Starbucks Pink Drink

Have you wondered what’s in the Starbucks Pink Drink? Made with strawberry acai, green coffee tea extract, and coconut milk. This Starbucks refresher tastes as good as it looks. We will walk you through how to make this refreshing tea.

homemade Starbucks pink drink in two glasses and fresh strawberries


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Why should you make your own copycat Starbucks Pink Drink

On a hot summer day, you know that the pink drink Starbucks serves is calling your name. But who wants to pay Starbucks’ prices for beverages? If you can’t escape your cravings for the sweet and tangy thirst-quenching taste of Starbucks Pink Drink but don’t want to go broke, try making it at home.

This homemade Starbucks Pink Drink recipe is caffeine-free, so you will feel good about allowing everyone in your family to enjoy it. And it is a good thing that the recipe is so easy to prepare because once you make it, it’s sure to become one of the most requested summer treats in your house.

What’s in a Starbucks Pink Drink?

This drink is made with a Strawberry Acai Base, coconut milk, white grape juice, freeze-dried strawberries, and green coffee extract. Their Pink Drink has a small amount of caffeine in it.

How to make your copycat version

For this copycat Starbucks pink drink recipe, I have a few swaps I am going to use for this recipe. The taste is very close. If you can find the Starbucks VIA Instant Refreshers, Very Berry Hibiscus you should purchase those, but I haven’t seen those available in the stores or on the Starbucks website in a very long time.

So let’s make the signature drink with what you can find, and again, I think you will find it tastes very close. The natural flavors of fresh strawberries may make this your favorite drink.

Copycat Pink Drink ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Water – for blending the drink to the right level of strength.
  • Sugar – adds the right amount of sweetness
  • TAZO Passion Herbal Tea – this is our substitution for Starbucks’ Strawbery Acai base
  • White grape juice – adds balance and a touch of sweetness
  • Coconut milk – this is for flavor and is what makes the drink pink
  • Strawberries – Starbucks uses frozen-dried strawberries; they are hard to find and very expensive.
  • Ice cubes – your drink will be cool and refreshing with ice
Starbucks pink drink ingredients

Ingredient Notes


You can freely choose your preferred brands for most of the ingredients in this recipe, but the one non-negotiable item is TAZO Passion Herbal tea. It’s the key ingredient responsible for the drink’s stunning color and delightful tartness, thanks to its blend of hibiscus flowers, orange peel, rose hips, passion fruit, and cinnamon. If you can’t find it at your local store, you can always order it online.

Now, onto an ingredient you might not commonly have in your kitchen: coconut milk. It’s important to note that coconut milk differs from the more familiar coconut water, often marketed as a natural sports drink.

For this recipe, we specifically need the richer taste and thicker texture of coconut milk. While you can find it in cans, the best option is usually the refrigerated variety at the grocery store. Avoid sweetened coconut milk, as it will alter the drink’s intended flavor profile.

When selecting white grape juice, opt for a low-sugar or no-sugar-added version, as we’ll be adding sweetness through simple syrup. For the pinkest drink possible, choose the lightest-colored white grape juice available.

How to make the Starbucks Pink Drink

  1. Prepare simple syrup by placing water and sugar into a saucepan.
  2. Heat on medium-high just until the mixture begins to boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Allow the simple syrup to cool to room temperature.
  4. Prepare one bag of tea in a cup of boiling water.
  5. Steep tea for five minutes.
  6. Allow the tea to cool to room temperature before you make the drink. 
  7. Add simple syrup, half of the tea, and white grape juice to a tall glass. Stir well.
  8. Pour in additional tea to fill the glass three-quarters full. Stir well.
  9. Add coconut milk and stir well.
  10. Add chopped strawberries and serve immediately.
Homemade Starbucks pink drink and fresh strawberries

Tips for making and serving the Pink Drink

Make by the pitcherful

Why waste time making each drink individually? Just make a larger batch by multiplying the recipe by four. Make it early in the day and store it covered in the fridge. Leave the strawberries out, and then add them into each individual glass along with ice.

Turn it into a slushie

Everyone loves a slushie when it’s hot outside, and it is easy to transform this drink into one.

