Starbucks is credited with creating the craze for a bright pink drink. While many will forgo their own health in order to get a beautiful drink that they can share with all of their social media accounts, many others are more careful about what goes into their body.
For those who want a healthier pink drink, whether that means less calories or less caffeine, there is a recipe for you.
People who cannot drink tea, or simply do not want to drink tea, still deserve a beautiful pink drink, especially because of all of its unique uses. Caffeine-free recipes can be used for children’s birthday parties while bright pink smoothies can encourage kids to drink their fruits and veggies.
Pink drinks can also be used for an elegant summer get-together or a fun way to celebrate a romantic event such as Valentine’s Day or an anniversary.
From milkshakes to coffees, smoothies to milks, there are a large variety of options for an aesthetically pleasing pink drink that does not contain any tea. The drinks vary in their difficulty when it comes to making them as well so there is a quick, easy pink drink out there for you!
Do not let the “frapp” part of these recipes scare you; these drinks are not traditional coffee frappuccinos and do not contain any caffeine.
Instead, they are delicious milkshakes! Their sugary taste and exciting girly designs can make these milkshakes perfect for celebrating with children.
For those on a diet or with a lactose intolerance, milk substitutes such as almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, and soy milk can be used instead of cow’s milk (especially since it pairs well with strawberry); if you are worried about the taste, you can get a milk substitute with vanilla flavoring.
- Cotton Candy Frapp: This perfect summer drink is made with a unique mixture of raspberry fruit spread and raspberry syrup with a vanilla bean ice cream base and crushed ice. The syrup is made by combining the raspberry fruit spread (without seeds!) with extra sugar and water. A sugar alternative can be used for a more healthy drink.
- Strawberries and Creme Frapp: A more traditional pink milkshake, this strawberry drink is perfect for birthday parties. This drink is made with real strawberries, syrup, ice, and vanilla ice cream! Xanthan gum can also be added for extra sweetness.
- Strawberry Vanilla Bean Frapp: If you have had Starbucks’ vanilla bean frappuccino, you will love this strawberry take on it. It is also made with real strawberries but with heavy whipping cream instead of ice cream and added vanilla extract and vanilla bean syrup.
- Replicated Unicorn Frapp: This drink is relatively complicated but that just makes it perfect for parties and special events! It is made with a mix of syrups, including mango, vanilla, and simple syrup. Tart sauces and blue and pink sprinkles are used as well. Ice cubes, milk, and optional xanthan gum bring the recipe together.
For a more adult crowd that is not keen on shelling out cash to Starbucks or any other mainstream coffee cafes, there are more traditional coffee-based frappuccinos for a party with your coworkers or a relaxing time with your significant other.
Any gathering at your home, be it a bookclub or a housewarming party, can be made ten times as cute with a beautiful, eye-catching bright pink drink. Plus, the caffeine content is sure to please your more mature guests!
- Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino: This delicious summer flavor is made by a combination of strawberries, strawberry puree, vanilla, and hazelnut. This recipe also includes coffee for a real kick.
- Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino: Similar to the milkshake of the same name, this drink has vanilla syrup and strawberry syrup instead. It also calls for strong coffee instead of milk!
- Red Velvet Cake Frappuccino: This delicious coffee drink is made with a variety of raspberry and chocolate syrups and sauces. Raspberry, vanilla, simple, chocolate, and white chocolate syrup are mixed with chocolate and white chocolate sauce.
- Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Frappuccino: This is essentially a toned-down version of the red velvet cake frappuccino. It is made with just chocolate, strawberry, and simple syrup. Chocolate and strawberry sauce can be added too.
- Valentine’s Day Frappuccino: This celebration drink is made of chocolate sauce, raspberry syrup, and simple syrup. It is topped with raspberry sauce, strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce, and heart-shaped sprinkles!
Strawberry milk is a huge childhood favorite. Whether you want to introduce strawberry milk to the children in your life or experience some nostalgia of your own, strawberry milk is one of the quickest and easiest pink drinks that you can make.
Korean strawberry milk, however, provides a fun alternative if you want all the deliciousness of strawberry milk with a more challenging recipe.
