For that springtime nostalgic feel, try out the fruity Starbucks pink coconut refresher. Learn how to make it at home in this article and save yourself some money.
If you are a fan of social media and Starbucks drinks to be precise then there is no doubt you have come across the colorful drinks that Starbucks fans post on these platforms. I count myself as a huge fan and like trying out new drinks now and then. When I came across the colorful pink-colored drink, I couldn’t wait to try it out. One thing is that to place an order of the secret drinks at Starbucks, you have to know the recipe so that you can read it out to the barista. So, I got to do some research and found out a lot about the Starbucks pink coconut refresher drink. I had a fulfilling experience when I tried out the drink and in this article, I will share the information about this drink and how you can make yours at home. Read on to find out more fascinating details about the pink drink.
Brief History of the drink
Starbucks Pink coconut refresher drink widely known as Starbucks pink drink gained popularity around 2017. It was made famous by a post that trended on Instagram when a Starbucks fan posted a photo of it. The drink was made by customizing the Starbucks Strawberry Acai refresher and it became so popular in the secret menu that Starbucks added it to the menu.
Is the pink coconut refresher still available at Starbucks?
Yes, the pink coconut refresher is still available across all Starbucks locations and can be ordered at any time. Starbucks has added it to its menu as many people have been requesting it. Next time you pop into a Starbucks store, make sure you try this magical drink.
Pink coconut refresher (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories
What’s in a pink coconut refresher- (ingredients)
Starbucks pink coconut is made up of several ingredients that are readily available in any store. The original version you will find at Starbucks will have these ingredients.
Coconut milk – This is a base component that you will use to make the drink. It is the add-on that changed the original strawberry acai refresher giving the drink a colorful sparkling shade.
Frozen strawberries – This brings about the fruity splash as well as gives the drink that pink color and thus the name pink drink.
Strawberry Acai base – This base also has a delightful pink color from the strawberry and light Acai notes which combines well with the different flavors of the drink.
Fruit juice – Instead of adding water to the drink, it is best to use a fruit juice which will give a fruitier flavor and also increase the nutritional content of the drink. Most people use apple juice, peach blend juice, or grapefruit juice.
Tea– There is a note of Acai tea in the drink but you can also add a splash of green tea, black tea, or passion tango tea. Some people have used a splash of green coffee extract to improve the caffeine levels but it is not a must to add the teas as Acai tea gives a small notation of caffeine.
Pink coconut refresher: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine & Calories
What sizes are available
When it comes to serving sizes of pink drinks at Starbucks, you will have four cup options, that is Tall which is 12 fl Oz., Grande which is 16 fl Oz, Venti which is 20 fl Oz., and Trenta which is 30 fl Oz. For the first time, I would recommend you start with a Tall cup size and work your way up trying different customizations until you get the right recipe. I like having a Grande cup size but I do take a Venti at times when I have some change to spare.
Starbucks’ pink coconut refresher drink is very healthy. The sugar levels are in check as well as calorific values. Most of the energy in the drink comes from carbs and sugar. There are very low-fat levels since this drink doesn’t have dairy products. It is also a suitable drink for vegans and people that are on a non-dairy diet. There is no cholesterol in this drink making it a healthy choice. You will also be getting a good portion of vitamins from the fruits meaning your energies are being replenished as well as your immunity. The table below shows the nutritional values of a Grande cup size.
|Calorie count||140 calories|
|Nutrient content||% of daily value*|
|Total fat 2.5g
Saturated fat 2.5%
|Total carbohydrates 27g
Dietary fiber 2g
* The percentage values are calculated based on a 2000 calorie diet
Starbucks pink coconut drink has mild caffeine contents that come from the Acai base. The levels can be increased if you wish by adding a splash of tea. A normal Starbucks pink drink will have 45mg of caffeine on the Grande cup size which is a good level per serving since the daily recommended maximum value is 400mg.
So, what does Starbucks’ pink coconut refresher taste like?
Starbucks pink coconut refresher has a bold fruit taste that comes from the strawberries and small hints of passion when passion tea is used instead. There are also the refreshing Acai tea flavors well blended into the coconut flavor that brings about summertime nostalgia.
Ways to Customize Starbucks pink coconut refresher –pink coconut refresher Variations
Starbucks’ pink drink can be customized by adding a different type of tea. Most people add passion iced tea to add the passion flavor and some caffeine. You can also try different types of fruit juices mostly grape, apple juice, and peach blend juice. You can also play around with some toppings like cold foam, vanilla sweet cream, or thick cream. For these crème options note that the drink will no longer be vegan as the creams contain dairy products.
How to make pink coconut refresher at home - pink coconut refresher copycat recipe
- 1 scoop of frozen strawberries
- 1 cup coconut milk
- ½ cup grape juice
- 4 packs of Acai berry tea bags
- 1 cup boiling water
- Prepare the Acai berry tea using boiling water. Let the tea soak for about 10 minutes in the boiling water.
- Mix all ingredients in a blender and add the tea.
- Blend all the ingredients until you get a smooth product.
- Pour the blended drink into a tall glass with a straw.
- Top up with pieces of cut strawberries and serve.
- To sweeten the homemade drink, you can add a pump of sweet vanilla syrup to the blend.
- You can add a splash of green coffee if you love coffee hints
- To make the drink fancier, you can top it up with homemade vanilla thick cream or some cold foam.
- You may add some ice cubes to make the drink colder.
- Some people add a tablespoon of sugar or nectar to make the drink sweeter like the one you get at Starbucks.
Q. How do you order a pink coconut refresher at Starbucks?
A. It is very easy to order this drink at Starbucks. Start with the cup size that you require then ask your barista for a strawberry acai refresher with coconut milk blended. If you would like to customize your drink, then you will give the details after you mention coconut milk in your order. Your order should be something like ‘Grande Strawberry Acai refresher with coconut milk and some ice.
Q. Is pink coconut refresher Starbucks good?
A. Yes, the drink is very fascinating as it is healthy. It is very refreshing especially on a hot summer when you need to cool down. The taste will have you going back for more.
Q. How much is the pink coconut refresher?
A. Starbucks pink coconut refresher cost depends on the cup size you choose and also the add-ons that you choose when customizing. A cup of Starbucks pink coconut refresher drink without any customizations goes for $4.35 for a Tall cup, $4.75 for Grande cup size, $5.25 for a Venti cup size, and $5.45 for a Trenta cup. It may be a bit steep for some customers but the experience is so worth it.
Q. Is the pink coconut refresher vegan?
A. Yes, if you don’t use the cold foam of thick cream topping, a normal cup of Starbucks pink coconut refresher is good for a vegan diet. All the ingredients are plant-based making it a good vegan drink.