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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 your sweetness level!

Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink in a glass.

A few years ago I made this post and it went wild!

The pink drink took the world by storm and I just KNEW I had to make my own version, so I did!

Making copycat Starbucks drinks is a favorite of mine and I have made everything from their Apple Crisp Macchiato, S’mores Iced Coffee, to Homemade Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso.

I made this version by using acai berry tea mixed with a few simple ingredients to make a very close copycat of the original pink drink.

The best part about this drink is that you can easily adjust the sweetness to whatever level you desire.

So that means if you’re into super sweet drinks – go for it! Prefer something less sweet? That’s ok, just add less sweetener.

Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink ingredients photograph.

Ingredients for copycat Starbucks pink drink

  • Acai berry tea – this helps give the drink the signature pink color PLUS a hint of acai berry flavor. Because we’re using tea it will be slightly different in flavor but very close to the original.
  • White grape juice – This adds sweetness and a touch of fruit flavor to the drink.
  • Refrigerated unsweetened coconut milk – I use unsweetened coconut milk because I’m adding agave to make it sweeter. However, if you only have sweetened on hand you can easily use that and just add less agave. Also, please use the carton of refrigerated coconut milk as it blends better in the drink. The canned milk does not work well in this recipe.
  • Sliced strawberries – I like to use fresh berries in this drink but freeze-dried is what Starbucks uses if you want to keep it even more authentic.
  • Agave sweetener – This is the sweetener of my choice but feel free to use simple syrup or even artificial sweetener if you have that on hand.

What is pink drink?

Starbucks says the ingredient list for pink drink contains ice, strawberry acai base, coconut milk, and freeze-dried strawberries.

While the list looks simple the strawberry acai base is where things get a little more complicated. It’s filled with things like white grape juice, “natural” flavors, green coffee flavor, and colored with fruit and vegetable juice.

Since you cannot just pick up the base at Starbucks that is why I decided to make my own!

And, with a few simple ingredients like acai berry tea and white grape juice, the flavor is delicious and very reminiscent of the OG drink.

Does pink drink have caffeine?

Yes, the store-bought version uses green coffee extract.

The main reason I do not use this in my copycat version is that I find the ingredient a little pricy and not something I need to keep on hand for kitchen or personal use.

However, if you want to check it out you can find it on Amazon – green coffee bean extract pills.

And I figured by using this acai berry tea that is readily available in the stores 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 whereas the one from Starbucks typically does not. This is all explained above.

Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink in a starbucks cup.

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.

How to make a copycat pink drink at home

First, you’ll brew your tea according to package directions and let it cool completely. You can even do this step the day before if you have the time.

When you’re ready to assemble simply mix together your tea and grape juice, pour in your coconut milk, and add your desired amount of agave syrup.

I like to garnish with freshly sliced strawberries but you can use freeze-dried strawberries if desired.

Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink made with fresh strawberries.

Frequently Asked Homemade 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 sweeteners 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 too 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?

In a few reviews, people have mentioned that their drink turns grey in color when adding 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.

Can I use a different sweetener?

Yes, feel free to use fast-melting sugar, simple syrup, or even a no-calories sweetener.

More delicious homemade Starbucks drinks

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

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