Next time you are craving a summertime, refreshing beverage, skip the line and make this Starbucks Pink Drink Copycat recipe right at the house. Not only is this strawberry acai refresher recipe cheaper to make but you can whip one up in just a couple of minutes!
When you want a refreshing drink that is iced and has just the right amount of sweetness, the homemade pink drink is a must-have. Its beautiful pink color comes from the passion tea, while our version packs an extra punch of strawberry flavor because we are using freeze-dried berries.
Freeze-dried strawberries maintain their flavor due to the way they are processed.They are as close to fresh as you can get, and have much more flavor than frozen ones you get at the grocery store. Plus you can keep them in the pantry, so their shelf life is obviously much longer.
If you find yourself wanting to make a warm Starbucks drink, be sure to try this Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s my other seasonal go-to!
I’m still wondering why Starbucks kept the Pink Drink as a secret menu item for so long?! Did you know that it didn’t debut permanently until 2017 because so many people ordered it?
Copycat Starbucks Pink Drink Ingredients
- white grape juice
- cold water
- Tazo “Passion” tea bags
- Ice cubes
- unsweetened coconut milk
- freeze-dried strawberries
- Simple syrup (optional)
How to Make the Pink Drink at Home
Place a tea bag into a glass with white grape juice. Allow it to steep until it is bright pink.
Add the second tea bag to a glass of water and steep until it’s deep pink (about 3-5 minutes).
Fill a tall glass with ice.
Pour 1/2 cup of juice, followed by 1/2 cup of tea over the ice.
Stir in the coconut milk.
Add a handful of strawberries and garnish with whipped cream if desired.
Tips for Making
- The passion tea is actually hibiscus. So if you cannot find the Tazo brand there are others on the market. They used to sell the Very Berry Hibiscus single-serve packets, but I haven’t seen those in a while.
- For a sweeter drink: add simple syrup or try a sweetened coconut milk. The recipe listed is the closest combination of the Starbucks version and gets its sweetness from the grape juice.
- Shake the coconut milk well before adding it to the drink. Sometimes the oil separates from the milk.
- Coconut milk from the can (vs. a carton) mixed into the drink smoothly and didn’t separate at all.
- If using a coconut milk that doesn’t blend in as easily, I like to mix the whole drink in a shaker or protein bottle with the ball to help mix the milk with the tea.
- The water does not have to be hot to steep the tea. If you do use hot water, make sure the tea is cooled completely before pouring over the ice.
Most people refer to them as the “pink drink” however, the real name is Strawberry Acai Refresher.
Its best to make and drink them on the same day as the coconut milk will separate.
Starbucks Pink Drink Copycat
- ½ cup white grape juice
- ½ cup water
- 2 Tazo “Passion” tea bags or a hibiscus tea
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
- ¼ cup freeze-dried strawberries or sliced fresh strawberries
- Simple syrup for sweetening, optional
- Place tea bag into a glass of white grape juice (1 tea bag will work for up to 1 cup of apple juice = 2 servings) and allow the juice to steep until bright pink.
- Place second tea bag in a glass of water (1 tea bag will brew up to 8 oz. of water = 2 servings) and steep for 3-5 minutes, until deep pink.
- Fill a large drink glass with ice.
- Pour ½ cup of juice and ½ cup of tea over the ice.
- Top with coconut milk and stir to combine.
- Add a handful of freeze-dried strawberries or fresh sliced strawberries (or a combination of both!)
- Sweeten with simple syrup, if desired.