Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink

This homemade Starbucks pink drink gives you all the flavor of the store bought drink without all the cost of a store bought drink. Plus you can customize how much sweetness you desire. You’ll love how fresh this drink tastes!

This homemade Starbucks pink drink gives you all the flavor of the store bought drink without all the cost of a store bought drink. Plus you can customize how much sweetness you desire. You'll love how fresh this drink tastes!

I spend WAY too much money at Starbucks.

If there was ever a time for intervention now is the time!

I have my account hooked up to PayPal so that makes it really easy to just keep refilling my card without even realizing it’s refilling. It’s a vicious cycle that Starbucks has sucked me into.


BUT I guess I made my own little intervention by finally learning how to make my OWN homemade Starbucks pink drink!

The best part about making it at home (besides saving money, duh!) is that you can customize your sweetness level and quality of ingredients. 

Now, I will say this about my version versus the version in the store.

I decided to use the acai berry tea because I LUUUUUUURVE it and love the flavor it brings to the drink.

The store-bought version uses green coffee extract.

So that means this version has a “hint” of tea flavor but the acai berry flavor is pretty strong. PLUS I didn’t feel like paying over $20 for green coffee bean extract pills.

AND I figured by using this acai berry tea that is readily available in the stores it makes it easier for everyone reading this to go home and make this TODAY!

*I bolded the words above because I don’t want this to be a shock to you.

This recipe includes tea. It will have a slight tea taste where the one from Starbucks typically does not. This is all explained above.

This homemade Starbucks pink drink gives you all the flavor of the store bought drink without all the cost of a store bought drink. Plus you can customize how much sweetness you desire. You'll love how fresh this drink tastes!

Now, if you’re not a fan of coconut milk I think almond milk or soy milk could make a great substitute.

BUT give the coconut milk try first because it’s pretty freaking banging.

PLUS coconut milk is pretty easily available so you should be able to find it in any store.

So, with all that said you need to get to the store, buy all the ingredients and get to making this drink! You will LOVELOVELOVELOVE it!

Why you should make your own Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink

  • You can control the sweetness level of your drinks.
  • It saves money and time standing in line.
  • You can control the subtle flavors by adding more grape juice, less coconut milk, etc.

This homemade Starbucks pink drink gives you all the flavor of the store bought drink without all the cost of a store bought drink. Plus you can customize how much sweetness you desire. You'll love how fresh this drink tastes!

Frequently asked Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink questions:

  • Why is this drink not as sweet as the drink from Starbucks?
    • I didn’t want it to be as sweet because that was one of the things I disliked about the Starbucks version. You can always add more sweetener to make it as sweet as you want.
  • Can I use anything else besides agave?
    • Totally, simple syrup is a great alternative. Regular sugar might take a bit to long to melt into the cold drink but if it’s a syrup it will stir right in.
  • Why did my drink turn grey after I added the coconut milk?
    • I’m going to be honest – I have no idea. This has never happened to me. I use unsweetened coconut milk that comes refrigerated in the carton. Not canned.
  • Do they use tea in the Starbucks recipes?
    • Nope. But, if you read my post you’ll see that I went with tea because I knew the acai berry flavor would be a perfect fit and it’s easy to find in the store or on Amazon. 
  • Why does this suck?
    • Um, I don’t think it does. Sorry, you feel that way.

Love this homemade Starbucks Pink Drink?

Try my strawberry watermelon agua fresca, grapefruit rosemary sage spritzer or my sparkling honey rosemary lemonade.

This homemade Starbucks pink drink gives you all the flavor of the store bought drink without all the cost of a store bought drink. Plus you can customize how much sweetness you desire. You'll love how fresh this drink tastes!

Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink

Yield: 2 drinks
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This homemade Starbucks pink drink gives you all the flavor of the store bought drink without all the cost of a store bought drink. Plus you can customize how much sweetness you desire. You'll love how fresh this drink tastes!



In a 2 cup glass measuring cup add unwrapped tea packets. Pour hot water over the packets and let sit until cool. Squeeze out tea packets and toss.

Pour white grape juice into the measuring cup with the tea.