- Classic Strawberry Milk: The best part of this recipe is how easy it is to make. Strawberry milk has only three ingredients: strawberries, sugar, and milk. Both fresh and frozen strawberries can be used. All forms of milk, including non-dairy options such as almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, and cashew milk are absolutely fine as well.
- Korean Strawberry Milk: Korean strawberry milk is slightly more complicated but results in a delicious, natural drink with strawberry chunks throughout. The first thing you have to do is create your own strawberry puree to be used as a syrup throughout the drink, bringing it to a boil to ensure that it is thicker without being a jam. Then you combine it with fresh strawberry and your choice of milk, including non-dairy alternatives. The fresh strawberries add its signature texture.
Smoothies are probably the healthiest option when it comes to pink drinks because of the way healthy benefits can be added without sacrificing taste.
With a typical base of fruits and vegetables, a milk substitute or yogurt, and ice, you can add a variety of things to make your smoothie even more healthy.
These add-ins include things such as seeds such as chia and flax; nuts such as walnuts, peanuts, cashews, and almonds; greens such as kale and spinach; and powder such as protein.
- Classic Strawberry Smoothie: For the best strawberry smoothie, combine frozen strawberries and bananas with Greek yogurt and orange juice (yup, orange juice!). What is great about this smoothie is that it is essentially a base for whatever healthy add-ins you want! You can add chia or flax seeds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, or almonds. You can also add greens such as kale or spinach and/or protein powder.
- Strawberry Banana: A more basic alternative to the drink above, this strawberry banana smoothie is a simple four-ingredient recipe. All you need are frozen strawberries, bananas, milk (including non-dairy alternatives), and ice. Some great add-ins for this recipe include the same greens, powders, Greek yogurt, and seeds as above but it can also work deliciously with ginger and vanilla.
- Pink Breakfast Smoothie: This is the perfect breakfast in a cup! It is made with a litany of super-healthy fruits and vegetables to start your day, including frozen strawberries, frozen raspberries, orange, coconut milk (or your milk of choice), carrots, and a small beet. Because of its bright eye-catching color and sweet fruity flavor, this breakfast smoothie is perfect for getting your kids to willingly eat fruits and vegetables disliked by many picky children, such as beets and raspberries.
- Berry Pink: This easy bright pink drink is made with orange juice, fresh strawberries, vanilla or strawberry yogurt, and ice. This drink is also a great breakfast, being low in fat and even faster than the other breakfast smoothie.
- Passionately Pink: The most diverse smoothie in terms of ingredients, this almost salmon drink is made with vanilla yogurt, red grapes, raspberries, pineapple, cranberries, honey, and ice cubes!
While not all of the options for recipes on this list are unhealthy, many of them are high in sugar and calories. If you want all of the sweetness but none of the health drawbacks, these alternative recipes are for you.
It should be noted, however, that practically every single recipe on this list can be made using dairy-free milk alternatives such as almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, and coconut milk, especially when flavored with vanilla or chocolate.
- Naturally Sweet: This creative drink is primarily sweetened through Medjool dates! They are mixed with non-dairy milk (coconut and almond are recommended), strawberries, watermelon, ice, and a little acai flavor.
- Pink Drink: This crowd pleaser is made with white grape juice, coconut milk (or any other milk substitute of your choice), strawberries, acai juice, agave nectar, and natural strawberry extract.
- Vegan Pink Drink: This amazing, quick-to-make refresher combines strawberry carbonated water, freeze-dried strawberries, and coconut milk (or another milk replacement) to create a delicious unsweetened, caffeine-free, Paleo, and vegan drink.
As you can see, while pink drinks look like magic, they are not necessarily hard to make. Depending on your kitchen, you may already have all of the ingredients you need to make a beautiful and refreshing new drink.
I have two Associate’s degrees, one in Medical Assisting and the other in Computer Technician, and I am roughly five classes from a bachelor’s degree. Though I never ended up working in the medical field, I have five and a half years of experience in IT. I recently became a stay-at-home mom to my two young boys, and I’m so excited to start this adventure with them! In my spare time, I love to bake and read pretty much anything I can get my hands on.