The copycat Starbucks Hibiscus Refresher recipe is a great afternoon pick me up. This tea-based drink is hard to beat.
One of the things that I enjoy about going to Starbucks is being able to check out all their new drinks. They seem o 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 their coffee, their 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. 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. White grape juice and frozen berries round out the list of ingredients needed to make a hibiscus refresher at home.
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Copycat Starbucks Hibiscus Refresher
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 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 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.
- Brew the green and hibiscus tea using the two cups of water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes and then allow to cool.Pour the cooled tea, cooled simple syrup, and white grape juice into a glass. Stir to combine. Top with frozen berries of choice and ice.
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