Fill a glass with ice and add about 1 cup of the tea/grape juice mixture. Top off with the desired amount of coconut milk.

Add in sliced strawberries and add in sweetener if desired.


A number of these ingredients can be customized to your liking.

Don't want as much grape juice? Don't add as much. Want more coconut milk? Don't add as much of the tea mixture. It's really up to you. The sweetener is optional because I like my pink drink just a little less sweet than the store-bought version.

I used coconut milk from a container that you find in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

Also, PLEASE NOTE you will have to add a lot of agave nectar to make this as sweet as the one you get from Starbucks. If you like the sweetness of the Starbucks drink pour it on in! If you're like me and like it less sweet don't add much. This is up to you.

If you write me to complain that it wasn't sweet enough I'm going to point you to this note. The world is your sugary oyster. Add as much of that agave nectar as you please.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

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39 Responses to “Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink”

  1. #
    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — July 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    This is such a great idea! I love the ingredients!

  2. #
    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — July 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    I haven’t tried the Starbucks pink drink, so this sounds like the perfect way for me to try it and save money at the same time. Plus, it’s so pretty.

  3. #
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — July 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve never tried their pink drink but I think I’m going to have to make yours because it sounds so good!

  4. #
    The Food Hunter — July 5, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I’ve never even heard of this drink…but I so want to try it.

  5. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — July 5, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This is my new favorite drink at Starbucks! So excited to try it at home!

  6. #
    christine — July 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I have never tried this at starbucks. I generally stick w/ coffee or green tea but this looks like a good switch up for summer. I love the flavor combination in it.

  7. #
    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — July 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    This drink sounds so good, I love all of the ingredients!

  8. #
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — July 5, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    What rock have I been under that I don’t even know pink drink? Now I want it.

  9. #
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — July 5, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I haven’t tried Sbux pink drink, but have been wanting to! BUT…..now that I have your fab recipe, what do I need them for? Sounds great!

  10. #
    Karyn — July 5, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    If it’s pretty frickin bangin, then I’m all in. I’ve not tried it yet. Are you going to make a purple drink next?

  11. #
    Krista — July 5, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I love when you can stay home and have a delicious Starbucks drink!

  12. #
    Citra Kale @Citra's Home Diary — July 6, 2016 at 5:27 am

    I hardly ever to starbuck, but I would love to try this new drink at home!

  13. #
    Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet — July 6, 2016 at 6:35 am

    My account is hooked up to Paypal as well and it is probably not a good thing! Glad I can make this at home now!!

  14. #
    Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire — July 6, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Yeah, my Starbucks is also hooked up to my paypal. those evil geniuses! I never tried their pink drink before, but I am all about this homemade version with the acai tea. What a stunnah!

  15. #
    Beth Baumgartner — July 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I think my favorite part about this post is that you have real starbuck’s cups! I can see this going crazy on pinterest!

  16. #
    Joanie @ ZagLeft — July 6, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to try your recipe! You are a genius – my wallet thanks you 🙂

  17. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — July 6, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t frequent Starbucks much, and I’ve never had their pink drink. That said, this looks cool and refreshing and that color is just so, so pretty!

  18. #
    Jessica @ Savory Experiments — July 7, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m thinking of all of the money I’ve wasted at Starbucks over the years that I can now save making this at home!

  19. #
    Miranda — July 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    I haven’t tried the pink drink at Starbucks but this might be the perfect way to do so and save money! It’s so pretty!

  20. #
    Sharmeen — July 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    this looks yum! since i’ve also never tried the starbucks pink drink, i’m just wondering how much “desired coconut milk” would you suggest to add in to start?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — July 30th, 2016 @ 12:27 pm

      Hi Sharmeen – I add about 1/2 cup per glass but it’s really a personal choice 🙂

  21. #
    Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — November 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

    This is my favorite drink….and it’s great year round. Just sayin’.

