How to Make Starbucks’ Secret Pink Drink at Home

Starbucks’ new secret menu item called the Pink Drink is taking social media by storm. Made with a Strawberry Açai Refresher that subs coconut milk for water and your choice of strawberry or blackberry pieces, the drink boasts a creamy baby pink hue. It’s bursting with a fruity, tangy flavor and full of antioxidants and caffeine that increase your energy level, but not your waistline.

This drink is the perfect compliment for all those summer instas to come. Best of all, we figured out how to recreate it at home. So if you hate standing on line at Starbucks, and who doesn’t, now you can be your own barista and get your pink on all summer long.

Starbucks’ Secret Pink Drink

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 2 açai green tea bags (made by The Republic of Tea)
  • Honey, to taste
  • 4-5 strawberries, sliced
  • 2-3 teaspoon lemon juice, to taste
  • Ice
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Step 1

    Put the tea bags in a glass filled 1/4 of the way with boiling water. Steep for 7 minutes.

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  • Step 2

    Stir in some honey.

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  • Step 3

    Take out the tea bags.

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  • Step 4

    Add half the strawberries and lemon juice.

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  • Step 5

    Ice it up.

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  • Step 6

    Fill with coconut milk and stir.

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  • Step 7

    Top with the rest of the strawberries.

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4 Things to Know About Starbucks’ Pink Drink

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!

Skip the coffee shop and try this homemade pink drink recipe instead. This ultra-hydrating beverage is as easy and delicious as it is beautiful to look at! My homemade version is low in sugar and made with fresh fruit.

Don’t tell anyone but…. this is a copycat of the Starbucks pink drink that you can order off of the Starbucks secret menu, if you’re the kind of person who does things like walk into Starbucks and order off of the secret menu instead of being a bashful rule-follower who orders off of the official menu.

(Wait. Am I allowed to say Starbucks here, or will the trademark police come scoop me up, tall, refreshing pink drink still in hand?)

I normally avoid the secret menu like the plague

Anyway, I most certainly was (ok, am) not the kind of person who ordered off of the secret menu – or the type of person who orders Starbucks drinks at all – until I heard about this drink.

In fact, the secret menu is – in my mind, anyway – infamous for being stocked with super high sugar and high-empty-calorie drinks that don’t appeal to me at all.

And the whole concept of the secret menu is kind of irritating, anyway. If you make drinks, just list them on the menu, thankyouverymuch. I mean, why would you want to discourage people from ordering a menu item by not making it easy to order?

What is the pink drink (and why was it worth ordering)?

This drink was appealing enough to put aside my disdain for the secret menu in general, and it wasn’t because of the (admittedly tempting) vibrant color.

Actually, in certain circles (namely the places in which moms congregate on social media), this drink has a bit of lore behind it. One very specific circle, in fact, of nursing moms who are constantly worried about their supply – and who, via Facebook groups devoted solely to these sorts of things – pass along anecdotes of the super hydrating Starbucks pink drink that supposedly boosted their supply like crazy.

Yeah, I’m talking about breastmilk. Any moms who are or have nursed totally know what I’m talking about and are likely nodding their heads vigorously at the screen right now. The rest of you are probably super skeeved out right now, and for that, I’m sorry.

Anyway… the pink drink is a strawberry and hibiscus flavored cold drink made from mixing heavily-sweetened hibiscus tea with dried strawberries and coconut milk to make it a beautiful opaque pale pink color. It is fruity and refreshing, but the original version is way too sweet (imagine cough syrup mixed with a melted pink starburst – yeah, it was too sweet).

Pink drink = mega hydration

But despite disliking the taste of the drink, I loved the hydration. Tea, ice, coconut milk – it all made me feel great.

In this season of bone dry outside air and whatever-is-dryer-than-bone overheated indoor air, I don’t know about you, but I need all the hydration I can get.