  1. Prepare the tea in advance and let it cool to room temperature
  2. Stir in the white grape juice.
  3. Freeze the mixture in an ice cube tray.
  4. When you want to make a Pink Drink slushie, put the coconut milk, simple syrup, strawberries, frozen cubes of tea, and white grape juice into the blender.
  5. Blend until smooth and serve.

Try making the slushie with a shot of rum for an island-inspired cocktail.

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Starbucks Pink Drink

Make Starbucks Pink Drink with this easy copycat recipe. Learn how to make the best pink drink with tea, coconut milk, and strawberries.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbucks Pink Drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 282kcal

Ingredients

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar

Drink preparation

  • 1 tea bag Tazo Passion Herbal Tea
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup white grape juice
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh strawberries

Instructions

Simple Syrup Prepration

  • Prepare simple syrup by placing 1 cup of water and 2 cups of sugar into a saucepan. Heat on medium-high just until mixture begins to boil, stir occasionally while the syrup heats. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. It is best if you allow the simple syrup to cool off before you make the drink.

Tea Preparation

  • Prepare 1 bag of tea by adding 8 ounces of boiling water. Allow tea to steep for five minutes. It is best if you allow the tea to cool off before you make the drink.

Building the Pink Drink

  • Add 2 tablespoons of simple syrup to a glass, add 1/2 cup tea to the glass. Add 1/2 cup white grape juice to the glass. Stir well.
  • Add ice to the glass. Add 3 tablespoons of coconut milk and mix gently. Add chopped strawberries and serve immediately.

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Notes

  • I recommend adding about 1/4 teaspoon of green coffee extract to the recipe if you want a caffeinated version. 
  • You can swap coconut milk for other types of plant-based milk. 

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Shyann

    5 stars
    This recipe got me in the right direction for sure! So thank you for that! I have tweaked it quite a bit and it’s finally perfect for me. Here is what I use:
    Canned coconut milk
    Tazo passion tea concentrate
    White grape juice
    Splenda
    Frozen pink dragon fruit (found at Walmart!)
    I kinda just eyeball it and blend it all together in my blendjet 2! My ratio is probably about 20% coconut milk, 50% white grape juice, 30% Tazo tea concentrate. I add in 2 packs of splenda, and just 4 or 5 cubes of dragon fruit for color. Blend it all together in my blendjet then pour over ice. It will start to separate due to the fat in the milk you use and the acidity in the grape juice, doesn’t mean that it’s spoiled, just stir and you’re fine to drink 🙂

    • JustLisa

      Hi. 1. For your canned coconut milk= What brand did you use? And did you use unsweetened?
      2. What brand of frozen pink dragon fruit did you use? Thanks. 🙂

  2. Lizzie

    I can’t wait to try this for the holiday weekend while I can still get fresh strawberries easily. I love this drink at Starbucks but I can’t afford to buy them often. I just don’t have the extra money right now. Plus the bonus of it being caffeine free makes me so happy. Thank you

  3. Amanda

    5 stars
    Thank you for creating a caffeine-free version of this drink! It’s so good and so easy it’s almost dangerous 🙂

    • Leah

      So delicious unsweetened coconut milk and pacifica unsweetened coconut milk are both great too, But So Delicious brand is better. Make sure to shake it well. It comes in a box and is where the boxed milk aisle is.

  4. Debbie

    I made this and when I added my coconut milk it looks like it clabbers. Is this normal or did I do something wrong? It tasted great but I was afraid to drink it with the way it looked.

  5. Zachary G.

    4 stars
    We made it and liked it a lot, however I’m curious, why making so much syrup (one cup water and two cups sugar) only to end up using two tablespoons of it?

  6. Jennifer Hamilton

    5 stars
    Always looking for a homemade recipe since I’m addicted to pink drinks. Pink drinks are made from strawberry açaí and the violet drinks are made from the passion tea at Starbucks. So I’m not sure this would taste like a pink drink, but I will give it a try.

      • Becca

        4 stars
        This tastes great but I didn’t feel like it tasted like the Pink Drink until I added Kirkland’s organic lemonade and now it tastes spot-on to me! So if anyone else feels like it needs a little something more, try lemonade! 🙂

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