(Editor: This Strawberry Acai Refresher recipe post was originally published on July 20, 2016 and was updated May 12, 2020)
I have been on this major Starbucks kick lately. I have never realized the enormous variety of drinks they offer- from highly caffeinated espresso lattes to coffee bean Frappuccinos to iced fruit refreshers. One of my favorites is the Strawberry Acai Refresher.
The Refresher Craze
Back in 2016, while I was trying to recreate the Pink Drink at home, I learned about one of the newer Refresher flavors. The Refresher craze started with the Cool Lime Refresher, then Starbucks introduced the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher and the Valencia Orange Refresher. While new flavors are introduced seasonally, it seems the Strawberry Acai Refresher is a mainstay on the Starbucks menu.
Perfect for Summer
I love these Refreshers- they are just so perfect in the summer – icy, cold, and fruity. But I have a hard time ordering these at Starbucks because (a) they are fairly expensive and (b) I feel like they are just so watered down for the price. So what’s a girl to do? Make our own of course! So here is my version of the Strawberry Acai Refresher recipe.
The Strawberry Acai Refresher basics
I already tackled the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, so now it is time to make the newest flavor- the Strawberry Acai Refresher. It’s very easy to make at home, but not as convenient as one may think. Mainly just because you have to go on a bit of a hunt for the freeze-dried strawberries, green coffee bean powder, and Acai powder. However, once you find these, making the Strawberry Acai Refresher recipe is very simple. And once you buy these products, you will many uses out of them, or at least many glasses of this delicious and refreshing drink!
Special note: If you are unable to find the green bean coffee powder, you can purchase of bottle of the breakable capsules and use the powder from two capsules.
The Strawberry Acai Refresher Recipe
For the Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup Freeze Dried Strawberries
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1/2-1 tsp Green Coffee Bean Powder,, or the powder of about four capsules broken open
- 1 tbsp Acai Powder
For the Strawberry Refresher
- 3 cups cold filtered water
- 1 cups white grape juice*, see note
- ice, for serving
For the Garnish
- freeze-dried or fresh strawberries,, for garnish
- Add the freeze dried strawberries, sugar, 2 cups filtered water, the green coffee bean powder, and the Acai powder to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Simmer for ten minutes to create a syrup. (note: The sugar will dissolve while the green bean coffee powder and Acai powder will not)
- Pour the strawberry mixture into a fine mesh strainer, capturing the syrup in a wide lipped cup or bowl. (optional: you can get extra liquid out of the berries by gently pushing the berries into the strainer with the back of a spoon)
- Allow the syrup to cool, 30-45 minutes. You should have slightly over two cups of the syrup.
- To a 2-quart pitcher, add the strawberry syrup** (see note), 3 cups of cold filtered water, and white grape juice. Store in the fridge until ready to drink.
- When serving, pour over ice and top with fresh or freeze dried strawberries. Serve immediately.
- To be Starbucks authentic when serving, add some of the Strawberry Acai Refresher and some ice to a cocktail shaker and vigorously shake before pouring into the serving glass.
* I prefer substituting filtered water for the grape juice as the juice makes the drink very sweet.
** You can adjust the strawberry syrup depending on how strong or weak you want the drink to be.
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