Best Starbucks Refreshers

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A quick guide and a ranked list of every Starbucks Refresher on the menu. They’re perfect for non-coffee drinkers who want a low-calorie beverage with a little caffeine.

Five photo collage showing different Starbucks Refresher drinks.

What is a Starbucks Refresher?

Starbucks Refreshers are lightly caffeinated iced drinks made with green coffee extract and real fruit juice. The green coffee extract is made from unroasted arabica coffee beans. It’s for anyone who wants a cold drink with caffeine but doesn’t like the taste of coffee.

All Starbucks Refreshers contain 45 mg of caffeine in a grande size drink. To compare, a grande hot chocolate has 25 mg of caffeine and a grande iced coffee has 165 mg.

Looking for more Starbucks drink lists? See the Best Starbucks Frappuccinos, 52 secret menu items, all their caffeine-free drinks, and 17 Starbucks drinks for kids.

Notes on Starbucks Refreshers

  • Contains caffeine
    Lots of people mistakenly order Refreshers for kids not realizing they contain caffeine. So be aware there’s 45 mg of caffeine in a grande Refresher.
  • 3 different Refresher versions
    There is the regular Refresher (Very Berry Hibiscus), then the Refresher with lemonade (Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade), and finally, there are the Refreshers with coconutmilk (Violet Drink).
  • Coconutmilk is one word
    Starbucks has their own coconut milk blend that they call coconutmilk.
  • Inclusions are freeze-dried fruit
    Each refresher is made with freeze dried fruit pieces that are called “inclusions.” Depending on the size of the drink, 1-2 scoops of inclusions are added to each Refresher. You can always ask for more inclusions.
  • Refreshers are hand-shaken
    All refreshers are shaken with ice.
  • Add less water for a stronger flavor
    The Refresher base is concentrated so if you want a stronger fruit flavor, ask for it to made with less water for a regular Refresher, less lemonade, or with less coconutmilk.
  • Available in 4 drink sizes
    Starbucks Refreshers come in 4 sizes: tall (12 ounces), grande (16 ounces), venti (24 ounces), and trenta (30 ounces).

Every Starbucks Refresher Drink, Ranked

12. Star Drink
Kiwi Starfruit Refresher Base + Coconutmilk + Freeze dried kiwi + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 130
Sugar in a grande: 22 g

This is their least popular Refresher.

11. Violet Drink
Berry Refresher Base + Coconutmilk + Freeze Dried Blackberries + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 110
Sugar in a grande: 19 g

This drink is sometimes called the Purple Drink.

10. Kiwi Starfruit Lemonade
Kiwi Starfruit Refresher Base + Lemonade + Freeze Dried Kiwi + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 140
Sugar in a grande: 30 g

9. Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade
Berry Refresher Base + Lemonade + Freeze Dried Blackberries + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 120
Sugar in a grande: 25 g

8. Kiwi Starfruit Refresher
Kiwi Starfruit Refresher Base + Water + Freeze Dried Kiwi + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 90
Sugar in a grande: 18 g

The Kiwi Starfruit Refreshers launched last summer but it hasn’t been super popular.

7. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
Berry Refresher Base + Water + Freeze Dried Blackberries + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 70
Sugar in a grande: 14 g

This drink has been on the menu the longest out of the Refreshers. The Berry Refresher Base is almost clear and it’s the freeze dried blackberries that color the drink.

6. Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade
Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers Base + Lemonade + Freeze Dried Dragonfruit Pieces + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 140
Sugar in a grande: 30 g

5. Strawberry Acai Lemonade
Strawberry Acai Base + Lemonade + Freeze Dried Strawberries + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 140
Sugar in a grande: 32 g

4. Mango Dragonfruit Refresher
Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers Base + Water + Freeze Dried Dragonfruit Pieces + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 90
Sugar in a grande: 19 g

3. Dragon Drink
Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers Base + Coconutmilk + Freeze Dried Dragonfruit Pieces + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 130
Sugar in a grande: 23 g

This one’s pretty sweet — if you want it less sweet, you can add water.

2. Strawberry Acai Refresher
Strawberry Acai Base + Water + Freeze Dried Strawberries + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 90
Sugar in a grande: 20 g

1. Pink Drink
Strawberry Acai Base + Coconutmilk + Freeze Dried Strawberries + Ice
Caffeine in a grande: 45 mg
Calories in a grande: 140
Sugar in a grande: 24 g

The Pink Drink is the most popular out of all the Refreshers. This used to be a secret menu item but it was added to the official menu.

RELATED: Pink Drink Copycat Recipe

Questions You May Have

Is there more caffeine in Starbucks Refreshers than iced tea?

There’s slightly more caffeine in Starbucks Refreshers (45 mg in grande size) than iced tea (25 mg in a grande Iced Black Tea).

Can I get inclusions added to any drink?

Yup! Get inclusions (freeze dried fruit) in iced tea or add it to milk for a low sugar drink for kids.

How many different freeze dried fruit (inclusion) options are there?

There are 4 kinds of freeze dried fruit: blackberries, dragonfruit, strawberries, and kiwi.

Can I get a Starbucks Refresher without caffeine?

Nope, the Refresher bases are made with fruit and green coffee extract so it’s not possible to get it caffeine-free.

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5 thoughts on “Best Starbucks Refreshers”

    • Hi Nancy, refreshers come sweetened so you can’t take out the sugar, unfortunately. All refreshers have sugar in them.

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  1. … But you left out equally important info: How many grams of Added Sugar is in each drink?? The caffeine for alot of us is trivial- 45 mg is almost unmentionable; with Starbucks devotees only caring when the level reaches around 240mg, like a venti latte w 3 shots or so.
    But I digress; sugar is the big concern here; the frappucinos gave rise to “dessert in a cup” at a drive thru (masquerading as a small treat or a coffee), with the first few years they were offered being consumed primarily by high schoolers.

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