What’s all the fuss about the Starbucks Pink Drink recipe? If you haven’t heard of Starbucks Pink Drink, you either live under a rock or don’t have an Instagram (which is virtually the same thing nowadays). The legendary secret menu drink made its way onto the regular Starbucks menu in 2017. And while most of the coffee chain’s drink names are a mouthful of flowery language, Starbucks decided to keep this one short and simple.
Over the years, I’ve seen it all, from the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino fad to the very-quick-to-burn-out Cloud Macchiato. But, the Pink Drink at Starbucks isn’t like the rest. It’s a slow burn – one that will last because let’s face it, it has every quality customers are looking for in a drink.
- It’s Instagram-worthy. Whether you snap it, boomerang it, or add it as an accessory to your selfie, the drink is downright pretty to look at. The shade of rosy pink flecked with slivers of strawberry…there’s nothing quite as easy on the eyes.
- It’s easy to order. Asking for a Pink Drink is a heck of a lot easier than asking for an iced Ristretto, 8 shots, trenta, with breve, 6 pump vanilla, 5 pump mocha, 3 Splenda, poured, not shaken.
- It takes like a freaking dream. Sipping on this creamy, fruity drink is the closest thing most of us will get to vacationing on the beach anytime soon.
But if you’re anything like me, you already spend way too much money on Starbucks, so adding a Pink Drink addiction to your list of problems may not sound like the right move for you. In that case, let me help you. Making a Pink Drink at home is a super simple DIY project. Bonus: our recipe is still Instagram-worthy and tastes like a dream – only it won’t cost you nearly as much to buy the ingredients, and you’ll have an entire batch for yourself. Let’s take a look at this Copycat Starbucks Pink Drink recipe.
Copycat Starbucks Pink Drink Recipe
The copycat Starbucks Pink Drink features a base of acai berry tea, blended with white grape juice, and coconut milk. It’s wow factor comes from the strawberry pieces added in at the end, and for just a touch of added sweetness, you can add as much (or as little) agave nectar as you’d like.
The best part about making a copycat Starbucks Pink Drink at home is that you can customize the recipe however you want (don’t worry – I won’t be offended if you change up the ingredients to suit your taste). For instance, if you want something super sweet, you can use sweetened coconut milk rather than unsweetened. This recipe calls for simple sugar, but you can swap that our for other sweeteners in your pink drink, like Splenda, honey, agave nectar, or Stevia.
As for milk, you can also use an alternative milk if you don’t like the taste of coconut milk. People have told me they like soy milk for a creamier, rich flavor. Others have tried almond milk for a nuttier taste. And now, everyone’s into oat milk, so if that’s your thing, let me know how it tastes. Take the recipe below as your base – I think you’ll love it as is, but if it needs something else, don’t be afraid to experiment
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Pink Drink Ingredients
The ingredients in this copycat Starbucks Pink Drink are easy to find at any grocery store. Feel free to use your favorite brands – this is your creation!
- 4 servings acai berry green tea
- 2 cups coconut milk (either unsweetened or sweetened coconut, depending on your preferences)
- 1/2 cup white grape juice
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup
Pink Drink Directions
Creating this Copycat Starbucks Pink Drink should around take 15 minutes total.
- Start by preparing the acai berry green tea. Boil water. Steep one cup of boiling water with the four acai berry green tea packets according to the directions on the box.
- Once the tea is prepared, pour it into a small glass pitcher or carafe.
- Measure out white grape juice and combine into the pitcher with the tea.
- Add two cups (or desired amount) of coconut milk.
- Add simple syrup or preferred sweetener to the pitcher, stir until completely blended.
- Wash and slice up 10-12 strawberries vertically, removing the leafy top of the strawberries. Add to tea mixture.
- I recommend chilling for at least an hour to ensure the mixture has enough time to cool down completely. However, if you want to serve immediately, fill a couple of glasses with ice and pour.
- If you have any leftovers, put them in the fridge.
Total Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Trans Fat: 0g
Unsaturated Fat: 0g
This nutritional information is based on averages from the ingredients listed above. If you alter the recipe, it will change the nutritional values of your drink.
- Don’t like strawberries? Make the Pink Drink a Blue Drink, or a Purple Drink! I’d love to hear about your experiments with swapping out the strawberries for a different berry.
- Double the recipe to have plenty of leftovers. Just add to a pitcher and keep refrigerated. Drink within 2-3 days for maximum freshness.
- For a jolt of intense berry flavor, you can mix in some of a Starbucks VIA Berry Hibiscus Refresher packet (not the whole thing).
- I normally don’t use simple syrup in my recipes, as I prefer to use more natural sweeteners like Stevia or agave nectar. However, the Starbucks Pink Drink is really sweet when you order it in-stores, so this was the closest way to replicate it without having to add half a bottle of agave or 10 packets of Stevia.