Starbucks Strawberry Acai Copycat Recipe

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Make Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher at home using this copycat recipe. All it takes is two syrups, white grape juice, and your favorite mixer to make the Strawbery acai refresher, lemonade, or pink drink!

Hand holding drink.

Starbucks strawberry acai is my new guilty pleasure. This spring, I enjoyed this drink at least three times a week. I wanted to go to Bux the other four days and order another one.

I am truly addicted. However, generally, it’s fair to say my love for saving money ranks higher than my love for Starbucks. So, I started making Starbucks copycat drinks at home.

I found that by using flavored syrups, I can recreate my favorite refreshers at home. It takes a small investment upfront, but I recoup the money quickly! Plus, I can have the drink as many times a week as I want!

Keep reading to learn how to make Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher at home!

What Is a Starbucks Refresher?

A Starbucks Refresher is a line of light, usually fruit-flavored, non-coffee beverages. They are known for their vibrant colors and fruity taste, which makes them especially popular in the spring and summer.

Some popular flavors in the Starbucks Refreshers lineup include Strawberry Acai, Mango Dragonfruit, Pineapple Passionfruit, and Summer-Berry Starbucks Refreshers. Each drink is offered in three variations. A typical refresher is sweet, with lemonade for a tart flavor or coconut milk for a tropical flair.

What Is a Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher?

The Strawberry Acai Refresher is an iced drink that combines the flavors of strawberry and acai, or sweet and tart. I tried many ways to recreate this drink but found one that was perfect.

Yes, perfect!

You can recreate this drink at home using strawberry and passion fruit syrups. Better yet, after the initial investment, the drink costs pennies!!!

If you want to take it further, I have included several secret menu drinks made using the strawberry acai base.

What does this Drink Taste Like?

The Starbucks Strawberry Refresher has a predominantly strawberry flavor with a mild tart flavor on the finish. When I drink it, I taste a strong strawberry syrup flavor different from fresh berries.

The slightly sour finish comes from the passionfruit and citric acid. I did try this recipe in many combinations. However, each time, I felt a touch of passionfruit and citric acid was needed.

Finally, the original drink is topped with freeze-dried strawberries. I like to use strawberries instead. You can easily use freeze-dried strawberries or skip berries altogether.

Is This the Pink Drink?

The Pink Drink is the Strawberry Acai Refresher, based on coconut milk and a small scoop of freeze-dried or fresh strawberries. The coconut milk balances out the sweetness, making the pink drink a perfect combination of sweet and tropical.

Hand holding strawberry acai refresher.

Ingredients for this Acai Recipe

Ingredients used in making the base.

Base

Strawberry Syrup – I use Torani Strawberry Syrup, Strawberry and it has the same flavor. I love this syrup so much that I use it to make milkshakes!

Passion Fruit Syrup There are very few passion fruit syrups. The Torani version was too expensive, so I chose Monin – Passion Fruit Syrup. It worked like a charm!

White Grape Juice – Use a simple white grape juice found at the store. I opted for the generic Kroger brand.

Critic Acid—I tested this recipe with and without the critic acid. It adds a zingy flavor to the drink, which matches the flavor at Starbucks.

Green Coffee Bean Extract Powder – The Starbucks base has green coffee powder. However, the flavor is very mild. Add this if you want caffeine in your drink.

Preferred Flavors

Each Starbucks refresher comes in three varieties. For this recipe, you will add one cup of your preferred flavor. They are:

FlavorIngredient
RefresherWater (one cup)
LemonadeLemonade (one cup)
Pink DrinkCoconut Milk* (one cup)

*Use the coconut milk found in the dairy case by the milk at your grocery store.

Drink

Step One: Mix the base ingredients in a large glass or jar.

Step Two: Add your preferred flavor to the jar and combine.

Step Three: Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add a handful of fresh strawberries and pour the drink over the ice.

Three refreshers, one for each version (pink drink, refresher, lemonade.)

Strawberry Acai Variations (Starbucks secret menu)

Drink NameRecipe
Gummy Bear DrinkMix 2 cups of peach juice with the strawberry refresher base and add two pumps of raspberry syrup. Top with your favorite gummy bears.
Sour Patch KidsMix strawberry refresher base with lemonade, three pumps of classic syrup*, three pumps of raspberry syrup, and a splash of tango passion tea.
Strawberries and Cream RefresherMix the strawberry refresher base with strawberry puree and top with sweet cream.
Strawberry Shortcake RefresherMake a strawberry refresher with lemonade. Add one scoop of strawberry puree and top with vanilla sweet cream cold foam.
WandaVision RefresherMix the strawberry refresher base with two cups of guava juice blend and three scoops of strawberries, and top with vanilla sweet cream cold foam.

*Note: Classic syrup (simple syrup) is a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. Place the ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over low heat until the sugar dissolves into the water. Once it is cooled, you have classic syrup (simple syrup)

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this Starbucks Refresher have Caffeine?

Yes, strawberry acai refresher contains caffeine. Typically, a 16-oz refresher will have 45 mg of caffeine in the base. This means that you cannot order the drink caffeine-free at Starbucks. However, you can make it caffeine-free at home by omitting the green tea extract.

How Much Does a Refresher Cost?

While it depends on the size and your location, a Starbucks refresher generally costs between $5.00 and $7.00.

Are you in the mood for another Starbucks copycat recipe?

Hand holding strawberry acai refresher.

Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher: Copycat Recipe

Make Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher at home using this copycat recipe. All it takes is two syrups, white grape juice, and your favorite mixer to make the Strawbery acai refresher, lemonade, or pink drink!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: All Day
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 ounces
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 glass or mason jar

Ingredients

Strawberry Acai Refresher Base

  • 2 tablespoons Strawberry syrup
  • ½ teaspoon Passion fruit syrup
  • ½ cup White grape juice
  • teaspoon Critic acid
  • ½ teaspoon Green coffee bean extract powder (optional)

Flavor Mixer – Choose One of the three opoins below

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lemonaide
  • 1 cup coconut milk Use the coconut milk found in the dairy section.

Instructions

  • Step One: Mix the base ingredients in a large glass or jar.
  • Step Two: Add your preferred flavor to the jar and combine (water, lemonade or coconut milk,)
  • Step Three: Fill a tall glass with ice cubes. Add a handful of fresh strawberries and pour the drink over the ice.

Notes

To make this recipe, you will need to order two syrups, the Torani strawberry syrup, and the Monin Passion Fruit syrup
If you do not have it, I also recommend buying citric acid.  Even though this recipe uses only a small amount, it really does make a difference!
 

 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher: Copycat Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
67
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Sodium
 
6
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My daughter was having her first slumber party, and we decided to make this drink. I bought citric acid ages ago and finally got to use it here. The syrups were easy to find online. Needless to say, these were a big hit with the girls, and we made them all a to-go cup when they left.

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