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Pineapple Passionfruit Refresher {Starbucks Copycat}

When it's hot outside, a Starbucks Refresher always hits the spot! And with this easy copycat recipe, you can now recreate the Pineapple Passionfruit Refresher at home. Made with fresh pineapple, passionfruit powder, and water, it tastes just like the coffeeshop version!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pineapple Recipes, Starbucks Copycat, Starbucks Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Makes: 1 drink
Author: Sues


  • ½ cup Pineapple Passionfruit Base (recipe below)
  • ½ cup water
  • Ice
  • ¼ cup freeze-dried pineapple pieces

Pineapple Passionfruit Base

  • 2 ¼ cups water, divided
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 2 tsp passionfruit powder
  • ½ tsp green coffee extract
  • ½ tsp citric acid


  • Add about ½ cup pineapple passionfruit base, ½ cup water, and ¼ cup freeze-dried pineapple pieces to an ice-filled shaker. Shake well to combine.
  • Pour entire mixture (ice included) into glass. Top with additional pineapple pieces, if desired.
  • 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.

Pineapple Passionfruit Base

  • Put 1 ¼ cup water, sugar, and pineapple in a medium-size saucepan and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Once boiling, lower heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes, until mixture has thickened a bit and pineapple is breaking down.
  • Strain into a bowl, being sure to press down on the pineapple to extract as much juice as possible. Return syrup to saucepan over low heat.
  • Stir passionfruit powder, green coffee extract, and citric acid into syrup until mostly combined (the passionfruit powder won't likely fully blend in).
  • Pour mixture back into bowl or into a large mason jar and let cool completely. Syrup will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Add remaining 1 cup water and mix well to combine. This is your Refresher base. Keep in fridge until ready to use.


  • This recipe for Pineapple Passionfruit 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 citric acid, you can replace with 1 Tbsp lemon juice.
  • Mix base with lemonade for a sweeter, tart drink or mix with sweetened coconut milk for a Paradise Drink.

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