Fellow tea lovers unite! I have found the best Starbucks pink drink recipe that you can make at home. A few ingredients and you have a DIY pink drink! It’s one of my favorite DIY coffee drinks. Let me show you how easy it is to make this
I have a confession to make. I haven’t been to my beloved Starbucks in a few months. (Insert gasps here.) There are a few reasons for that. The first being I haven’t been drinking coffee as much lately. My Crohns started bothering me and I stopped drinking coffee all together for a few months. I missed my morning coffee so much but I knew it would help heal my stomach faster if I stopped drinking it.
The second reason is that I can pretty much recreate any Starbucks drink at home for a fraction of the cost. As much as I love being able to drive thru a Starbucks and have someone had me a freshly made coffee drink, I enjoy making said drink at home more.
One of my favorite drinks to make at home is Starbucks pink drink. It’s super easy and so good!
What is a pink drink
This was my first question when I first started seeing it all over Instagram. Everyone was proudly displaying their light pink drinks with strawberries from Starbucks. I asked one of my friends who had mentioned that she had the drink 3 times that week. She told me it was a strawberry acai refresher from Starbucks but instead of water, you ask for coconut milk.
It sounded delicious and refreshing and I pretty much immediately went to Starbucks to try it out. (I say “pretty much” because in mom time that means it took me about two days. Kids, yall. They may be cute but they can put the brakes on your “immediate” Starbucks run.)
Starbucks pink drink ingredients
After I ordered a pink drink for the first time I was hooked. I loved that it was smooth, slightly creamy and a great flavor. I loved it! Of course I wanted to recreate it at home so that I could have one whenever I wanted. I knew that it was the strawberry acai refresher with coconut milk, but a quick glance at the Starbucks website gave a better idea of the pink drinks ingredients.
The pink drink secret recipe is literally three ingredients:
- strawberry acai base
- coconut milk
The “strawberry acai base” that Starbucks uses is green coffee extract, sugar and grape juice. Instead of using the green coffee extract and grape juice, I went with a green tea for my DIY pink drink. So my ingredient list for a homemade pink drink is:
- acai tea or iced passion fruit
- sweetener of choice
- coconut milk
- frozen strawberries
- vanilla extract
I was able to pick up the tea and coconut milk at my local Target and I already had the frozen strawberries on hand. If you can’t find the Lipton that I used, you can try any variety of tea you’d like.
Starbucks uses freeze dried strawberries in their drinks but I love using frozen berries in mine. The main reason is that ice waters down your drink when it melts unlike frozen berries. It’s an easy way to keep your copycat coffee drinks tasting great. Feel free to use freeze dried strawberries and ice if that’s what you prefer.
Starbucks pink drink recipe at home
Once you have all your ingredients, it’s pretty easy to make your own pink drink at home. You can even double or triple the recipe and keep a concentrate on hand for whenever you want a quick pink drink fix.
To start you brew one bag of acai tea or passion fruit tea. Let it steep for a few minutes and then discard the tea bag. This is the time to add your sweetener of choice. Monk fruit, sugar or honey are all great choices. If you are using sweetened coconut milk than you may not need any extra sweetener, but it’s your choice.
Allow it to cool before preparing your drink. If you want to make a concentrate, triple the water and tea bags uses. Add to a pitcher and keep it in the fridge.
Once your tea is cooled add it to a cup along with your frozen strawberries. Pour in your coconut milk and stir to combine. Super simple and once you have the acai tea on hand you can make one anytime!
Starbucks pink drink recipe
Copycat Starbucks pink drink recipe.
- 1 Lipton acai tea bag or iced passion fruit tea
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar or sweetener of choice
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- frozen or freeze dried strawberries
Steep the tea bag in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bag and discard. Add in sweetener of choice. If you are using sweetened coconut milk, omit this part. Stir in vanilla extract.
Allow tea to cool before adding to a cup with the frozen strawberries. Pour in coconut milk and stir to combine.
To make a quart of concentrate - brew 4 tea bags in 2 cups of boiling water. Add in sweetener of choice. If using sweetened coconut milk, omit. Allow to cool and then pour into a pitcher and place in the fridge. When you are ready to create a pink drink - pour 1/2 cup of the concentrate in a cup and add in 1-2 cups of coconut milk.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Cholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 31.3gFiber: 1.8gSugar: 29gProtein: .3g
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I made this recipe and I though it it would be close but not the same. This recipe was dead on! I’m so excited to make my own Pink Drink at home!
Yay! I’m so happy to hear that!
Delicious and so easy to make! Plus, so much cheaper making it at home 🙂
Yes! SO much cheaper! So glad you enjoyed it!
What a delicious recipe! I’ll be making it again and again!
Awesome!! So happy you liked it!
I almost ordered this today…glad I found your recipe!!
Yay! Hope you enjoy!
i had my first pink drink the other day – and came looking for a recipe to make it myself. This fit the bill! It’s actually better, in my opinion. Thanks for a great alternative to spending $$$!
Yay! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!!
Their pink drink is so good…I love you made one that tastes the same.
Thank you! So easy to make at home for a fraction of the price!
Question? Did you use green tea? Or did you find something with açaí in it?
Lipton has an acai tea that you can use. It’s a green tea.