Love Starbucks' secret menu item, the Pink Drink? It's made with their Strawberry Acai Refresher and coconut milk... And now you can use this copycat recipe to make your own Starbucks Pink Drink at home!
I'm the kind of person who gets totally flustered when ordering a drink in Starbucks. The menu completely confuses me, I never know what alterations I'm allowed to make to a drink (I constantly ask for things that aren't possible!), and I always feel like I'm going to somehow order a drink that contains 8044 calories and not realize it until I've happily slurped the whole thing down.
I just want all my options laid out on the wall over the counter so I can point to one and have it made for me. But I guess there is just so much going on at Starbucks these days, it's not possible.
Especially when you add in all the "secret menu" drinks. The Starbucks secret menu baffles me to know end!
What is the Starbucks Secret Menu?
So, you may be wondering... what exactly is the Starbucks secret menu?
I recently learned that there's not actually an official Starbucks secret menu... There are just people who come up with all kinds of different drink variations and try to make them popular.
There are lots of secret menus compiled online (I think this secret menu is the best), but you have to be careful when ordering as your barista may not always know exactly what goes into every secret menu option.
I ordered the Pink Drink just a couple weeks ago in what was my very first Starbucks "secret menu" order. But when I ordered it, the barista looked at me like I was crazy and said, "you mean, you want the Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk?"
Sigh yes. The thing is, baristas aren't trained on all the drinks on the secret menu (since they're not official Starbucks drinks), so it's best if you tell the barista the actual ingredient combination you're looking for.
After I tried the Pink Drink and realized how delicious it was, I went home and decided to recreate it. And I think my homemade Starbucks Pink Drink copycat turned out to be pretty fabulous!
Pink Drink Ingredients
To make your own Starbucks Pink Drink at home, you just need a few simple ingredients. Here's what I used:
- Fresh strawberries
- Granulated sugar (or sugar substitute of your choice)
- Acai green tea (can also use a plain or berry tea if you can't find acai or a berry-based Starbuck's Via packet)
- Coconut milk
For the Strawberry Acai Refresher potion of the drink, I used iced Acai Berry Green Tea, but you can certainly use any berry tea or even the Starbucks Refresher Via packs (I couldn't find any Strawberry Acai Refresher Via, but Very Berry Hibiscus should work).
How to Make Starbucks Pink Drink at Home
First, brew a strong cup of the tea and let it cool. Then put it in a blender along with fresh strawberries, a little bit of sugar, and ice. Blend away and pour the drink into two glasses with some coconut milk mixed in (I used Silk Unsweetened).
Obviously I mixed in some sliced fresh strawberries for garnish, too. And with that, you have your very own homemade Pink Drink without any awkward ordering or confused baristas. Thank goodness.
And it was awesome! Chris said it was way better than Starbucks Pink Drink and I don't think he was just saying that because he's my husband and he loves me (I can always tell when he doesn't really like something I've made...).
I actually considered setting up a lemonade-style pink drink stand outside my house, but then I worried I live too close to Starbucks and if they saw me, they'd sue me.
I'm pretty sure Starbucks actually makes their Pink Drink with freeze dried strawberries, which I think would also be delicious. But at this time of year, I'm definitely not turning down any fresh strawberries.
I know it's just so trendy and "basic" at this point, but come on... That color! How can I ever go back to an Oprah Chai when I can have Pink Drink?
Also, don't you think this pink drink recipe would be absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day?
I'm pretty sure "Pink Drink" previously meant Pepto Bismol, so I hope this drink goes down in history and changes everything. And also fixes whatever ails you. At the very least, it will brighten up your day.
Also, in addition to Valentine's Day, the pretty color makes this Starbucks Pink Drink recipe PERFECT for your 4th of July weekend, too!
Next up? I'm newly obsessed with the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew! Despite its name, a grande only has 110 calories. More than my typical morning black coffee, but still not too shabby for a treat. And I wonder if you can order it with sugar-free vanilla syrup??
I guess I'll just have to ask and then crawl into my hole when they tell me I'm crazy. Or maybe I'll try to recreate this one at home, too!
Have you tried Starbucks Pink Drink yet or ordered off their secret menu?
Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink
- 12 large strawberries, hulled
- 1 ½ Tbsp granulated sugar (or sugar substitute)
- ¾ cup acai green tea (or other berry/plain tea or Starbucks berry Refresher Via), chilled
- 1 cup ice
- ¾ cup coconut milk
- Place 8 strawberries, sugar, cold tea, and ice in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Divide strawberry drink between two large glasses and pour in coconut milk.
- Slice remaining strawberries and use to garnish drinks.