{Copycat Starbucks} Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

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I’ve been cutting back on caffeine for almost six months now and it’s been a good change so far!  At first, my intention for cutting back on caffeine was for my skin.  I have really sensitive skin and little things like heat or fragrance lotions can trigger a reaction. As soon as my dermatologist said that caffeine can aggravate the condition, I was on board.  As a benefit, I no longer need to rely on coffee to wake me up in the morning, so my Starbucks visits have definitely been far and few in between.

Even though I haven’t been drinking up coffee lately, I love going to Starbucks for their refresher drinks.  They are such a thirst quencher, especially for this time of the year.  When it’s 6pm in the afternoon, however, I don’t need the energy buzz and would rather have it without the added caffeine.  I’ve got a copycat Starbucks refresher recipe for you today and it’s super simple.  Once you’ve made the berry hibiscus syrup, you can then make the delicious drink at home anytime!

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If you haven’t used hibiscus flowers before, here’s what they look like (they’re sometimes sold in the stores as “flor de Jamaica”).

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Now, if you prefer a caffeinated version, just add a splash of green coffee extract.  Enjoy!

{Copycat Starbucks} Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

Ingredients

1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup blackberries, mashed
Ice cubes
Club soda
Lime wedges, for garnish

Add dried hibiscus, sugar, and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Once at a boil, turn off heat and allow mixture to steep for at least 20 minutes. Strain syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a tightly fitted container. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

To make refresher, add ice cubes and few tablespoons of the syrup and top with club soda. Garnish with lime if desired.

Notes

*The syrup will hold for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

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