So I recreated it at home. As you may have expected, this homemade pink drink is a heavily edited version of the original, leaving out most of the sugar and relying on fresh fruit and for a hint of sweetness. You can also add a bit of honey (or agave, if you want to keep it vegan), if you want.

The result is a vibrant glass of not-too-sweet, refreshing and mega-hydrating deliciousness. And, yes, I hate when people use the word deliciousness as a noun (or, really, anything) too – but this time it is worth it. Try a homemade pink drink; you’ll see!


  • What kind of tea should I use? I used Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea, but you can also use Tazo Passion Tea for this drink. You can use any hibiscus tea you prefer, but I recommend one of these two, if you can find them.
  • What if I can’t find hibiscus tea? Any berry tea – strawberry or raspberry – will work.
  • Can I make this caffeinated? Probably, but that’s not really its intent. If you’d like this drink to give you a little caffeine boost, you may be able to find hibiscus green tea, or you can brew your tea with both a hibiscus tea bag and a green tea bag, if you can’t find that flavor of green tea.
  • How can I lighten up this drink? Simply used boxed coconut or almond milk in place of the full fat canned coconut milk. But, if you’re nursing, remember that you need plenty of calories to keep up your supply! Using light canned unsweetened coconut milk would be a better compromise.
  • Strawberries: Fresh or dried? The Starbucks version of this drink uses freeze-dried strawberries, which I think really leaves something to be desired. I use sliced strawberries (fresh, that is), because they’re prettier in the drink, and more fun to eat when you’re done with the drink. No one wants to eat soggy freeze-dried strawberries!
  • Can I make this ahead? I don’t recommend making the drink ahead of time, because it separates quickly (which doesn’t affect the flavor of the drink). But you can brew the tea ahead of time; in fact, it’s better if you do brew it ahead. For best results, steep the tea bags in boiling water until very strong, then chill the tea either to room temperature, or in the fridge, before using it in the recipe. You can make the tea up to a few days in advance.
  • Mine looks more like purple drink. What happened? You probably brewed your tea for too long. It takes on a red-blue color, which is then diluted into a lavender color when you mix up the drink. It won’t affect the taste, so don’t worry about it too much.
  • How do I make this allergy friendly or keto? This drink is already gluten free, paleo, and dairy free. To make it vegan, replace the honey with agave or maple syrup. To make this low carb or keto, replace the honey with a few drops of liquid stevia, to taste.


  1. Add ice to two glasses. Set aside.
  2. Add the coconut water, tea, coconut milk, and honey to the jar of a blender, and blend for a few moments to combine.
  3. Add the strawberries, and blend for just a second (if you want them to remain chunky in the drink, like the original), or several seconds (if you want them to be pureed, more like a milkshake or smoothie) until you get the consistency you prefer.
  4. Divide the drink between the two prepared glasses. Garnish with additional strawberry slices, and enjoy!


  • You can use whatever hibiscus tea you prefer. I like Cup & Leaf’s Egyptian hibiscus petal tea. The quality is amazing. If you want to grab someting from the grocery store or Amazon, try Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger tea or Tazo Passion Tea.
  • You can use full fat or light coconut milk for this. Just make sure it is mixed well before measuring.
  • You can see from the pictures that this drink quickly separates and starts to look a little… funny? Don’t worry, the flavor and mouthfeel are not affected. It just stops looking smooth almost immediately after blending. Since it’s just tea and coconut products, I’m not sure what causes this!
Nutrition Information:

Yield: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119 Saturated Fat: 7g Sodium: 37mg Carbohydrates: 12g Sugar: 10g Protein: 1g PS: if you’re looking for more gluten free lactation-friendly recipes, check out these options:

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you can see from the pictures that this drink quickly separates and starts to look a little… funny? Don’t worry, the flavor and mouthfeel are not affected. It just stops looking smooth almost immediately after blending. Since it’s just tea and coconut products, I’m not sure what causes this!

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Make-Ahead Refrigerator Oatmeal

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Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Just a few ingredients, a blender and a minute of your time stands between you and this cool and refreshing frozen strawberry lemonade!

