Make this Starbucks favorite, Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, right at home!
I’ve been cutting back on coffee for almost six months now and it’s been a good change so far! As a benefit, I no longer need to rely on a cup 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 much coffee lately, I still love going to Starbucks for their refresher drinks. They are such a thirst quencher, especially for this time of the year. 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 this delicious drink at home anytime! If you haven’t used hibiscus flowers before, here’s what they look like (they’re sometimes sold as “flor de Jamaica” in supermarkets, you can also get these organic dried hibiscus flowers here).
When it’s 6pm in the afternoon, however, I don’t need the energy buzz and would rather have it without the added caffeine. But, if you prefer a caffeinated version, you can add a splash of green coffee extract. I read that green coffee increases metabolism and therefore helps with weight loss. Did you know that?
You can make green coffee extract using unroasted green coffee beans (I was able to find it on Amazon), by grinding the beans and brewing it the same way you would with regular coffee.
- 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup blackberries, muddled
- Ice cubes
- Club soda
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- Add dried hibiscus flowers, sugar, and water to a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Once boiling, 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 muddled berries, ice cubes and hibiscus syrup to a pitcher or divide into individual glasses.
- Top with club soda and garnish with lime if desired.