This Starbucks Pink Drink recipe is the PERFECT copycat, made with passion tea, white grape juice & strawberry sparkling water.
Ingredients in Starbucks pink drink
The Starbucks version of the drink is made with a strawberry açaí base, which I have never seen in grocery stores. Not to worry, though; my recipe calls for much simpler ingredients.
Plus, the Starbucks base has a lot of sugar and other mystery ingredients. This ingredient list is taken right from their website:
“Water, Sugar, White Grape Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Natural Green Coffee Flavor, Fruit And Vegetable Juice.”
Here's what's in my version:
- White grape juice
- Strawberry sparkling water
- Tazo Passion tea
- Coconut milk
- Dried strawberries
What does it taste like?
Not only is this fruity drink pretty, but it’s equally refreshing and tasty!
The combination of coconut and fresh fruit give it a nice tropical flavour. Coconut milk is super creamy on its own and when bits of strawberries are added to it, the result is a juicy, bright drink that's perfect for summer!
How to make pink drink
It's SO easy to make this drink, and it comes together in less than 10 minutes. The longest part is waiting for the tea to steep quickly.
Here's how to make it:
- Add a bag of passion tea to 1/2 cup cool water. Let steep for 5 minutes.
- Add dried strawberries to a large glass.
- Add a handful of ice.
- Top with cooled passion tea, grape juice and sparkling water.
- Pour in coconut milk, then stir.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Strawberry slices – I used freeze-dried strawberries I ordered from Amazon, but fresh or frozen will work just as well.
- Passion tea – I like Tazo brand passion tea. You can buy it as a concentrate or in tea bags to mix as needed, but it’s also available premade in bottles. They even sell an organic version. If you can’t find it, use any herbal, decaffeinated tea made with rose hips, hibiscus, and/or orange peel.
- White grape juice – Resist the urge to use purple grape juice in your drink because the color is too dark and will cause your pink drink to become dark purple, almost black in color.
- Strawberry sparkling water – Perrier makes a sparkling strawberry water. If you can’t find one, you can always use plain sparkling water. The drink will just have less strawberry taste.
- Coconut milk – There really aren’t any great dairy free substitutes for the creamy thick consistency of coconut milk except for coconut cream. If you can tolerate dairy products, you can use half and half or even heavy cream with a drop or two of coconut extract.
Making it keto
The key to making the drink keto-friendly is removing anything that has added sugar in it. As far as my recipe goes, the only item you will need to find a sugar-free version of is white grape juice.
If you can’t find sugar-free grape juice, you can substitute more sparkling water or a few extra strawberry slices instead.
Finding the freeze-dried strawberries
Freeze-dried berries are usually found in the dry fruit aisle, near raisins and other dried fruits. If you don’t see them there, look in the natural or organic food aisle.
Or, they are available at Trader Joes and Whole Foods.
If all else fails, they are available to buy online from Amazon and nuts.com, among others.
Calories in this drink vs Starbucks
There is a pretty large difference in the calories in my version of the pink drink versus the Starbucks version.
The recipe shown below makes approximately 1.5 cups (12 oz.) and there are just 56 calories for that portion size. In comparison, according to the brand’s website, 12 ounces of the Starbucks pink drink has 110 calories!
My version shaves off calories by using sparkling water to bring flavour instead of relying on juice alone.
Making a pitcher full
Adjusting the ingredient amounts to make a pitcher full of the drink is easy; there’s just a little math involved.
For example, let’s use a pitcher size of 48 ounces. We know that one serving as shown in the recipe card makes about 12 ounces.
So, dividing 48 by 12 gives you an answer of 4. Now, multiply each of the ingredients by 4 to see how much of each ingredient you’ll need. You can mix everything together in your pitcher and then pour it into serving glasses.
Here's what that will look like:
- 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries
- 2 cups passion tea
- 1 cup white grape juice
- 2 cups strawberry sparkling water
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Enough ice to fill a pitcher
More Starbucks recipes
Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Order some freeze-dried strawberries online – they're also great for snacking!
- You can also order Tazo passion tea online
- You can even order Perrier strawberry sparkling water online
Starbucks Pink Drink
- 2 tbsp freeze-dried, fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup passion tea such as Tazo brand
- 1/4 cup white grape juice
- 1/2 cup strawberry sparkling water such as Perrier
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 handful ice cubes
- Add a bag of passion tea to 1/2 cup cool water, then let sit for 5 min.
- Add dried strawberries to a large glass, then a handful of ice.
- Top with passion tea, grape juice, sparkling water and coconut milk. Serve and enjoy!