We love a good, gimmicky Starbucks drink any day. From Unicorn Frappuccinos to Piña Colada tea to Guinness lattes, we’ve tried them all, with mostly mixed reviews. But this week, Starbucks announced it’s releasing Gin Barrel-Aged Cold Brew, and for once, this sounds right up our alley.
The famous coffee chain hand-rotates the beans over several weeks in gin barrels to absorb notes of pepper, cardamom and vanilla from the gin and barrel char. They are then small-batch roasted, a process that burns off the alcohol but retains the aroma and flavor from the barrel aging. The resulting coffee is “infused with a warm botanical essence that highlights its bright citrus notes and caramel finish.”
The sparkling, nonalcoholic beverage is served as a twist on a Gin & Tonic. Roastery baristas shake the gin-barrel-aged coffee concentrate, ice and a few dashes of lime bitters together, finish it with tonic and garnish with lime.
This comes one year after its first barrel-aged coffee release, the Whiskey Barrel-Aged Sulawesi. Unfortunately, the drink will only be available at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle for a limited time. In the meantime, you’ll just have to make your own boozy frappes at home.