  22. #
    lily — February 7, 2017 at 10:25 am

    This looks so delicious I cant wait to try it.:))

  23. #
    Lindsey — April 20, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    This was disgusting! I frequently order the “pink drink” from Starbucks and this is nothing like it. Mine also came out a dark brownish color. Ick! Will NOT make again. Waste of money ordering the Acai tea bags :/

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 21st, 2017 @ 12:36 am

      Hi Lindsey! Sorry, you didn’t like the drink – as I stated in my post the tea gives it a little hint of a tea taste but I personally think it tastes pretty similar except I make mine a lot less sweet. I have zero idea why the pink drink would turn gray. As you can see from the video that the pink from the tea mixed with the white grape juice and coconut milk makes a pink color. Also, that tea is excellent iced!

  24. #
    Tysa — May 1, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    You can buy those Green Coffee Extract Pills on Amazon for WAYYYY cheaper! I’m not sure that it actually adds a taste difference or if it’s just how they’re adding caffeine to the drink since it’s NOT tea, but if you’re looking to give that part a try without spending even over $10, look on Amazon, girl!

  25. #
    Bethany — March 5, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I have some sweet rose tea that I think would be killer in this! I had my first pink drink yesterday and I’m in love!

  26. #
    Andrea — May 22, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Amazing! Thank you for this. I’m going to try it! Seems very customizable too. Trader Joe’s does sell the exact same freeze dried fruit that Starbucks uses. I’m sure fresh strawberries are better, but the freeze dried have a nice long shelf life.

  27. #
    Salma — April 29, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    JUST tried this, bought all the ingredients (except the tea – I don’t like the pink drink for the caffeine, I drink it for the taste. ) For reference, I used the Silk Coconut Milk (has sugar in it so I added no sugar/agave to my drink), I also bought store-made white grape juice. Added in some fresh strawberry slices and we were good to go.

    So, what I did first was try out the cocnut milk/grpe juice mix to see what worked, and for my particular combo, More grape juice and tiny bit of milk (I’d say a ratio of about 75% grape juice 25% cocnut milk) gave me THE EXACT pink drink flavor, nothing else added.

    Because I chose not to add tea, it did come out greyish in color, I added in 2 hibiscus flowers to see if it changes color, an idea for those who don’t like/have acai tea or if your green tea capsules don’t turn the drink pink. Could also try food coloring.

  28. #
    Erin — May 4, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I’m not putting down this recipe, clearly it worked for you and I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing it, but my drink turned out grey. Lol. I saw your note about the drink turning grey and I was like, well that’s ridiculous, but it happened to me haha. No clue what went wrong. I’ll try again but I don’t have a lot of hope for it working.

  29. #
    NatyRose — May 9, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    You mentioned you don’t like it as sweet and if we want it sweeter to add simple syrup or agave, but I was wondering if using the “original” coconut milk instead of the unsweetened could work too? Have you tried this? If so, does it throw off the taste?

  30. #
    Jessica — May 30, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Sounds delicious!
    How long will this stay fresh in the fridge?

  31. #
    Rebecca Hubbell — June 29, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I love Pink Drinks! I drank a ton when I was pregnant and this homemade recipe is awesome!

  32. #
    Liz — June 29, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    YASSS!! Sometimes I can’t make it to starbucks so I love that I can make this in my kitchen! YUM!

  33. #
    Elizabeth Alfieri — November 2, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Just sat on the drive thru and googled this recipe. Spent $10+ on 2 drinks. Heading to work to recreate the recipe so I can get to work on time and save some money. ♥️

  34. #
    Callie — February 26, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    I love it when I can make my favorite coffee house drinks right at home! This is so good!!

  35. #
    Laura — March 18, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    I love food hacks! Nothing is as awesome as having restaurant food at home. I don’t get to Starbucks often, but this drink looks delicious.

  36. #
    Stephanie A — April 13, 2020 at 1:00 am

    This is awesome! I just made this for my teenage daughter. She loves the SB pink drink but we can’t get it right now because of the Coronavirus. This gave a small sense of normalcy and I’m so grateful. I got all the ingredients through grocery pickup, had to substitute Lipton Purple Açaí Blueberry tea bags but otherwise didn’t change a thing. She said it is very similar! I did add a drop of red food coloring for that “pink drink” look. Probably didn’t look very pink bc of the difference in tea bags. Again, thanks so much, we had a lot of fun making


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