Starbucks Refreshers may be one of the most popular types of non alcoholic drinks. We know exactly why- they are delicious!
What makes a Starbucks Refresher so great? We took a long hard look at this questions and decided that we needed to really dive into the world of Refreshers. If we understand the refresher better, we can make our own, similar and delicious drinks that rival any Starbucks creation.
We are going to tell you all about Starbucks Refreshers, answer all your refresher questions and then start crafting our own delicious drinks. Let’s get started!
What is a Starbucks Refresher?
Starbucks Refreshers are iced drinks that are made with real fruit juices. The drinks are also lightly caffeinated using green coffee extract. Most Refreshers also have pieces of freeze dried fruit in the drink. Refreshers are most popular in the summer as a great cool drink to help beat the heat.
To be considered a Refresher, the drink needs to have that green tea extract, fruit juice and some kind of fruit. Otherwise, it’s just another juice!
How Many Kinds of Refreshers Are There?
Starbuck’s is constantly coming up with new drink flavors and combinations. It would not be surprising for a new Refresher flavor to pop up every summer! The location of the Starbucks may also change the available drink options. Some specialized drinks are only sold in high traffic locations. However, according to the Starbucks website, here is the official Starbucks Refreshers menu:
- Mango Dragonfruit
- Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade
- Strawberry Acai Lemonade
- Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade
- Strawberry Acai
- Very Berry Hibiscus
- Kiwi Starfruit
- Kiwi Starfruit Lemonade
There is also a whole line of Refresher Drinks. A Drink is a little different than a classic refresher because it has coconut milk mixed in. Essentially, a Starbucks Drink is any refresher with a splash of coconut milk. Here are the Refresher Drink options:
- Star Drink- Starfruit refresher with coconut milk
- Dragon Drink- Mango dragon fruit refresher with coconut milk
- Pink Drink- Strawberry acai refresher with coconut milk
- Violet Drink- Berry refresher with coconut milk
The Drink recipes are a little creamier and more filling but just as refreshing. So which Starbucks Refresher do you think is the most popular? Keep reading to find out!
Most Popular Starbucks Refresher
Do you have a favorite Starbuck’s Refresher? We sure do! There is also a clear favorite flavor among Starbucks customers.
The Strawberry Acai Refresher is currently the most popular flavor drink. The Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher comes in second place. Of course, the popularity of these drinks can and will change when the company mixes up a whole new flavor!
Green Coffee Extract
One of the hallmarks of the Starbucks Refresher is that it contains green coffee extract. The green coffee extract lightly caffeinates the Refresher but has no real coffee flavor. If you ever wondered is there caffeine in Starbucks Refreshers, the answer is yes! So what exactly is green coffee extract?
Green coffee extract is made from unroasted, green coffee beans. Most of the strong flavor of coffee is created when the beans are roasted. Since the green coffee pods are processed raw, they only have a very mild coffee flavor.
Green coffee extract is lightly caffeinated. It does have much less caffeine than regular coffee. This means that Starbucks Refreshers have caffeine but less than many of their coffee or espresso drinks. The tasty drinks will give you a nice, subtle burst of energy!
The green coffee extract used in Starbucks Refreshers is a powder. A small scoop of the powder is stirred into the fruit juice so it dissolves. You can buy green coffee extract online or in most grocery stores. Some Starbuck’s stores also sell the extract powder. One container will make quite a few drinks and last a while. It is worth the investment!
How to Make Starbucks Refreshers
Going to Starbucks everyday can be time consuming and pricey. So what should you do if you want a tasty refresher every day? Make your own, of course! Making a Refresher at home is not hard at all. In fact, once you see how easy it can be you never have to go to Starbucks again!
Starbucks Refresher Packets
There are a few ways to make a Starbucks Refresher. The first, and easiest way is to use Starbucks mixes that you can buy in the store. Starbucks Via Instant Refreshers are small packets of powder that you blend with cold water and ice. The powder dissolves and creates an instant refresher! Such an easy way to make a refresher!
Fruit Juice and Green Coffee Extract Refreshers
The next way to make a homemade Refresher is to use your own mix of fruit juices, freeze dried fruit and green coffee extract. This may be the best way to make a drink that tastes almost identical to the ones served at Starbucks.
Buy green coffee extract online or at your local Starbucks. You’ll need your favorite freeze dried fruits, fruit juice and fruit puree. Depending on the flavor Refresher you are making, you may also need some powdered acai.
Caffeine Free Starbucks Refreshers
Making a caffeine free refresher is actually super easy. You can take any Starbucks Refresher recipe and simply omit the green coffee extract. Many of our refresher recipes are caffeine free already. This makes them tasty and enjoyable all day long! You can even have one right before bed!
You can always ask for your Starbucks Refresher to be made decaf at the Starbucks coffee shop. Simply request a decaf refresher or ask for no green coffee extract. It is a simple ingredient to omit. Your Refresher will still taste almost exactly the same!
Tips for Making Starbucks Refreshers
We have mixed lots of homemade Starbucks refreshers. After making so many drinks, we have found a few little tricks along the way. Here are a few tips that will help you make the perfect Starbucks Refreshers.
- Use Filtered Water- filtered water really does taste better. Filtering your water will remove chlorine, reduce tap water odor and take out any heavy metals in the water. It will make your Starbucks Refresher drinks taste clean and pure.
