I know summer is winding down for most of you, however, those of us in Florida still have many more months of warm sunshine. For me, summer doesn’t end until late October.
One of my greatest joys this past summer have come from my trips to Starbucks, not to get a hot coffee, but instead to indulge in one of their refreshers. My favorites are the Very Berry Hibiscus and the Cool Lime flavor. In my opinion, the cool lime is not only the most refreshing, it is the one with most unique flavor. It is made with lime juice infused with cucumber and mint and all the refresher flavors have a little punch of natural caffeine from green coffee extract. It is the perfect mid-day pick me up without keeping me up all night from too much caffeine.
So as summer comes to an end for most of you, Starbucks will likely replace the line of refresher drinks with flavored hot chocolate or pumpkin spice coffee. I am personally not ready to wave goodbye to those long hot summer days so I refuse to let go of my Cool Lime Refresher.
After doing some research online, I found a few knock-off recipes. I tweaked a couple of ideas, modified a few things and came up with my own recipe.
Full recipe below post.
First, add 1 cup of peeled and diced cucumbers and 1/2 cup of finely chopped mint leaves into 3 cups of water. Store in a lidded container and place in the fridge (this can be done up to 24 hours ahead of time- the longer the water mixes with the cucumber and mint, the better.)
Second, add 1 cup of sugar (or sugar substitute) and 1 tablespoon of green coffee bean powder** to 1 cup of boiling water to create a simple syrup. Stir until the sugar and green coffee bean powder is dissolved.
**I know all the refreshers are made with white grape juice and green coffee bean extract as a base. For the coffee extract I bought a bottle of green coffee bean extract in capsule form and just popped open the capsules, using the powder inside. I found mine at a health food store but Amazon sells them here and here as well.
Drain the cucumber/mint water over a strainer, saving the water. (The cucumber/mint mixture can be discarded.) Add the cucumber/mint water into a large pitcher, add the simple syrup and the juice of about 15 limes***.
Add 2 cups of white grape juice and an additional 2 cups of cold water and stir well. Serve immediately over ice or let the mixture sit in the fridge so the flavors all mix.
- 1 cup peeled and diced cucumbers
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup filtered water, does not have to be cold - the water will be boiled for the simple syrup
- 1/2 - 1 tablespoon Green Bean coffee powder, optional
- 1 1/2 cups Fresh lime juice, (about 10 limes yields one cup of lime juice, 1 1/2 cups = 15 limes)
- 2 cups white grape juice
- 5 cups cold filtered water, divided
Add 1 cup of peeled and diced cucumbers and 1/2 cup of finely chopped mint leaves into 3 cups of the cold filtered water. Store in a lidded container and place in the fridge (a minimum of 2 hours but this can be done up to 24 hours ahead of time- the longer the water mixes with the cucumber and mint, the better.)
- Add 1 cup of sugar (or sugar substitute) to the 1 cup of filtered water (does not have to be cold) to create a simple syrup. Heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the green bean coffee powder and stir. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Drain the cucumber/mint water over a strainer, saving the water. (The cucumber/mint mixture can be discarded or used as a garnish.) Add the cucumber/mint water into a large pitcher, add the simple syrup and the juice of about 15 limes**
- Add the white grape juice and the remaining 2 cups of the cold filtered water and stir well. Serve immediately over ice or let the mixture sit in the fridge so the flavors all mix.
*I have a hard time finding the Green Coffee Bean powder in anything other than capsule form, so I have bought a bottle and used the powder from inside the capsules.
**You can also cheat and use bottled lime juice. 2 tablespoons of the bottled stuff yields the juice of one medium sized lime. However, be very careful not to buy lime juice from concentrate as it will be very, very strong. Trust me on that one.
So sip your cool lime refresher and enjoy the last few lazy days of summers in the hammock before our lives become consumed with big chunky sweaters and cold-weather boots.
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