Starbucks is known for introducing new drinks for the summer. It has been adding to its menu since 2015 and this year also, they’ve added the Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Milk Shaken Espresso (can you say it 3 times quickly?). This tongue-teaser-like drink is quickly gaining popularity among Starbucks coffee aficionados and if you haven’t tried it yet, you must!
If you are worried you might not like the drink, well, let me tell you that you won’t be in for a disappointment because I’ve seen people love it (yes, even those who are not regular coffee drinkers have enjoyed the beverage and reviewed it positively).
Starbucks’ menu has two other iced shaken espresso flavors, but his one beats them by far. It won’t be a surprise if the drink features as a permanent item on their secret menu.
Are still not sure about the drink and how it’d taste? Well, read this piece and you’ll know more than an average Joe about the drink and can get a good idea about it without having to taste it first.
So what exactly is all the fuss about? Here’s why:
What Is Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat milk Shaken Espresso?
As evident from the name, the drink is icy with toasted vanilla syrup combined with oat milk to create this heavenly blend. The drink is yum and it’s a must-try for anyone who is bored of trying the same flavors again and again.
Expect something out of the ordinary in terms of taste when choosing the drink (spoiler alert!)
If you want to know the taste profile of the drink, the section below should give you an idea about what to expect.
How Is The Taste Of Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat milk Shaken Espresso?
To imagine its taste, just imagine a sweet cookie with cinnamon having cookie-like notes that are on the prominent side of taste. The taste of cinnamon is subtle but surely makes its presence felt as you try the drink.
Overall, the oat milk and cookie-like flavors overpower the presence of cinnamon so if you want to imagine the drink, you should have the blend of these two prominent ingredients in mind. Moreover, the first sip will give you a pleasant taste of roasted vanilla as well, so the drink is a sweet mixture of them all.
The drink will also have a nutty profile because of the oat milk as it primarily has a nutty taste to it.
Should You Try It Out?
Now onto the main question, should you spend money on the drink? Well, it’s definitely worth a try, the drink is not that expensive either, you can get it for just $5.75 (no promotions here). The calorie count is below 150 (around 140).
Read more about the calorie count in Low-calorie Iced Coffee Starbucks: Top 7 Drinks
All the ingredients in the drink suggest a perfect drink for the summers, one that you should definitely try before winters begin. Moreover, it’s not a compromise for diet-conscious people as well because the drink does contain ingredients (i.e. oat milk) that are good to consume especially during the summers.
The drink is bound to energize you and also keep your hunger satiated throughout the day. If you are like me, you’d need some time to digest the drink, I’d suggest you skip the next meal just to even things out for yourself if you are trying this drink for the first time.
How Is It Prepared? Basic of The Recipe
While Starbucks is very secretive about its recipes just like any other big brand out there, after all, this is exactly what makes people choose them as their preferred choice. However, I was able to sneak out the recipe (not from Starbucks but from the people who know a thing or two about coffees).
The ingredients needed are the following:
- Oat Milk
- Espresso shot
- Toasted vanilla syrup
These are the primary ingredients you’ll need. If you want to know the nutritional value of the drink, here’s a list of essential items you should expect from the drink:
- Sea Salt and Calcium Carbonate
- Vitamins (A, B, and D)
- Sugar & citric acid
Most of the ingredients listed above are primarily a part of the oat milk used to brew the drink.
You have the option of customizing the drink at Starbucks by ordering half syrup to reduce the calorie count.
- First, add Oat milk
- Then create and add shots of Espresso (2-3 depending on the size you prefer)
- Next, add the pumps of vanilla syrup (around 3-4)
- Add some ice, sweeteners, and any additional flavors you’d like to add
The drink won’t necessarily taste like that of Starbucks, but you can get an idea about the drink if you try the recipe.
Can It Be Differentiated From Iced Toasted Vanilla Shaken Espresso (not having the oat milk)?
Iced Toasted Vanilla Shaken Espresso is an old Starbucks drink. The oat milk one is the latest version of it. Their names are definitely different but the addition of oat milk makes the latest one much more appealing and an upgrade on the previous drink.
Be sure to be specific about the drink when placing the order with the barista as you might end up having the older version, which is not bad per se, but still you’d want to have the latest one.
If a similar version of the drink was already available, why did Starbucks launch the newer one? Well, big brands like Starbucks want to add more value to their items for their customers, it’s how they sustain their business.
Moreover, this drink is targeted at people who are diet-conscious (even diabetic) but still want to try a new drink because of the hot weather. The fact that this drink has zero sugar and the addition of oat milk makes it a more lucrative choice for them.
Also, if you go to Starbucks regularly, you would notice the difference between the oat milk-based version and the old one quite well. However, if you are new, you must clearly state that you want the new drink because the long name might confuse the barista and he might give you the Vanilla Shaken Espresso instead of the Oat Milk Shaken one.
In other words, it’s a perfect drink for people to cool off without having to compromise too much on their calorie intake. You also deserve a break from the strict diet every once in a while.
The Calorie Count In this drink
If you are ordering a Grande-sized cup, you should expect the following:
Even though the above mentioned ingredients can be potentially harmful if consumed in excessive quantities, if you want to enjoy this drink occasionally, you shouldn’t worry too much about the negative effects.
Can You Try This Drink During The Summer?
Of course, that’s what the drink is all about. It’s targeted towards increasing sales during the summers. It can brighten up your morning and keep you awake with its punching-in-the-face effect.
Starbucks had introduced its famous Brown Sugar Oat milk Shaken Espresso and one almond milk shaken espresso earlier during the summers. This time they’ve decided to launch Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Milk Shaken Espresso to add more fun to your summers.
Price of the Drink
This drink is not too heavy on the pocket either, it costs just under $6, a very reasonable price for the quality you get (the prices might vary from region to region and also because of inflation), but this is just to give you a brief idea.
For this price, I’d say that the drink is a total winner and that you must try it out at least once during the summers. If you do try it, let me know your reviews in the comments below. I love the drink and would want to know what you people think.
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This post explained all about Starbucks Iced Toasted Vanilla Oat Milk Shaken Espresso to help you place the right order. You are now also aware of what to expect when you order this drink.
Get ready to turn your mundane hot day into an energetic one with this espresso and change the mood.
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Have a great day!