Make the refreshing Starbucks Violet Drink at home! This copycat recipe is a real deal with stunning pinkish purple color and delicious flavor at the fraction of the price. A perfect dairy-free iced beverage made with sweet blackberries, hibiscus tea, and coconut milk.
When it comes to Starbucks iced beverages, this creamy violet drink is one of my favorite drinks to order, along with Pink Drink, Dragon Drink, and Strawberry Acai Refresher.
If you like Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, you’ll love this tea-based violet drink, which is basically very berry hibiscus mixed with coconut milk. But wait, if you just mix the two together, the coconut milk will curdle when it’s mixed with acidic hibiscus tea. I will show you a simple trick to prevent this from happening, so that you’ll get that smooth and perfect look just like the one from Starbucks!
What is a Violet Drink?
Violet drink is a popular Starbucks’ colorful drink made with coconut milk. It’s described on Starbucks’ website as “the sweet blackberries and tart hibiscus flavor of our Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers® beverage swirl together with creamy coconut milk and ice, creating refreshing (and violet-hued!) sips.”
The base of this drink is Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher. When mixed with coconut milk instead of white grape juice, it’s called “violet drink”. The color looks like somewhere between “Pink Drink” and “Purple Drink”.
What’s in a Violet Drink?
- Hibiscus Tea Bags: Hibiscus tea adds a tart, cranberry-like hibiscus flavor. You can buy the tea bags at your local grocery store such as Whole Foods or order them online from Amazon. You can also substitute dried hibiscus flowers. Other substitutions include mixed berry juice or cranberry juice.
- Coconut Milk: It adds a silky richness and creaminess to this drink. Coconut milk beverage works better than canned coconut milk, which contains solid chunky lumps of the white stuff. I like to use unsweetened coconut milk, and add simple syrup or sugar according to my personal taste. (Or skip the sweetener for a keto version.)
- Blackberries: I used fresh blackberries for this recipe, but you can also use freeze-dried whole blackberries.
- Green Coffee Extract: Original Starbucks Violet Drink uses green coffee extract to add caffeine to the beverage. You can order green coffee bean extract online from Amazon. If you use the coffee bean pills, you’ll need to pop them open and use the powder from the capsules. You can substitute green tea, or skip this ingredient and it won’t affect the flavor.
- Simple Syrup or Sugar (Optional): You can customize this drink with your preferred sweetness level with simple syrup, sugar, or honey.
How to Make a Violet Drink at Home
1. First, prepare the hibiscus tea. Pour hot water over the hibiscus tea bag.
2. Add green coffee powder into the tea. (You can skip this step if you’d like to make a caffeine-free drink)
3. Steep the tea for 5 minutes. Then let it chill in the refrigerator. (You can add the optional green coffee powder into the tea.)
4. Add ice to a cocktail shaker, then pour in chilled hibiscus tea and coconut milk.
5. Secure the lid. Hold the shaker with both hands and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
6. Fill a glass halfway with blackberries and ice. Then strain the mixture into the glass. Add more blackberries to garnish. Serve and enjoy immediately.
Tips and Tricks
- The most common problem when making this drink is that coconut milk tends to curdle when mixed with acidic hibiscus tea. To avoid this, you’ll need to shake the mixture well before pouring it into the glass. It’s best to use a cocktail shaker, but if you don’t have one, you can use a mason jar with a lid.
- Make sure to steep your hibiscus tea to let the flavor develop. Then let it chill until it’s very cold before making the drink.
- The color of your drink depends on the ratio between the hibiscus tea and coconut milk. If you prefer a more purple color, you can mix in some blueberry juice.
Difference Between a Pink Drink and a Violet Drink
The difference between these two drinks lies in the ingredients and of course, the color. For a Violet drink, you will need hibiscus tea, sweet blackberries and coconut milk, simple sugar or syrup and green coffee extract. The mixture provides this creamy drink with a violet-hue.
The Pink drink is strawberries, coconut milk, grape juice, passion tea, acai powder and green coffee extract.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Does a Violet Drink Taste Like?
It is a tart and slightly sweet iced tea with cream and berry flavors. It tastes similar to a “Purple Prink”, and is less sweet than a “Pink Drink”, but it’s quite refreshing. You can always add more syrup to make it sweeter to your liking.
How to Order a Violet Drink?
To order the “Violet Drink” at Starbucks, simply ask your barista for a blend of Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher made with coconut milk, ice, and a scoop of blackberries.
Why Does My Coconut Milk Curdle When Mixed with Hibiscus Tea?
When coconut milk is exposed to acid from the hibiscus tea, the protein separates from the oil and water, therefore it contracts into a tight chain. To avoid this, you need to shake the mixture well with a shaker and serve immediately.
Why is My Violet Drink Separated into Two Layers?
This drink is supposed to be served immediately after it’s made. After sitting for a while, the coconut milk will naturally separate from the tea. To avoid this, don’t make it ahead of time. Only mix and shake the drink right before serving.
Is Violet Drink Good for You?
The violet drink is not the healthiest beverage out there, but it has some great nutrients from hibiscus and coconut milk. When making it at home, you can use higher-quality ingredients and lower the sweetness for a healthy drink.
Is the Violet Drink Discontinued?
Sad to say that, yes, the violet drink is discontinued. But with this easy recipe, you can re-create it at home.
Does Starbucks’ Violet Drink Have Caffeine?
With the violet drink using green tea extract and hibiscus tea, this drink has about 45 mg of caffeine in it.
Is Starbucks Violet Drink Sweet?
Starbucks Violet drink is sweet but more on the tart side of things.
How Many Calories Are in a Violet Drink?
In a violet drink that is 1 serving, there are about 110 calories. The good news? That means you can enjoy this drink, guilt-free!
Can I Make it Ahead of Time?
It’s best not to make this drink ahead of time as this drink is meant to serve right away. If you prepare it ahead of time, the ingredients can separate, causing your drink to look layered rather than blended.
More Starbucks Copycat Recipes
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Violet Drink Recipe (VIDEO)
- 1 hibiscus tea bag
- 1 cup hot water
- 3/4 cup coconut milk (I used unsweetened, but you can also use sweetened, and lower the amount of simple syrup.)
- 1 scoop fresh blackberries (or freeze-dried whole blackberries)
- ice cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon green coffee extract (this is optional, and it’ll add caffeine to your drink)
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup (or sugar. You can add more or less according to your personal taste.)
- Place the hibiscus tea bag in a cup and add hot water.
- (Optional) Add the green coffee extract to the tea. (You can skip this ingredient and it won’t affect the flavor.)
- Let the tea steep for 5 minutes and chill in the refrigerator.
- Add ice to a cocktail shaker, then pour in chilled hibiscus tea and coconut milk.
- Secure the lid. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on each end) and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. (You can use a mason jar with a lid if you don’t have a shaker. Don’t skip this step, otherwise the coconut milk will curdle when mixed with acidic hibiscus tea.)
- Fill a glass halfway with blackberries and ice.
- Strain the mixture into the glass. Garnish with more blackberries.
- If you use the green coffee bean pills, you’ll need to pop them open and use the powder from the capsules.
- Serve the drink immediately, otherwise, the coconut milk will separate from the tea.
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