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DIY – Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher recipe

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(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.

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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.

A light red iced drink in a Starbucks cup with a green straw on a white sandy beach with the blue green water in the background.

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.

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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!

The Strawberry Acai Refresher Recipe

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DIY–Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher recipe

DIY–Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Make it at home - copycat Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher.

Ingredients

For the Strawberry Simple Syrup

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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Allow the syrup to cool, 30-45 minutes. .
  5. To a large pitcher, add the strawberry syrup, 2 cups of cold filtered water, and white grape juice.
  6. To serve, add ice to a cocktail shaker and add enough refresher for one drink. Top with freeze dried or fresh strawberries.
  7. Shake vigorously and pour into serving glass.

Notes

* I prefer substituting filtered water for the grape juice as the juice makes the drink very sweet. 

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Jan

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?

Anna-Marie

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.

Karin

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?

Amber

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!

Anna-Marie

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!!

Jamie

Thursday 7th of March 2019

Starbucks version has stevia in it. That’s missing in the copycat recipe.

Cassandra

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

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