We Tried Starbucks’ Secret ‘Pink Drink’

Our editors weigh in on whether it’s worth all the hype. 

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Photo by Grace Elkus

Though technically not displayed on the coffee chain's menu, Starbucks’ “secret” items never stay under the radar for long (in fact, there’s an entire website dedicated to the cause). The latest undercover concoction has been dubbed the “pink drink,” and it's all over social feeds, like Instagram.

The drink is a mix of Starbucks’ Strawberry Acai Refresher and coconut milk, topped off with a scoop of strawberries. Intrigued by its pretty pink hue, we decided to give it a try. If your local Starbucks barista isn’t familiar with the drink (ours wasn’t), simply explain what’s in it and they’ll be able to make it for you. 

The consensus? Most staffers were surprised by the creamy consistency, and found it pleasantly refreshing. While we likely couldn't gulp down a venti, we were content with the few sips we did try. A few more thoughts: 

“I was pleasantly surprised by the mysterious pink drink. The coconut milk makes it slightly creamy, and I didn’t find it to be too artificial tasting. Would I order it in the future? Probably not, but I think it’s a fun, pretty drink for summer.”

“It does taste like summer, but I’m not sure that’s what I want in a drink. It’s a little too artificial for my liking. It’s like the strawberry flavoring in a strawberry milkshake, but more refreshing since it’s not thick and creamy.”

“Very refreshing…it tastes like a strawberry flavored energy drink with just the slightest hint of cream.”

"It's surprisingly refreshing. If anyone is familiar with Asian yogurt-based drinks, it tastes similar. It's definitely on the sweet side, so I don't think it would be my regular drink order."

Looking for more light, summery drinks? We've got an abundance of tasty cocktails, iced teas, and lemonades.