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How to make Strawberry Acai with Coconut Milk

Today we’ll be learning at how to make a Starbucks drink that keeps me smiling all summer long. It’s a total gem known as the the pink drink or a strawberry acai with coconut milk. My homemade version will delight your taste buds and keep ya chill all year long. In the news it’ best Starbucks pink drink copycat recipe that there is, period. I’ve tried em’ all – trust me loves.

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I case you aren’t familiar. It’s a delicious drink that’s based off the Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher recipe drink and their not-so-secret-menu Pink Drink.

Essentially the Pink Drink is the Strawberry Acai Refresher drink base plus coconut milk. The Pink Drink became so popular recently that it was eventually moved from Starbucks’ “Secret Menu” to their official menu. Want to know how to make strawberry acai with coconut milk? Of course you do. Read on.

What is the Starbucks secret menu?

The Starbucks secret menu contains drinks that are well known amongst Starbucks baristas and Starbucks superfans. This easy recipe secret menu item is my latest obsession. I serve it in a tall glass or large mason jar, featuring extra strawberries, cold water, ice cubes, white grape juice concentrate,  and a few other natural flavors.

These favorite drink specials are usually created during a barista’s free time or at the request of a customer who knows exactly what modifications are needed to create the drink they want.

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Because they aren’t official, some baristas might not know what you’re talking about when you ask for certain secret menu drinks. Or they might know it by a different name.

For example, I simply love London Fogs. They are so cozy and are perfect for sipping on rainy days.

But so many times when I asked for one, I got blank looks from the baristas. I finally learned to ask for an Earl Grey Tea Latte. 

That’s not much of a problem for the Pink Drink since it’s an official drink on the Starbucks menu now.

What is a Strawberry Acai Refresher?

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The Strawberry Acai Refresher drink came first, and it serves as the base for the Pink tasty Drink.

A Starbucks refresher drink has a couple of main components that make it a “refresher.”

·      Fruit juice

·      Green coffee extract

·      Scoops of fruit 

The base is a concentrate that then has water added to it.

Does a Strawberry Acai Refresher contain caffeine?

The green coffee extract in the refresher is what gives these drinks the perk. So yes, there is caffeine.

While green coffee extract doesn’t add flavor, it does add magical caffeinated energy we sometimes need to get us through the day.

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What is Green Coffee and Green Coffee Extract?

Green coffee beans are raw unroasted coffee beans. Coffee made from these beans have a much milder flavor and tastes more like herbal tea than coffee.

Green coffee beans contain high levels of chlorogenic acids, a group of antioxidants that provide numerous benefits.

Green coffee extracts are made by steeping the raw unroasted green coffee beans in water.

How is the Pink Drink different from the Strawberry Acai Refresher?

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The difference between the Pink Drink and the Strawberry Acai Refresher is simple.

Instead of adding water to the strawberry acai base, creamy coconut milk is added instead. You can also use almond milk if you prefer.

Ingredients for How to Make Strawberry Acai with Coconut Milk

White grape juice

Fresh strawberries, you can use freeze-dried fruit if fresh strawberrys aren’t available

Green coffee extract powder

·  Green coffee extract can be found in three possible places in grocery stores: the health and nutrition section, natural remedies area, or coffee and tea section.

Acai berry extract powder

·  Acai berry extract powder can be found in two possible places in grocery stores: the health and nutrition section or the natural remedies area.

Passion fruit extract powder

·  Passion fruit extract powder can be found in two possible places in grocery stores: the health and nutrition section or the natural remedies area.

Pomegranate powder is a good substitute if you can’t find passion fruit powder.

Lemon juice

Coconut milk

·      There are a lot of different types of coconut milk available in grocery stores. I recommend using canned full fat coconut milk for a couple of reasons.

·      First, it has a layer of cream on top. Using both the milk and a little bit of the cream gets the result closer to the Starbucks version.

·      Canned coconut milk creates smoother and thicker drinks. Coconut milks that are sold in cartons are very much watered down.

·      While I recommend full fat canned, you are welcome to use whatever kind you want!

Freeze-Dried strawberries

·      Freeze-dried fruits are often located in the same section as raisins or other dehydrated fruits. Look in the snack aisle, health and nutrition section, or bulk areas of your local grocery store.

How to Make the Strawberry Acai Refresher Base

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Combine the white grape juice, fresh strawberries, and freeze-dried strawberries in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. The strawberries should start getting soft and losing their color.

Remove from the heat and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the strawberries.

Return the concentrate to the saucepan and turn the heat on to low.

Add the green coffee extract, acai extract powder, and passion fruit extract powder.

Whisk until the powders have dissolved as much as possible.

Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Transfer to a mason jar and allow to cool completely before making a drink.

How to Make a Strawberry Acai with Coconut Milk {Starbucks’ Pink Drink Copycat}

Fill a highball glass with crushed ice and freeze-dried strawberries. Set aside.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Strawberry Acai Base and coconut milk.

Shake vigorously until the surface of the shaker has become cold and is sweating.

Pour into the prepared highball glass and serve.

Modifications

You can omit the green coffee extract if you want a caffeine-free drink or if you don’t want to spend the money on it.

You can use acai powder or acai liquid extract. The benefit of using the liquid extract is complete integration. Not all the acai powder will dissolve into the base. If the texture bothers you, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or through cheese cloth.

You can use passion fruit powder or passion fruit liquid extract, whatever is most convenient for you.

Use fresh strawberries instead of freeze-dried strawberries. Freeze-dried strawberries have a tartness that is missing in fresh strawberries, but they’ll still taste yummy in the drink.

Now you know how to make strawberry acai with coconut milk

Will you give this Starbucks copycat recipe a try? I sure hope so. Want more strawberry? Try my delicious Strawberry Caprese Salad recipe. It’s great if you are in the mood for a quick delightful snack. Still not enough? Consider my Candied Oats for breakfast. It’s a crowd pleaser all year long.

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Strawberry Acai with Coconut Milk Drink Starbucks Copycat Recipe

This homemade copycat Starbucks Strawberry Acai with Coconut Milk Drink will keep you refreshed and smiling all summer long.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktail

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Acai Base Ingredients

  • 2 /12 cups white grape juice
  • 1 cup hulled and sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/2 tsp green coffee extract
  • 1/2 tsp acai extract powder
  • 1/4 tsp passion fruit powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Pink Drink Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Strawberry Acai Base
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • bag Freeze-dried strawberries as desired
  • Ice ass desired

Instructions
 

Strawberry Acai Base Instructions

  • Combine the white grape juice, fresh strawberries, and freeze-dried strawberries in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. The strawberries should start getting soft and losing their color.
  • Remove from the heat and strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the strawberries.
  • Return the concentrate to the saucepan and turn the heat on to low.
  • Add the green coffee extract, acai extract powder, and passion fruit extract powder.
  • Whisk until the powders have dissolved as much as possible.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Transfer to a mason jar and allow to cool completely before making a drink.

Pink Drink Ingredients

  • Fill a highball glass with crushed ice and a handful of freeze-dried strawberries. Set aside.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Strawberry Acai Base and coconut milk.
  • Shake vigorously until the surface of the shaker has become cold and is sweating.
  • Pour into the prepared highball glass and serve.
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