We love strawberry and we love acai so why not create something made with both delicious flavors? Strawberry acai refresher is probably our favorite drink of the summer. It is easy, delicious, and actually pretty healthy.
You're going to love this strawberry acai refresher recipe and we are here to tell you all about it! Let's dive in!
Have you ever heard of a superfood? A superfood is a food that is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and fatty acids. Superfoods are helpful to a person’s health. They are much better for you than other foods.
We love adding superfoods into our non-alcoholic drinks. Superfoods can make drinks healthy and delicious. That is why we created a strawberry acai refresher. It may remind you of that Starbucks pink drink you love. Our version is even better!
Let take a quick look at the superfoods we use in our version of the Starbucks strawberry acai refresher recipe.
Acai berries are one of the most powerful superfoods in the rainforest. They are nutrient-dense, full of antioxidants, known to lower cholesterol, and they even have a possible anti-cancer effect.
The berries will even help your skin glow! Sounds pretty amazing!
Acai is such a powerful little berry. It is a food you surely want to add to your diet.
Strawberries are considered a superfruit. They are full of fiber, potassium, folate, and antioxidants. Strawberries have been shown to prevent several chronic diseases.
The fruit in our delicious strawberry acai refresher drink is completely healthy. They also taste fantastic together! Now, let us tell you how we make this fantastic drink.
You'll never need to buy a Starbucks strawberry acai refresher ever again!
Acai is rich in antioxidants, fiber and fatty acids
🥘 Ingredients in a Strawberry Acai Refresher
Choosing the right ingredients is essential to this tasty drink recipe. The best ingredients will make your drink taste incredible.
To begin, we make our strawberry acai drink with acai powder. Acai is a deep purple berry native to warm climates. The berries are picked at peak ripeness. Then they are frozen to sell. The berries can also be dried and ground into a powder.
We use powdered acai for this acai berry drink. It blends and dissolves into the syrup easily. All those nutrients are mixed right into every sip!
Acai tastes like a combination of blackberries and chocolate. It is this rich, earthy and fruity flavor that we love.
It is quite unique and makes the homemade strawberry refresher recipe taste incredible.
Fresh sliced strawberries are added to our drink mix as well. You can replace the sliced strawberries with 1 ½ cups of strawberry puree. Frozen strawberry slices will work well, too.
Sugar is used to make acai strawberry syrup. We have tried using low-carb sweeteners like erythritol and monk fruit extract which both work well. The key here is to add some sweetness to the drink.
Sugar, erythritol, honey or even maple syrup are all great options!
White grape juice is the next ingredient on our list. White grape juice adds a lot of subtle flavor. The main reason for the grape juice is to cut the sweetness and thickness of the strawberry acai syrup. It also tastes better than water!
There are a few other ingredients you can add to make our strawberry acai refresher even better. We will talk a little bit about substitutions and additions in depth later.
Start imagining a touch of fresh mint leaves in the refresher or freeze dried strawberries floating in the glass. There are quite a few ways to make this drink even more delicious.
There are a few steps to making a strawberry acai refresher perfectly. The recipe starts with a thick, syrup made with strawberry slices, acai powder, and sugar.
The ingredients are boiled and strainer, leaving behind the strawberry base water.
The strawberry syrup is left to cool before pouring the syrup into big glasses of ice. It will look like a thick, pink liquid.
Add a little more grape juice to help thin it out and bulk up that refresher so there is enough for you and your family.
Try making this tasty refresher in a new, fancier way. Pour the ice and strawberry acai mix into a cocktail shaker. Add the white grape juice and shake.
Strain the ice out of the drink and try serving this delicious pink drink like a cocktail. It looks fantastic in a martini glass!
This is an amazing drink to serve at your next barbecue or kid's party. Everyone will love it! You just can't resist that pink color.
Who can say no to a strawberry refresher mocktail?
How to Store Refresher
Store the refresher in the fridge in a large glass jar and enjoy a big glass anytime you need something delicious and refreshing. It will keep in the fridge for about 3-4 days.
Any longer and the fresh strawberries can start to ferment.
You can also freeze this strawberry acai refresher. Make the recipe completely and then pour the cooled refresher mix into ice cube trays. Freeze until you are ready to use them.
You can pop the ice cubes into a big glass and let them thaw or you can put the frozen strawberry refresher in a blender and puree the cubes into a smoothie.
