I decided to learn how to make Strawberry Acai Refresher at home and I need to admit that it tastes even better than the original Starbucks drink. Whether you’re a fan of Starbucks drinks, or looking for a refreshing drink recipe to cool off on a hot summer day, this homemade Strawberry Acai Refresher recipe has got you covered.
Why this recipe works
- Upgraded Starbucks copycat: I love Strawberry Acai Refresher drink from my local Starbucks, but I personally find it a bit watered down! Plus, when I last checked their ingredient list, I could not find any Acai berry powder added. So I decided to make an upgraded version of this Starbucks copycat recipe that tastes even better than the original one!
- Accessible ingredients: I try to develop recipes that use simple steps and accessible, simple ingredients whenever possible. Everything you need for this Strawberry Acai Refresher recipe is within easy reach at your local store.
- Simple preparation: I made this recipe super simple, so you can easily make this delicious drink at home!
What is Strawberry Acai Refresher
Strawberry Acai Refresher is a popular refresher flavor offered by Starbucks. It’s a cold, refreshing drink that combines the sweet and slightly tart flavors of strawberries and acai berries, making it a perfect choice for those who crave a sweeter drink. The drink is beautifully pink in color, thanks to the addition of strawberry syrup, fresh strawberry slices or freeze-dried strawberries.
Best ingredients for Strawberry Acai Refresher
To create the perfect Strawberry Acai Refresher, it’s essential to choose the best ingredients that will enhance its flavor and authenticity. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Natural lemonade juice: Look for high-quality natural lemonade juice that provides a zesty and refreshing base for your drink.
- White grape juice: This juice adds a subtle sweetness and complements the other flavors in the refresher. Plus, all Starbucks refreshers use white grape juice!
- Strawberry syrup: You can use store-bought strawberry syrup or make your own to add sweet strawberry flavors to this drink.
- Acai berry powder: Acai powder not only adds a vibrant color but also brings its unique flavor and potential health benefits to the mix.
- Green coffee extract: Green coffee extract offers a mild energy boost and blends seamlessly with the other ingredients.
- Ice cubes: Essential for creating that icy, refreshing texture.
- Fresh or frozen strawberries: These slices of fruity goodness will adorn your drink and provide an extra burst of flavor.
How to make Strawberry Acai Refresher
Please note: This is just an overview – the full ingredients and directions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: In a large jar, combine the acai powder and green coffee bean powder with a few tablespoons of lemonade. Mix until all the lumps of powder are dissolved.
Step 2: Add the remaining amount of lemonade, white grape juice, and the key ingredient – strawberry syrup – to the jar.
Step 3: Stir well to ensure that all the ingredients are thoroughly combined, creating a harmonious mixture of flavors.
Step 4: Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness according to your preference by adding more strawberry syrup if desired.
Step 5: Fill individual cups with ice cubes and sliced fresh strawberries.
Step 6: Pour the strawberry acai base mixture over the ice and strawberries in a tall glass and enjoy!
Storing and freezing tips
If you find yourself with extra Strawberry Acai Refresher, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. However, for the best experience, it’s recommended to consume it fresh on the same day it’s made. The vibrant colors and fresh fruit flavors are at their prime when enjoyed immediately.
Top tips for the best Strawberry Acai Refresher
- For an extra tropical twist, consider adding a splash of passion fruit powder or juice.
- Experiment with different proportions of acai powder and strawberry syrup to find your perfect balance of flavors.
- If you’re a fan of the coconut version of the Starbucks refresher (known as a pink drink), try substituting some of the other liquids with coconut milk or coconut water.
The Strawberry Acai Refresher is a versatile drink that pairs well with a variety of occasions. Whether you’re hosting a summer gathering, enjoying a picnic, or simply looking for a delightful sip on a hot day, this homemade version will be a hit. Serve it in tall glasses with colorful straws and let the refreshing vibes take over.
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Can I use frozen or freeze-dried strawberries instead of fresh ones?
Absolutely! Both frozen and freeze-dried strawberries would work great.
Is the green coffee extract necessary?
While the green coffee extract isn’t a mandatory ingredient, it does bring a unique flavor and potential health benefits to the mix. Feel free to omit it if you prefer.
Can I make a larger batch of this recipe?
Of course! Simply adjust the quantities of the ingredients accordingly to suit your needs. Please remember to keep leftovers in the fridge.
Is this Strawberry Acai Refresher caffeine-free?
No, Strawberry Acai Refresher does contain caffeine due to the green coffee powder addition. If you’re looking for a caffeine-free version of the Strawberry Acai Refresher, you might want to omit the green coffee bean powder or substitute it with an alternative that aligns with your preferences.
How long can I store the Strawberry Acai Refresher?
For the best experience, it’s recommended to consume the refresher on the same day it’s made. While you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the vibrant colors and fresh flavors are at their prime when enjoyed immediately.
Can I customize the sweetness level?
Absolutely! The recipe allows you to adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more strawberry syrup or simple syrup if desired. It’s all about creating a drink that suits your taste preferences.
Is acai berry powder necessary?
Acai berry powder adds not only a vibrant color but also unique flavor and potential health benefits. However, if you don’t have it on hand, you can still make a delicious drink using the other ingredients.
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