Ariana Grande, Starbucks share love of clouds – and new Cloud Macchiatos

Wednesday - 06/03/2019 01:55
Move over, regular Macchiatos.

Starbucks is releasing a new version of its popular drink Tuesday – the new Cloud Macchiato.

Singer Ariana Grande, who's known for being a fan of clouds, is serving as brand ambassador, she announced on Twitter Tuesday.

The coffee giant says the drink "combines the craft of Starbucks espresso, the heritage of Starbucks Caramel Macchiato (created in 1996) and the innovation of Starbucks Cold Foam, an airy microfoam frothed cold and blended until smooth, creating layers of creamy texture and flavor, without the cream."

Grande posted pictures of herself wearing a green Starbucks apron on Twitter and exchanged tweets with the coffee company, featuring cloud and coffee cup emojis.

"We’ve long been fans of Ariana Grande’s (and we’re both fans of Clouds), so we’re excited to work with her to celebrate the debut of Cloud Macchiato," Starbucks said in an e-mail.

Grande, whose last name sounds like a Starbucks drink size, launched a perfume called Cloud last month.
 

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Starbucks releases a new drink on March 5: the Iced Cloud Macchiato. (Photo: Starbucks)


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Next week, Grande's favorite music, including some of her hits, will be featured on one of the playlists at Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada, the company said.

The Cloud Macchiato is a permanent addition to Starbucks' menu and is available iced or hot in caramel and cinnamon at participating U.S. and Canada stores.

"This newest beverage draws inspiration from the leche merengada, or 'meringue milk,' a summer drink from the cafés of Barcelona, Spain that dates back centuries," Starbucks said in a statement.


The whipped cold foam is made with milk, combined with espresso and finished with a caramel drizzle cross-hatch on top. Egg whites also are included in the foam, Starbucks said. "To create the Cloud Macchiato, Starbucks in-house product development team created a special recipe for Cloud powder, using egg whites a key ingredient that is added to the Cold Foam to create a fluffy texture that tastes luxurious," the company said. Follow Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ariana Grande, Starbucks share love of clouds – and new Cloud Macchiatos

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