup, and any Milk🍼 on the bottom with Matcha Tea Blend🍵 on top. Hopefully you guys enjoy this drink as much as I did 😋 Cheers!!
That moment when you walk into @starbucks and the barista gives you the ಠ_ಠ look because she knows you're going to ask her to make some weird drink again 😂. Just giving you guys a heads up, for this drink, I had to purchase two drinks ✌🏻 and ask the barista to carefully layer it 🙂. I'd like to introduce to y'all......the Pastel Drink 😆!! The bottom half is the famous pink drink, layered on top with coconut milk and matcha latte 🍵. It tastes like the pink drink with just a hint of matcha 😋. I personally really enjoy it but I'll probably refrain from ordering it again to prevent being banned from Starbucks forever 😂. #eatswithanthony
With 2017 right around the corner 😱 and cuffing season 💕 coming to an end, here's a Starbucks pickup line for you guys 😝: Hey...lattely I feel like it's hard for people to espresso ☕️ their feelings to one another....So here goes nothing, I think I like you a latte and that we're a very good matcha 🍵😉. Can someone try this out and comment below to let me know if it actually worked 😂. Puns aside, I finally got to try the Asia exclusive Matcha Espresso Latte from @starbucks!! If coffee and matcha is your thing, this is definitely the drink for you 😆. #eatswithanthony
Disclaimer‼️: All @starbucks baristas can take acai of relief knowing that these drinks were layered by ourselves 😂. Contrary to what most people think, layering is actually not matcha work 🙌🏻. Even you can make prettea drinks 😍 like this 😆! Just buy 3 drinks separately and pour them slowly into a venti cup with half ice 👍🏻 (pouring it on the back of a spoon will help greatly but isn't necessary ☝🏻). If enough of you guys ask for it, I'll post a tutorial on my story 😆. Strawberry Purple Drink 🍓: half strawberry acai refresher with coconut milk and passion ice tea with soy milk and vanilla syrup. Purple Matcha Drink 🍵: passion ice tea with soy milk and vanilla syrup and matcha latte. #eatswithanthony
Remember to be courteous to your barista! It's an off-the-menu item so it might be a little difficult to convey the drink you want, especially if it's something the barista has never heard of.
Which layered drink would you want to try?