One day my girlfriends and I were heading out to brunch for my birthday when one friend mentioned she was feeling a little woozy from the night before. With a Starbucks nearby, I asked my friends if I could pick them up a coffee or tea. One of them said yes before I could even finish my sentence.
Not only did she ask for a drink – she asked for the most ‘basic girl’ drink on the menu and I couldn’t stop laughing. I’ve heard of the ‘Pink Drink’ but I’ve never ordered one. In fact, I’m rarely at a coffee shop and only drink black coffee if I’m hungry or want a change up from water. I’m not sure why but I’ve never needed a coffee or energy drink to give me energy and it usually doesn’t affect me either way. Also, I understand ‘black coffee’ sounds terrible to some people, but if you give it a try (no need for that cream & sugar) for a little while, you might actually grow to like it. I HATED tea and coffee growing up until I forced myself to drink it. A cup of tea is in now a part of my daily routine.
Here I was walking about a half mile with a Tall Blonde Roast and a Venti ‘Pink Drink’ trying not to spill this as I crossed over a few strips of black ice. Mind you i’m walking down the street in a trendy little black coat and booties carrying these drinks. Basic as it gets. When she arrived she swallowed that drink in almost one sip so I knew it had to be good (or that Starbucks just loves adding extra ice). I checked the ingredients and decided to create a version of my own to eliminate the sugar and add a natural taste. I grew up on Crystal Light and later learned that the fake sugars the powders consist of are just no good for anyone’s body (option to add Crystal Light Wild Strawberry powder instead if you don’t mind the artificial flavoring).
Lightly fruity coconut milk with a touch of pink.
- 1/2 cup Bai Raspberry Tea* see note below
- Juice of 2 Lemon Wedges
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
- 1 cup Ice Cubes
- 1/4 cup Freeze Dried Strawberries or fresh (I use Trader Joe's)
Pour the Bai Raspberry Tea into the cup you'll be using.
Squeeze the juice of 2 lemon wedges and mix.
Add in the ice cubes and stir.
Pour in the coconut milk & freeze dried (or fresh) strawberries.
Stir and enjoy!
I also use Trader Joe's Freeze Dried Strawberries but you can find these just about anywhere. Freeze Dried Fruit is not cheap.
*You can add a splash of Crystal Light Wild Strawberry powder instead of the Bai if you don't mind the fake sugars. This powder has caffeine and a little goes a long way. If you choose to do this, mix 1/2 cup of water with a little of the powder. Mix until dissolved and then add the rest of the ingredients.