Dunkin' Has A Colorful New Macchiato That's Perfect For March

Spring is coming soon, with the equinox in the northern hemisphere falling on March 20, according to Farmer's Almanac, and restaurant chains are launching new products to kick off the season. Plenty of fast food restaurants are bringing back fish and seafood items, which traditionally rack up sales in March when many Americans observe Lent (via Menu and Price), and today, the coffee giant Starbucks launched its Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso, a variation on its Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso, which found rank amongst the brand's best iced drinks last year. Springtime must be the time of year when coffee chains drop new drinks, because recently, fellow iced coffee giant Dunkin' announced a new beverage that's very March-appropriate.

Last Wednesday, the coffee-and-doughnut megachain with more than 8,500 U.S. locations across 41 states (via the official website) shared a press release detailing a host of new items it's adding to its springtime menu. Among them? A chocolate croissant, a roasted tomato and avocado toast, and a colorful drink you might want to sip on come March 17.

It's a Shamrock Shake competitor

If you live near a McDonald's — and really, who doesn't? — you may have tried the fast food titan's famous Shamrock Shake, the pale green, mint-flavored milkshake that first debuted in 1967 to commemorate St. Patrick's Day (via McDonald's). Each year, the chain sells the popular shake during the month of March — but this year, it will have some competition.

In its press release from last week, the Massachusetts-founded Dunkin' announced the launch of its new Shamrock Macchiato, a bright green, espresso-based, Irish Creme-flavored iced coffee that is presumably something of a response to Micky D's cherished seasonal offering — although the chain isn't coming right out and saying so. "Spring is a season that brings adventure, optimism, and light-hearted fun, and we wanted to capture that essence for our guests in the all-new lineup," Jill Nelson, Dunkin's vice president of Marketing and Culinary, wrote in the statement. 

The intriguing new drink is available now, for a limited time only.