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Cool Lime Refresher copycat recipe

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(Editor: This Cool Lime Refresher copycat recipe post was originally published on September 3, 2013 and was updated February 24, 2021)

Cool Lime Refresher Original Starbucks copycat Beauty and the Beets

Starbucks introduced their über popular refresher beverages in 2012. It all started with the Cool Lime and the Very Berry Hibiscus flavor, both of which were retired several years ago and replaced with the Strawberry Acai and Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers.

The Cool Lime Refresher copycat recipe is made with lime juice infused with cucumber and mint. The refreshers have a little punch of natural caffeine from green coffee extract. It’s the perfect mid-day pick me up without too much caffeine to keep one up all night.

Starbucks Cool Lime Refresher copycat recipe Beauty and the Beets

While many of you replace the refresher drinks with Pumpkin Spice as the weather gets colder, I am just not willing to let go. Especially of the discontinued flavors.

The Cool Lime Refresher copycat recipe is a cross between a sweet lemonade and a tart limeade. Add a little mint, cucumber, and caffeine, and it becomes a coffee lover’s summer dream.

Full recipe below post.

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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 container with a lid 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 is dissolved.

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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***.

Cool Lime Refresher copycat recipe Beauty and the Beets

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.

Cool Lime Refresher a la Starbucks Recipe

Cool Lime Refresher a la Starbucks Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Just because summer is over doesn't mean you can't enjoy the Cool Lime Refresher at home year 'round!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peeled and diced cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup filtered water,
  • 2 teaspoons 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)**
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 4 cups cold filtered water, divided

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of peeled and diced cucumbers, 1/2 cup of finely chopped mint leaves, and 3 cups of water into a large lidded container.
  2. Place container 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.)
  3. Add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water in a post on the stove to create a simple syrup.
  4. Heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Add the Green Bean Coffee Powder and stir.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Drain the cucumber/mint water over a strainer, saving the water.
  8. Add the cucumber/mint water into a large pitcher, add the simple syrup and the lime juice.
  9. Add the white grape juice and an additional 1 cup of cold water and stir well.
  10. Serve immediately over ice or let the mixture sit in the fridge so the flavors all mix.

Notes

**You may want to cheat and buy a bottle of lime juice instead squeezing all those limes. I highly recommend NOT using the bottled stuff as it tends to be highly tart and concentrated.

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Kyla Andrus

Saturday 29th of May 2021

Very Berry Hibiscus Refreshers are still on the menu and are one of my go to flavors (the other being the Strawberry Acai) now that Cool Lime is gone! Thought you would wanna know. Gonna have to try making this at home because I miss it so much.

Christine

Tuesday 26th of June 2018

Hi, the blog post and the full recipe that you include at the end of the blog post have some inconsistencies. I started off following the recipe but checked back on the blog post as a reference and realized the post had different instructions. Now I'm not sure which one to follow. Blog Post says: 1/2 cup sugar + 5 tbsp of green coffee bean extract (GCBE) + 1 cup of water for simple syrup Full Recipe says: 1 cup sugar + 1/2-1 tbsp GCBE + 1 cup water for simple syrup

Can you clarify which one is correct?

Anna-Marie

Tuesday 26th of June 2018

Yes, thank you for pointing that out. As I have tweaked the recipe I did not update the post. Te recipe is corect and I have changed the post. Hope you love the recipe!

Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens

Thursday 31st of May 2018

oh great, now I want to try this.. teach me to read a food blog.. I am so susceptible..

Stacey

Thursday 1st of February 2018

In the blog post it says add 8 cups of water at the end but in the recipe below it says add remaining 2 cups of water. Which is the correct recipe?

Anna-Marie

Thursday 1st of February 2018

Yikes Stacey! Thank you for catching that. I recently revamped the recipe but not the post. Just 2 cups of water instead of the 8. Sorry about that!

Whitney

Friday 12th of May 2017

So I just made this recipe for my mother-in-law. I can't say I'd recommend it. The flavor wasn't super great and the coffee bean powder never dissolved. It left it this gross looking color and was super gritty. Bummer! I was planning on this being a gift, and now I'm out a decent amount of money.

Anna-Marie

Friday 12th of May 2017

Hi Whitney! I am sorry to hear you didn't like the recipe. The green coffee bean powder should have naturally dissolved in the boiling water. Again, I am sorry this recipe did not turn out well for you.

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