Starbucks Refreshers are the perfect drink when you want a lightly caffeinated drink that doesn’t taste like coffee but more like fruit.

It’s a blend of green coffee extract and real fruit juice, served hand-shaken over ice, usually with “inclusions” – freeze-dried pieces of fruit.

There are many different iterations of these sweet and fruity drinks, so I’m going to cover the 13 best Starbucks refreshers you need to try.

13 Best Starbucks Refreshers You Must Try

13. Kiwi Star Fruit Refreshment

For a drink that will transport you to the tropics – think an abundance of light, fresh fruit – order the Kiwi Star Fruit Refresher.

The ingredients of this drink include Kiwi Star Fruit Refreshers base, which is a mixture of white grape concentrate, water, sugar, green coffee extract, watermelon, etc.

Then you also get a scoop of freeze-dried kiwi, plus ice. It’s shaken by hand, of course, and served in all its bright, sunny yellow glory.

The Restaurant Clicks author says: “I love that the Kiwi Star Fruit Refresher has such a distinctive and remarkable taste without being too overwhelming. »

She continues: “It satisfies a sweet fruit craving without diving deep into richer flavors like mango or berries. »

12. Pink drink

Where were you on social media when you first heard about the Pink Drink?

This viral sensation started as Starbucks’ « secret menu, » the result of customer hacks, but Starbucks quickly adopted it as its own and put it on the menu for real.

You have a Strawberry Acai base, coconut milk, freeze-dried strawberries and ice, for a drink that is as creamy and dreamy as it is light and refreshing.

The Tasting Table author says: “It’s a lighter version of a great strawberry milkshake – and it’s so satisfying that we surprised ourselves at how quickly we drank it.

11. Dragon Drink

For a more subtle option, consider trying the Dragon Drink.

This drink combines the dragonfruit mango base with coconut milk and ice. Simple, direct and subtle.

The Tasting Table author says, « The coconut milk doesn’t overwhelm the tropical flavors and blends well with the dragon fruit and mango. » »

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If the other Refreshers offer a touch of flavor that’s a little too intense for your taste buds, consider ordering the Dragon Drink.

10. Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade

The Restaurant Clicks author says, “I love mango dragonfruit lemonade for the amazing color alone. »

And it’s true – this drink has the most vibrant hue, a bright fuchsia magenta punctuated with little black specks from the dragon fruit seeds.

It’s made with a refreshing base combination of mango and dragon fruit, lemonade, freeze-dried dragon fruit, and ice.

The Restaurant Clicks author continues: “Balancing the tropical sweetness with the citrus flavor of lemonade works wonderfully…”

9. Star drink

The Star Drink is newer to the Starbucks menu, but it’s in no way lesser unless you count sweetness – it’s a bit less sweet than the Pink Drink.

For this reason, if you’re craving something not too sweet but creamy and fruity, the Star Drink is a great option.

It’s a combination of Kiwi Star Fruit Refreshers Base, coconut milk, freeze-dried kiwis and ice.

The author of Restaurant Clicks says, « It’s my go-to drink when it’s too hot outside for coffee…but I still need a refreshing boost of energy to get me through the day. »

8. Strawberry Acai Lemonade

For a very berry experience, you can order the Strawberry Acai Lemonade from Starbucks.

Made with Strawberry Acai Refresher, water, freeze-dried strawberries, lemonade and ice, this drink features sweet strawberry flavors, along with notes of passion fruit and acai.

And then the lemonade balances it all out with its zesty flavor, making this drink the ultimate berry refreshment.

7. Pineapple and Passion Fruit Lemonade

Pineapple and passion fruit lemonade

For a completely tropical drink that will make you feel like you’re sipping by the water in Hawaii, order the Pineapple Passionfruit Lemonade.

This refreshment contains the base of pineapple and passion fruit refreshments, lemonade, freeze-dried pineapple and ice.

The author of Tasting Table writes: “You might not think that adding sour lemonade to an already sour drink would be a good idea…

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“…but it turns out the lemonade base generously fills in the gaps where the pineapple and passion fruit flavors were missing.” »

They continue: “The sweetness of the lemonade instantly enhances the flavor of the pineapple…”

6. Heavenly drink

For a creamier version of the drink above, the Paradise drink is Pineapple Passion Fruit Lemonade, but replacing the lemonade with coconut milk.

It contains the pineapple and passion fruit refreshment base, freeze-dried pineapple and ice, plus coconut milk, reminiscent of a pina colada.

The Elite Daily author reports that « the pineapple chunks bring that flavor to the forefront a little more when you get them in one sip. »

5. Purple drink

Pink Drink’s berry cousin, Violet Drink is « creamy, sweet and tangy, » and the color is so social media-worthy.

Made with Berry Refresher base, coconut milk, freeze-dried blackberries, and ice, this drink actually started on Starbucks’ secret menu.

Luckily for Starbucks fans everywhere, though, it’s made it to the actual menu, so no more « hacking » the menu to enjoy this beautiful purple drink.

4. Pink Drink TikTok

You’ve heard of the Pink Drink, but have you heard of its TikTok alternative?

Fans of the pink drink on the TikTok app have a hack for you: starting with the pink drink as a base, replace the heavy cream with coconut milk.

Next, add two scoops of vanilla bean powder and add the whipped cream on top.

This drink is ultra-creamy, thanks to heavy cream in place of coconut milk, and vanilla bean powder adds sweetness, as well as an extra flavor dimension.

It’s like taking the pink drink and turning it into a milkshake!

However, you can’t ask for « The TikTok Pink Drink »; say instead:

“Can I get the pink drink, replace the heavy cream with coconut milk and add two scoops of vanilla bean powder, then top the drink with whipped cream? »

Or, you can order on the app and do all the modifications yourself – the app really is a mute’s best friend.

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3. Mango and Dragon Fruit Refreshment

The Mango Dragonfruit Refresher is truly something to look at, with its deep, jewel-toned fuchsia color.

But it’s also something to taste, starting with the Mango Dragonfruit refreshment base, freeze-dried dragon fruit pieces and ice.

Tasting Table also reports that there is a secret menu hack for this; called Rose Gold Refresher, it mixes freeze-dried dragon fruit and water.

He then adds peach juice and a pump of vanilla and raspberry syrup.

This leaves you with a drink that is rose gold, as the name suggests, and slightly deeper and richer in flavor than the OG Mango Dragonfruit refreshment.

2. Gummy Bear Refresher

The Gummy Bear Refresher is actually a hack on the Strawberry Acai Refresher and/or lemonade.

Along with the Strawberry Acai Refresher base and freeze-dried strawberries, you substitute lemonade for the peach juice and add two pumps of raspberry syrup.

It’s sweet, tangy, and refreshing, and totally reminiscent of those chewy gummy bears it’s named for.

However, to order it, you cannot request the Gummy Bear Refresher; say instead:

“Can I get the Strawberry Acai Lemonade, but instead of lemonade, can I get peach juice, plus two pumps of raspberry syrup? »

1. Very berry hibiscus refreshment

For an intense berry flavor with floral notes, order the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, which contains the Berry Refresher base, freeze-dried blackberries and ice.

This is a must if you love the taste of blackberries, as the freeze-dried pieces complement the Refresher base perfectly.

To learn more, you can also read our articles on Starbucks Medicine Ball, Starbucks Cold Foam and Starbucks Honey Blend.


Starbucks Refreshers are the perfect way to get that caffeine zing but without the coffee taste.

These 13 Starbucks Refresher Drinks are the best of the best, but that doesn’t stop you from hacking the menu and creating your own – Starbucks is all about customization!

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