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Starbucks’ Pink Drink Is the Perfect Fruity Treat

Over the years, you’ve probably heard Starbucks’ elusive secret menu items whispered to the baristas over the counter or, at the very least, seen them pop up on your Instagram. One of the most famous, with its bubble-gum pink hue, may just snag the title of being most photogenic.

It’s (creatively) called the Starbucks Pink Drink and it started as a secret menu item but was so popular that it became an official Starbucks beverage on the cold drinks menu in 2017.

What’s in the Starbucks pink drink, exactly? Made with Strawberry Acai Refresher, Starbucks’ pink drink has a tiny bit of caffeine, thanks to some green coffee extract. Instead of water, it’s mixed with coconut milk to create the shade of pink that makes it so Instagrammable. It’s topped off with chunks of fresh strawberries and blueberries that add to the fruity flavor.

Is the Starbucks Pink Drink healthy? A 16-ounce grande made with coconut milk has 140 calories and contains 24 grams of sugar. ICYDK, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent guidelines recommend limiting your added sugar consumption to 10 percent of your daily calories. (Added sugar means sugar that’s not naturally occurring in things like fruit or milk.) For example, if you’re consuming about 2,000 calories per day, your recommended added sugar intake is less than 20 grams. Considering a grande Pink Drink has 24 grams (coming from the sugar in the Strawberry Acai base and the coconut milk), it’s definitely not one of the healthiest items on the Starbucks menu—but it’s not bad compared to a grande Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappucino that packs in 470 calories and 57 grams of sugar (!!).

So what does the Starbucks Pink Drink taste like? According to some, similar to a pink Starburst. Starbucks’ official description says it has “accents of passion fruit…with creamy coconut milk,” making it “a fruity and refreshing sip of spring, no matter what time of year.”

Sounds like a solid sweet tooth cure (or winter blues’ cure) for your next coffee shop run.

This Is the Vegan Starbucks Drink Everyone Is Going Crazy For

Published June 15, 2016 by Alanna Ramsier. Last Updated April 17, 2017.

Update: The Pink Drink is now an official Starbucks menu item! No need to order a Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk instead of water. Last year, consumers realized that this combination of ingredients made a delicious and Instagram-able drink, and the #PinkDrink hashtag was born. The rest, as they say, is vegan history.

Originally published on June 15, 2016:

A new trend is catching fire with Starbucks patrons everywhere, and it’s called the “Pink Drink.” In practically no time, #pinkdrink has amassed over 100,000 Instagram posts. And do you know what the best part about the drink is? It’s 100 percent vegan.

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Omg!! This is my new favorite summer drink! This is a strawberry refresher, no water sub coconut milk!! So good. #vegan #veganfood #veganism #vegansofinstagram #vegansofig #veganhacks #veganstarbucks #rawtillnever #rawtillwhenever #plantbased #plantstrongvegan #plantbaseddiet #plantstrong #atx #atxvegan #starbuckssecretmenu

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To order the “Pink Drink,” all you have to do is ask for the Strawberry Acai Refresher to be made with coconut milk instead of water. Lovers of this new trend compare it to pink Starbursts and are saying it’s the perfect drink for summer.

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On Wednesdays we drink pink. Swap water for coconut milk in your Strawberry Acai Starbucks Refreshers! #ProTip #PinkDrink #Refreshers #Regram: @perpetual_joy

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If you’re interested in trying even more new vegan drinks at Starbucks, the summer Sunset Menu offers some delicious options. The Youthberry White Tea Granita and the Strawberry Lemon Limeaid Granita are already vegan, and the Caramel Espresso Granita can be made vegan if you ask for soy or coconut milk and substitute a pump of caramel syrup instead of the caramel sauce.

As if those aren’t enough, check out our Guide to Ordering Vegan at Starbucks for tons of other delicious drinks (and food!).

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Starbucks Refreshers Canned

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Starbucks Canned Refreshers are distributed by PepsiCo.

