Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake 10 times or until well combined.No cocktail shaker? Use a wide-mouth jar with a tight lid. Make sure to put the strawberry syrup in first, then the Refresher instant powder to prevent the powder from clumping.
Pour drink into a cup.
A packet of Starbucks VIA Instant Refreshers has a little less than 2 tablespoons of instant powder. We're using just 1/2 teaspoon in this recipe. There's a little bit of caffeine in this drink due to the caffeine in the Starbucks VIA Instant Refreshers.
Since the drink uses strawberry syrup, the freeze-dried strawberries are more decorative than for flavoring, so it's an optional garnishing ingredient and can be taken out. But adding it gives the beverage the signature Pink Drink look.
Get coconut milk in the refrigerated section instead of the ones sold in cans since the ones in cans are too thick. Starbucks uses a sweetened coconut milk that's more like coconut water and the refrigerated versions are the most similar.
There's no acai in my recipe even though Starbucks makes theirs with a Strawberry Acai Base since I didn't think it added much.
If you don't like coconut milk, replace it with whatever milk you like! Heavy cream, soy, oat, and almond milk are good substitutes if you don't like coconut milk but it just won't taste the same.
Use filtered water to make ice if possible for a better tasting drink since ice makes up half the beverage!