Last year, the drink of the summer was the Starbucks Pink Drink. The Pink Drink led to the Purple Drink, then the Orange Drink, then the Green Drink. Now, this summer, Starbucks has gotten all fancy and introduced the OMBRE Pink Drink.
I was telling Mr. Beet about this crazy layered concoction and he said “Starbucks has a man drink?” No, no, no, not hombre…..ombre. I showed him all the ombre hair styles that has taken over Pinterest, but I don’t know…maybe Starbucks does need to produce an hombre drink, something blue, something manly.
Anyway……as a self-professed Starbucks addict, I couldn’t resist trying to make this ombre pink drink at home.
So let’s break this drink down – it’s a Cool Lime Refresher with Coconut Milk, layered with Passion Tango tea. As you can imagine, it’s fruity, though, in my opinion, it tastes a little diluted.
However, it is easier to recreate at home than one might think. The trick is to use a spoon. Use the backside of a spoon to layer the tea on top so it doesn’t automatically blend into the lime part. It’s an old bartending trick used to create layers in cocktails. Everyone loves a fancy crafted cocktail, right?
Interesting though, that Starbucks has called this the Ombre PINK drink as it really doesn’t entail the actual named Pink Drink at all. The Pink Drink on the Starbucks menu is the Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk, where this ombre version doesn’t have any strawberry in it at all.
My recipe makes enough for several ombre drinks. Frankly, just making the Cool Lime Refresher is a little bit of work and not worth making enough for just one glass. So make a BIG batch and share. Enjoy the copycat Starbucks Ombre Pink Drink.
- 1 cup peeled and diced cucumbers
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves finely chopped
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 tablespoon Green Bean coffee powder
- Juice of 15 fresh squeezed limes, about 1 1/2 cup lime juice**
- 1 cup white grape juice
- 4 cups cold filtered water divided, 3 cups and 1 cup
- 4 cups filtered water, for boiling
- 6 Passion Fruit Tea Bags
- 2 cups cold filtered water
- 1/2 cup coconut milk for each drink
- Lime wheel for garnish
Add 1 cup of peeled and diced cucumbers, 1/2 cup of finely chopped mint leaves, and 3 cups of water into a large lidded container.
Place container in the fridge (a minimum of 2 hours but this can be done up to 24 hours ahead of time- the longer the water mixes with the cucumber and mint, the better.)
Add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water in a pot on the stove to create a simple syrup.
Heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the Green Bean Coffee Powder and stir.
Remove from heat and let cool.
- Drain the cucumber/mint water over a strainer, saving the water.
- Add the cucumber/mint water into a large pitcher, add the simple syrup and the juice of about 15 limes**
Add the white grape juice and an additional 1 cup of cold water and stir well.
Serve immediately over ice or let the mixture sit in the fridge so the flavors all mix.
Boil 4 cups of water in a teapot on the stove. Steep 6 Passion Fruit tea bags for 30 minutes.
Remove the tea from the stove and pour into a serving pitcher. Add 2 cups of cold filtered water.
- Fill a tall glass with ice.
- In a jar with lid, shake together 1 cup of Cool Lime Refresher and 1/2 cup coconut milk.
- Pour the lime coconut mixture over the ice. Add a straw.*
- Rinse out the jar, then add 1/2 cup of Passion Fruit Tea.
- Add a few ice cubes, seal the jar and shake the tea until frothy. (about 10 seconds)
- Remove the ice cubes from the tea.
- Place a spoon upside down over the serving glass with lime coconut mix.
- Slowly pour the Passion tea over the spoon so it drizzles over the ice and lime coconut mix.
- Lay a lime wheel gently on top of the drink, careful not to push the tea layer into the lime layer.
- Serve immediately.
*add the straw during the drink construction. Adding the straw once the beverage is made will mix the layers.
**Both recipes for the Cool Lime Refresher and the Passion Tea make about 2 quarts of each. Therefore this recipe for the Ombre Pink Drink will make many servings. Use 1/2 cup of Coconut milk for each glass of the Ombre Pink Drink.
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