I am a huge Acai fan, so when I pull up in the Starbucks drive-thru, I already have a few Acai drinks I’m considering.

I may have a serious coffee addiction, but on a hot summer day, few things are more refreshing than this fine selection of beverages. 

Many of them aren’t available on the main menu, so today I’m going to share the love with my 10 top Acai-infused drinks. 

1. Strawberry Acai Refresher 

Starbucks Strawberry Acai Refresher with Cold Foam

One of the most popular Starbucks drinks is the Strawberry Acai Refresher.[1]

At only contains 90 calories in a grande size, it’s not a bad option for when I’m watching my calorie intake.

With sweet strawberry flavors along with passion fruit and acai notes, it’s sweet and tangy. The green coffee extract that provides a natural earthy flavor - not to mention a caffeine hit.  

2. Strawberry Sunset Refresher 

Starbucks Strawberry Sunset Refresher

From the secret menu, this particular drink is great cold and comes with a lovely fizziness.

In terms of flavors, it not only has strawberry powder in it but also mango and peach - perfect if you're looking for a drink that is packed with fruity flavor.

Of course, if the Starbucks in question doesn't have a Fizzio machine, feel free to have it without fizz as well.

It has 178 calories and 40g of sugar, so I’d say it’s a little on the sweet side. 

How To Order This Secret Menu Drink
  • Ask for a strawberry acai to the first line, followed by water to the third line, along with a pump and a half of mango and peach syrup if you're looking for a grande size. Then, fizz it all up before pouring over ice.

3. Strawberry Mango Refresher 

Starbucks Strawberry Mango Refresher

Another drink from the secret menu, the Starbucks Mango Refresher (not to be confused with the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher), is also best enjoyed cold. 

The mango-strawberry combo is the perfect balance of sweet and sour, and kind of reminds me of Tang!

It's a great alternative to a Frappuccino - especially for a drink with fewer calories (relatively speaking).

It's basically like a fruit juice with a refresher base, and it's amazing in the summer. It also has the same amount of calories and sugar as the Strawberry Sunset Refresher. 

How To Order This Secret Menu Drink
  • Ask for a half strawberry acai with half water, followed by three pumps of mango syrup for a grande. Then, add ice, blend it all together, and enjoy!

4. Pink Purple Drink 

Starbucks Pink Purple Drink

I already knew about the famous ‘Pink Drink’, but the Pink PURPLE Drink was something new to me.

It looks gorgeous, and if possible, tastes even better. 

It consists of a Strawberry Acai Refresher with sweetened Starbucks coconut milk, while the Purple portion of the drink consists of Passion iced tea with soy, vanilla syrup, and blackberries. 

It is sweet, creamy, with an herbal complement of the tea and bold Acai flavors.

It has about 140 calories and 25g of sugar

How To Order This Secret Menu Drink
  • To order this stunning drink, you'd ask for one part of the Starbucks Pink Drink, followed by one part of the Starbucks Purple Drink.

5. Matcha Pink Drink 

Starbucks Matcha Pink Drink

This is one of the prettiest drinks I’ve seen from Starbucks, with an interesting blend of earthiness, tropical flavors, and of course, Strawberry Acai.

It includes the Strawberry Acai Refresher, with matcha coconut milk on ice.

The mouthfeel is silky and not too sweet at all - it’s one of my daily drinkers, for sure.

It’s 140 calories and 24g of sugar, plus the extra sugar and calories from the matcha. 

How To Order This Secret Menu Drink
  • To get this drink, order three parts of a traditional Pink Drink which consists of two parts of a Strawberry Acai Refresher followed by matcha coconut milk on the rocks.

6. Pink Drink 

Starbucks Pink Drink

This is another Starbucks drink that has taken over Instagram feeds in recent years. It has a summery vibe to it and comes in a gorgeous pink color.[2]

My sister has been obsessed with the Pink Drink ever since it came out years ago, and I am kicking myself for waiting so long to try it!

I absolutely love pink Starburst, and it weirdly tastes exactly like the candy. It has this slightly tropical, red-fruity, milky flavor that's not overly sugary. 

It has 140 calories and 24g of sugar, making it a nice treat every now and then. 

How To Order This Secret Menu Drink
  • To order it, simply order a Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk instead of water.
  • Add scoops of fresh strawberries (or extra freeze dried strawberries), blackberries, or both.

7. Strawberry Limeade 

Starbucks Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Limeade is such a delicious flavor combo, and one that I don’t commonly see.

I don’t hear much about the Lime Refresher on its own, so I didn’t even know this one existed until recently.

Take the Strawberry Acai Refresher, the Strawberry Limeade (on the secret menu) combining both lime and lemon juice. 

It’s sweet, a bit sour, and super refreshing on a hot summer day.

It has 145 calories and 36g of sugar.

How To Order This Secret Menu Drink
  • Order a Strawberry Acai Refresher to the bottom line, followed by half lime refresher and half lemonade to the second line. Then, add ice, shake, enjoy. 

