4 Things to Know About Starbucks' Pink Drink

Jun 10 2016
You've probably heard of Starbucks' super-popular secret-menu Pink Drink. It's taken the Internet by storm, and now it’s even been added to the official menu! But what do you really know about it? We did some investigating, and here are four things you need to know..
1. It's not thick like a strawberry Frappuccino... It's lighter and super fruity! The drink is actually a spin on the Strawberry Acai Refreshers Beverage, which is lightly caffeinated with green coffee extract. But instead of water, the Pink Drink is made with coconut milk. It's like a drinkable pink Starburst!

2. It features freeze-dried fruit, something we love here at Hungryland. The Pink Drink is made with either freeze-dried strawberries or freeze-dried blackberries, both fantastic. Unlike traditional dried fruit (think raisins), freeze-dried fruit isn't shriveled and dense; it's light and airy! (It's also MUCH lower in calories than dried fruit.) On it's own, it's a crispy snack. In drinks, freeze-dried fruit softens and packs a major flavor punch!

3. A Grande Pink Drink contains less than 150 calories! According to the official stats, a 16-oz. Pink Drink has 140 calories, 2.5g fat (2.5g sat fat), 60mg sodium, 27g carbs, 1g fiber, 24g sugars, and 1g protein (SmartPoints® value 8*). We did the math, and a Tall will run you around 105 calories, while a Venti has roughly 210 calories.

4. You can make a super-low-calorie version at home that we think tastes even better than the original... Here's how!

Hungry Girl's Low-Calorie Recipe Swap for Starbucks' Pink Drink

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Entire recipe: 50 calories, 2g total fat (2g sat fat), 0mg sodium, 7g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 5g sugars, 0g protein

SmartPoints® value 2*

It's delicious! This recipe does call for some pretty specific products -- trust us, they're worth seeking out! We tried many variations, and these ingredients are essential.

Prep: 5 minutes or less


Half a packet of Lipton Strawberry Acai Decaf Iced Green Tea Mix (check the store locator, or stock up online!)

1/2 cup So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage

1 cup ice cubes

1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries (like the kind by Just Tomatoes, Etc., Crunchies, or Trader Joe's)


Pour about half of the tea mix packet into a tall glass.

Add 1/2 cup water, and stir to dissolve.

Add coconut milk, ice, and freeze-dried fruit. Stir until cold and well mixed.


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SmartPoints® value* not what you expected? We follow the same method as WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) when calculating the value of a recipe: We add up the SmartPoints® values* of the individual ingredients using the Recipe Builder, not the calculator. (Many foods have a value of zero and remain zero in recipes.)

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