This pink velvet macchiato is a fun and refreshing coffee drink! My pink velvet macchiato recipe is a healthier version that is made with cacao powder, pink pitaya powder, honey, plant milk and espresso!
I was driving on a little weekend getaway with my husband this past week and saw a billboard for dunkin donuts new pink velvet macchiato. I thought it looked like such a fun and cute drink for Valentine's Day!
What is a pink velvet macchiato?
A pink velvet macchiato combines flavors of red velvet with a sweet cream cheese icing. In my spin on dunkin donuts signature latte, I made the red velvet flavor with cacao powder and pink pitaya powder. I made the sweet cream cheese flavor just with some honey because sweet cream cheese is really just sweetened milk!
Pink Velvet Macchiato Ingredients
For this fun pink drink, you will need:
- 1 tablespoon pink pitaya powder.
- ½ tablespoon cacao powder.
- 1 tablespoon honey.
- 1 cup milk of choice. You can make this pink velvet macchiato with almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or any other type of milk that you like!
- 2 shots of espresso.
How to make a pink velvet macchiato at home
Making this new espresso drink is super easy to do right at home! No need to go anywhere at all. Because let's face it, if I want something tasty in the morning I'm not getting in my car and going anywhere.
In a bowl, whisk together ½ tablespoon raw cacao powder, 1 tablespoon pink pitaya powder, 1 tablespoon raw honey, and 1 cup of milk. You can also use a small blender to blend these ingredients together.
Fill a 16 oz glass to the top with ice.
Pour your pink velvet milk over the ice.
Next, brew 2 shots of fresh espresso.
Finally, very carefully pour the 2 shots of fresh espresso over the pink milk.
What does the pink velvet macchiato taste like?
A pink velvet macchiato does not really taste much different from a regular macchiato in my opinion. It tastes like a sweet espresso drink with a hint of chocolate. If you are in a rush, I would stick to a classic latte or macchiato, but the pink colored layer is fun to make if you have the extra time!
Nutrition information for pink velvet macchiato
Okay so while once in awhile dunkin may be the okay, I don't drink it regularly. Mainly because they have limited choices for non-dairy milk and use syrups that are packed with sugars and chemicals. I did a little bit of research to try to find exactly what ingredients were in the pink velvet macchiato. While I couldn't find an exact breakdown, I did find a allergy ingredients pdf from dunkin donuts website that did list pink velvet syrup. So I'm guessing the signature macchiato is made from milk, pink velvet syrup, and espresso.
Here is their macchiato versus my macchiato:
Dunkin Donuts Pink Velvet Macchiato
Ingredients: milk, espresso,
Pink Velvet Flavored Swirl Syrup: Sweetened Condensed Nonfat Milk (Nonfat Milk, Sugar), Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Vegetable Juice
(Color), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Annatto Extract (Color), Salt.
My healthy Pink Velvet Macchiato
Ingredients: milk, espresso, raw honey, pink pitaya powder, cacao powder.
How do you make the best espresso shot?
- Have a good espresso machine. Make sure you own an espresso machine that can brew a good shot of espresso!
- Have FRESH coffee beans. We did a lot of trial and error and found that THE BEST espresso shot came when we bought freshly roasted beans. And I mean roasted within the past week. Check your coffee beans, I was shocked to find that so many beans from the grocery store were roasted upwards of an entire year ago. Your best bet is to buy coffee beans from a local coffee shop that roasts their own.
- Grind your FRESH coffee beans immediately before brewing. Grinding beans ahead of time= the beans will dry out and lose their flavor. The same really goes with making coffee.
- Dose. Make sure that you have enough ground beans in your portafilter, but not too much!
- Tamp. Use your tamper to press your ground beans into the portafilter. Press firmly!
- Make sure your espresso machine has been recently descaled, cleaned, and are using fresh filtered water.
All machines and coffee beans are different, so it will take some learning and adjusting based on what espresso machine and coffee bean you have purchased.
How should an espresso shot look while pulling?
If the dose, grind and tamp are ideal, you should get a brew that comes out dark and liquid first and then turns to a foamy golden brown. The ideal time it takes to fully extract the espresso shot should take about 20-30 seconds.
Your final shot of espresso should be a dark brown topped with a thin foamy layer that is golden brown.
If your espresso shot does not look like this, every machine is different so adjust your grind size, amount (dose), and tamp pressure.
If you like coffee, try these other favorite coffee drinks:
- Dirty Matcha Latte
- Dirty Golden Milk Latte
- Matcha Maca Cacao Latte with Espresso
- Blue Milk Iced Latte with Espresso
- Brown Sugar Shaken Soy milk Espresso
- Brown Sugar Cookie Cold Foam Cold Brew
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Pink Velvet Macchiato
For the pink velvet:
For the espresso:
- 2 shots espresso
- In a bowl, whisk together ½ tablespoon cacao powder, 1 tablespoon pink pitaya powder, 1 tablespoon raw honey, and 1 cup milk. Whisk until the mixture is smooth and no lumps of the powder remain.You can also mix this together in a blender.
- Fill a 16 ounce glass to the top with ice.
- Pour your milk mixture over the ice.
- Brew 2 shots of espresso in your espresso machine.
- Slowly pour the espresso over the pink milk.Enjoy your pink velvet macchiato!