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
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.
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!).