Whether it is summertime or spring break, I am always trying to find a way to entertain my kiddos. Often that means taking a trip to Starbucks, which can get pricey with 5 kids. Since we haven’t won Starbucks for Life, I decided we should start making some of our own Starbucks drinks as a fun way to entertain the kids and save some serious money. You don’t have to be a skilled, fast-paced barista to craft the perfect drink. My daughter’s favorite drink is the Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher, so that is the first one we learned how to DIY and make a healthy option as well (which I think is actually better)
Make Strawberry Acai Refresher at Home in Less than 15 Minutes
Are you ready to learn how you can enjoy this classic summer beverage from the comfort of your own home? We’ll also throw in a healthier alternative. Let’s get into how this is possible, shall we? My friend is a former Starbucks Barista, as making Strawberry Acai Refreshers was one of her favorite drinks to make. It was a 3-step process for baristas. We would fill the Acai base to a line in a pitcher, add water, add a scoop of berries and shake exactly 10 times.
Unfortunately, Starbucks does not sell a retail version of the Strawberry Acai base used in stores. However, you can make the base yourself at home!
Ingredients for the Base Syrup
For the base syrup, you’ll need:
Believe it or not, the best part about this recipe is it takes under 15 minutes to assemble! An additional plus of making your drink at home is the health benefits of no unnecessary added ingredients. You can also control how sweet you want your beverage to be by choosing to add less or more sugar.
Next, you’ll create your water mixture. For this, you’ll need:
- Green coffee bean powder
- 1 cup cold filtered water
- White Grape Juice (optional)
Surprisingly, Starbucks refreshers are indeed caffeinated. While they don’t have nearly as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, it’s still enough to wake you up. That makes this a perfect drink to begin your day with if you’re not a coffee lover. The caffeine comes from the green coffee bean powder. Fun fact, ALL coffee beans are naturally green before they’re coated and flavored for production.
Here’s the full recipe – Copy Cat Starbucks Acai Refresher
Serving: 16 oz
Serving size: 1 glass
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup filtered water
1 tsp Acai Powder
¼ tsp Green Coffee Bean Powder
½ cup white grape juice
1 cup cold filtered water
Directions to Make Your Strawberry Acai Refresher
- In a saucepan over high heat, bring the freeze-dried strawberries, sugar, ½ cup filtered water, and Acai powder to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 8-11 minutes until a syrup texture is formed.
- Into a mesh strainer over a bowl, pour in the strawberry mixture to separate the syrup. Make sure all liquid is released and allow the syrup to cool down for 10 minutes.
- Fill a glass with ice, grape juice, and cold water. Then add in the green coffee bean powder. Shake to mix together.
- To finish, add remaining freeze-dried strawberries.
We don’t like to give our kids too much sugar, so we made some subtle adjustments to the Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher.
- Substitute for 1/4 Cup Sugar – Two Tablespoons of Monkfruit Sweetener
- Substitute 1/2 cup White Grape Juice for 1/2 cup Water
In-Store Starbucks Money Saving & Healthy Hacks!
Hey, sometimes we might still want to make a run to our favorite Starbucks. Here is how to get the most out of your Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher Order!
- You can add extra of anything into your drink for free as long as it already comes in the drink. For example, if you order a Caramel Macchiato, you can add extra caramel drizzle for no additional charge. This means that you can add extra strawberry base for free! (when ordering this way, say “light water, extra base, please”).
- Order your drink with light ice to get more drink for your dollar. You can always order a cup of ice on the side.
- To embellish your order, sub lemonade for water. It’s delicious!
- The pink drink is the Strawberry Refresher with coconut milk instead of water. For a healthier alternative of the pink drink, order unsweetened iced passion tea lemonade, no water, sub coconut milk, add freeze-dried strawberries, and 2 packets of Stevia.
- Order a Strawberry Refresher with lemonade and ask to have it double blended for the BEST slushie of your life!
Thanks for taking the time to learn how to make your very own refresher at home for half the price! Enjoy the Starbucks hacks, and happy beverage crafting.
Let me know how your Strawberry Acai Refresher turned out in the comments