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The Original Starbucks Violet Drink copycat

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The Starbucks Violet Drink was only in stores very briefly for one summer. Here is the original copycat recipe.

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The Starbucks Violet Drink copycat

In the summer of 2016, the Starbucks Pink Drink just kind of showed up all over Instagram but was never an official beverage on the menu. Now, a few years later, it is on the main Starbucks menu. That same summer Starbucks introduced the Ombre Pink Drink, the Matcha Lemonade and the Violet Drink. And yes I copycatted them all. (See the list at the bottom of this post for all the recipes). But whatever, this is what I love to do. And this post is all about the Violet drink.

a split screen with he violet drink with ice and blackberries against a white background

The Violet Drink versus the Purple Drink

Many people confuse the Violet drink with the popular Purple Drink. The Violet Drink is the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher with coconut milk and blackberries. While the Purple Drink is the Passion Tango tea with vanilla and soy milk. Purple = Passion Tango. Violet = Very Berry Hibiscus. Are you keeping up with all of this? There will be a quiz later. So…..let’s get this party started. Here is the Starbucks Violet Drink copycat recipe.

Beauty and the Beets Starbucks #VioletDrink recipe

The violet drink made a brief appearance at Starbucks in 2017 when Lady Gaga introduced  colorful drinks for her “Cups of Kindness” campaign. While the Pink Drink stayed on the permanent menu, the Violet drink is still around, you just have to ask for it.

Personally, the Violet Drink is my favorite of all the colored drinks.  It’s sweet, it’s tart, and it’s a vibrant color. Who doesn’t like vibrant colors?

Once you make the base syrup for this drink, you can easily make the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, or the Violet Drink interchangeably.

The Starbucks Violet Drink copycat recipe

Starbucks Violet Drink copycat

Starbucks Violet Drink copycat

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

The original Starbucks Violet Drink copycat is here!


For the ginger simple syrup

For the tea

For the Starbucks Violet drink:


Make the tea

  1. Boil 3 cups water in a pot over medium heat. Remove from heat and add the teabags. Let steep 30 minutes.

Make the ginger syrup

  1. Bring to a boil 1 cup filtered water, 1 cup of sugar, and the green coffee bean powder in a medium pot over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the ginger. Let steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour through a fine sieve and discard the chunks of ginger.

To make the Violet Drink:

  1. Remove tea bags from the steeped tea and pour into a 2 quart pitcher.
  2. Add the ginger simple syrup, 1/2 cup of coconut milk, 1/2 cup white grape juice. Mix.
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. Serve over ice and add freeze dried or fresh blackberries as a garnish.


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

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Helen Corbin

Friday 23rd of June 2017

I think that you should invent the next “it” drink for Starbucks and call it the “Very Anna-Marie” :-)

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