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What’s fruity, creamy, and pink all over? The Starbucks keto pink drink, of course!
This craze started going around a year or two ago, first with the original version and later with the Starbucks “secret menu” keto pink drink that people ordered by ingredient. I tried it once at the coffee shop, but never got around to testing it out myself at home, until now. In this homemade pink drink recipe, we’re taking all the sugar and carbs out for a delicious keto friendly option!
So, while there are ways to get it at the coffee shop (I’ll explain how to order the keto pink drink at Starbucks below!), they do include artificial ingredients from their sugar-free syrups. That’s why, just like I prefer to make my own Starbucks copycat egg bites, I’d rather make my own pink drink at home as well.
My version is a lot more wallet friendly, with just 5 simple, natural (sugar-free) ingredients and 5 minutes!Disclaimer: Starbucks may be a registered trademark. This recipe is my interpretation of a similar dish, but is not to be construed as an endorsement of the company or having been endorsed by the company. There is no affiliation between myself and the company. Trademark remains the property of its owner and is used here only to describe the product.
What Is The Starbucks Pink Drink?
The the pink drink is a light, sweet, and refreshing drink that’s also a very pretty shade of pink.
The original Starbucks pink drink recipe is made with:
- Strawberry Acai drink (contains sugar)
- Coconut milk (contains sugar)
- Freeze dried strawberries
Sugar, sugar and more sugar… definitely not low carb. 😉 There’s also a keto version you can order that’s a little different, as I’ll show you below.
What does the pink drink taste like?
Whether you order at the coffee shop or make it yourself, it tastes a lot like a fruity milkshake, just less thick. It’s creamy, fruity, a little frothy, and served over ice.
(If you want it thick or frozen instead of iced, you could blitz it in a blender to make it thick, like I do with my keto vanilla milkshake!)
Is the Starbucks pink drink keto?
If you order the regular Starbucks pink drink, it’s definitely not keto! Per 16 oz drink, it has 27 grams of carbohydrates and 24 grams from sugar!
But, getting the keto Starbucks pink drink from the coffee shop is possible – you just need to know how to order it.
How To Order The Keto Pink Drink At Starbucks
If you’re not strictly clean keto and are okay with their sugar-free syrups (made with sucralose), you can order a keto pink drink at Starbucks. It’s a “secret” menu item, so you’ll have to tell them what you to put in – you can’t just ask for a pink drink.
Here’s how to make your pink drink keto at Starbucks:
- Passion Tango iced tea – optionally can ask for extra tea
- No liquid cane sugar
- 4 pumps sugar-free vanilla syrup
- Light heavy cream – you can ask for more if you want, but it’s pretty heavy
- No water
TIP: If you want a clean keto version, omit the sugar-free vanilla. You could even add a little Besti natural keto sweetener to the coffee shop drink yourself instead, like I do for my homemade pink drink recipe.
I also have a guide for how to order other keto friendly drinks at Starbucks.
Below, I’ll show you how to make your own pink drink at home.
Keto Pink Drink Ingredients
I explained the ingredients for ordering the Starbucks pink drink at the coffee shop above, both the original version and the keto version.
But now, let’s talk about the homemade version! This DIY pink drink has just 5 ingredients (plus ice!):
- Passion Tango Tea – Gives the pink keto drink fruity flavor (without sugar) and a vibrant shade of pink color.
- Strawberries – Used as a garnish and for a little fresh strawberry flavor.
- Heavy cream – Thick and slightly sweet (without the sugar), this is what makes the homemade pink drink creamy.
- Besti Powdered Monk Fruit Allulose Blend – Using a powdered sweetener without sugar alcohols will allow the keto sweetener to completely dissolve, even in cold liquids.
- Vanilla extract – Imparts a sweet, creamy flavor.
- If you want to lighten up the calories, replace half of the heavy cream with either unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk beverage.
- For a dairy-free version, swap the heavy cream with coconut cream or coconut milk. Make sure it’s the full-fat kind in a can, with no sugar added.
- Fresh or freeze dried strawberries will work. If you use freeze dried, remember the natural sugar in them is more concentrated, so you may want to use a bit less.
- There are a few sweetener options. Powdered sweetener dissolves best, especially if it’s monk fruit allulose blend or pure allulose. In general, sweeteners that contain erythritol (which includes most brands of monk fruit and many major keto sweetener brands – check ingredient labels!) will not dissolve as well. Learn the differences between sugar substitutes here.
How To Make The Starbucks Pink Drink At Home
Making these yourself is easier than you might think! Here’s how to make the homemade Starbucks pink drink recipe keto friendly:
- Steep tea. Steep two bags of passion tea in hot water. Squeeze the bags into the water before discarding them. Fill two glasses with ice, then pour half of the tea into each glass.
- Assemble. Top with sliced strawberries, heavy cream, Besti, and vanilla.
- Stir until smooth and pink! I like to add more strawberries on top.
Pink Drink FAQs
Keto pink drink carbs – how many?
There are just 3.6 grams net carbs in this homemade keto pink drink recipe. That’s just about 24 grams carbs less (!!) than getting it from the coffee shop, but just as (if not more!) delicious.
Does the pink drink have caffeine?
The Starbucks keto pink drink does have 45mg caffeine in the form of the natural green coffee flavor.
This homemade pink drink recipe doesn’t contain the green coffee, and the tea I use is caffeine free, so the drink has no caffeine.
More Keto Coffee Shop Recipes
If you like this keto pink drink recipe, you might also like some of these other keto drink recipes:
- Keto Whipped Dalgona Coffee – The super-popular drink turned keto! If you miss coffee shop drinks, this is the recipe is to make.
- Keto Matcha Green Tea Frappe – Another coffee-shop copycat, made keto without all of the sugar and carbs that it’s typically made with.
- Sugar-Free Lemonade – Add a splash of this lemonade to the sugar-free pink drink recipe for a citrus splash.
- Bulletproof Coffee – The best way to start your day – whether you’re keto or not!
Tools To Make a Homemade Pink Drink
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- Besti Powdered Monk Fruit Allulose Blend – My very own sweetener gives this drink sweetness without the aftertaste, and even more importantly, it dissolves well! Can’t say that about most keto sweeteners. 😉
- Passion Herbal Tea – This is the base of our drink, it’s a fruity, delicious tea.
- Insulated Iced Coffee Cups – Once you try a sip of this pink drink keto recipe, I bet you’ll be making it all summer long! Use these cups to take it anywhere and keep it cool.
Copycat Starbucks Keto Pink Drink Recipe
Keto Pink Drink (Starbucks Copycat)
Learn to make a keto pink drink at home OR order it at Starbucks! This 5-ingredient pink drink recipe is fruity, creamy, and sugar-free.
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Steep the tea bags in 1 cup hot water for at least 3 minutes, or until steeped to your liking. Squeeze the bag into the water before discarding it.
Fill 2 12-oz glasses with ice to the top. Pour half of the tea over each.
Top each glass with 1/4 cup sliced strawberries (optional), 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 tablespoon powdered Besti, and 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir well. Add more sweetener to taste if needed.
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