Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a great afternoon pick me up. This tea-based drink with berries is hard to beat.
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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 Refresher Starbucks Copycat
Okay, first things first. This copycat version of the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher recipe isn’t exactly the same as the one you can buy at your local Starbucks, but in many ways, it is better. While the original version includes green coffee, this homemade Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher recipe calls for green tea instead.
Don’t let the lack of “authenticity” put you off. This stuff is amazing. Try it once, and you may happily find yourself skipping your afternoon latte and in favor of making this Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher recipe.
Why This is the Best Copycat Recipe for the Starbucks Very Berry Refresher
Let’s talk about health. Replacing green coffee with tea not only tastes great but is a good alternative for your body.
Everyone knows the benefits of green tea, but did you know that some people believe hibiscus tea can promote lower blood pressure, support healthy cholesterol levels, and may even be a natural antidepressant?
How Does Starbucks Very Berry Refresher Taste?
This tea-based version of the Very Berry Refresher is delightfully tart but definitely not sour enough to make your lips pucker. The natural sweetness of the white grape juice and berries, along with a touch of sugar, combine extraordinarily well with the green and hibiscus teas for a light and thirst-quenching beverage.
Very Berry Hibiscus Ingredients
To make a homemade Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, you will need:
- Green tea bag
- Hibiscus tea bag
- White grape juice
- Frozen berries
Look for a brand of white grape juice that doesn’t have a lot of extra ingredients. 365 by Whole Foods Market is a good choice because, besides being organic (always a plus when it comes to fruit), there is no extra sugar.
You probably don’t have a package of hibiscus tea in your kitchen, but you should. Try Natural Hibiscus Superflower Tea from The Republic of Teas.
The original Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher contains blackberries, and you will get a more authentic flavor by using only frozen blackberries in this recipe. However, a mix of different berries offers a more exciting flavor profile, but try to find a brand of frozen mixed berries that contains at least some blackberries. Wyman’s Of Maine’s Triple Berry is a good option.
If you really want to include green coffee extract in this drink, you have a couple of options:
The first one is to buy some powdered green coffee extract. You can sometimes find it in the nutritional supplement aisle in the grocery store or online. Add a tablespoon of the green coffee extract to the recipe in place of the green tea.
The second option makes mixing up this drink a breeze. Use Very Berry Hibiscus flavored Starbucks VIA Instant Refreshers. While easy, this mix doesn’t give you the same flavor as fresh ingredients.
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 ingredients. If you want to add it to the recipe I would add about 1/4 of a teaspoon. I did not find that the green coffee extract added much to the flavor.
How to Make Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refresher
There are two parts o make this homemade Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher. The first part is making a simple syrup to sweeten the drink. The second part is brewing tea and assembling the refresher.
To make the simple syrup:
- Combine one cup of superfine or granulated sugar with a cup of water in a small saucepan.
- Bring the water up to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the sugar dissolves and the syrup slightly thickens. Remember to stir continuously and carefully.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.
To make the refresher:
- Steep the hibiscus and green teas in hot water for five minutes. Yes, this is longer than usual, but you want the tea to be on the strong side.
- If you are using coffee extract, brew the hibiscus tea for five minutes and stir in the green coffee extract at the end of the brewing time.
- If you are using the Very Berry Hibiscus flavored Starbucks VIA Instant Refreshers, follow the instructions on the package for two servings and skip to Step 4.
- In a large mixing glass or pitcher, combine the cooled tea, two tablespoons of the simple syrup, and the white grape juice.
- Stir well to combine. You can use the berry hibiscus tea immediately or refrigerate it for later use.
- Fill two glasses with ice and your choice of frozen berries. Starbucks uses blackberries.
- Pour the mixture into the glasses. You can garnish with more berries if desired.
Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade Refresher
Up to three-quarters of a cup of lemonade transforms this recipe for Starbucks Very Berry Lemonade Refresher.
Simply add the lemonade to the tea mixture before pouring it into the glasses.
Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher with Coconut Milk
Try adding half a cup of coconut milk to the recipe to provide some creaminess and cut the acidity level.
Does the Starbucks Very Berry Refresher Contain Caffeine?
Yes, green tea does contain caffeine, but not as much as green coffee extract. If you have green coffee extract, feel free to add some for an additional jolt of caffeine.
Can I Make These Ahead of Time and Leave Them in the Refrigerator?
Absolutely. Mix up a batch of tea, juice, and simple syrup and keep it in the fridge in an airtight container. The CDC suggests storing homemade iced tea for no longer than eight hours in the refrigerator.
Starbucks Refreshers FAQ
There are currently ten different Starbucks Refresher flavors they are: Star Drink, Kiwi Starfruit Refresher, Kiwi Starfruit Lemonade, Dragon Drink, Mango Dragonfruit, Mango Dragonfruit lemonade, Strawberry Acai Lemonade, Pink Drink, Strawberry Acai, and Blueberry Acai.
This beverage is currently not on the Starbucks menu. You can find the packages in the stores of this flavor.
Yes, hibiscus is in Starbuck’s Passion tea.
Yes, these beverages are sweet.
Yes, the refreshers have green coffee extract in them. A grande refresher has 45 mg of caffeine, a grande cup of coffee has 350 mg of coffee.
More Starbucks Drinks to Enjoy
- Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe
- How to Make Caffe Mocha
- How to Make Green Tea Frappucino
- Butterscotch Latte Starbucks
- Vanilla Bean Creme
- Egg Nog Latte
- Starbucks White Coffee
- How to Make Starbucks Iced Mocha
- How to Make a Caramel Frappuccino
- Snickerdoodle Starbucks Drink
More Summer Drink Recipes
Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
Very Berry Hibiscus Green Tea Drink
- 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
- In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove the pan from heat and cool the simple syrup to room temperature.
Very Berry Hibiscus Iced Tea Refresher
- Brew the green and hibiscus teas in with 2 cups of hot water. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and cool the brewed teas to room temperature.
- Pour the cooled tea, 2 tablespoons of cooled simple syrup, and white grape juice into a pitcher or similar container. Stir to combine.
- Fill 2 tall glasses with ice and frozen berries.
- Pour the mixture into the glasses.