This copycat recipe for Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai Refresher is the real deal!
I actually prefer the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, which I also have a recipe for. Find the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher recipe, here. However, I decided to make a copycat for you. That way you can enjoy this drink at home. Check out all of my Starbuck’s copycat recipes under the “Craving more?” heading, at the bottom of this post.
If you loved Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai Refresher, you’re going to love this copycat recipe because it tastes just like the real thing. Plus, all of the ingredients can be found on Amazon Prime, so you can make this ASAP! For those of you who like the Pink Drink, check out the notes on the recipe card at the bottom of this post!
You’ll love this recipe if you…
loved Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai Refresher
don’t want to spend $5
wish you could drink one every day
want the option to make it caffeine-free, with less sugar, or vegan
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What is Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai Refresher actually made of?
I looked up the ingredients on the Starbucks website. Here is what was listed for the Strawberry Acai Refresher:
White grape juice concentrate
Natural flavors (I assume that’s the passion fruit)
Citric Acid (additive/preservative)
Natural Green Coffee Flavor (caffeine)
Freeze Dried Strawberry Pieces
Doing my research…
According to Starbuck’s, the Strawberry Acai Refresher is a strawberry-flavored drink accented by notes of passion fruit and acai. While doing research for this beverage, I came across a few recipes, but none of the recipes I found had green coffee bean extract. They also miss out on the ‘notes of passionfruit.’
Where to find the ingredients?
Next, I hopped on Amazon and looked for green coffee bean extract, passionfruit, powdered (freeze-dried) strawberry and acai. To make these refreshers, I decided to try out Monin’s passion fruit concentrate instead of trying to use fresh passion fruit; this product is sugar-free.
Caffeine: Powdered Green Coffee Bean Extract (vegan)
Passionfruit concentrate (sugar-free/vegan/GF)
How to make Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai Refresher
This recipe makes approximately 48 oz (without ice). Here’s how to make Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai Refresher:
Keep reading to see how you can make the Dragon Drink and other Starbuck’s favorites below.
First, I wanted to make sure my powdered products were going to dissolve, so I whisked it with the water until everything had dissipated. Then, I added the rest of the ingredients and stirred it until combined. Pour into a pitcher or bottle to keep in the fridge. Gently stir or shake before serving. Pour over glass and top with fresh, frozen or freeze-dried strawberry slices.
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Starbuck’s Strawberry Acai Refresher copycat recipe
The real deal Starbuck's strawberry acai refresher recipe.
- 3 c water
- 2 1/2 c white grape juice
- 3/4 tsp freeze-dried strawberry (powder)
- 1/4 tsp freeze-dried acai (powder), plus more if needed, 1/4 tsp at a time
- 3/4 tsp green coffee bean extract (powder), add more according to package directions for more caffeine
- 1/2 tsp passion fruit concentrate, plus more if needed, 1/2 tsp at a time to adjust flavor
Add powdered ingredients to water and stir (or shake) until dissolved.
Once the powder is thoroughly mixed, stir in passion fruit and white grape juice.
Serve over ice with freeze-dried, frozen, or fresh strawberries.
store in a bottle or pitcher, agitating before use.
When storing excess, leave out the extra strawberries. Add with ice before drinking.
The color may be different depending on the acai powder.
For those who like the pink drink, replace the water with coconut milk