- Any Milk Works- Starbuck’s uses coconut milk for the Refresher Drinks. We love coconut milk because it has a tropical, creamy taste. However, any milk will work perfectly in a Refresher drink. Almond milk, oat milk even skim milk all give the drinks a tasty, unique flavor.
- Buy Extra Green Coffee Bean Powder- A little bit of green coffee extract powder goes a long way. You only need a little scoop to make a perfect refresher. Buying the green coffee bean powder in bulk will save you money. It will stay good for more than a year so you’ll have plenty of time to use it!
- Mix the Powder and Juice First- Mixing the green coffee extract powder and fruit juice together first will help the powder dissolve easier. Add the ice, fruit and any other ingredients after the powder has dissolved.
- Blend It Up- Add all the ingredients for your homemade Starbucks Refresher to a blender and puree until smooth. A frozen, slushy refresher is an amazing treat for a hot summer’s day.
Follow these Starbucks Refresher tips and tricks and your drinks are guaranteed to come out perfectly.
You Asked, We’re Answering
There are hundreds of questions out there about making the perfect Starbuck’s Refreshers at home. It seems everyone is interested in making secret menu drinks! Hopefully we have answered all your questions here and you can start blending tasty drinks right away!
What are the Starbucks Refreshers?
Starbucks refreshers are iced, lightly caffeinated juice drinks. They are made with real fruit juices, green coffee extract and freeze dried fruits. Refreshers taste fruity and bold and give you a small caffeine boost without the strong flavor of coffee.
What are the best Starbucks Refreshers?
The top selling starbucks refresher is the Strawberry acai refresher. The strawberry acai lemonade refresher comes in second with the pink drink falling into third place.
Are refreshers from Starbucks Healthy?
Starbucks refresher are definitely healthier than other Starbucks drinks. Refreshers all contain less than 100 calories. However, each drink does have quite a bit of sugar. A grande size Strawberry Acai Refresher contains 20 grams of sugar. You can reduce the amount of sugar in your drink by asking for the light syrup or less pumps of syrup.
Refreshers are very hydrating which adds to their health factor. They also contain a good amount of real fruit. Fruit has natural fiber which can help with your overall gut health. All in all, a refresher is a fairly healthy drink.
Do the Starbuck’s Refreshers have caffeine?
Yes, Starbucks Refresher do have caffeine. Refreshers are made with green coffee extract which contains caffeine. Refreshers have less caffeine than a cup of coffee and a much more mild flavor. A grand sized refresher has about 45 mg of caffeine while a grande hot coffee has 330 mg of caffeine.
Are strawberry acai refreshers healthy?
Strawberry Acai Refreshers are very low in calories. Most of the calories in the drink are from sugar. A grande strawberry acai refresher has about 20 grams of sugar.
Strawberry acai refreshers are fat-free, cholesterol free and full of antioxidants. They can definitely be considered healthy by some standards.
What is in the Tik Tok drink at Starbucks?
The very popular Starbucks Tik Tok drink is actually an iced white mocha with whipped cream and extra caramel drizzle. This drink may be the most viral drink from the Starbucks secret menu. However, there have been a few other drinks made famous on Tik Tok.
The official “Tik Tok Drink” is a strawberry acai refresher with two extra scoops of freeze dried strawberries and three scoops of freeze dried blackberries.
The gummy bear drink seen on Tik Tok is made with lemonade and three pumps of raspberry syrup. The sour patch kid drink is lemonade with three pumps of classic syrup, three pumps of raspberry syrup and strawberry acai.
Tik Tok often features fun, new Starbucks drinks that will excite and delight your taste buds!
What is the most popular drink at Starbucks?
The most popular drink at Starbucks is the classic vanilla latte. People can’t get enough of that smooth vanilla taste! The iced white chocolate mocha comes in second place and the pumpkin spice latte is third.
What is the secret menu at Starbucks?
The Starbucks secret menu is a bunch of delicious, fun drinks based off of the classic menu. The secret drinks are often just basic Starbucks drinks with extra additions or twists. For example, You can order a secret menu Sunset Refresher by asking for a mango dragon fruit lemonade refresher with peach and passionfruit iced tea on top. A whole new drink is made with the same, tasty Starbucks ingredients!
The most popular secret menu drink is the cotton candy Frappuccino followed by the Cookie dough Frappuccino.
What is the most expensive drink at Starbucks?
The most expensive Starbucks drink ever made was a Super Venti Flat White which cost $148.99. The drink contained 170 shots of espresso and had extra coconut milk to add to the price tag.
As far as regular menu items go, the seasonal Frappuccino drinks tend to have the highest price tag. While actual prices will vary from location to location, the big blended Frappuccino’s are always at the top of the list price-wise. A S’mores Frappuccino or pumpkin spice cream Frappuccino will cost you a pretty penny!
What is the most popular cold drink at Starbucks?
The most popular cold drink at Starbucks is the standard iced coffee. You can’t go wrong with a classic! Add a splash of milk or some classic syrup to the drink and you can make your own, fancier iced coffee.
The second most popular cold drink at Starbucks is the cold brew coffee. Sweet cream cold brew and vanilla cold brew fall in line right after.