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 any time of year. So beat the lines and up the nutrients with this simple recipe.
What’s in the Pink Drink?
Contrary to popular belief, the Starbucks Pink Drink isn’t made from swirly clouds, unicorn tails and Instagram likes. The combines the coffee chain’s Strawberry Acai Refresher Beverage and creamy coconut milk. It is then garnished with freeze-dried strawberries for a punch of berry flavor.
The pink drink used to be a secret menu item but has now been placed on the permanent menu, along with the irresistible Violet Drink.
Can you make it at home?
Absolutely! One of our favorite things about making Starbucks copycat recipes at home is the opportunity to cut down on sugar and calories. A grande size Pink Drink at Starbucks contains 140 calories and a whopping 24g of sugar.
How to Make a Starbucks Pink Drink
- 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 pick-me-up.