Valentine’s Day is coming soon! What are you going to make for your honey? I am always a fan of the Starbucks homemade pink drink! Actually it’s too good to only make once a year. So yes, I make it a lot. Have you ever made a Starbucks pink drink copycat recipe? It’s just as good as the real thing. The Starbucks pink drink is known to be a REALLY thirst quenching beverage.
Also, if you make it yourself you can tweak the ingredients you use, and make as much as you want. Without spending $5 a pop. Why not treat yourself to a Venti!
What is the Starbucks Pink Drink Anyway?
The Starbucks pink drink recipe has been around for a few years. You Starbucks aficionados might remember that it was called the Strawberry Acai Refresher originally.
Actually it caused quite a buzz initially and was a social phenomenon when it first came out. Everyone was raving about it on Instagram in 2016. Starbucks then decided to move it from the secret menu on to the official one. Yep, that’s the power of social media.
Anyway, this drink is light and refreshing and includes strawberry and acai flavours, as well as passion fruit. There is also coconut milk and a scoop of strawberries in there. Yummy, right?
Another name for the Starbucks homemade pink drink is the ombré drink. As you might expect, the name comes from the way the coconut milk on top contrasts with the pink mixture on the bottom. And then they mix together so you get an ombré effect.
The pink drink has coconut milk instead of water to make it that pretty rose pink colour. My pink drink copycat recipe tastes the same as the Starbucks version. Try it – I promise you’ll love it!
Starbucks Homemade Pink Drink: What You Need
You don’t need a lot of ingredients for the Starbucks pink drink recipe. Berry tea bags, white grape juice, coconut milk and some strawberries is all I used. Plus some water to brew the tea. Oh – and ice!
Use whichever berry tea bags you have or you prefer, to make this pink drink copycat recipe. Starbucks uses a strawberry acai base (which is largely water, sugar, white grape juice, flavourings and coconut milk).
They also add freeze dried strawberries. In fact the main ingredient listed on their website is ice.
I go a little lighter on the ice, since I want more homemade Starbucks pink drink in my glass than ice!
You can use unsweetened white grape juice and add however much sweetener or sugar you want, or you could use the sweetened kind.
Starbucks homemade pink drink is fully customizable of course. And that especially applies if you’re making it yourself!
Starbucks Homemade Pink Drink Recipe
Just Like Starbucks Homemade Pink Drink Copycat Recipe
- 1 Cup tea I used 2 berry tea bags
- 1 Cup water
- 1/2 Cup white grape juice
- 1 Cup coconut milk
- 3 strawberries sliced
- 1/2 Cup Ice optional
- Put the two tea bags in a large cup or teapot and pour the boiling water. Let it steep for a few minutes. Leave to cool.
- Pour the white grape juice into the cup with the tea.
- Add ice (if desired) and strawberry slices into a glass.
- Add 3/4 cup of the mix (steeped tea with the white grape juice) into the glass of ice and strawberry slices. Top off with coconut milk. Serve
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink: How to Make It
You’ll find making the Starbucks pink drink copycat recipe very simple. You just need to steep a couple of berry tea bags in boiling water for several minutes, then let the tea cool down.
Are you in a rush? Simple – just use canned passion tea! It’s already brewed and doesn’t need time to cool down.
Now you can add some white grape juice to the mixture. Next throw in your ice and then some strawberries go into the mix. I like to use fresh strawberry slices. Alternatively you could use frozen ones, and that would mean you need less ice.
Finally I add a splash of coconut milk, and that’s it! Your homemade Starbucks pink drink is looking delicious and all ready to enjoy!
If this is one of your favourite Starbucks recipes, you might like to make a big batch of the tea. It will keep for a few days in the refrigerator.
Starbucks Homemade Pink Drink Variations
Just as you can customize your drinks at the store, you can do the same at home. Most of the ingredients in the Starbucks homemade pink drink are tweak-able. You can use any fruit flavoured tea bags, as well as any fruit juice. The white grape juice does go really well though.
As for the coconut milk, you can use regular or soy milk, or even a splash of heavy cream if you prefer. Coconut milk also comes in unsweetened and sweetened varieties, so pick whichever resonates with your sweet tooth (or lack of!) Honey or agave syrup would give some extra sweetness to the drink if you’re partial to one of those.
The strawberries are a key part of the drink but if you don’t like them or are allergic, try raspberries or another favourite berry. You might even discover a brand new favourite twist on the homemade Starbucks pink drink!
Let me know if you make this homemade copycat Starbucks pink drink recipe. What is your favourite Starbucks recipe that I should post next?