Not only does Starbucks have an in-store made Refresher Green Coffee based beverage, but they also have canned versions.

The canned version of Starbucks Refreshers is a bit different than their store variety because it is carbonated as well as includes a dose of ginseng and B vitamins.

The canned Refreshers come in three varieties; Orange Melon, Raspberry Pomegranate, and Strawberry Lemonade.

I Tried the Orange Mango Refresher

This drink has a light carbonated citrus flavor and was easy to drink.

They blended the flavors nicely and there was only a slight aftertaste from the Stevia used to compliment the 25% real fruit juice.

Green Coffee Energy?

Starbucks refresher did pep me up a bit from the caffeine in the green coffee extract. Starbucks customer service stated that each can contains 40-55 milligrams of caffeine.

Pepsico lists the caffeine content as 50mg. Their in store refresher has 45mg of caffeine per 12oz, but because of the ice used, I would expect the canned variety to have a bit more.

Starbucks Refreshers also come in a Via packet. According to Starbucks each Via Refreshers packet contains 40-55mg of caffeine.

Refreshers will probably be a hit for Starbucks fans who aren’t a huge fan of their roasted coffee flavored beverages.

See Here for Our Complete Guide to Starbucks Caffeine.

Where To Buy Starbucks Refreshers Canned

Starbucks, Refreshers with Coconut Water, Strawberry Lemonade, 12 fl oz. cans (12 Pack) (Packaging May Vary)
Available from Amazon / Starbucks

Starbucks VIA Instant Refreshers Very Berry Hibiscus (1 box of 6 packets)
Available from Amazon / Starbucks

Starbucks VIA Refreshers Very Berry Hibiscus (3 Pack/boxes) 18 Packets Total
Available from Amazon / Starbucks

Starbucks Via Instant Refreshers – Very Berry Hibiscus – 6 Packets (Pack of 2)
Available from Amazon / Starbucks

Starbucks VIA Refreshers Very Berry Hibiscus (5 packs)
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Ingredients in Starbucks Refreshers Canned

Sugar content: 13 grams (per 12 ounces).

Compare sugar levels of other drinks

Caffeine Comparisons

Starbucks Refreshers Canned contains 4.17 mgs of caffeine per fluid ounce (14.09mg/100 ml).

Caffeine (mg) per Ounce 10090807060 5040302010 0 Starbucks Refreshers Canned 5 Hour Energy Espresso Shot Spike Energy Drink Total Caffeine (mg) 400360320280 24020016012080 400 Can of Starbucks Refreshers Canned Can of Coca-Cola Classic Bottle of Redline Energy Drink Can of Monster Energy Drink Can of Red Bull Data Sources: The can and Starbucks Customer Service

Starbucks Refreshers Energy Drinks Are Tasty, But Not as ‘Fresh’ as They Sound

They’re made with green coffee extract — as in the extract of unroasted coffee beans, not green tea leaves — that’s supposed to give you “natural energy.”

Starbucks’ promo material says that they’ve come up with an “innovative process” that pulls caffeine from green coffee beans before they’re roasted to nab this so-called green coffee extract, so people who don’t care for coffee can enjoy the lift without the coffee flavor. Cool — I could definitely see an offering like that being a perk (pun intended) for plenty of patrons who aren’t coffee fanatics like yours truly. Even those of us who are might want to enjoy a natural, low-cal drink with only 45 to 55 mg of caffeine (as opposed to 200+).

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But I do have to call the ‘bucks bluff on one lil’ thing. They may be the first big company to use raw “green” coffee beans in a drink like this, but they’re not exactly the first ones to come up with a “natural energy drink” period. Black or green tea sans anything else is, well, just that. And if we’re talking about natural alternatives to drinks like Rockstar and Red Bull, well, other companies (like eBoost and Bethenny Frankel’s energy drink) have been marketing their natural, stevia-sweetened, green tea extract-laden energy drinks for a while now …

That said, original or not, these Refreshers are still a welcome addition to the Starbucks lineup. If only because it means I’ll have the perfect excuse to lure my non-coffee drinker friends in there more frequently!

