Starbucks refreshers are an amazing option when you need that hydration boost, especially during the summertime. Read on and have a look at the Starbucks strawberry acai lemonade and everything it entails.
When you think of Starbucks, the first thing that pops in your head is the sweet smell of coffee. It is quite hard to picture drinking a cold fruity drink at Starbucks. Fortunately, as much as Starbucks is known for its coffee, it is also known for its versatility. I live in Los Angeles so I’m always up for cold beverages to keep me hydrated when it’s really hot. As a big fan of strawberries, the Starbucks strawberry acai lemonade has been my go-to Starbucks refresher for months now. I ordered it so many times that my sister gave in and decided to order it too and she loved it! It is perfect for when I need that hydration and caffeine kick which leaves me feeling refreshed and energized. I decided to come up with this post and guide anyone who wants to try out the Starbucks strawberry acai refresher and inform them everything they need to know about it. Read on to also find out how you can prepare the delightful beverage at home.
Brief history of the drink
My curiosity has always prompted me to look into things that capture my interest or things that I love and this does not exclude the foods or drinks that are close to my heart. When I became a regular consumer of the Starbucks strawberry acai lemonade refresher, I figured it was high time I did a little background research on the beverage.
When Starbucks started making refreshers, the goal was to have healthier beverage options. The refreshers were marketed as low-calorie beverages which contained a natural source of energy and were made with real fruit juice. Starbucks created its first refresher on 9th July 2012. The first refreshers were the cool lime and very berry refreshers. The refreshers gained a lot of popularity, especially during the summertime. Starbucks made more refreshers to give the customers variety hence the Strawberry acai lemonade was created and it went viral in 2016.
Is the strawberry acai lemonade refresher still available at Starbucks?
Yes, the strawberry acai lemonade refresher is still available at Starbucks. Go to your nearest Starbucks store to order one and enjoy!
Strawberry acai lemonade refresher (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories)
What’s in a strawberry acai lemonade refresher- (Ingredients)
Undoubtedly, everybody would want to know what is in a food or drink before consuming it. Let’s go over the ingredients used to make this refreshing drink.
The Starbucks strawberry acai lemonade refresher contains freeze-dried strawberries, strawberry acai base, lemonade, and ice. The strawberry acai base is a combination of water, sugar, citric acid, natural flavors, natural green coffee flavor, white grape juice concentrate, rebaudioside A, and vegetable juice. The lemonade contains water, lemon oil, lemon juice, and sugar.
Strawberry acai lemonade refresher: Sizes, Nutrition, Caffeine & Calories
What sizes are available
The Starbucks acai strawberry lemonade refresher is available in four sizes. The Tall (12 fl oz), Grande (16 fl oz), Venti (24 fl oz), and Trenta (30 fl oz).
Starbucks is quite popular for preparing drinks that are packed with a lot of calories. However, the Starbucks refreshers are different. The strawberry acai refresher has a few calories so it keeps you healthy. It also contains strawberries which have nutritional benefits. Most of the calories in the strawberry acai refresher come from carbohydrates, and it does not contain any protein. The beverage contains 20 grams of sugar, making its sugar content higher than other refreshers which contain 15 grams.
Below is a table that summarizes all the refresher’s nutritional facts:
Serving size (16 fl oz)
|Calories 140||Calories from fat 0
0% daily value
|Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 15 mg||1%|
|Total carbohydrates 35 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 32 g
|Protein 0 g||0%|
It is quite common for people to think that because the drink is juice-based, it is caffeine-free, but this is not the case. The Starbucks strawberry acai lemonade is lightly caffeinated with green coffee extract. The beverage contains 45 mg of coffee.
So, what does strawberry acai lemonade refresher taste like?
I believe that even before you get to taste something, how it looks will affect how you perceive the taste. That said, the strawberry acai lemonade refresher looks delicious with its red hue and infused strawberries. The beverage can make you excited to drink it just by looking at it.
