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Strawberry Acai Refresha Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)

If you like strawberries, sweet treats, and sensationally-coloured drinks, then you’ve got to try a Strawberry Acai Refresha right home. Cut the Starbucks lines and cut some fresh fruit instead to add to this icy blend of various ingredients. This Refresha lives up to its title. 

This article takes you through a Strawberry Acai Refresha recipe (Starbucks copycat).

What Is A Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresha?

Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresha are refreshingly cold beverages similar in taste and texture to lemonade slush. The fruit is tart, the sugar packs a punch, and the ice dilutes both intensities down to complimentary flavour profiles. 

  • Water
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 cups of strawberries
  • 1 cup of white grape juice
  • 1 tbs of acai berry powder
  • 1 tbs of sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp of green coffee bean powder

AT A GLANCE:

PREP TIME:

5-10 minutes

YIELD:

One drink (475 ml)

How To Make Strawberry Acai Refresha Recipe

If you find the ingredients too fruity for your taste then, peruse our list of coffee drinks instead. But if you liked the Starbucks pink drink, then you would love this drink, too! Now, let’s proceed to the steps!

Strawberry Acai Refresha

1: Prepare The Strawberry Syrup

Wash and cut real or freeze-dried strawberries into halves. Blend them in a blender to a smooth consistency. 

If you don’t have a blender, mash them by hand (this is quite therapeutic) or use an electric whisk.

Alternatively, combine strawberries, acai berry powder, water, and sweetener in a saucepan on low heat for about 10 minutes and then strain it through a fine mesh strainer. 

Syrups make or break your brew.

When it comes to coffee syrups, the recipes are usually lower in high-sugar ingredients, to ensure that it complements the flavour of the coffee.

In the last 2.5 decades, Starbucks has offered dozens of “naturally flavoured” syrups all year long (1). You could use them, but there is greater satisfaction in making your own. Depending on personal preference, play around with the ratios using more or fewer sweeteners.

2: Mix The Powders

If you skipped the saucepan route, combine acai berry powder with water until it fully dissolves. Also, in this step, use green coffee powder or prepare green tea with a tea bag or by using green tea powder. Do this in advance, so it has time to chill in the fridge. Green tea and powders are used instead of green coffee beans to add caffeine. Skip this part if you want it caffeine-free.

3: Add It All Up

Add the acai berry mixture with white grape juice and chilled green tea to the strawberry blend.

4: Pour It Out And Drink It Up!

Pour everything into a tall glass with ice, add water and sweetener to taste, and enjoy!

For a visual walkthrough, watch this YouTube video.

Check out our other Starbucks copycat recipes here for more DIYs. Our favorites are the Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea, the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, and the Chestnut Praline coffee.

Final Thoughts

This Strawberry Acai Refresha recipe is a stellar Starbucks Copycat for when you want a chilled drink packed with strawberries, sugar, and some caffeine. There are many ways to prepare strawberry syrup, but the beauty is that you create and choose a perfectly tailored one just for you.

FAQs

Strawberry Acai Refresha contains ice, Strawberry Acai base (water, sugar, white grape juice concentrate, citric acid, natural flavours, natural green coffee flavour, fruit and vegetable juice, rebaudioside-a), and freeze-dried strawberries in a Strawberry Acai Refresher for a Grande size of 16 fluid oz in the US (2). Starbucks UK does not disclose the list of ingredients.

Yes, Strawberry Acai Refresha has caffeine. There is 11 mg of caffeine in Strawberry Acai Refresha for a Grande size of 475 ml, which is the same amount as what’s in a dragon drink from Starbucks and 140 mg less than the caffeine in a similarly sized Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew coffee from Starbucks. 

Starbucks Strawberry Refresha tastes like an icy blend of fruit and sweetness featuring strawberry flavours amongst notes of acai and passion fruit. There are even actual strawberry pieces floating throughout it, and the ice keeps the drink refreshingly cool, perfect for sipping.

  1. Mani SanMax, I. (2022, February 7). Exploring the syrups & flavourings market in the coffee sector. Retrieved November 13, 2022, from https://perfectdailygrind.com/2022/02/exploring-the-syrups-flavourings-market-in-the-coffee-sector/
  2. Starbucks. (2022). Strawberry Açaí Starbucks Refreshers® Beverage. Retrieved November 13, 2022, from https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2121342/iced/nutrition
Dasha Toptygina
I am a writer who delves into all manner of things related to coffee, cats, and characters. I started drinking coffee daily in university and now my entire work, life, and personality all revolve around procuring the perfect brew. I start every morning with yoga, French Press coffee, and some special creative time devoted to working on a magical cat café story... but, more on that later.

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