Are you intrigued by these new energy drinks?

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Curious about how much caffeine is in a Starbucks Refreshers Canned? The amount of caffeine in Starbucks Refreshers Canned is important to understanding the potency of this beverage. Similarly, Starbucks Refreshers Canned’s caffeine content, along with sugar levels, can help determine how much of this drink is safe to consume.

Below, we detail how much caffeine is in each serving, whether these levels are high, moderate or low in comparison to other drinks, and finally, the amount of sugar.

How Much Caffeine in Starbucks Refreshers Canned

The caffeine content in Starbucks Refreshers Canned is 50 mg per 12.00 fl. oz can. Compared to other drinks, this means the caffeine levels of Starbucks Refreshers Canned are MODERATE. But always remember, the key to health is always moderation. Also, it is important to remember that Starbucks Refreshers Canned contains 13 mg of sugar.

Where To Buy Starbucks Refreshers Canned

If you can’t find Starbucks Refreshers Canned in your local grocery store, coffee shop, drug store, or warehouse club, you may want to check online. In fact, like most consumer products, the best places to buy Starbucks Refreshers Canned are probably Amazon,, or


Oh Starbucks. We love that you’re on every corner, but your menu isn’t all that #hellahealthy! Don’t freak out, we created a special secret menu full of healthy Starbucks drinks to share with all of you (including a #PinkDrink Makeover)!

Graham and I just got back from a long road trip from San Francisco, to Portland, to Seattle and back, and YES Starbucks was a frequent stop for potty breaks. Couple that with a few stretches and jumping jacks and I’d say that’s a solid effort to maintain your movement goals on the road.

TIP: If you appreciate cleaner bathrooms, Starbucks is a pretty safe & clean way to go.

Is Processed Sugar Holding You Back?

We created a Healthy Starbucks Drink secret menu because my personal pet-peeve with Starbucks has a lot to do with how loaded their cups are with PROCESSED SUGAR! If you’re like us, you are not going on 26 mile runs right after your sip of blended coffee. Instead, you/we are sitting on our asses – either at our desk, in our cars, or right there at a Starbucks table.

Overloading our system with loads of processed sugar, already predigested in a smooth, “gulpable” drink, means that it will hit our bloodstream fast and furious. Our liver and muscles absorb whatever sugar it can, and the rest? Well let’s just say it gets stored as excess in unwanted places.

Here’s a helpful tool to remember…

According to the American Heart Association, we should keep our daily sugar intake under 100 calories a day (that’s about 9 teaspoons for men, and 6 teaspoons for women) PER DAY FOLKS. And to give you a visual: about 4.2 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon.

STARBUCKS FAVORITES – Sugar Nutrition Facts
drink size sugar
Mocha Frapp Grande 61g of sugar (14.5 teaspoons)
Mocha Grande 35g of sugar (8.3 teaspoons)
Latte Grande 17g of sugar (4 teaspoons)
Strawberry Acai Refresher Grande 20g of sugar (4.75 teaspoons)

Oh hell no. That’s almost my daily sugar allowance in one freakin cup.

Healthy Starbucks Drinks (Secret Menu)

So how do you order at Starbucks if you are trying to live #hellahealthy? – you know…keep that skin looking right, lower blood pressure, decrease chances of diabetes, thrive at a healthy weight, stay cute n’ fly? See below for a quick hack guide.

WARNING: If you are used to high-sweet, high-salt foods, our Healthy Starbucks Drink menu may taste NEW & DIFFERENT (aka – not so sweet). Give it a try! The more you remove excessively sugar-loaded beverages and food, the more you’ll crave ‘cleaner’ foods. Trust me!

