The pink drink is an iconic Starbucks drink blended with a strawberry base and creamy coconut milk. This homemade copycat recipe is so close to the real thing that you'll think this light and refreshing drink is straight from the cafe!
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Easy Pink Drink Recipe
I love coffee-based drinks, but if I want to have something with less caffeine, the pink drink from Starbucks is my go-to. This Starbucks strawberry acai drink has exploded in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. It tastes as delicious as it looks, and you just can't get anything like it from a different coffee shop.
Well, until now! Since I'm so obsessed with this fun drink, I had to recreate it at home. After trying a few variations, I think I nailed it!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's legit. Perfectly sweet, creamy, and fruity, this Starbucks copycat recipe is so close to the real deal that you won't be able to taste a difference. Honestly, I like this homemade version even better!
It saves time and money. Instead of wasting time sitting in the drive-thru at Starbucks, this pink drink recipe will only take you 5 minutes to make. Plus, you'll save money because you can make multiple servings once you have the ingredients you need.
It's fun. What's even better than how it tastes is how it looks! It's a cheerful bright pink color that's super exciting for when you're hosting friends.
It's a kid-friendly drink. Since there is no caffeine in this homemade pink drink, it's the perfect drink to share with kids! My wife always makes this when her sister and two girls come over, and they
- Fresh strawberries- sliced into quarters.
- Simple syrup- used to bring a balanced sweetness level.
- Oceanspray White Cran-Strawberry juice- I think this one works best to get just the right flavor. You can use any white cranberry juice, though. I think white cran-peach juice is the second best option.
- Coconut milk- you can use sweetened coconut milk if you want it to be extra sweet or unsweetened coconut milk if you want to cut down on the sugar.
- Crushed ice- or regular ice cubes.
How To Make a Starbucks Pink Drink
Step 1: Mash the strawberries. Add the sliced strawberries to a large pitcher or glass. Mash the strawberries with a muddler until they're crushed into pieces.
Step 2: Add the ingredients. Add the juice, coconut milk, and simple syrup to the pitcher and give everything a good stir to combine.
Step 3: Serve. Divide the ice cubes between two serving glasses. Pour the delicious pink drink over the ice and enjoy immediately.
Popular Substitutes and Variations
- Make your own simple syrup. Add a 1:1 ratio of granular sugar and water to a pot. Heat on medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then you can use it in the drink.
- Substitute the syrup for honey if you don't have any and don't want to make it.
- Use almond milk or any other non-dairy milk you want if you don't like coconut milk.
- Use whole milk for a creamier drink.
- Add some cold green tea or green coffee bean extract into the drink for a kick of caffeine.
- Top it off with some freeze-dried strawberries for a coffee shop presentation.
- Substitute the white cranberry juice for white grape juice concentrate or any fruit juice that you want.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's in the Starbucks pink drink?
According to the Starbucks website, the pink drink is made with strawberry acai base, ice, coconut milk, and freeze-dried strawberries.
Does the Starbucks pink drink have caffeine?
Yes. The pink drink you buy at starbucks has caffeine from green coffee bean extract. However, there is no caffeine in this pink drink recipe.
How long does this drink last?
This drink is definitely best enjoyed fresh, and I doubt you and anyone you're sharing it with won't finish it! With that said, if you have any leftovers, you can store the drink in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for a day or two. You'll want to give it a good stir before enjoying it.
More Starbucks Copycat Recipes
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- Starbucks Peppermint Mocha
- Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
- Vanilla Bean Frappuccino
- Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
- ½ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup (or honey)
- 2 cups Oceanspray White Cran-Strawberry juice (or any white cranberry juice)
- 1 cup sweetened coconut milk
- Crushed ice
- Add strawberries to a pitcher.
- Mash the strawberries with a muddler.
- Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine.
- Divide the ice between serving glasses. Pour the drink over the ice.
- Serve immediately with optional freeze-dried strawberries on top.
Serving Size:1 drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 1g