Have you heard about the F A M O U S K E T O pink drink at Starbucks? Have you had one and thought to yourself “oh my lanta, where have you been my whole life?” Yeah, that happened to me too. It was love at first sip, I tell ya.
(*disclaimer: this is NOT the “pink drink” on the Starbucks menu. This drink has been dubbed the “keto pink drink” on Instagram. It’s NOT on the menu so if you go into Starbuck’s and order a “keto pink drink” they’ll have no clue what you’re talking about. Baristas- please take no offense! We know you get some whackadoodle orders occasionally!)
Then reality sat in. I paid over $4 for a glass of iced tea. What?! It didn’t taste so great after that.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I like to save money! I love coffee shops for the ambiance but I cringe when I see the costs and know what it really costs to make those drinks. Some (my mother) say I’m too practical but I’d rather spend my money on fun stuff like vacations, manicures, and date nights! When you go through the Starbucks drive-thru on the way to work, you’re paying (literally and figuratively) for the convenience.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you can make an ENTIRE PITCHER of your favorite KETO pink drink at home for the same cost as 1 Venti KETO Pink Drink at Starbucks. Another thing I’d like to mention is that by making this at home, you can control your carbs much more easily!
(If you do order this at a Starbie’s, ask for the heavy cream on the side so you can control the amount/carbs. A “splash” means different things to different baristas.)
If you’ve never had a keto pink drink, let me enlighten you! It is iced Passion Tea with a splash of heavy cream and a few pumps of sugar free vanilla syrup.
Seems pretty basic, right? Wrong. It’s magic in a cup. Rainbows will literally flow out of your ears.
Since this “recipe” isn’t really a recipe at all, I’m just going to walk you through the steps with pictures. You don’t need a recipe card for this one!
No. 1: The Ingredients
With the exception of water, these are the only 3 ingredients you need. Make sure you buy the box of passion tea bags and not the concentrated passion tea at the grocery store. The concentrated stuff has sugar in it!
No. 2: The Directions
Brew the tea according to the directions on the package. It’s approximately 1L of water boiled, steep the tea bag for 5 minutes, and pour over 1L of cold water. Isn’t this the prettiest, girliest drink you’ve ever seen?!
No. 3: The Mix-Ins
This is where you can doctor it up as much or as little as you want. I like to add 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and 2 T of Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup. I recently experimented with adding a tiny splash of Sugar Free Raspberry Syrup and it took it over the moon, if that was even possible.
You can either throw everything in a mason jar, screw the lid on tight, and shake the fury out of it OR you can stick everything in a blender and give it a good swirl. The goal is to really emulsify the heavy cream in the cold tea. It will want to separate (even as you drink it). I’m too lazy to wash my blender bowl so I just get a good arm workout in and use a mason jar. Plus, it doubles as my glass. Woot!
Macros for this will vary based on how much heavy cream you use, what brand of syrup you use, and how much syrup you use. The tea itself doesn’t have any carbs. If you’re dairy free, you can always use almond milk or coconut milk in place of the heavy cream and it will be just as good!
Or, if it’s a super hot summer day and the thought of cream makes you want to gag, skip it and just add the syrup! Better yet, turn it into a frappé! Shoot, with the amount you’ll save by making this home, have one of each!
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