If you can’t get enough of the colorful drinks at Starbucks, save a little money and sugar by making your own at home. That unmistakable creamy pink drink can easily be whipped up in your kitchen all summer long. So beat the lines and up the nutrients with this go-to recipe!
What’s in the Pink Drink?
The Starbucks Pink Drink is really made from swirly clouds, unicorn tails and Instagram likes. If you ask Starbucks, the drink is made from their Strawberry Acai Refresher Beverage and creamy coconut milk. It is then garnished with freeze-dried strawberries for a punch of berry flavor.
Can you make it at home (and a little healthier, too)?
Weighing in at 140 calories for a grande size, the Pink Drink won’t derail your summer diet. However, it still packs quite a bit of sugar. We’ve got a recipe that’s lighter on the sugar and big on fresh taste. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 berry green tea bags
- 1 cup coconut milk, chilled
- 2 cups ice
- ½ cup sliced strawberries
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
Step 1: Prepare the strawberry puree
To cut down on the sugar, this copycat recipe uses frozen strawberries for sweetness. Place two cups of frozen strawberries in a saucepan and place over low heat. Cook the berries until they start to break down, about 30 minutes. Once the mixture has cooled, puree it using an immersion blender or place in a food processor. Keep chilled until ready to use. If you have leftover, stir a little into lemonade (here’s our favorite brand).
Step 2: Steep the tea
Choose your favorite berry tea and steep two tea bags in one cup of hot water. Allow the bags to sit for at least five minutes. Before removing the tea bags, squeeze out any remaining juice.
Step 3: Mix in the creamy goodness
Pour in your strawberry puree and coconut milk and stir to combine with the tea.
Step 4: Pour over ice
Divide your drinks evenly over two cups of ice and garnish with fresh sliced strawberries. Enjoy!
We’re loving this fresh yet creamy treat—it’s the perfect summer pick-me-up.