Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a great afternoon pick me up. This tea-based drink with berries is hard to beat.

Homemade copycat Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher in a glass with berries.

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Starbucks Drinks

One of the things that I enjoy about going to Starbucks is being able to check out all their new drinks. They seem to add new drinks and food items to their menu with each new season. During the winter months, you get a slew of new comforting beverages like the maple pecan latte and the white chocolate mocha.

When the summer rolls around the cooler drinks start to appear back in the lineup. Drinks like the passion fruit lemonade and the very berry hibiscus refresher become popular choices of patrons.

Although Starbucks is known for coffee, tea-based drinks are always a good pick. The very berry hibiscus refresher is a tea-based drink that also contains green coffee extract to give it an extra boost.

Very Berry Hibiscus Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need to make the drink at home:

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Green tea bag
  • Hibiscus tea bag
  • White grape juice
  • Frozen berries

Green Coffee Extract

Green coffee is unroasted coffee beans and does not taste like traditional coffee. The extract is made by soaking arabica beans and extracting the caffeine during the process. According to Starbucks, a venti-sized drink contains between 60-85 mg of caffeine.

Since this drink combines an uncommon ingredient – green coffee extract – there are a few different ways to recreate it at home. The first way would be to purchase already made green coffee extract either in powder or pill form to use in the recipe. If you choose to do this then you would need to add a tablespoon of green coffee powder to a cup of water before adding it to your refresher. I did not use green coffee extract so you will not see it in the recipe below.

Instead of the green coffee extract, I used green and hibiscus tea to flavor my very berry hibiscus refresher. You can purchase both at most grocery stores although you may have to search a bit for the hibiscus tea.

How to Make Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining equal parts of water and sugar in a saucepan. Boil it for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.
  2. Place the green and hibiscus tea bags in two cups of hot water. Steep the tea for 5 minutes then remove the tea bags. Cool the tea to room temperature.
  3. Pour the tea, 2 tablespoons of simple syrup, and white grape juice into a pitcher or container. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour the mixture into two tall glasses with frozen berries and ice.
Pouring homemade copycat Starbucks Hibiscus Refresher into a glass with berries.

Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade Refresher

Simply add some lemonade to the tea mixture before pouring it into the glasses. Add about half of a cup and taste it. Add more lemonade, a quarter of a cup at a time until it reaches your desired lemony flavor.

Homemade copycat Starbucks Hibiscus Refresher in a glass on a white plate.

More Starbucks Drinks to Enjoy

More Summer Drink Recipes

Be sure to check out more of my Starbucks copycat recipes and easy summer drink recipes.

Homemade copycat Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher in a glass with berries.

Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

The copycat Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher recipe is a great afternoon pick me up. This tea-based drink is hard to beat.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbucks Recipes, Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 157kcal


SImple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Hibiscus Tea Ingredients

  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 hibiscus tea bag
  • 2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white grape juice
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup or to taste
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries


Simple Syrup

  • In a saucepan combine the water and sugar to create a simple syrup. Bring to a boil and although to boil for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using. 

Tea Assembly

  • Brew the green and hibiscus teas with two cups of water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes and then allow to cool.
  • Pour the cooled teas, 2 tablespoons of cooled simple syrup, and white grape juice into a pitcher or similar container. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into two tall glasses. Add frozen berries and ice.


Starbucks uses blackberries in the drink. You can use other frozen berries, either one type of berry or mixed berries.
Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of lemonade to make a Starbucks Very Berry Lemonade Refresher.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin C: 21.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Mariah

    I personally didnt think it tasted anything like starbucks, it tasted like straight up tea which I wasnt a fan of. It feels like it was missing something unsure what of.

  2. Amy Crane

    5 stars
    Love this recipe!! It is exactly as delicious as Starbucks and I can make an extra big batch at home. Love it thank you!

  3. Lukus

    I wish comments would be from people who actually MADE and TRIED the drink instead of just comments on how it looks good to make..

  4. taresa

    How does a cup of sugar that has 773 calories boil down to under 150 Calories. Do you use less of the syrup per drink? I’m trying to cut down sugar and this makes no sense to me.

    • Stephanie

      You do not use a cup of the simple syrup per serving. I give directions on making a cup plus a little more of the simple syrup, and then you use only 2 tablespoons of the simple syrup in the preparation of 1 drink. I hope that is helpful for you.

    • David Bickel

      I use Stevia in the Raw. Stevia is sweeter than sugar but, does not have any fat in of any kind. Sugar can make you fat. Stevia is from the Stevia plant. Sugar that you by the at the sugar market is not natural. Even natural sugar can make you fat. You use half the Stevia to sugar.

  5. Elizabeth

    How much does this recipe make? I’m planning on making it for a Christmas get-together (although it’s not a very Christmas-y drink!

    Also, do you know if the coffee powder would contribute anything besides caffeine? Does it impart any taste?

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