8. Strawberry Acai Lemonade Refresher 

Starbucks Acai Lemonade Refresher

This is a drink that you can easily order on the Starbucks menu.

It’s about 140 calories for a grande size and 36g of sugar, and it consists of strawberry powder, strawberry puree, passionfruit puree, and açaí notes that's balanced with the delightful tanginess from the lemon juice in the lemonade.[3] 

This refreshing drink is then served over ice. It's worth noting that this isn't completely caffeine free, and there’s a bit of caffeine from the green coffee extract.[4] 

Make sure not to confuse this one with the Limeade!

9. The Wired Zombie 

Starbucks Wired Zombie

This drink gets me wired and keeps me from feeling like a zombie!

The Wired Zombie, as it's a vibrant mix of Strawberry Acai Refresher, light lemonade, matcha powder, classic syrup, and topped off with raspberry syrup. 

It’s electrifying flavors are well-rounded with the matcha green tea to add herbal notes. The raspberry syrup is absolutely essential, giving it a zing of berry flavor with every sip.

Without the syrups, the drink should clock in at around 150 calories, but sugars are quite high.

How To Order This Secret Menu Drink
  • To ask for this drink, get a Strawberry Acai along with light lemonade.
  • Then, add two scoops of matcha green tea powder for a grande size, a pump of classic syrup for a grande size and top it with a pump of raspberry syrup.

10. Gummy Bear Refresher  

Starbucks Gummy Bear Refresher

I’m frankly not a huge gummy bear fan, but when I tried my friend’s Gummy Bear Refresher, I was instantly hooked.

This unique acai drink is also on the Starbucks secret menu but is not commonly known by most. 

Peach and raspberry flavors meld with the Strawberry Acai Refresher, for a sweet and satisfying drink that I probably down way too fast. 

It's also got a little bit of caffeine from the green coffee extract, so I don’t regret not ordering a coffee halfway through my day.

It has 160 calories and 38g of sugar.

How To Order This Secret Menu Drink
  • To order it, simply get a Strawberry Acai Refresher with peach juice. Turning this drink into one of my favorite peach Starbucks drinks.
  • Then, go ahead and add two pumps of raspberry syrup before finishing it off with some delicious freeze dried strawberries.

How To Make The Strawberry Acai Drink From Starbucks

Want to make the refreshing and delicious version of these Starbucks drinks on your own?

Well, the good news is that it's easy to get all the ingredients and there's actually very little prep time involve.

Here’s one of the Starbucks copycat recipes that's worth knowing:  

Ingredients:  

  • Fresh strawberries (or freeze dried strawberries)  
  • Acai Powder 
  • White Grape Juice (or white grape juice concentrate) 
  • Simple Syrup  
  • Green Tea (can also be replaced with green coffee powder) 
  • 1
    First, go ahead and make the green tea by pouring hot water over the green tea bag. Then, let it steep for about two minutes or so before chilling it in the refrigerator. 
  • 2
    Then, go ahead and slice strawberries in half before blending them with a cup of hot water. 
  • 3
    After blending it, strain it through a fine mesh. 
  • 4
    Then whisk together about half a cup of water with acai powder until dissolved. 
  • 5
    Finally, add the acai powder mixture, white grape juice, and green tea to the strawberry juice and mix well. 
  • 6
    To serve, simply pour this delicious mixture over ice with some water (depending on  preference of how diluted it should be) before adding simple syrup to desired sweetness. 

Common Acai Starbucks Drink Questions 

What is in the acai refresher at Starbucks? 

The Acai Refresher at Starbucks contains ice, an acai strawberry base consisting of ingredients such as white grape juice, natural flavors of green coffee, real fruit juice and vegetable juice, and water and freeze-dried strawberry slices.

Is Starbucks discontinuing strawberry acai?

At this time, Starbucks is not discontinuing their strawberry acai drink.  

How much sugar is in Starbucks strawberry acai lemonade? 

If you get a grande size, a Starbucks strawberry acai lemonade contains about 32 grams of sugar.


Conclusion

I truly love every one of these 10 drinks, but my top 2 are the Wired Zombie and the Pink Drink. 

The Wired Zombie is still a cult fav, with the herbal notes of the matcha rounding out the raspberry and other fruity flavors. 

The Pink Drink is soft, creamy, and tastes like berries and cream or a pink starburst, almost. 

However, I highly recommend trying every one of these tasty Acai-infused Starbucks drinks!

References: 

1. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a47009/what-is-acai/

2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2122275/iced

3. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2122677/iced

4. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1264/green-coffee

Karmy Widjaja

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Karmy Widjaja
Karmy Widjaja, holding a degree in Hospitality Administration, combines her academic background with a profound passion for the world of coffee. Her work is enriched with a wealth of insights, not only about the art of coffee making but also about the broader aspects of the coffee industry. Her quest for coffee perfection is a central theme in her engaging articles, as she continues to explore the vibrant coffee scene in Perth. And when it's time for a coffee break? Karmy's all about a laid-back flat white with almond milk – it's her go-to for a tasty coffee kick.

My favorite drink? I'd go with... flat white with almond milk.

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