*Drops everything and runs for more caffeine*

By Faith Brar
January 16, 2020

Over the years, you've probably heard Starbucks' elusive secret menu items whispered to the baristas over the counter or, at the very least, seen them pop up on your Instagram. One of the most famous, with its bubble-gum pink hue, may just snag the title of being most photogenic.

It's (creatively) called the Starbucks Pink Drink and it started as a secret menu item but was so popular that it became an official Starbucks beverage on the cold drinks menu in 2017.

What's in the Starbucks pink drink, exactly? Made with Strawberry Acai Refresher, Starbucks' pink drink has a tiny bit of caffeine, thanks to some green coffee extract. Instead of water, it's mixed with coconut milk to create the shade of pink that makes it so Instagrammable. It's topped off with chunks of fresh strawberries and blueberries that add to the fruity flavor.

Is the Starbucks Pink Drink healthy? A 16-ounce grande made with coconut milk has 140 calories and contains 24 grams of sugar. ICYDK, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's most recent guidelines recommend limiting your added sugar consumption to 10 percent of your daily calories. (Added sugar means sugar that's not naturally occurring in things like fruit or milk.) For example, if you're consuming about 2,000 calories per day, your recommended added sugar intake is less than 20 grams. Considering a grande Pink Drink has 24 grams (coming from the sugar in the Strawberry Acai base and the coconut milk), it's definitely not one of the healthiest items on the Starbucks menu—but it's not bad compared to a grande Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappucino that packs in 470 calories and 57 grams of sugar (!!).

So what does the Starbucks Pink Drink taste like? According to some, similar to a pink Starburst. Starbucks' official description says it has "accents of passion fruit...with creamy coconut milk," making it "a fruity and refreshing sip of spring, no matter what time of year."

Sounds like a solid sweet tooth cure (or winter blues' cure) for your next coffee shop run.

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