Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher

Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher is a light and tasty drink with tropical fruit. This refreshing drink is perfect for hot summer days or anytime you are craving a fruity iced beverage. These Starbucks refreshers are perfect for when you want a light and refreshing drink! The star drink is ideal when you do not want an overly sweet drink!

homemade Starbucks kiwi starfruit refresher drink and sliced fruit.

Refreshing Tropical Drink

You may not be able to slip away to a tropical island, but at least you can drink like you are on vacation with this recipe for a Kiwi Starfruit Refresher. The Kiwi Starfruit Refresher is one of Starbucks’ most popular fruit-based drinks on their menu, and it is easy to make at home. This much-loved coffee giant makes so many fun and creative drinks!

The Kiwi Starfruit Starbucks Refresher is non-alcoholic and has just a touch of caffeine, so it’s ideal for any time of the day.

What Does the Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher Taste Like?

This simple syrup perfectly balances the unsweetened white grape juice and fresh fruit for a slightly sour beverage that is not overly sweet.

What Makes This Recipe the Best Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher

This made-from-scratch copycat Kiwi Starfruit Refresher recipe is 100 percent natural and contains fresh fruit, unlike Starbucks’ dried fruits. The tropical combination of starfruit and fresh kiwi make for a drink you will want to reach for again and again.

The fresh fruit provides an extra kick of tartness that is perfect for quenching your thirst on even the hottest days.

Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher Ingredients

Here’s what’s in Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher and what you will need to make this recipe:

  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Kiwi
  • Starfruit 
  • White grape juice
  • Green coffee extract powder (optional)
Starbucks kiwi starfruit refresher drink ingredients.

How to Make Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher

Before you make the refresher, you’ll need to make some simple syrup that you’ll use to sweeten it. This simple syrup is much thicker than store-bought and is better for sweetening beverages. This should be done in advance so it has time to cool in the fridge before using it.

How to Make Thick Simple Syrup

  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
sugar and water in a saucepan.
  1. Cook and stir slowly until the sugar dissolves entirely.
thick simple syrup in a saucepan.
  1. Cool the syrup to room temperature.
  2. Pour the syrup into a squeeze bottle and place the bottle in the refrigerator.

Steps for Making a Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Drink

  1. Dice the starfruit and kiwi into small pieces. See the tip below if you don’t know how to peel a starfruit.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine a cup of ice, one ounce of simple syrup, the pieces of starfruit and kiwi, grape juice, green coffee extract powder (if using), and water.
  3. Shake well and pour directly into the serving glass without straining.
  4. Garnish with a starfruit wedge if desired.

Alternate Recipe Steps

Using a cocktail shaker creates a foamy head on the drink, but it’s OK to stir the ingredients together in a serving glass if you don’t have one. If so, here are the steps:

  1. Place ice, simple syrup, kiwi, starfruit, white grape juice, green coffee powder (if using), and water in a glass.
collage of recipe steps for Starbucks kiwi starfruit refresher drink.
  1. Stir and enjoy!
  2. Garnish with a starfruit wedge if desired.

CopyKat Tip: The simplest method to peel a starfruit is to cut off both ends, then cut across the fruit into star-shaped slices. Use your fingers to peel off the skin from each piece before dicing.

homemade Starbucks kiwi starfruit refresher drink a in front of kiwi and starfruit.

About this Copycat Recipe

My preference is to make this drink without the green coffee extract. I feel like the natural flavors of the white grape juice, and other fruits overpower the flavor you get from the green coffee extract. Green coffee extract is pretty expensive, I have purchased small bags of it for about 20 dollars, and you will have 100s of servings from the bag.

Starbucks starts with a kiwi starfruit refreshers base complete with natural green coffee flavor. They also use freeze-dried kiwi and star fruit. For this recipe, you will use fresh real kiwi and starfruit. I think the combination of ingredients in this recipe makes a good substitute. The real kiwi pieces really add a lot to the flavor of this drink.

Substitutions and Variations

The simple syrup used in this recipe contains double the typical amount of sugar, resulting in a drink that’s much more syrupy and closer to what you get at Starbucks. If you prefer, you can use standard simple syrup, but don’t expect the same consistency and sweetness.

Green coffee extract powder is optional, but it adds a pleasant, earthy taste to this drink. You may find green coffee extract in the vitamin aisle in the supermarket since many people use it as a health supplement.

If you don’t plan on using the extract, you can get a similar flavor by substituting an equal amount of brewed green tea (matcha is excellent) for the water in the recipe.

Kiwis are delicious, but they’re not cheap, and they tend to go bad quickly. Sliced strawberries with a few drops of lime juice make a good substitution for kiwis.

Some people like to add an ounce or two of sweetened coconut milk, oat milk, or even almond milk for additional flavor.

How to Store Simple Syrup

Put the simple syrup in a sealed container and keep it in the fridge for up to a month.

homemade Starbucks kiwi starfruit refresher drink and fresh fruit.

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Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher

You can make Starbucks Kiwi Starfruit Refresher drink at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Kiwi Starfruit Refresher, Starbucks Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 158kcal


Thick Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 ounce thick simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced starfruit
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced kiwi
  • 4 ounces white grape juice
  • 3 ounces of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon green coffee extract


Thick Simple Syrup

  • Place sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat.
  • Bring to a boil and stir well. Boil until all the sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove the syrup from the heat and cool it to room temperature.
  • Pour the syrup into a squeeze bottle and place the bottle in the refrigerator.


  • Place ice, 1 ounce simple syrup, kiwi, starfruit, grape juice, and water in a shaker.
  • Shake vigorously to combine.
  • Pour the drink into a glass.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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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