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Starbucks Pink Drink Copycat Recipe

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(Editor: This Starbucks Pink Drink Copycat Recipe was originally posted on June 6, 2016 and was updated on May 21, 2020)

Beauty and the Beets Pink Drink Starbucks copycat recipe

Do you remember back in the summer of 2016 when Starbucks introduced all these color drinks? It started with the Pink Drink, and then there was the Purple Drink, the Violet Drink, the Orange Drink, the Green Drink, and the Ombre Pink Drink. The Pink Drink made it on to the permanent Starbucks menu. It’s delicious, but it’s also easy to make at home. Here is my copycat version of the Starbucks Pink Drink copycat recipe.

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What is the Pink Drink?

I am all about trying to copycat Starbucks drinks (check out my copycat Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher). Here is how the Pink Drink has been explained to me – it is the Strawberry Acai Refresher made with Coconut Milk instead of water.

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My local Starbucks in Orlando is next door to both a Publix Supermarket and a Trader Joe’s, which made shopping for the Pink Drink copycat recipe easy. I know all the refreshers are made with white grape juice and green coffee bean extract as a base. I found mine at a health food store but Amazon sells the Green Coffee Bean Extract as a powder too.

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The Pink Drink copycat copycat recipe garnish

Start by making a strawberry simple syrup using freeze dried strawberries. The key is to push the solids gently with a spoon through the fine mesh strainer to get a thicker and more concentrated syrup.

Most Starbucks garnish the Pink Drink with freeze dried strawberries, and some stores used blackberries. I like it both ways, but I prefer adding fresh strawberries.

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The  copycat recipe

Starbucks Pink Drink Copycat Recipe

Starbucks Pink Drink Copycat Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This is the original Starbucks Pink Drink copycat recipe.

Ingredients

For the Strawberry Simple Syrup

For the Pink Drink

  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • ice

For the Garnish

  • 1/2 cup fresh sliced or freeze dried strawberries
  • blackberries

Instructions

  1. Add the freeze dried strawberries, sugar, filtered water, the green coffee bean powder, and the Acai powder to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  3. Pour through a fine mesh strainer, pushing on the fruit with the back of a spoon to extract the liquid, capturing the syrup in a wide lipped cup or bowl.
  4. Allow the syrup to cool 30-45 minutes.
  5. To a large pitcher, add the strawberry syrup, white grape juice, and coconut milk.
  6. To serve, add ice to a cocktail shaker and add enough refresher for one drink. Top with freeze dried or fresh strawberries.
  7. Shake vigorously and pour into serving glass.

    Notes

    * I prefer substituting filtered water for the grape juice as the juice makes the drink very sweet. 

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    Miranda C

    Tuesday 26th of March 2019

    lol I used canned coconut milk that is used for baking and now I am scared to try it. definitely not the right kind of coconut milk............

    Also used frozen strawberries.....

    just trying to make it as cheap as possible.

    Anna-Marie

    Tuesday 26th of March 2019

    Frozen strawberries would be fine, but not the cooking coconut milk!! Oh no, tell me how it tastes, if you try it. :)

    Allie

    Sunday 17th of February 2019

    It's a really good start but I followed the recipe to the letter and it was way more milky than the Starbucks drink. I don't know if it's because they do more acai tea and just splash some coconut milk or what. I might try and water it down some and I think that'll help thin it out a little more. I think brewing the tea with some sugar and the dried strawberries and then mixing that syrup with coconut milk and a little water might make a closer copycat. But thank you for the recipe and giving me a way to make it at home! I will say, it looks very pretty!

    Amanda

    Saturday 4th of August 2018

    Is there a way to make a batch of this at one time and keep it for further drinks? I drink a trenta sized pink drink. What would I need to make to get the right proportion for that size?

    Anna-Marie

    Saturday 4th of August 2018

    This recipe makes enough for several trenta drinks. You can stash the leftovers in the fridge for the next day. I recommend you just shake it and go!

    Mary

    Monday 30th of July 2018

    I can’t have full caffeine because of an irregular heart rate(I can have decaf )so I’d the green tea powder key to the flavor?

    Anna-Marie

    Tuesday 31st of July 2018

    The green tea powder is only to add caffiene- if you omit it the flavor will not be affected. Thanks for stopping by Mary!

    Zahra-Bobat

    Sunday 20th of May 2018

    I love your recipe Anna-Marie. I can't wait to try it out.??

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