If you’re like me, you sometimes wish you had a Starbucks barista at your beck and call. That’s why I decided to try to make the Starbucks Pink Drink at home.
One of the most famous, and refreshing choices is the pink drink. I think the main attraction is the pretty pink color. You may even be able to achieve a pretty ombre effect depending on how you construct your drink (see tips below.)
How to Make a Starbucks Pink Drink at Home
Probably one of the easiest drinks to make and there are so many variations. I love anything with coconut, so this Starbucks coconut milk drink is right up my alley. While many use tea for the base, I’ll show you how to make the pink drink with juice. Just swapping out different juice flavors gives you a whole new drink experience.
Try incorporating pineapple juice for a tropical-infused treat. You could also substitute different fruit choices. I chose strawberries for this recipe, but peaches, blackberries, and raspberries would also be a great choice.
I’ll be sharing the most basic recipe for Starbucks’ pink drink. While many may use berry tea, I like to make my life easier and use juice concentrate. Also, I believe it tastes better!
Does Pink Drink Have Caffeine?
The recipe in this post does not contain caffeine. Some recipes may include Tazo Iced Passion tea concentrate which does not contain caffeine.
Is the Starbucks Pink Drink Healthy?
For a 16 oz serving of the pink drink, you’re looking at about 140 calories with 24 grams of sugar, according to the Starbucks website. While their recipe is made with tea, the copycat recipe in this post is made with a juice that contains 25 grams of sugar per 8oz.
However, because of coconut milk’s naturally high-fat content, there have been instances where lactating women have experienced an increase in milk production while consuming the pink drink. But of course, you’d want to confirm that with your doctor.
how to make a pink drink
In order to make a variation of the pink drink recipe, you’ll need just a few items from the store. To begin, you will need to get the following ingredients:
- Chopped Strawberries
- Ocean Spray’s White Cran-Strawberry juice
- Coconut Milk
Fill your cup about 3/4 full of ice. Add strawberries. For additional strawberry flavor, you can muddle the strawberries on the bottom of your cup before filling them with ice. You can get my mason jar lids and metal straw here.
Then fill your cup 3/4 with the white cran-strawberry juice and 1/4 with coconut milk. Stir and enjoy!!
To get that much-desired ombre effect, you may even try pouring the coconut milk first (most dense) and then pouring the juice on top. You’ll want to eventually stir it to drink, but it does make for a cool pretty effect.
HOW MUCH IS THE PINK DRINK AT STARBUCKS?
The best part about re-creating this Starbucks favorite is that you can make it anytime at home at a fraction of the cost. A grande serving (16 fl. oz.) of the Pink Drink at Starbucks will cost you $4.35.
We paid $3.59 for 64 fl. oz of Ocean Spray’s White Cran-Strawberry juice. $3.99 for half a gallon of coconut milk, and $2.50 for a pound of fresh strawberries. This is a more cost-effective way to enjoy the Pink Drink and make it multiple times for you and your family and friends.
Here’s a video of how to make this delicious drink — Enjoy!
For another delicious drink, try this iced pineapple matcha recipe.