A sweltering summer inspires restaurants to add new cold beverages to their menus to help customers beat the heat.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea is offering a slew of barista-made Mighty Leaf iced teas and tea infusions for summer. The chain is adding six new teas: Mighty Leaf Summer Solstice Iced Tea, Mighty Leaf Mango Sunrise Iced Tea Infusion, Mighty Leaf Green Tropical Iced Tea, Mighty Leaf Green Mojito Iced Tea Infusion, Mighty Leaf Herbal Pomegranate Berry Iced Tea, and Mighty Leaf Herbal Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea Infusion.
Starbucks’ is expanding its iced beverage offerings with the new Orange Cream Fizzio Soda and Strawberry Acai Refresher. The Orange Cream Fizzio soda, meant to be reminiscent of a creamsicle, features a blend of orange, vanilla, herbal and floral flavors. Starbucks’ Strawberry Acai Refresher offers a bold strawberry flavor with hints of passion fruit and acai. The drink is slightly caffeinated with green coffee extract.
Dunkin’ Donuts is adding fruit smoothies to its beverage lineup. Available in strawberry banana and tropical mango varieties, each 16-oz smoothie is made with real fruit and low-fat yogurt and contains 260 calories or less.
McDonald’s has added the Oreo Frappe to its McCafé family. The drink is made from a blend of mocha, coffee and Oreo pieces topped with whipped cream and Oreo cookie crumbles.
Krispy Kreme’s new donuts are poised to party in Birthday Cake Batter and Brownie Batter varieties. The Birthday Cake Batter Doughnut is stuffed with a blend of Kreme and birthday cake batter filling and topped with yellow icing and confetti sprinkles. The Brownie Batter Doughnut features a rich brownie batter filling and is topped with milk chocolate icing and mini chocolate chips. The new donut varieties are available for a limited time.
Joining White Castle’s Nibbler line are new Corn Dog Nibblers. Made with 100% chicken, these dainty dogs are wrapped in crispy honey cornbread. They, along with the Mac ’n Cheese Nibblers and Shrimp Nibblers, are available for a limited time.
Pie Five is unleashing a beast of a dessert: the new Monster Brownie Pie. The treat features layers of Oreo cookies, chocolate brownie and chocolate chip cookie layers, all topped with an icing drizzle. The Monster Brownie Pie is available until Aug. 23.
Charleys Philly Steaks is introducing the new Pepperoni Pizza Fries. Loaded with pepperoni, grilled mushrooms, onions, green peppers, Cheddar cheese sauce, melted Provolone and topped with Italian seasoning, the gourmet fries are available until Aug. 23.