Whether you’re rushing to meet a deadline or simply just running low on energy, the first thing most people do is to grab a cup of coffee or other caffeinated drink just to get a quick jolt of energy to get us through the day. But sometimes, these highly caffeinated drinks may just be too much for some people.
Luckily, coffee shop giant, Starbucks has got you covered. Starbucks offers Refreshers for those who just need a quick pick-me-up drink or for those who just want a refreshing summer drink. Refreshers are made with actual fruit juice for that authentic taste, bits of freeze-dried fruit, and for that light caffeine kick, green coffee extract.
In this article, we will list down seven of the best Starbucks Refresher Beverages that have captured and intrigued our taste buds. We will give you our review on the flavor profile, ingredients, and other fun facts on each of the drinks so you can have a clear idea of what you can get next time you step into your local Starbucks store.
So with all that said, let’s head on to our list.
1. The Pink Drink
Caffeine: 45 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 27 g
If you haven’t heard of this drink well then you have probably seen it on social media (specifically TikTok and Instagram for that matter). This first drink in the list has proven to be one of Starbucks’ most popular drinks among its younger customers and it’s easy to understand why.
You might be wondering what on earth exactly makes this drink well, pink? Well, this drink is made up of their Strawberry Acai base. The color mostly comes from acai berries. Acai berries are reddish-purple fruits that give this drink its vibrant color.
This base originally gives a vibrant pink color but what makes the Pink Drink stand out is that it is infused with coconut milk to that gives it a pastel pink finish. And to top it all off, bits of strawberries are added for that light, summery taste.
Quick Fact: Apart from being an aesthetically pleasing drink for the gram, this drink is perfect for those who want to have that light, milky strawberry drink with a hint of caffeine for a quick perk up.
Now, who wouldn’t say no to that?
2. Strawberry Acai Starbucks Refreshers Beverage
Caffeine: 45 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 35 g
Now if you like the Pink Drink sans the milk then this is the drink for you. Also known to be one of Starbucks’ more popular items on its menu, this drink has been a staple of the Refreshers series. So what’s in this drink? Well, basically this is a sweet strawberry drink that has a hint of caffeine provided by the green coffee extract.
And just to add a little more flavor, Starbucks has given this drink hints of passion fruit and acai notes to balance off that sweetness from the juice. This is more of a juice-based drink compared to its sister, the Pink Drink.
Now take note that Acai berries are also good for you since they have a high level of antioxidants in them. So what’s not to like with this drink?
3. Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade Starbucks Refreshers Beverage
Caffeine: 45 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 29 g
Although the name of this drink may seem a mouthful, the flavor profile on this drink totally makes up for it. For those who are not that excited about having to put milk on their Refreshers, then this might just be the drink for you.
While the base for this drink is still fruit juice, you can really get that sense that you might be drinking tea because of the flavor brought about by the hibiscus. To balance it all off, the drink is mixed with blackberries and just the right amount of lemonade to give it that extra zest.
And to cap it all off, green coffee extract is infused in the drink to give you that needed an extra boost of energy, all served over ice.
4. Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refreshers Beverage
Caffeine: 45 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 22 g
If you’re tired of the same old berries being put in your drink, fret not for Starbucks offers to bring a hint of the tropics into your taste buds. With its Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, you are in for a treat. This drink will definitely have you thinking of sitting by the beach with its tropical flavor.
The combination of oh-so-sweet mangoes and the mildly sweet flavor profile of dragonfruit really balances out this drink.
Quick Fact: Dragonfruit contains high levels of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, so for the health-conscious people out there, you might consider this drink as well.
This sweet drink even comes with chunks of diced dragonfruit for those who aren’t that familiar with the fruit and want to try something different. And to those seeking a pick-me-up drink, worry not for this drink still contains caffeine so you can bet that this will get you through the day as well. Refreshing and energizing, what’s not to like?
5. Dragon Drink
Caffeine: 45 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 26 g
Now, if you’re into the whole tropical drink thing but still want something extra, well Starbucks has something special for you. For those seeking to have that milky, creamy goodness but not that into that strawberry flavor profile then this is the drink for you.
Deriving its name from dragonfruit, this drink has the refreshing taste of dragonfruit combined with the sweetness of mango. This tropical drink is given an extra flavor profile by adding rich, creamy coconut milk. All of these are tossed in ice, handshakes, and served with a scoop of diced dragonfruit.
6. Kiwi Starfruit Starbucks Refreshers Beverage
Calories: Not Available
Caffeine: Not Available
Total Carbohydrates: Not Available
For those who just want their drinks simple and uncomplicated, well this just may be the drink for you. True to its name, this refreshing drink is just made up of starfruit and kiwi-flavored juice. This mixed with chunks of kiwi fruit pieces is finished by shaking it over ice.
But don’t be fooled, this may have fewer ingredients than the other drinks but the flavor profile can still beat out the others on the menu. It’s just a no-fuss drink that’s simply a refreshing drink you might as well enjoy on a hot summer afternoon.
7. Strawberry Acai Lemonade Starbucks Refreshers Beverage
Caffeine: 45 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 35 mg
Rounding up this list is a variation of the Strawberry Acai previously mentioned. For those who want their pink drink without the milky flavor profile but with an added zest then this is the drink for you.
This sweet strawberry drink still has the notes of acai and passion fruit but with the added refreshing zing brought about by just the right amount of lemonade in it. Perfect if you want a pick-me-up drink that can give you that refreshing feel.
So there you have it. If you go to the Starbucks website right now, there are actually a total of 12 Refresher flavors. The five that weren’t mentioned in the list are the Star Drink, Kiwi Starfruit Lemonade, Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade, Very Berry Hibiscus, and Violet Drink. Of course, each of those is flavorful in its own right.
Now some of you may disagree with this list and hey, that’s perfectly valid. We all have our preferences. Obviously, with the wide array of Refresher beverages that Starbucks continues to offer, this list is not at all exclusive.
And hey, who knows they might just add another dozen flavors on the menu for this line of drink since its popularity isn’t waning any time soon. But hey don’t take our word for it head on out and taste every single one of them.
Quick Fact: The cool thing about the Refresher beverages is they are actually low in calories so you can definitely enjoy drinking them over and over again without thinking about gaining any weight.
With all that said, what is your favorite or your go-to Refresher beverage? What are you most excited to taste? Comment on this article down below and share your thoughts with us and we might just reconsider this list.