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Best Starbucks Refreshers: Drinks, Caffeine & More

Wondering what the best Starbucks Refreshers are? Here's a list of every Starbucks Refresher drink, ranked by customer popularity. See which Refreshers are customer favorites along with each drink's caffeine content and more.
One of the best Starbucks Refreshers, Strawberry Acai.

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What is a Starbucks Refresher?

Starbucks Refreshers are hand-shaken iced drinks, made with real fruit juice, green coffee extract and pieces of freeze-dried fruit. These lightly caffeinated, fruity beverages are one of Starbucks most popular summertime drinks.

Currently, there are four varieties of Starbucks Refreshers on the menu. All are pre-sweetened and caffeinated.

Flavors of Starbucks Refreshers

  1. Kiwi Starfruit
  2. Mango Dragonfruit
  3. Strawberry Açaí
  4. Very Berry Hibiscus (discontinued)

Ways to Order a Refresher

To order a Refresher on the Starbucks app, go to the “cold drinks” section. Here are three ways to order this drink.

Plain: Starbucks Refreshers are good all on their own. The fruity flavored base is shaken with triple-filtered water and ice, in addition to a fruit inclusion.

With Lemondade: For a little more zing, a Refresher can be shaken with lemonade. Starbucks lemonade drinks also include iced tea lemonades and blended drinks, in addition to Refresher Lemonades.

With Coconutmilk: If you want to make a Refresher that’s a little more tropical, it’s really good shaken together with coconut milk. For this delicious combination, order a Pink Drink, Dragon Drink, Star Drink or Violet Drink.

Fruit that gets shaken into each Starbucks Refresher drink.
Every Starbucks Refreshers drink has bits of real fruit shaken in it like starfruit, dragonfruit, strawberries or blackberries.

Best Starbucks Refreshers, Ranked by Popularity

Now that you know what a Refresher is and all the delicious possibilities, you may be wondering which Starbucks Refresher is the best.

According to my Starbucks insider, the most popular Starbucks Refreshers flavor is Strawberry Açaí, followed by Mango Dragonfruit, Very Berry Hibiscus (discontinued) and finally Kiwi Starfruit.

If you’re trying a Starbucks Refresher for the first time, ask your barista for a sample of each drink to help you decide which one is your favorite.

Here’s a list of every Starbucks Refresher on the menu, beginning with the best-selling Strawberry Acai Refresher.

Starbucks Strawberry Açaí  Refresher drink.
The best Starbucks Refreshers drink by customer popularity is the Strawberry Açaí Refresher.

1. Strawberry Açaí Starbucks Refreshers Beverage

The best Starbucks Refresher drink is the Strawberry Acai Starbucks Refreshers Beverage, according to customer popularity. This top-ranked Refresher is a delightfully sweet strawberry drink accented with notes of passionfruit and acai. It’s no surprise, many Starbucks customers think strawberry acai is the best Refresher flavor.

Ingredients: Ice, Strawberry Acai Refresher Base, Water, Freeze Dried Strawberries

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 16mg; Grande 20mg; Venti 30mg; Trenta 41mg

2. Strawberry Açaí Lemonade Refresher

This zippy twist combines the favorite Strawberry Acai Refresher with ice cold lemonade. Like all Refreshers, this lightly caffeinated drink is the perfect pick-me-up.

Ingredients: Ice, Strawberry Acai Refresher Base, Lemonade, Freeze Dried Strawberries

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 24mg; Grande 32mg; Venti 47mg; Trenta 63mg

3. Pink Drink

Perhaps the most “instagrammable” Starbucks Refresher, the much-loved Pink Drink is the perfect mix of strawberries and coconut cream.

Ingredients: Ice, Strawberry Acai Refresher Base, Coconutmilk, Freeze Dried Strawberries

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 19mg; Grande 24mg; Venti 35mg; Trenta 48mg

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4. Mango Dragonfruit Refresher

Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers are a delicious mixture of sweet mango and dragonfruit. With bits of real dragonfruit, this ice cold beverage is a real thirst-quencher.

