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Pink Drink (Starbucks Copycat)

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a cup of Pink Drink topped with slices of strawberries
This refreshing copycat strawberry pink drink recipe is a sweet and creamy treat that you can make at home in minutes.
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Table of Contents
  1. What is Pink Drink?
  2. Starbucks Pink Drink Recipe Ingredients
  3. Pink Drink Recipe Ingredients
  4. How to Make a Pink Drink
  5. Serving Your DIY Pink Drink
  6. Homemade Pink Drink Storage
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This delightful pink drink recipe will create a copycat version of the Starbucks classic for the perfect way to quench your thirst all summer long. With creamy coconut milk, hibiscus tea, and a sweet strawberry flavor, you can now make this delicious drink at home.

a cup of Pink Drink topped with slices of strawberries

What is Pink Drink?

Pink drink is a popular cold beverage sold at Starbucks that combines their Strawberry Acai Refresher beverage and creamy coconut milk.

Starbucks Pink Drink Recipe Ingredients

The Starbucks pink drink is made using Ice, their strawberry acai base, coconut milk, and freeze-dried strawberries. While our drink is similar, in place of the strawberry acai base, we use grape juice and the Tazo brand of passion tea.

Pink Drink Recipe Ingredients

Pink Drink Recipe raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 2 Tazo “Passion” tea bags (or another brand of hibiscus tea)
  • ½ cup white grape juice
  • ½ cup water
  • Ice cubes
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ cup freeze-dried strawberries (or sliced fresh strawberries)
  • Simple syrup (for sweetening), optional

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

TEA: The flavor of the tea is actually hibiscus. There are several brands of hibiscus tea on the market if you cannot find the Tazo brand and you can use any of them in this refreshing drink.

COCONUT MILK: We used unsweetened coconut milk in this copycat pink drink recipe. The finished drink gets its sweetness from the white grape juice, and this combination is closest to the original Starbucks version of the pink drink. For more sweetness, add simple syrup or try sweetened coconut milk.

MILK: While the original version uses coconut milk, you can change it up if you prefer almond milk or soy milk in this simple recipe.

SIMPLE SYRUP: I like to keep a premade simple syrup in my cupboard to use for a number of drinks. You can easily find it at any liquor store. You can make your own by combining equal parts of water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan. You will heat it just until the sugar dissolves (do not boil it), then allow it to cool completely before use. It can be stored in a lidded mason jar for up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

How to Make a Pink Drink

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Double or triple the recipe to make a pitcher of pink drink if you are planning to serve a crowd rather than making individual servings of the drink.

STEP ONE: Place one tea bag into a glass of white grape juice (1 tea bag will work for up to 1 cup of juice or 2 servings) and allow the juice to steep until bright pink.

PRO TIP:

The Tazo passion tea provides that amazing signature pink color. Steeping the teabag in the grape juice will help achieve a nice pink color throughout your drink since the grape juice tends to have a yellow tint.  

tea bag placed in grape juice in a glass

STEP TWO: Place the second tea bag in a glass of water (1 tea bag will brew up to 8 ounces of water or 2 servings) and steep for 3 to 5 minutes, until deep pink.

PRO TIP:

Water does not have to be hot to steep the tea. If you use hot water, ensure the brewed tea is completely cooled before pouring over the ice to make the drink.

tea bag placed in a glass of water

STEP THREE: Fill a 12-ounce glass with ice cubes.

STEP FOUR: Add ½ cup of juice and ½ cup of tea.

juice and tea added to a tall glass

STEP FIVE: Top with coconut milk and stir to combine.

coconut milk added to the juice and tea mixture in a tall glass

STEP SIX: Add a handful of freeze-dried strawberries or fresh sliced strawberries.

strawberries added to the drink in a tall glass

STEP SEVEN: Sweeten with simple syrup, if desired.

STEP EIGHT: Serve.

Serving Your DIY Pink Drink

Enjoy this cold drink on a hot summer day along with a delicious serving of fruit salsa and cinnamon chips. The beautiful pink shade of this drink would also be a fun addition to a Valentine’s day celebration along with our Valentine sugar cookies.

If you are looking for more refreshing drink recipes, check out our strawberry lemonade and raspberry iced tea for two more fruity options.

Homemade Pink Drink Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: The pink drink will separate over time. Though it can be re-stirred, it’s best to mix and drink at once rather than preparing it ahead of time and storing it in the fridge.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend trying to freeze any components of this drink. It is best made fresh.

close up shot of a cup of Pink Drink topped with slices of strawberries

Now you can skip the coffee shop and whip up this homemade Starbucks favorite at home with only a few simple ingredients. Creamy, refreshing and packed with sweet strawberry flavor, you won’t be able to get enough of this fancy beverage.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the best glass to serve this drink in?

We used a tall glass for this easy recipe, but any glass you have on hand will work fine for this homemade Starbucks pink drink.

Can I make this drink ahead of time?

This copycat Starbucks pink drink recipe doesn’t keep well so we recommend making it when you are ready to enjoy it.

Can I use different milk instead of coconut milk in this recipe?

While it may change the taste of the drink slightly, if you prefer to use a different milk to add the creamy component of the drink, you certainly can.

Does this drink have caffeine?

Our pink drink copycat recipe does not have any caffeine at all, making it a great choice to drink any time of the day.

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This refreshing copycat strawberry pink drink recipe is a sweet and creamy treat that you can make at home in minutes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tazo “Passion” tea bags, or any hibiscus tea
  • ½ cup white grape juice
  • ½ cup water
  • Ice cubes
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ¼ cup freeze-dried strawberries, or sliced fresh strawberries
  • Simple syrup, for optional sweetening

Instructions
 

  • Place one tea bag into a glass of white grape juice (1 tea bag will work for up to 1 cup of juice or 2 servings) and allow the juice to steep until bright pink.
  • Place the second tea bag in a glass of water (1 tea bag will brew up to 8 ounces of water or 2 servings) and steep for 3 to 5 minutes, until deep pink.
  • Fill a 12-ounce glass with ice.
  • Add ½ cup of juice and ½ cup of tea.
  • Top with coconut milk and stir to combine.
  • Add a handful of freeze-dried strawberries or fresh sliced strawberries.
  • Sweeten with simple syrup, if desired.
  • Serve.

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Notes

  • Double or triple the recipe to make a pitcher of pink drink if you are planning to serve a crowd rather than making individual servings of the drink.
  • The Tazo passion tea provides that amazing signature pink color. Steeping the teabag in the grape juice will help achieve a nice pink color throughout your drink since the grape juice tends to have a yellow tint.
  • Water does not have to be hot to steep the tea. If you use hot water, ensure the brewed tea is completely cooled before pouring over the ice to make the drink.

Nutrition

Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 1236mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 62g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 726mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 15mg
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