Nothing compares to an iced Starbucks refresher on a hot summer day, but the Starbucks citrus berry passion refresher is on a whole different level. This post will reveal all the great details about it.
I have been keen on following all the Starbucks refresher secret menus for some time now. When I first learned about the citrus berry passion refresher as it is commonly nicknamed, I knew that I had to try it out. This cup of summer goodness deserves more credit than it gets. Its moderate caffeine and the citrus berry taste are what I would call perfection. This refresher is in the Starbucks secret menu, but I’m sure you knew that, right?
Brief History of the drink
Starbucks has given its customers the freedom to be creative in their orders. It did not take long before they invented citrus berry passion refresher. I first heard about it in Michigan where a customer ahead of me ordered this drink last summer. Being a curious cat, I decided to give it a try and the citrus and berry charms got me good to date. This drink is believed to have originated from Muskegon, Michigan. There is something about this colorful drink that refreshes your system with every sip.
Is the citrus berry passion refresher still available?
Yes, it is, but you must know how to order it. You have probably gone to a Starbucks store and ordered a citrus berry passion refresher and got blank stress from the barista. Well, you simply missed the secret menu part. Most of the items in a Starbucks secret menu are not on the official Starbucks menu list. They are alterations of an already existing drink, and the alteration part is where you come in. If you know the base drink, then customizing here and there shouldn’t be a problem.
Citrus berry passion refresher (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories)
What’s in a citrus berry passion refresher?- ingredients
So, what exactly has been brought together to birth this amazing refresher? This refresher has berry refresher as the base drink, ice, lime refresher, lemonade, and unsweetened passion tea. Simple ingredients you might think, but their union is what makes all the difference.
A berry refresher in itself is made of raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. It is then added to an apple juice and orange juice combo to add to the citric acid. Some berry refreshers have milk in them and a dash of honey to sweeten.
A lime refresher on the other hand has water, fresh lime juice, a dash of fresh mint leaves, and peeled cucumber. This is the second addition to our citrus berry passion refresher.
Lemonade at Starbucks is made of water, lemon juice, sugar, and lemon oil. This concentrate is our third addition to our secret menu refresher.
Finally, we get the passion tea unsweetened. Starbucks uses the Teavana passion tango tea. This is a blend of hibiscus, licorice root, cinnamon, lemongrass, and passion fruit flavor. All these ingredients are brought together in that order to bring out this amazing refresher.
Citrus berry passion refresher: Sizes, nutrition, caffeine, &calories
What sizes are available?
Starbucks has six main sizes that serve its drinks. They are; mini, short, tall, Grande, Venti, and Trenta. As for the citrus berry passion refresher, you can get it in tall (12 FL Oz), Grande (16 FL Oz), and Venti (20 FL Oz). If you are looking to completely quench your thirst, go all the way to the venti size. The venti is for those who truly know the taste of this refresher. If you are a first-timer, you can start slow with a tall, but I’m guaranteed that you will graduate to a venti in no time.
Refreshers are your go-to drinks if you want to cut down on your caffeine intake. For instance, our citrus berry passion refresher has zero caffeine. If you look at the ingredients above, there is nothing caffeinated in there. The Starbucks citrus berry passion refresher contains 70 calories for a Grande serving. This amount can increase or reduce depending on the size of the cup. The vitamins are in plenty considering the amount of fruit in this refresher.
The drink contains no fat content, a win for the body’s health. The carbs are significantly low as they are only 17g. Sugars are moderate at 14g and can be reduced if you order an unsweetened refresher. The protein level is almost zero as it only contains 1g. Below is the summary of the nutritional facts of the citrus berry passion refresher.
|Calorie count (out of 2,000 calories daily intake)||70|
|Nutrient Content (per Grande serving)||% of Daily Value|
|Total Fat (0g)
Trans Fat (0.0g)
Saturated Fat (0g)
|Total carbohydrates (17g)
Dietary Fiber (1g)
This refresher contains no caffeine. As we had mentioned earlier, caffeine is added to the drink of coffee and tea, but in this case, the passion tea unsweetened is the only non-caffeine tea at Starbucks. This is an infusion of floral, fruit, and herbal ingredients. I would recommend this drink for the afternoon as we all know what caffeine does to your sleeping pattern if consumed after midday. This ‘summer in a cup’ drink is ideal for a caffeine-free afternoon.
So, what does citrus berry passion refresher taste like?
After all is said and done, everything comes down to taste. The citrus berry passion refresher is not only colorful but contains a burst of flavors that are carefully infused to bring out the perfect summer taste. This drink gives you the taste of sweet and sour citrus fruit. The berries, on the other hand, neutralize most of the sourness to give you a sweet finish. The drink is a little tangy due to the lime and lemon but has an overall sweet flavor to it.
Ways to customize citrus berry passion Refresher-Starbucks citrus berry passion variations
The drink itself is a customization of a berry refresher. This means that more can be added or removed to suit your taste. Most people like their drinks extra sweet. This is where you play with the honey or sugar sweeteners. Ask the barista to be generous with the sweetening agents. Some of us just can’t do without caffeine. Though this drink is made to deviate your attention from caffeine, you can still add a little of it by adding coffee green extract.
Another way you can customize it is by adding fruits. You can never have enough fruits in a drink. If your palate favors a certain fruit taste more than the others, you can decide to increase the number of your preferred fruits.
How to Make Citrus Berry Passion Refresher at Home-Citrus Berry Refresher Copycat Recipe
For the berry refresher:
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 thawed strawberries
- ½ cup Raspberries thawed
- ½ cup blueberries thawed
- 1 tbsp. Honey
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3 ice cubes
For the Lime refresher:
- Lime juice
- 5 Mint leaves
- 1 Cucumber
For the lemonade:
- 2 lemons
- Starbucks passion tea unsweetened
- Make the berry refresher: Pour the apple juice, orange juice, honey, milk, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries in a blender and blend till slushy. Pour this mixture into the pitcher and rinse your blender.
- Chop the mint leaves using a knife and toss them in a pitcher with half-full water. Chop your cucumbers and add them to the pitcher. After a few minutes, strain the mixture to rid it of the mint leaves and cucumber. Add lime juice and sugar.
- Strain two lemonades in a cup using a citrus strainer. Add water and sugar.
- Add your berry refresher up to 1/3 in your cup. Add another 1/3 of the lime refresher to the same cup. Add your lemonade to the mix until the cup is almost full. Add a splash of the Starbucks passion tea unsweetened.
How do you order a citrus berry passion refresher?
Ask the barista to give you a very berry hibiscus refresher with lime refresher and lemonade, topped with passion tango tea.
Is the citrus berry passion refresher good?
Yes, it is. It is healthy and full of vitamins and also low in calories.