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If you were a fan of the Starbucks Golden Drink, then you are going to love today’s copycat recipe! It’s super easy to make and very refreshing. Whip up a batch of this copycat Starbucks golden drink any time you want to treat yourself!
How many times have I written about Starbucks on this site? Lol!
If you’ve been reading it for any amount of time you know that I used to be a major Starbucks addict. Back when I worked an office job that I hated, I often drank something from Starbucks once or twice a day. It was definitely a major source of comfort for me during an uncomfortable time in my life.
Once I had to go gluten and dairy free, I stopped going there, except on a rare occasion. But then I discovered that coffee was a migraine trigger for me and that sealed the end of our relationship. I won’t lie and say I never go, but when I do, I typically only get their hibiscus tea with a splash of coconut milk.
Falling in Love with the Starbucks Golden Drink
Last summer, Starbucks had a drink that they called their Golden Drink. I was intrigued by the flavor combo so I actually got a small one to try because I had a pretty good feeling I was going to try to recreate it.
The flavor was delightful. Much better than I expected and you actually could taste the turmeric (although it’s turmeric extract/flavor, not actually the real thing). I knew it was going to be worth recreating, so I set to work. Here are the ingredients in the Starbucks version:
Coconutmilk [Water, Coconut Cream, Cane Sugar, Contains 2 Or Less Of Tricalcium Phosphate, Coconut Water Concentrate, Sea Salt, Natural Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Gellan Gum, Corn Dextrin, Guar Gum, Vitamin A Palmitate, And Vitamin D 2], Ice, Pineapple Ginger Syrup [Water, Sugar, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate], Golden Ginger Blend [Sugar, Gum Arabic, Natural Flavors, Extractives Of Turmeric]
I like to simplify and real food-ify as many things as I can, so I set to work making a drink that was equally delicious, but better for you. It took several batches to get the proportions just right, but I’m pretty pleased with today’s end result.
The sweet pineapple juice is perfectly balanced with the creamy coconut and the earthy flavor of the turmeric. Honestly, most days I find that it’s sweet enough with just the pineapple juice but if you want it a tad sweeter, add a few drops of stevia. Make sure you serve it nice and cold over ice. This drink makes me wish I had a crushed ice maker like the ones they have are Sonic Drive-in. I love their ice. Sometimes I wish I could just go order a couple of cups of ice. Lol!
This drink is super refreshing and hydrating during the hot months. But make a batch during the winter any time you want a little summery mood boost. Toss a paper umbrella in there for the full effect.
Pair Your Starbucks Golden Drink with One of These Tasty Treats!
Anyone else a former Starbucks addict? Because I loved Starbucks so much, I’ve tried to recreate a number of their recipes. I was primarily a pumpkin spice latte and matcha latte kinda gal. During the winter, I also loved their peppermint white hot chocolate. Here are a few of my faves:
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins (a Starbucks® copycat recipe) :: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Option
- Grain-Free Blueberry Lemon Scones :: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Option, Refined Sugar-Free
- Pumpkin Scones :: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Option
- White Chocolate Matcha Latte :: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Low Carb, Real Food, Paleo
- Pumpkin Spice Latte :: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Caffeine-Free, Low-Carb, Real Food, Paleo, Primal
- Iced Superfood Matcha Green Tea Latte :: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free
- Matcha Green Tea Frappe :: Dairy-Free, No Refined Sugar, Superfood Options
- Peppermint White Hot Chocolate Recipe :: Dairy-Free Option
- Want even more ideas? Check out my 45 Real Food Starbucks® Drink Recipes + My Love Affair with Coffee post!
Who’s ready to give it a try? Let’s get to drinkin’! 🙂
- Place your ground ginger and turmeric in a jar and add the hot water. Swirl or stir until combined and let sit for five minutes.
- Add your cold water and stir to combine.
- In a large glass or two small glasses add your ice. Then pour the ginger/turmeric mixture over the ice.
- Add the pineapple juice, coconut milk, and stevia if using. Stir and serve!
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Simply Organic Ginger Root Ground Certified Organic, 1.64-Ounce Container
Organic Turmeric Powder - 1LB Jar - 100% Raw w/Curcumin From India - by Jiva Organics
Lakewood Pure Pineapple, Fresh Pressed, 32 Fl Oz (Pack of 6)
Aroy-d Coconut Milk 100% Original Net 8.5 Oz.(pack of 12)
SweetLeaf Sweet Drops Liquid Stevia Sweetener
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g
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