When Starbucks released its pink drink early in May 2020, as part of their new seasonal line-up, I was a bit skeptical. You can’t just call a drink a ‘pink drink’ and expect people to buy it. Boy was I wrong, and I was one of the first people to queue to try the tropical scented beverage.
The promise of coconut milk infused with berries and passion fruit sounded good, and it ended up tasting even better. Then I thought, Why not give this one a try at home?
Well, it turned out harder than I thought, especially if you want to craft an all-natural drink. Starbucks uses freeze-dried strawberries and their secret Strawberry-Açai Base, which is hard to get, but I wouldn’t let any of this stop me. Allow me to break down my pink drink version for you.
We’re starting with a solid base of coconut milk. That’s the easy part. Then we have to sweeten it somehow, and I’ll be honest with you — two teaspoons of sugar do the trick, but if you want the tropical flavors of the authentic pink drink, then get a bottle of passion fruit syrup. This unusual ingredient is widely available online, and you can later mix cocktails with it, so it’s not a total waste of resources.
Once you have your sweetener, let’s talk about the berries. The original pink drink calls for strawberries and açai berries. Strawberries are easy to find, but to get your hands on açai berries or açai extract, you must visit a natural, superfood-oriented store. It turns out açai berries have lots of antioxidants; they’re a superfood in their own right.
If you just want a good-looking, tasty drink without having to source the exotic berries, buy a bag of frozen assorted berries, and trust me, you’ll be equally happy. In today’s recipe, I recommend using any frozen berries you want; they all taint your coconut milk with a pretty pink hue.
Finally, we’ll be blending everything together and pouring it over ice. Your own pink drink to enjoy this summer at home. Here’s an idea, make a batch and share it with your friends!
In a blender, add the coconut milk, the syrup and the frozen berries, blend until smooth. If your mixture has too many seeds, by all means, strain.
Pour the coconut milk mixture into a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with sliced strawberries.