We did NOT put any Frappuccino options on here. Why? We’re not a fan of the ingredients in their syrups (even in the ‘light’ low-cal version). Most of my clients and students are extremely driven and focused on cleaning up and getting rid of ALL processed foods because they are either working towards a weight loss goal, OR have food allergies. If this sounds like you, a great way to wean yourself from these foods, is finding cleaner and healthier alternatives (like the ones listed below).

Pink Drink Makeover


“Grande, passion fruit tea UNSWEETENED, with a splash of coconut (or almond) milk and a small scoop of freeze dried strawberries (from the Strawberry Acai Refresher) please.” #pinkdrinkmakeover

~ 2 grams of sugar (<1 teaspoon)

Wait…what is the Pink Drink from Starbucks?

If you don’t know about the “Pink Drink”, then here’s the lowdown that pretty much flooded Instagram months ago (and still going). The infamous #PinkDrink is simply ordering the “Strawberry Acai Refresher” (on the menu), but instead of using water, you ask for coconut milk. They keep the stevia sweetened fruit juice and freeze dried strawberries. It tastes like a light Asian milk tea drink I guess.

Bottom line. It’s sugar juice, with concentrated flavors, processed stevia and sugar. And as a health and nutrition coach/author, whose goal is to help fabulous folks feel and function at their optimum, reduce inflammation, promote healthy skin, and educate men and women on natural weight loss, I will never recommend the regular version.

Cold Brew or Ice Coffee

“Grande cold brew please.” #better4ucoldbrew


Sprinkle in some cinnamon if you want a dash of sweet, and/or add 1 packet of “Sugar in the Raw” if you have to, which is about 1 teaspoon.

~ 0-2 grams of sugar (<1 teaspoon) depending on milk and added raw sugar.

Why is cold brew good for you?

“Good for you” is a stretch, but cold brew is less acidic and easier on the stomach and teeth. Since it’s less acidic, it also tastes smoother, less bitter, and to some folks, sweeter! (I like it…and I don’t really love coffee.)

How is cold brew made?
Cold brew is made by simply soaking roughly ground coffee beans in cold water – usually for about 12 hours. The absence of heat is what impacts the acidity level.

Where is cold brew from?
Cold brew is not a NEW invention folks. According to Driftaway Coffee, the history of cold brew can be traced back to the 1600’s in Japan, influenced by trades between the Dutch. However, I’m confident that there was a version of “cold brew” somewhere close to the equator, where it has grown and thrived for centuries.


“Venti, half green tea plus half passion fruit tea, UNSWEETENED please.” #passiongreentea

0 grams of sugar


“Grande, Emperor’s Cloud and Mist green tea , UNSWEETENED please.” #detoxmegreen

0 grams of sugar

NOTE: There’s a solid list of Teavana® flavors. Go ham. Just request UNSWEETENED and you should be good.

There’s nothing really ground-breaking (or secret), but many of you that reach for your normal coffee drinks, might be skipping over a super cleansing option – TEA! It’s not on here to WOW you, but rather remind you to maybe put that mocha or latte on hold for a sec.


“Grande, dark roast please.” #diysweetcoffee

Sprinkle in some cinnamon if you want a dash of sweet, and/or add 1 packet of “Sugar in the Raw” if you have to, which is about 1 teaspoon.

~ 0-2 grams of sugar (<1 teaspoon) depending on milk and added raw sugar.

NOTE: Like the #DetoxMEgreen tea above, this isn’t on here to WOW you, but rather to show you a simple ‘hack’ to wean you off of the high-sugar espresso drinks by adding cinnamon (free at the counter) and possibly 1 teaspoon of sugar if you really need something extra. You will be surprised how reducing your sugar intake does for your health goals.