Ingredients: Ice, Mango Dragonfruit Refresher Base, Water, Freeze Dried Dragonfruit

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 15mg; Grande 19mg; Venti 27mg; Trenta 38mg

5. Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade Refresher

A delicious duo, Mango Dragonfruit Refresher and Starbucks lemonade come together to create this sweet drink with a little zing.

Ingredients: Ice, Mango Dragonfruit Refresher Base, Lemonade, Freeze Dried Dragonfruit

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 23mg; Grande 30mg; Venti 44mg; Trenta 60mg

6. Dragon Drink

Handshaken with creamy coconutmilk, bits of dragonfruit and ice, the mango flavored Dragon Drink is like the tropics in a cup.

Ingredients: Ice, Mango Dragonfruit Refresher Base, Coconutmilk, Freeze Dried Dragonfruit

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 18mg; Grande 23mg; Venti 33mg; Trenta 45mg

7. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

Note: Verry Berry drinks have been discontinued.

This real fruit juice drink is shaken with ice and whole blackberries to create this classic Refreshers flavor.

Ingredients: Ice, Berry Refresher Base, Water, Freeze Dried Blackberries

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 11mg; Grande 14mg; Venti 20mg; Trenta 28mg

8. Very Berry Hibiscus Lemonade Refresher

Tangy lemonade and Very Berry Hibiscus come together to create this lightly caffeinated berry fruit juice drink with a little zip.

Ingredients: Ice, Berry Refresher Base, Lemonade, Freeze Dried Blackberries

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 24mg; Grande 32mg; Venti 47mg; Trenta 63mg

9. Violet Drink

The refreshing Violet Drink brings together the flavors of hibiscus and blackberries swirled together with coconutmilk. This violet-colored Refresher is as pretty as it is tasty.

Ingredients: Ice, Berry Refresher Base, Coconutmilk, Freeze Dried Blackberries

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 15mg; Grande 19mg; Venti 28mg; Trenta 39mg

10. Kiwi Starfruit Refresher

Fans of kiwi and starfruit will love the Kiwi Starfruit Starbucks Refreshers. This handshaken drink combines kiwi and starfruit flavored juice with ice and bits of real kiwi fruit.

Ingredients: Ice, Kiwi Starfruit Refresher Base, Water, Freeze Dried Kiwi

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 14mg; Grande 18mg; Venti 27mg; Trenta 37mg

11. Kiwi Starfruit Lemonade Refresher

The Kiwi Starfruit Lemonade Refresher combines kiwi and starfruit juice with cool crisp lemonade. Served over ice, this Refresher certainly is a delightful, summer afternoon pick-me-up.

Ingredients: Ice, Kiwi Starfruit Refresher Base, Lemonade, Freeze Dried Kiwi

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 23mg; Grande 30mg; Venti 43mg; Trenta 63mg

12. Star Drink

This Starbucks Refreshers drink swirls together creamy coconutmilk with kiwi and starfruit juice. With real pieces of kiwi, this handshaken beverage is served over ice.

Ingredients: Ice, Kiwi Starfruit Refresher Base, Coconutmilk, Freeze Dried Kiwi

Caffeine: Tall 35mg; Grande 45mg; Venti 70mg; Trenta 90mg

Sugars: Tall 17mg; Grande 22mg; Venti 32mg; Trenta 45mg

13. Starbucks Blueberry Açaí Refresher (canned)

This pre-packaged “Sparkling Green Coffee Energy Beverage” brings together real fruit juice, B vitamins and ginseng. This is the perfect Starbucks Refreshers to grab-n-go.

Ingredients: Blueberry Acai juice concentrate and other natural flavors. See product for full ingredient list.

Caffeine: 12 fluid ounces 50mg

Sugars: 12 fluid ounces 20g

Starbucks Refreshers Drinks

Caffeine in Starbucks Refreshers

One question Starbucks customers often ask is, “Do Refreshers have caffeine?”

