Restaurants offer refreshing new beverages as summer approaches.
Starbucks is celebrating summer with the launch of the Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink, which blends the flavors of guava, passionfruit, pineapple and ginger all shaken with coconut milk and ice.
Additionally, the coffee chain is introducing the Unicorn Cake Pop, featuring vanilla cake with confetti sprinkles shaped into a unicorn, dipped in a white chocolate icing and finished with a unicorn design.
Taco Bell is expanding its frozen drink portfolio for summer with the new Pineapple Whip Freeze. The beverage features the flavors of pineapple whipped together with sweet vanilla cream.
Two new floats are joining the Arby’s menu for summer: the Coke Float and the Root Beer Float. The beverages feature either Coca-Cola or Barq’s root beer with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Sonic is starting the summer with a new shake variety – the Brownie Batter Shake – alongside the return of the Yellow Cake Batter Shake. The new Brownie Batter Shake features vanilla ice cream blended with rich chocolate brownie batter all topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
Popeyes' new Buffalo Ranch Tenders feature the chain’s crispy-fried chicken tenders drizzled with a new buffalo ranch sauce and served with buttermilk ranch sauce for dipping.
Topped fries and burgers collide in the new Loaded Cheese Fry Burger from TGI Fridays. The hefty handheld features a burger patty, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles, bacon-cheese fries and poblano queso on a toasted bun. The burger is then skewered with a loaded potato skin.
Einstein Bros. Bagels is launching the French Toast Chicken Egg Sandwich, a new sweet and savory offering made with cracked eggs, crispy chicken, cheddar cheese and honey almond shmear stacked inside a French toast bagel.
Pei Wei Asian Diner is expanding its entree options with the new Spicy Thai Basil Cashew Chicken. Created in collaboration with celebrity chef Jet Tila, the dish features steamed white meat chicken, red bell peppers, onions, snap peas, garlic Thai basil and cashews all tossed in a spicy hoisin sauce.
Smashburger is debuting the Smoked Bacon Brisket Burger, one of its “most premium burger offerings ever introduced,” the chain said. The burger is made with a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with brisket smoked for 10 hours layered with applewood smoked bacon, smoked cheddar, pickles and barbecue sauce served on a brioche bun.
New from Krystal Restaurants is the Hangover Krystal, featuring a beef patty, cheese, onion, bacon and a fried egg served on a steamed square bun.
Golden Chick is expanding its lineup of chicken offerings with the new Big & Golden Chicken Sandwich. It features a 5-oz, breaded and deep-fried chicken breast with five pickles and the brand’s Lotta Zing sauce served on a hot yeast roll bun.
Two new Caprese sandwiches are joining the Cousins Subs menu.
The Italian Caprese Sub is stacked with Genoa salami, ham, pepperoni Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, lettuce, onions, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, mayo, oil and oregano and is served on Italian bread.
The Turkey Caprese Sub is made with sliced turkey breast, Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, spring mix and balsamic vinaigrette served on Italian bread.
Bojangles’ is bringing back pimento cheese spread to its menu and adding a new warm Pimento Cheese Sauce. The sauce is featured in new Pimento Cheese Fries, Pimento Mac ‘n Cheese and a Chicken Supremes Combo with Pimento Cheese Sauce for dipping.