Oh, man. I love a Starbucks drink. The tough part is trying to find ones that are not loaded with sugar! I came across the keto pink drink last year and get it on the regular. Since I drink lots of these thangs in the Summer, I came up with this DIY Pink Drink recipe so I don’t have to get a second job to support my Starbucks habit.
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THE ORIGINAL STARBUCKS VERSION (SUPER HIGH IN SUGAR)
In case ya’ didn’t know…Starbucks has a gigantic “secret menu” (well, not-so-secret since you can find it anywhere on the internet). You can order SO MANY unique drinks from Zombie and Cotton Candy Frapps to Butterbeer Lattes and Pumpkin Juice. The list is long, people and the Pink Drink is (or was) on it.
I think it’s on the regular menu now because it became so popular. Either way, it has TWENTY-SEVEN grams of sugar in a Grande. That’s over an entire day’s worth of sugar if you’re a woman. If you’re not worried about sugar, it’s only 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.
STARBUCKS KETO PINK DRINK
Starbucks does make a keto version of the Pink Drink (hallelujah!). Instead of using Strawberry Acai Refresher and Coconut Milk, they use Teavana Passion Tango Iced Tea, skip the classic (that’s the liquid cane sugar – 11 grams worth), freeze-dried strawberries and coconut milk and swap it out for heavy whipping cream and sugar-free vanilla.
The trick (as told to me by my fave barista) is that you have to request the keto version without water and make note that you want just a splash of heavy whipping cream. It won’t be as pink, BUT if you don’t specify, they eyeball it and you could end up with a 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream or more (that’s like 40+ grams of Fat and 400 calories) – if you’re keto and you order it that way, you’re gonna use up the majority of your macros in a Starbucks bevy. Probably not the healthiest choice no matter what diet you’re eating, but hey…you do you. I know I’ve done it:)
MY DIY PINK DRINK (SUGAR-FREE + BASICALLY MAGENTA)
This is the super easiest thing to make, I wish I would’ve started making my own DIY Pink Drinks LAST SUMMER. All you do is brew some Passion Tea, let it cool, add some heavy whipping cream and stevia. The complete recipe is at the bottom of this post. I get three venti-sized servings out of 1 tea bag.
I get my Tazo Iced Passion Tea from Target, the heavy whipping cream from the fridge (drink it in my coffee every mornin’!) and the stevia packets from Thrive Market (they have the best prices for sugar-free, grain-free baked goods! I save a ton of money through them – here’s 25% off your first order if you check em’ out)!
I purchased my reusable cup at Starbucks when they first started selling them, but this Etsy shop has the cutest ones! I may have to spend more money on drink stuff. Don’t tell the hubs.
MACRO COMPARISON + HOW TO ORDER AT STARBUCKS
Below are the approximate macros for the Pink Drink whether you order up the original, the keto version (with my recommendations) or the keto version the way most people order it. I’ve also popped in the macros for my DIY Pink Drink in case you decide to make yours at home too.
Original Pink Drink (For a Grande): Calories: 140 | Fat: 2.5 g | Protein: 1g | Carbs: 27 net (Most baristas know what a Pink Drink is these days as it’s not-so-secret anymore. But, if they look at you funny, just ask for a Strawberry Acai refresher with coconut milk)
Starbucks Keto Pink Drink (Venti with splash of HWP): Calories: 105 | Fat: 11 g | Protein: 1 g | Carbs: 1 g net (Venti Passion Tango Iced Tea with ice, a shot of heavy whipping cream – specify about 2 tbsp, 3 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, no water, no classic)
Starbucks Keto Pink Drink (Venti with heavy pour HWP): Calories: 210 | Fat: 21 g | Protein: 1.7 g | Carbs: 2 g net (Venti Passion Tango Iced Tea with ice and heavy whipping cream – they will eyeball it, probably around 1/4 cup, but could be more!), 3 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, no water, no classic)
DIY Pink Drink (Venti-sugar-free with splash of HWP): The recipe is below if you want to make your own DIY Pink Drink without all the sugar. Here’s the breakdown, depending upon how much HWP you decide to use:) Calories: 105 | Fat: 11 g | Protein: 1 g | Carbs: 1 g net
WIN A STARBUCKS GIFT CARD!
SO, because I heart Starbucks so much…AND because I heart YOU so much, I’m giving one lucky winner a $25 Starbucks Gift Card to get all the pink, purple or blue drinks their heart desires. Enter below and stay tuned for the winner announcement on Wednesday! YEY!
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HERE’S MY RECIPE BEFORE YA’ GO
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