Spring is almost here! The flowers are starting to bloom. Outside my office door the cherry tree is in bloom giving off it’s sweet perfume.
Starbucks in Japan has traditionally served a Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Frappuccino at this time every year. But this drink has never been available in American stores, until now. For a limited time (March 15 to March 20), Starbucks will offer this pretty pink drink in their stores.
Now I have to warn you, though the drink is called cherry blossom, it tastes nothing like cherry. It’s actually a strawberry and creme frappuccino. I know, a little surprising right? But the drink is actually named for the pretty pink color laced with the green from the matcha powder added. It’s made like a strawberries and creme frappuccino exactly except for the white mocha sauce which is mixed with matcha for a beautiful green color.
Everyone knows I love green tea frappuccinos. I really expected this drink to be a pink green tea essentially. But I was definitely wrong. Having never tried the strawberries and creme frappuccino I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought it would maybe taste like artificial strawberry candy. And the strawberry taste is really strong! But it’s also surprisingly refreshing. I actually ended up really liking this drink. It’s lighter than the typical frappuccino and has a clean aftertaste.
I would definitely order it again. But it’s only available for a limited time. So if you’re thinking about having it you better order it now! Otherwise you’ll just have to wait a couple of weeks for the strawberries and creme frappuccino to show back up on menus and forgo the matcha white chocolate topping.