Sweet, tangy, and impossibly creamy, this Starbucks Pink Drink recipe is a spot-on dupe for the original. Made with just 5 ingredients in 5 minutes, your favorite summer refresher is never far from reach! As an added bonus, making pink drink at home will save you a boatload of money over buying it at the coffee shop.
Why This Drink Is The Best
If you’ve ever sipped on the Instagram-famous pink drink from Starbucks, you know how deliciously slurpable it is. With a perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess punctuated by bright, tangy fruit, it’s the ideal afternoon pick-me-up. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a darling ombre palate of white to deep magenta.
Aside from being cheerfully bright and craveably delicious, this homemade pink drink is:
- Quick & Easy. All you need is 5 ingredients, 5 minutes, and a blender.
- Light & Refreshing. This copycat pink drink has all the bright sweetness of the original. Served over ice at around my 3pm slump, it’s pretty much a lifesaver!
- Allergy-Friendly. Naturally vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and caffeine-free, this is a coffee shop drink you can even share with your littles.
- Budget-Friendly. While buying a grande from your local barista will set you back a whopping $5.25 (that’s just for ONE!), making your own DIY pink drink will save you a bunch of money, meaning you can indulge every day if you want to.
What’s In A Pink Drink? Ingredients You’ll Need
Making this Starbucks pink drink recipe at home requires just 5 simple ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Frozen Strawberries - This tasty pink drink recipe is chock full of real fruit, so it’s something you can feel good about!
- Frozen Passionfruit Juice Cubes - I buy the @pitayafoods brand from my local grocery store, but feel free to swap in any other brand you prefer.
- @Tazo Passion Tea Concentrate - Primarily made with tart hibiscus, this delightful tea concentrate is a staple at our house.
- Strawberry Crystal Light - This powdered magic adds a ton of sweet flavor without adding any calories!
- @thaikitchen Coconut Milk - Not all canned coconut milk is the same. Thai Kitchen is my preferred brand due to its silky smooth consistency.
- Ice - If possible, make your ice with filtered water for the best flavor.
Making this pink drink recipe Starbucks-style means you’ll need a few specialty pieces of equipment. Here’s what the baristas use:
- High-Powered Blender - Getting a fancy blender is no small investment, but it’s worth every penny. If a Vitamix is out of your price range, the Ninja is an excellent substitute.
- Mesh Strainer - Catch all the pesky strawberry seeds in the strainer so you don’t get any stuck between your pearly whites.
How To Make Starbucks Pink Drink
Making this pink drink Starbucks recipe is a snap. Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Blend the frozen fruit, passionfruit tea concentrate, and crystal light.
Step 2: Strain into a small pitcher.
Step 3: Pour equal parts of the strawberry mix between 2-3 glasses filled with ice.
Step 4: Top with coconut milk and fresh strawberry slices. Enjoy!
Swaps & Substitutions
While I think I’ve got this pink drink Starbucks recipe down pat, there are always opportunities to customize any recipe to fit your needs. Here are a few swaps you can make to tailor this refresher to your exact specifications:
- Frozen Strawberries - Feel free to swap in fresh strawberries if you’d like, but note that the drink won’t be quite as frosty. You can also experiment with using other frozen berries, but it won’t taste quite like the original!
- Frozen Passionfruit Juice Cubes - If you can’t find the cubes at your local store, check any Hispanic or International markets nearby. You can typically find a roughly quart-sized bag of passion fruit pulp (a.k.a. maracuya) in the freezer section.
- Passion Tea Concentrate - It’s super convenient to pop open a box of premade concentrate, but you can certainly make your own tea concentrate using 2 cups of boiling water and 12 single-serve hibiscus tea bags steeped for 5 minutes.
- Strawberry Crystal Light - You can try any of the pink Crystal Light, Mio, or other sugar-free water enhancers you like. Strawberry Kiwi and Fruit Punch are two good alternatives.
- Coconut Milk - If coconut milk doesn’t work for you, try swapping in an unsweetened plant-based creamer or half-n-half.
FAQs & Tips
Does the pink drink have caffeine? Nope! It’s made with an herbal tisane, not any tea leaves. The rest is just fruit and coconut milk! If you *want* to add a bit of buzz, try swapping in a caffeinated Crystal Light packet.
Is the Starbucks pink drink healthy? Healthy is a subjective (and often triggering) word that means a great many things to a great many people. Since I’m not a licensed nutrition professional, all I can say is I feel perfectly good about drinking it and serving it to my family! My DIY pink drink has zero added sugar and is loaded with real fruit, and in my world, that’s a nutritional win.
- Use frozen fruit for the best texture. You can totally use fresh fruit for the same flavor and nutrition, but it won’t get quite as frothy and thick.
- Use canned coconut milk rather than the kind you get in the refrigerated section. It’ll be thicker, more viscous, and have a higher fat content, meaning it’ll taste WAY better.
While I’m perfectly happy drinking this strawberry and passion fruit flavored refresher all on its own, there are a few ways you can gussy it up:
- Add a mound of whipped cream for serious milkshake vibes.
- Top your pink drink with vanilla cold foam to feel extra fancy. Mix ¼ cup of the milk of your choice with 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar and ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Use cold foam in place of the plain coconut milk.
- Serve with shortbread or my Pink Chex Mix for some textural contrast.
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Starbucks Pink Drink (Copycat Recipe)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen passionfruit juice cubes @pitayafoods
- ½ cup @Tazo Passionfruit Tea concentrate
- 1 packet of strawberry Crystal Light @sipcrystallight
- ½-1 cup unsweetened @thaikitchen coconut milk
- In a blender combine the frozen fruit, passionfruit tea concentrate, and crystal light.
- Blend & strain into a small pitcher.
- Fill 2 or 3 glasses with ice and equal parts of strawberry mix to each.
- Top with coconut milk and fresh strawberry slices. Enjoy!
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