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Close-up view of a Strawberry Acai Refresher in a Starbucks cup with freeze-dried strawberries.

Strawberry Acai Refresher

If you love going to Starbucks for the Strawberry Acai Refresher, you need to try this make-at-home copycat recipe! Plus, once you make the base, you can use it in all kinds of other delicious drinks.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbucks Copycat, Starbucks Drinks, Strawberry Drinks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Makes: 1 drink (base will make 4 drinks)
Author: Sues


  • ½ cup Strawberry Acai Base (recipe below)
  • ½ cup water
  • Ice
  • Freeze-dried strawberries

Strawberry Acai Base

  • 2 ¼ cups white grape juice
  • 1 cup hulled and sliced strawberries
  • ½ tsp acai powder
  • ½ tsp green coffee extract powder
  • ¼ tsp passionfruit powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  • Add about ½ cup strawberry acai base and ½ cup water to an ice-filled shaker. Shake well to combine.
  • Pour mixture into an ice-filled glass with freeze-dried strawberries.
  • Feel free to make alterations based on your sweetness preferences. Add more of the base for a sweeter drink and less for a less sweet drink.

Strawberry Acai Base

  • Combine white grape juice and sliced strawberries in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Lower to a simmer and let mixture simmer for 10 minutes, until strawberries are breaking down.
  • Remove from heat and strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a heatproof bowl. Press down on strawberries with a wooden spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard strawberries.
  • Pour mixture back into saucepan and return to low heat. Stir in acai powder, green coffee extract powder, and passionfruit powder until powders have dissolved as much as possible (acai powder is tough to fully dissolve, so there will be some granules remaining).
  • Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Return to heatproof bowl or pour into large mason jar and put in fridge to cool completely.


  • This recipe for Strawberry Acai Base makes enough for about 4 full drinks if using ½ cup of base per drink.
  • The base should keep in your fridge for about 2 weeks.
  • If you don't want caffeine in your Refresher, you can leave out the green coffee extract as it doesn't change the flavor.
  • If you don't have acai powder or passion fruit powder, the Refresher will still be delicious!
  • Mix strawberry acai base with lemonade for a sweet, tart drink or mix with sweetened coconut milk for a pink drink.

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