Starbucks has introduced a new gin-flavored coffee drink to its menu — but it’s only available at one location.
This week, the chain announced the Gin Barrel-Aged Cold Brew, a cold brew coffee made in barrels originally used to age gin — meaning that coffee gets a little bit of that gin taste.
Curious coffee connoisseurs will have to visit Seattle to try it, however, since it’s only on the menu at Starbucks’ Reserve Roastery.
Tasty! This week, Starbucks announced the addition of the Gin Barrel-Aged Cold Brew, a cold brew coffee made in barrels originally used to age gin
Something new: Only available at Starbucks’ Reserve Roastery in Seattle, it has a subtle gin flavor and is served with tonic
The new drink is made by storing coffee beans inside a barrel once used to age gin. The barrel is hand-rotated over several weeks, so those beans pick up notes of pepper, cardamom, and vanilla from the gin and barrel char.
The beans are then roasted, which burns off the alcohol but not the flavor.
‘We started with the coffee, our bright and lively Rwandan beans,’ Jennifer Galbraith, Starbucks manager of product development for R&D, said in a press release.
‘The beans absorb the botanical essence of the gin, bringing out its bright citrus notes with a sweet caramel finish. The resulting cup is rich, nuanced and unlike anything we’ve tasted before.’
The Roastery will also shake that coffee with ice and lime bitters and mix it with tonic for a twist on a gin and tonic cocktail.
‘When you go to take your first sip, you’ll smell the quinine from the tonic and the botanicals from the gin and the coffee,’ Galbraith said. ‘Then you taste the orange and lemon, finishing with caramel notes from the coffee and the barrel. It weaves together like a piece of fabric and leaves you with a light, refreshing flavor.’
Off-menu: The Roastery location also has a secret cocktail menu
Drink up: Customers there can order an Espresso Cloud IPA and an Espresso martini
Earlier this year, it was revealed that customers at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery can also order actual alcoholic beverages.
Baristas-cum-bartenders at the special Seattle location serve up beer, wine, and cocktails, including the off-the-menu Espresso Martini.
The cocktails are only available at the Roastery thanks to the opening of Princi, a bakery and café that opened inside the store in November. Princi has a fully-stocked bar, which baristas can dip into for liquor-coffee hybrids.
‘Starbucks Reserve Roastery is the only Starbucks location that employs skillfully trained bartenders who craft an assortment of signature beverages and cocktails to accompany the authentic Italian cuisine at Princi,’ a spokesperson told Delish.
Foamy: The Espresso Cloud IPA is made espresso, orange pieces, vanilla, and beer
Bar: The Roastery is the only location offering alcoholic drinks, thanks to its cafe, Princi
For beer drinkers, there is also the Espresso Cloud IPA, which was created by barista Justin Burns-Beach when he started working at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in 2015.
The IPA is made by shaking espresso over ice with orange pieces and a pinch of sweet vanilla, creating a foam. Once the foam is formed, it’s poured on top of an IPA and served with a shot of cold espresso on the side.
The spot serves a whiskey barrel-aged coffee as well, which it debuted last year.