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Beverage Tracker: The latest drinks from Dunkin’, Sonic Drive-In and Starbucks

Plus innovation at Baskin-Robbins, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Farmer Boys, First Watch, Frisch’s Big Boy, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Hard Rock Cafe, IHOP, Jamba, Juice it Up!, Kung Fu Tea, Main Event, McDonald’s, Nekter Juice Bar, Peet’s Coffee, PJ’s Coffee, Quaker Steak & Lube, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, Rib & Chop House, Rutter’s, Shake Shack, Smoothie King, Smokey Bones, Stan’s Donuts & Coffee, Starbucks Reserve, TGI Fridays, Tropical Smoothie Café and Velvet Taco

It has been a busy time for research & development in the highly profitable beverage world, with dozens of chains having rolled out limited-time offers over the past couple of months.

There are also a bunch of permanent additions to drink menus, like coconut milk at Dunkin’, oat milk at Starbucks, an horchata cold brew oat milk latte at Peet’s Coffee, a matcha smoothie at Nekter Juice Bar, smoothies with collagen meant to improve joints at Smoothie King, vanilla cold brew coffee at Farmer Boys, Shirley Temples at Main Event, a peanut butter whiskey cocktail for charity at Smokey Bones and two new tequila cocktails at Velvet Taco.

The Starbucks Reserve and Starbucks Reserve Roasteries — three of each of which exist in the United States — have an array of new drinks including espresso layered with fruit purée.

IHOP’s Bacon Obsession menu has a bacon milkshake and TGI Fridays’ Under the Big Top menu has several festive cocktails.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is celebrating the summer with flights of mini-Margaritas, and Hard Rock Cafe is celebrating Mother’s Day with a Momosa bar.

There are drinks with strawberries at Frisch’s Big Boy, Kung Fu Tea, Sonic Drive-In and Shake Shack, and a mangonada at Baskin-Robbins.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has a fruity tea, First Watch has a fruity drink with turmeric, Jamba has a lemonade with spirulina and Juice it Up! has açaí smoothies.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has new cocktails, as do Quaker Steak & Lube and Rib & Chop House.

McDonald’s has a new McFlurry; Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, Rutter’s and Stan’s Coffee & Donuts have new shakes, PJ’s Coffee is bringing back its Wedding Cake coffee drinks, and Tropical Smoothie Café has a special smoothie for Atlanta Braves fans.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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Correction: May 11, 2021
A misidentification of Main Event's new items has been corrected.
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