A strawberry acai refresher smoothie sounds incredible! Don't forget to garnish your drink with some freeze dried strawberries just like the Starbucks strawberry acai refresher!
You want the drink to be pretty and delicious!
There are a few ways to tweak this tasty refresher recipe. Here are our favorite twists.
- Try swapping the fresh sliced berries with frozen berries. Freeze dried strawberries will work too. A scoop of strawberry powder is great to make the strawberry acai base even stronger. You can find strawberry powder and freeze dried strawberries in most grocery stores.
- Add some passion fruit juice in for a tropical drink. Passion fruit, strawberry, and acai are fantastic together. You can never have too much fruit!
- A splash of sweetened coconut milk would taste great as well. Coconut milk also adds a tropical flair to the strawberry acai refresher.
- Some green coffee bean powder will add a little caffeine. Green coffee bean powder will dissolve right into the glass and have a very mild flavor. It won't overpower your refresher. In fact, Starbucks strawberry acai refresher is made with coffee powder. Adding this extra ingredient will make your refresher even more like the Starbucks version. A new, exciting twist is always fun!
- Add a splash of sprite or other lemon-lime soda to the glass. This will give your tasty drink perfect carbonation.
- Fresh lemon juice or lime juice adds a nice bright flavor. The citric acid in the juice makes the refresher even more refreshing! !
It's incredible how big of an impact a few ingredients can have. Feel free to put your personal twist on this strawberry acai refresher recipe.
The beauty of making the drink at home is you can add a few of your own personal twists until it tastes perfect to you. You can't do that with a store-bought Starbucks drink!
If you’re craving a Starbucks strawberry acai drink, try our recipe instead. Our version of this acai pink drink tastes really fresh. You will also save money when you make our tasty recipe.
All the ingredients cost much less than a daily Starbucks refresher. Even the fancy freeze dried strawberries are less than a Starbucks grande!
Make this recipe and you’ll know why this beverage is called a refresher after just one sip. It is, well, refreshing!
You Asked about Strawberry Acai Refresher, We’re Answering!
Have a few questions about making a strawberry refresher at home? Here are some of the top questions we receive. Hopefully, the answers help you make this amazing drink perfectly.
Are refreshers healthy?
Our acai drink recipe has lots of healthy ingredients and health benefits. Fresh strawberries and acai powder are both packed with vitamins, minerals, and lots of antioxidants.
You can feel good about sipping on this refreshing drink! Look for white grape juice that is lower in sugar or even sugar-free. This will help keep the calorie and carbs down.
Is there caffeine in strawberry acai refresher?
Our refresher does not have caffeine. We don’t use green tea, green coffee extract, green coffee bean powder, or green coffee powder – so our strawberry acai copycat recipe it’s caffeine free.
Is the Starbucks strawberry acai refresher good?
We love Starbucks refresher, it’s really amazing but we like our homemade recipe even better. You can really taste the difference when you use fresh, real ingredients (fresh strawberries, white grape juice) for this amazing pink beverage!
Also, you can experiment with all the ingredients, such as green tea; green coffee powder as a caffeine provider; coconut milk; grape juice; passion fruit puree; apple juice; strawberry powder; freeze-dried strawberries; passion fruit puree, and more.
How do you pronounce Acai?
Acai (Açaí) is a tricky word to pronounce! It is said “aaa-saa-ee”. Say it a few times out loud and you’ll get it right away.
Can you buy Starbucks strawberry acai refresher mix?
You can buy Starbucks strawberry acai mix but you don’t need to when you have this tasty recipe on hand.
What’s in the strawberry acai lemonade refresher?
Starbucks strawberry acai lemonade refresher has ice, strawberry acai base, lemonade and freeze dried strawberry slices.
The acai base contains water, sugar, white grape juice concentrate, natural flavors, natural green coffee flavor, fruit and vegetable juice, and preservatives.
Strawberry powder is sometimes added to make the rink stronger. Extra freeze-dried strawberries are used as a garnish
What is the best refresher at Starbucks?
The most popular is definitely the Strawberry Açaí Starbucks Refreshers Beverage. However, many other tasty Starbucks drinks are very loved and celebrated by the community: Pink Drink, Strawberry Açaí Lemonade Refresher, Dragon Drink, Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade Refresher, Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher.