This copycat recipe for Starbuck’s Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is the real deal!
If you loved Starbuck’s Very Berry Hibiscus 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 Violet Drink, check out the notes on the recipe card at the bottom of this post!
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 very berry hibiscus refresher 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.
You’ll love this recipe if you…
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 Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher actually made of?
I looked up the ingredients on the Starbucks website. Here is what was listed for the Very Berry Refresher:
White grape juice concentrate
Natural flavors (I assume that’s the hibiscus. There may be note of ginger and lemongrass, but I can’t confirm that.)
Citric Acid (additive/preservative)
Sugar alcohol, vitamin c and stevia extract
Natural Green Coffee Flavor (caffeine)
Freeze Dried Blackberry Pieces
Doing my research…
According to Starbuck’s, the Very Berry Refresher is a blackberry-flavored drink accented by notes of hibiscus. There also may be notes of ginger and lemongrass, but the only information I found was on Amazon not Starbuck’s. While doing research for this beverage, I came across a few recipes, but most of the recipes used hibiscus tea.
Where to find the ingredients?
Next, I hopped on Amazon and looked for green coffee bean extract, hibiscus, and (freeze-dried) blackberries. To make these refreshers, I decided to try out a hibiscus concentrate because I can’t be bothered to brew and cool tea.
Caffeine: Powdered Green Coffee Bean Extract (vegan)
Sugar-free option- try hibiscus powder (I have not tested this, so let me know in the comments if you try it. Please note: you have to use sugar-free white grape juice if you want this to be completely sugar-free (or it will just be LESS sugar.
How to make Starbuck’s Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
This recipe makes approximately 48 oz (without ice). Here’s how to make Starbuck’s Very Berry Refresher:
Keep reading to see how you can make the violet 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 a small amount of 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 blackberry.
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Starbuck’s Very Berry Refresher copycat recipe
- 3 c water
- 2 1/2 c white grape juice
- 1/4 c. freeze dried blackberries whole
- Hibiscus concentrate to taste.
- 3/4 tsp green coffee bean extract powder, add more according to package directions for more caffeine
Add powdered green coffee bean extract to a small amount of water and stir (or shake) until dissolved.This will make a thin paste.
Once the powder is thoroughly mixed, stir in the rest of the water and juice, slowly.
Drop in a few drops of hibiscus concentrate at a time until it’s flavored to your taste buds. The amount will vary depending on your glass size or ice.
Serve over ice with freeze-dried, frozen, or fresh blackberries.
store in a bottle or pitcher, agitating before use.
When storing excess, leave out the extra blackberries.
Add ice before drinking.
The color may be different depending on the blackberries you use.
If using fresh blackberries, muddle first.
For those who like the violet drink, replace the water with coconut milk.