Now getting to the taste, the drink tastes amazing! Since it is called a strawberry acai lemonade, it is expected that the strawberry will be the most prominent flavor. When you sip the drink, you are hit with the tangy flavor of the lemonade which blends smoothly with the strawberry flavor. Despite the strawberry acai lemonade being caffeinated, you can’t quite taste the green coffee extract in the drink.
Ways to customize strawberry acai lemonade refresher- strawberry acai lemonade refresher Variations
One of my favorite things about Starbucks is that it gives its customers the freedom to customize their drinks according to their preferences. This allows the customers to have a little fun with their drinks. It also ensures that the drinks do not become redundant and this guarantees that the consumers will come back for more! Not to mention it also boosts creativity.
There are various ways you can customize the strawberry acai lemonade refresher. A simple way you can customize the drink is by asking for water instead of lemonade. This customization is quite popular that most Starbucks stores ask if you opt for lemonade or water when you order a refresher. Another game-changer is switching the lemonade or water with apple juice or peach juice. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical of this combination at first but it is amazing.
Another way to customize the refresher is by adding flavored syrup. This customization comes in handy if you are a sweet tooth. Starbucks has many options of flavored syrup to choose from. You can use brown sugar, vanilla, raspberry, chestnut praline, hazelnut, peppermint, or toffee-nut. For the vanilla, you can opt for sugar-free vanilla instead.
The Strawberry acai lemonade comes infused with freeze-dried strawberries but that’s not the only fruit that can be added to the drink. You can replace the strawberries with kiwi or dragon fruit inclusions.
How to make strawberry acai lemonade refresher at home- strawberry acai lemonade refresher Copycat Recipe
- Measuring cup
- 2 cups of lemonade
- 1 tablespoon of acai powder
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries
- Simple syrup
- Green coffee bean powder
- Ice cubes
- Slice the strawberries in half.
- Put the sliced strawberries in a blender with some water and blend till smooth.
- Once the strawberries are blended, strain the mixture through a strainer.
- Add 2 cups of white grape juice, 1 teaspoon of green coffee powder, and I tablespoon of acai powder to the blended strawberries and mix well using a whisk.
- Add simple syrup and 2 cups of lemonade to the mixture and mix well.
- Pour the mixture over a glass filled with ice cubes and sliced strawberries and serve.
- I like having a tangy lemonade taste in my refresher, so to achieve this, you can skip the simple syrup. To make it sweeter, you can use honey or flavored syrup as well.
- You can also replace the lemonade with another type of juice such as apple juice.
- If you want your refresher to be caffeine-free, you can skip the coffee bean powder.
- When I’m making the strawberry acai refresher at home, I love having a little fun with the fruits that I infuse in my drink. You can use frozen strawberry inclusions in the drink, which is the standard at Starbucks. I love using kiwi inclusions in my refresher. These fruits make the drink more nutritious. Not to mention you can eat afterward!
- If you are not a fan of lemonade, you can use water instead.
How do you order a strawberry acai lemonade refresher at Starbucks?
To order the refresher, simply go to a Starbucks store, name the beverage and the size you want, and it will be made for you. You can also order using the Starbucks app in the “cold drinks” section.
Is the strawberry acai lemonade refresher good?
Yes, the strawberry acai lemonade is good. It tastes amazing and it is hydrating.
Is the strawberry acai lemonade refresher vegan?
Yes, the strawberry acai lemonade refresher is 100% vegan.
Is the strawberry acai lemonade refresher healthy?
Yes, the strawberry acai lemonade refresher is healthy. It is low in calories and it contains strawberry which has health benefits.
How much does a Starbucks strawberry acai lemonade refresher cost at Starbucks?
The price of the strawberry acai lemonade refresher varies with size. The Tall costs $3.99, Grande costs $4.49, Venti costs $ 4.99 and Trenta costs $ 5.29.