Starbucks Barista Flames Cold Brew Lemonade

A Starbucks barista went viral on TikTok after posting her reaction to the new Starbucks drink – Cold Brew with Lemonade.

The 15-second clip begins with barista Kay (@kayli.cernan) looking disgusted. The camera switches to the menu, where one of the new drinks says “Cold Brew with Lemonade.” While making the drink, she looks disgusted throughout the video. Taking her first sip after preparing the brew, she flinches and chokes into her hand.

The caption reads, “New drink featured……immediately no.”

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new drink featured……immediately no.

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The video has garnered 1.3 million views since it was posted on July 30. There was a split in the comments, with some agreeing it didn’t seem appetizing.

“It was traumatizing trying,” one user wrote.

“I thought at first you were talking about sweet cream with salted caramel and I thought so??? That sounds good. Cold brew and lemonade is a no from me,” agreed a second.

“No, but when you swallow, the first taste is kinda good and then the long lasting aftertaste is HELL,” said a third.

Kay even reiterated in the comments how awful it tasted, “like I just threw up in my mouth. the taste stayed in my mouth for so long.”

“We already have this at my work but we add pureed berries and I’ve been told it tastes like tea but I hate it,” noted one user.

“A squeeze of lemon in iced coffee is a game changer, but half a lemonade in a cold brew is a crime,” argued another.

Other users disagreed, claiming that they think the drink tastes good, especially when there are additional ingredients at play.

“It’s good with raspberry syrup,” suggested one user.

“I love cold brew lemonade that we make at the coffee shop I work at,” added a second.

“Okay but listen to me it’s really good with raw sugar or sweetener, don’t pound it until you’ve tried it,” said a third.

“Cold brew with lemonade is my favorite. I go to Panera especially for this. Also – sparkling water, lemon and espresso,” agreed a fourth.

The Daily Dot reached out to Kay for comment via TikTok comment as other means of contact were unavailable.


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*Initial publication: August 7, 2022 at 2:11 p.m. CDT

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