The Starbucks Instant Powder You Need To Make The Pink Drink At Home

Starbucks devotees are like Taylor Swift fans — they will find a way to get their favorite drink like Swifties scouting out a backstage pass. Sometimes that means DIYing it to keep the cost down or because, contrary to popular belief, not everyone lives within a mile of the ubiquitous coffee shop. Whatever your reason may be, if the Starbucks Pink Drink is your beverage of choice (and it's a lot of people's), you're going to need Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus powder to replicate this fruity beverage at home.

A long-time fan-favorite, the Pink Drink's rise to fame had humble beginnings as an unofficial barista creation and was officially added to the Starbucks menu in 2017. But this perfect-for-summer, non-dairy Refresher not only packs a punch flavor-wise, but it can also hit your wallet pretty hard too, with a tall (12 ounces) coming in at about $4.95 (subject to region and customizations). Depending on the deals you get on the ingredients, making them at home — where you can make multiple drinks from one batch of supplies — can be a great way to prevent your obsession from ending in bankruptcy. Besides, getting in on a trend can also be a lot of fun.

How to DIY your very own Pink Drink Starbucks Refreshers® Beverage

Mimicking this creamy, eye-catching strawberry açaí drink in your own kitchen has recently become trendy on social media, and by the looks of it, it's pretty easy once you have the four must-have ingredients: Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus powder, Tazo Iced Passion tea concentrate, coconut milk, and freeze-dried strawberry slices (or use fresh strawberries in a pinch). Just combine one packet of hibiscus powder with one cup of passion tea concentrate and 16 ounces of water, filling your drinking cup or glass about halfway over ice. Toss in a handful of strawberry slices to your taste, and top off the remainder of the cup with coconut milk. Give it a stir (or a shake if making it in a closed container before pouring) and you'll be in the Pink — Drink bliss, that is, in no time. Don't have the passion tea concentrate? Make some extra-strength hibiscus tea.

Of course, there's also the bottled route. Earlier this year, Starbucks made a ready-to-drink (RTD) version available (along with its yellow-hued counterpart, the Starbucks Paradise Drink), and they're both a bit cheaper than buying the fresh-made version. Starbucks has previously stated that the store-stocked RTD version runs about $3.67 for a 14-ounce bottle – though retailer prices run the gamut between $3.18 to $5.59. 

The only thing you may miss out on by making your "Pinkity Drinkity" at home is the barista's cheery smile when they hand it to you.