Here is an easy copycat Starbucks strawberry acai refresher recipe you can make in batches at home and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
It’s been several years since Starbucks introduced their line of caffeinated refreshers – with the first being the original Cool Lime Refresher. Now, Starbucks introduced a flavor with each new season, removing an old flavor to make room for the new. One of the most popular flavors is the Strawberry Acai Refresher which is still available in most markets.
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 version 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 another popular flavor- the Strawberry Acai version. 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!
The Strawberry Acai Refresher Recipe
Easy Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher recipe
Make it at home - copycat Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher.
For the Strawberry Simple Syrup
- 2 cups Freeze Dried or fresh sliced Strawberries
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 tsp Green Coffee Bean Powder
- 1 tbsp Acai Powder
For the Strawberry Refresher
- 1 cup cold filtered water
- 1 cup white grape juice
- 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.
- Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes.
- Pour through a fine mesh strainer, pushing on the fruit with the back of a spoon to extract the liquid, capturing the syrup in a wide lipped cup or bowl.
- Allow the syrup to cool, 30-45 minutes. .
- To a large pitcher, add the strawberry syrup, 2 cups of cold filtered water, and white grape juice.
- To serve, add ice to a cocktail shaker and add enough refresher for one drink. Top with freeze dried or fresh strawberries.
- Shake vigorously and pour into serving glass.
* I prefer substituting filtered water for the grape juice as the juice makes the drink very sweet.
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Sunday 13th of June 2021
When I last ordered this, they told me they were out of lemonade so made it without it. You use white grape juice. Does the ingredients change from state to state?
Monday 14th of June 2021
Hi Jan! I don't know if the ingredients change from state to state - I wouldn't think they would. This recipe was also written a few years ago so Starbucks may have tweaked their recipe a bit but white grape juice has always been the refreshers up to that point.
Monday 10th of May 2021
my favorite of all Starbucks drinks is the Strawberry refresher...so of course I tried it...I’m not sure if I have done something wrong...I bought all the ingredients, however, it is absolutely horrible and tastes nothing like the strawberry refresher I know and love at Starbucks...not even close...the drink is noticeably darker...extremely darker...maybe a video would help because I followed the directions to a T and can’t figure out what is wrong. I’m very disappointed because I waited to get all the ingredients and it just tastes horrible....any chance doing a video?
Monday 18th of May 2020
This recipe doesn’t even come close to tasting like Starbucks. It was very expensive to order all the ingredients just to be a nasty flop! I thought maybe it was me but my friend tried it as well and got the same result! Don’t waste your time or money! Just go to Starbucks and order a trenta with no water, no ice and no berries (they get nasty sitting in the base) I put mine in a mason jar once home and in the fridge. Add ice and water and it will make about 6 large drinks! Enjoy!
Sunday 24th of July 2022
@Amber, how much water do you add when remixing it for drinks?
Wednesday 20th of May 2020
I am sorry you didn't like the recipe. The ingredients are meant to be used for multiple recipes so you should easily get your money's worth!!
Thursday 7th of March 2019
Starbucks version has stevia in it. That’s missing in the copycat recipe.
Monday 18th of February 2019
My first try did not come out well at all. Granted, I didn’t make the açaí syrup with berries, just with the açaí. And clearly I should have just used water, or less juice, cause it is soooo sweet. I’m also having problems with the green coffee powder. It is not dissolving well and the somewhat strange flavor of it is overpowering the drink