Here’s the answer:

All Starbucks Refreshers have caffeine. Refreshers are caffeinated with green coffee extract that’s pre-mixed into every flavor of Refreshers. Specifically, a grande Refreshers drink has 45mg of caffeine. For comparison, the same size Starbucks iced coffee has 165mg caffeine.

Below you can see a comparison between the caffeine in Refreshers and other Starbucks cold beverages.

If you are trying to avoid caffeine altogether, here’s a list of Every Starbucks Drink Without Caffeine. You might also be interested in this: Starbucks Decaf Iced Coffee: See All the Options.

Caffeine in Starbucks Refreshers vs. Other Cold Drinks

Starbucks Cold DrinksCaffeine Content
Strawberry Açaí Refresher45 mg
Mango Dragonfruit Refresher45 mg
Kiwi Starfruit Refresher45 mg
Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher45 mg
Iced Black Tea40 mg
Iced Guava Black Tea25 mg
Iced Green Tea25 mg
Iced Passion Tango Tea0 mg
Iced Coffee165 mg
Cold Brew Coffee205 mg
Iced Caramel Macchiato150 mg
Iced Shaken Espresso225 mg
Comparison of Caffeine Content in Popular Starbucks Cold Beverages (16 oz Grande Size)

Starbucks Refresher Drinks: Quick Facts

  • All Refreshers have caffeine that comes from green coffee extract.
  • Refreshers contain more caffeine than most Starbucks iced tea drinks, but less than iced coffee beverages.
  • Starbucks Refreshers contain sugar and are not available unsweetened.
  • Refreshers are available in three flavors: Strawberry Açaí, Dragonfruit and Kiwi.
  • Fruit inclusions (pieces of freeze dried fruit) are shaken into every Refresher drink.
  • Refreshers can be combined with other drinks like lemonade or coconut milk.
  • The popular Pink Drink is actually a Starbucks Refresher made with strawberry açaí juice and coconut milk.
  • Here’s how to pronounce açaí: ah-sigh-ee.
  • To order Starbucks Refreshers drinks on the app go to the “Cold Drinks” section.

Questions You May Have

What is the best Refresher drink?

The number one Starbucks Refresher drink that customers order the most is the Strawberry Açaí Refreshers beverage. The second best is the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher.

What are Starbucks Refreshers?

Starbucks Refreshers are cold fruit juice drinks that are shaken together with real fruit pieces. There are currently four flavors of Refreshers: Strawberry Açaí, Mango Dragonfruit, Very Berry Hibiscus and Kiwi Starfruit.

Do Starbucks Refreshers have caffeine?

All Starbucks Refreshers have caffeine that comes from green coffee extract. And all the flavors of Starbucks Refreshers contain an equal amount of caffeine. Starbucks Refreshers are considered lightly caffeinated drinks. For example, a 16-ounce, grande Refresher drink has 45mg of caffeine.

Do Refreshers have more caffeine than coffee?

No, Refreshers do not have more caffeine than coffee. In fact, a 16 oz grande size Refresher contains 45 mg of caffeine. For comparison purposes, an iced coffee has 165 mg of caffeine and a cold brew coffee contains 205 mg.

Can you get a Strawberry Açaí Refresher without caffeine?

Unfortunately, all Refresher drinks, including the popular Strawberry Açaí, contain caffeine and cannot be made without caffeine. A good caffeine-free alternative is the Iced Passion Tango Tea.

Are Refreshers healthy?

Starbucks Refresher drinks contain sugar and a grande size of each flavor, except Very Berry Hibiscus, contains 90 calories. Very Berry has 70 calories. Additionally, Refreshers range from 14-20 grams of sugar depending on the flavor. Whether or not this is considered “healthy” is up to you.

Can you get a sugar-free Starbucks Refresher?

You can’t get a sugar-free Starbucks Refresher since all four flavors of Refreshers fruit juice are already sweetened. An Iced Passion Fruit Tango Tea is a good sugar-free drink to order instead of a Refresher.

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