It’s pink, pretty and sweet, which is why you’ll love this rendition of the original Starbucks Pink Drink!
And if you’re a breastfeeding mom, you’re in for an extra treat because it may also possess some lactogenic magic, if the Pink Drink does indeed increase milk supply!
Who knows, maybe this simple Starbucks Pink Drink recipe will soon become your go-to cure for when you need a major milk supply pick-me-up!
It’s also great for anyone who wants to learn how to make the drink at home for half the price!
Grab the recipe to print at the end, but don’t miss the goodies in the beginning!
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Let’s dive in!
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What is in Starbucks’ Pink Drink
The original Starbucks Pink Drink they carry on Starbucks’ menu has 3 main ingredients.
- Strawberry Acai Refresher
- Coconut Milk
- Freeze Dried Strawberries
They combine the Strawberry Acai Refresher Beverage with creamy coconut milk and freeze dried strawberries and that’s it!
If you want to know how to order A Pink Drink from Starbucks, just ask for the Pink Drink in whatever size you want. I always get a Venti, because I can’t get enough!
It’s no longer a secret menu item, so it’s just that easy!
Copycat Starbucks Pink Drink Ingredients
Similarly, my version of the Pink Drink also uses coconut milk and dehydrated or freeze dried strawberries.
The main difference with my copycat Starbucks Pink Drink Recipe is that instead of the Strawberry Acai Refresher, I use the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher.
You may ask why all of these copycat version don’t just use the exact same ingredients?
Let me explain.
Starbucks does not sell the exclusive Strawberry Acai Refresher separately, like they do the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher.
This is just a wise business move. Otherwise, why would anyone buy the Pink Drink at a Starbucks Cafe and pay almost twice as much if you can just make it at home instead!
Luckily, you can purchase as much of the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher packets at Amazon as you want!
I tend to stock up on these when I’m breastfeeding, because no joke – I have at least one a day!
They are so addicting!
Is Starbucks Pink Drink Healthy?
For a 16oz Grande Pink Drink, you are looking at about 140 calories. Not too bad right?
Well, not so fast..
The Pink Drink also retains a whopping 24g of sugar!
The AHA recommends no more than 24 grams of sugar daily for most women and 29 grams per day for men. ❶
If you go by that recommendation, you may not want to include the Pink Drink in the “healthy” category. However, there are definitely worse drinks out there for you!
Many sports drinks contain EVEN MORE sugar than that and I know plenty of women who still swear by Body Armor Drinks while breastfeeding to boost their milk supply.
However, many sports drinks do contain hydrating and mineral rich coconut water, which slightly makes up for the added sugar.
Does Starbucks Pink Drink Have Caffeine?
Yes, the Pink Drink does have some caffeine, 45 grams to be exact. For contrast, this is about half the amount that a regular cup of coffee has, which is around 95 mg.
You can check out the full nutritional profile of the Pink Drink below.
What Does the Pink Drink Taste Like?
The original Pink Drink from Starbucks tastes like a creamy pink starburst.
Sounds good right!?
This copycat Pink Drink recipe is as close as you can get to the original Pink Drink, but the flavor is slightly different and it’s technically considered a purple drink, but I still think it looks pink enough for me!
This again, is because we use the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, which has a slightly more violet hue.
Even so, the berry hibiscus flavor is still super yummy!
My copycat Pink Drink has more of an exotic and tropical taste, still very satisfying.
How to Make Starbucks Pink Drink Recipe
Here’s how to make my copycat Pink Drink Recipe breastfeeding moms swear by with an almost instant breast milk boosting effect!
Just three ingredients and you can make this drink yourself!
- Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus VIA Instant Refreshers Packets (Available at Amazon)
- So Delicious Organic Coconut Milk
- Dehydrated Strawberries
- Just add your packet of Very Berry Hibiscus to 1/4 cup of warm water, stir to dissolve.
- Add the ice and dehydrated strawberries (optional).
- Poor the coconut milk in to fill your cup the rest of the way.
Now, you don’t have to pay the premium Starbucks’ prices or even leave your home to get your low milk supply fix!
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- 1 packet Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus VIA Instant Refresher
- So Delicious Organic and Unsweetened Coconut Milk
- Dehydrated Strawberries
- In your glass of choice, add about a 1/4 cup of hot water.
- Poor your Very Berry VIA packet into the hot water.
- Stir the powder into the water until completely smooth and dissolved.
- Add in your dehydrated strawberries, as many as you would like
- Add ice
- Pour the coconut milk in the rest of the way to fill the cup
- Stir beverage until it's a unified, pretty pink color
The origical Pink Drink from Starbucks does not use the Very Berry flavor, but they do not sell the Pink Drink flavor in stores.
Last, But Not Least
There you have it mama, a copycat Starbucks Pink Drink recipe with all of the flavor and lactogenic effects you were hoping for! This drink looks great on Instagram, as well as in your fridge in the form of extra breast milk for your little one.
The best part, is that you can make this Pink Drink at home with just three ingredients.
Enjoy mama and thanks for reading!
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