A Very Brief Review of Starbucks' Cool Lime Refresher

Dave Lieberman
I'd rather drink this than a Cool Lime Refresher.
I ended up at the Starbucks on Bristol and Memory Lane today because my favorite Mexican bakery, Las 3 Princesas, didn't make any champurrado today and I needed something to dip their excellent pan de anís in. While I placed my order for a latte, the barista offered me a sample of the new Refreshers, iced fruit drinks with green coffee extract in them. They didn't have any of the jamaica flavor left, so I tried a sip of the Cool Lime flavor.

It's the most disgusting thing I've put in my mouth in a long time, including the pulque I drank on Saturday in Jalisco. Cool Lime Refresher has an awful, astringent aftertaste that gets carried around the mouth by the sweet and sour limeade. It tastes, quite frankly, like Country Time lemonade filtered through a chubby executive's stinky black dress sock.

Try again, Starbucks. If I were literally dying of thirst, my lizard brain would force me to drink it; while my sentient brain is in control, all bets are off.

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Dave is right!   Horrible stuff.  I thought maybe mine was bad because I asked for very little ice.  There's a strange, wretched aftertaste that tastes bitter, poisonous and medicinal.  Hate their coffee, now I hate their CoolLime...and I live in the Seattle area where there are 2 Starbucks stores every block!


I totally totally disagree, I love the cool lime. It is amazing! I even bought the packets to make it at home. Everyone does have different tastes. Go try it for yourself they are giving away free samples. 


I was salivating over the thought of a nice refreshing lime drink this morning, while dd was getting her favorite Tazo tea drink.  I'm a tea drinker and truly hate coffee, and I hate their teas, and their hot chocolates are even worse!  How do ones kill a hot chocolate?  Obviously IMO, Starbucks did.   But I have to agree with you; the Cool Lime refresher is one of the nastiest drinks I have ever tasted.  The thing that baffles me was that I didn't taste any lime at all, just some nasty concoction of who knows what, and had a god awful after taste.  Never again.  NEVER.


What a cheap shot at Pulque. 

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