As soon as you see the gorgeous violet-hue in this drink, you know you’re in for something special. Everything that pretty must surely be delicious, and that’s precisely the case with Starbucks Iced Violet Drink — a refreshing and creamy summer drink that’s as beautiful as it is tasty.
So, how to make your own at home? Starbucks copycat recipes are trending, and it’s easy to see why. You need not spend top dollar for a tasty drink made with only a few ingredients.
These drinks are super easy to put together at home! Here’s all you need to know about Starbucks copycat recipe for Iced Violet Drink and let’s make one together.
As Starbucks published on their website, the iced violet drink is ice, coconut milk, freeze-dried blackberries and their signature Berry Refresher Base.
So, what are freeze-dried blackberries? These are fresh fruit frozen and processed in a vacuum to dry them without losing their flavor and color. The water is gone, but not the fruit itself.
Freeze-dried fruit is awesome! Then we have the most challenging part of the recipe: the berry refresher base; what is the stuff anyway? Well, Starbucks gives us a hint, and it’s hibiscus.
Hibiscus flowers are flavorful, tart and incredibly colorful. They’re fantastic to make tea, and they’re widely used in Latin American cultures to make agua fresca (homemade soft drinks). That’s precisely why you’ll need to visit your local Latin supermarket for a jar of hibiscus concentrate — the stuff is delicious, and more often than not, it’s already sweetened.
With our sweet, colorful and tangy hibiscus concentrate, we’ll have no trouble building our iced violet drink, and just an ounce per serving will do. Blended with coconut milk and a few crushed freeze-dried berries, you’ve got yourself a winning combo.
Freeze-dried food is more readily available than ever. Any specialty store (perhaps one selling bakery items) will have it. You can also buy them online, and although there’s a powdered version, for this recipe, we want the whole fruit.
If you can’t find freeze-dried blackberries, use regular frozen or fresh blackberries. The result is not quite the same, but flavor-wise you’ll be pretty happy with the result. Let’s make ourselves a violet drink!
In a blender, add the coconut milk, hibiscus concentrate, and half the blackberries. Blend until smooth.
Fill two glasses with ice, pour your violet drink and throw in the rest of the freeze-dried blackberries. Stir until the blackberries are nicely distributed.