  1. FRESH FRUIT: If you feel sluggish and a meal isn’t too far behind, but you really need something NOW, then a good, “clean” option is an apple or banana. There’s no hidden ingredients. Just be sure to give the apple a quick rinse (or ask them to do it for you).
  2. NUTS & SEEDS: If you need something with a bit more substance or fat to hold you over, look for plain nuts. I haven’t been too lucky in this realm because most of their packaged nuts/fruit have added oils and sugars, and to me, that makes ZERO sense. $2 for filler ingredients?
  3. PROTEIN BISTRO BOX: And if you are really, really in a bind, eating something with PROTEIN is one of the better options (over a cookie). The ingredients in the bread are not the cleanest, but everything else should satisfy you and clear the hunger pangs until you reach a balanced meal. If there’s a fresh salad, that’s even better, but it really depends on the Starbucks and their stock.


Not all coconut, almond, or other dairy-free milk are created equal. And while I don’t want to get all complicated about this, I do want to help you non-dairy or vegan folks out a bit. If you are dairy-sensitive and can easily swap Starbucks milk for the coconut milk, please continue. BUT if you have food allergies, suffer from a sensitive stomach that often bloats from unknown (or known) food sources, I don’t recommend that you order drinks from Starbucks with coconut/almond milk. Just skip the ‘milk’ altogether and order coffee/tea straight up.

Starbucks’ coconut and milk includes more than just coconut or almonds. The added thickeners and emulsifiers (that help with the consistency and texture of the milk), includes ingredients like Carrageenan (made from seaweed) that may cause an already sensitive stomach to bloat. (I can testify). Don’t freak out, just be mindful of how sensitive you are and order accordingly.

If you are curious about what’s in their coconut milk, see below. And if you are curious about MAKING YOUR OWN (super easy) dairy-free milk, here’s a great post on that!

Coconut Milk (from Starbuck)

See more Starbucks nutrition facts here

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  • A new Starbucks “keto pink drink” is gaining popularity among keto dieters.
  • The keto-friendly drink isn’t an approved Starbucks item, but it is on their secret menu.
  • The keto pink drink contains Starbucks Passion Tango Iced Tea, sugar-free vanilla syrup, and heavy cream.

The OG Starbucks pink drink is so 2017 (you know the one: a Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk); now, it’s all about the Starbucks keto pink drink.

Okay, so the keto pink drink isn’t exactly an approved Starbucks beverage—it was actually created by some seriously dedicated keto dieters—but it’s definitely catching on with the keto crowd.

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My first time trying the #ketopinkdrink from @starbucks I’ve seen everyone posting about. I’m not disappointed. I still love my #coldbrew but this will work for a refreshing drink choice. #ketostarbucks #starbucks #pinkdrink

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Here’s what’s in it:

  • Starbucks Passion Tango Iced Tea
  • Sugar-free vanilla syrup
  • Heavy cream
  • Splenda (optional)

To the regular Starbucks coffee drinker, it’s a downright disgusting combo—but it’s so pretty, so keto dieters have taken to social media to post about this new keto-friendly bev.

What exactly makes the drink keto-friendly?

You know the deal: The keto diet is high-fat and low-carb—60 to 75 percent of your daily calories should come from fat and 5 to 10 percent should come from carbs, specifically.

It’s quite the change from the (decidedly un-keto-friendly) original Starbucks pink drink, which has 27 grams of carbs and just 2.5 grams of fat. And honestly, with the current keto-craze, a keto-friendly Starbucks drink was bound to happen.

So uh, is it even good for you?

That depends: If you’re on the keto diet, it definitely follows the rules, says Abby Langer, R.D., owner of Abby Langer Nutrition. And it’s not even the worst Starbucks/keto concoction she’s seen: “I’ve seen keto orders that are actually a lot more disgusting than this pink drink, which basically amounts to a cup of heavy cream with a tiny bit of tea to top it off.” Sounds…delicious.

But the drink’s definitely not going to add anything healthy to your diet, keto or not. “There’s really no nutrition in it,” she says. “But there’s also no nutrition in a regular Frappuccino, so choose your poison.”

IDK about you, but I’ll stick to my regular coffee with a dash of whole milk, at most. You can still score an Insta-worthy photo from that.

The bottom line: If you’re following a keto diet and want a keto drink for the ‘gram, go ahead and try it…like, once.

Pink drink from Starbucks

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