Make your own | Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know I love me some Very Berry Hibiscus Refreshers (with Light Ice!) from Starbucks; my Gold Card proves that. It’s tangy, but sweet; it has green coffee extract for a natural boost of  energy; it’s cool and “refreshing”; it’s pink….you get the idea. It’s amazing! But at $5 a drink (I usually get the Trenta size), I wanted to see what other options were available.

I  looked into other Refresher options from Starbucks — the Via packets and the canned Refreshers – and I was not a fan. I wanted to see if there was a way I could make my own version that still tasted just as good.

muffinchanel very berry hibiscus refresher make your own green coffee extract flowers

I looked around online and found a recipe on foodiewithfamily.com that talks about making my own “knockoff” version of the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher with green coffee beans, dried hibiscus flower, sugar, water, and ice!So, I was on a mission to find these ingredients — green coffee beans, and dried hibiscus flower? Where do you find this stuff?!

The search for Green Coffee Beans was harder to find than I thought they’d be. There are lots of retailers online that sell the unroasted beans, but there’re all these flavors from all over the world — I didn’t know whether to choose the Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul – Agua Dulce from Central America or the Yemen Mokha Harasi from Africa!

muffinchanel very berry hibiscus refresher make your own green coffee extract flowersI finally decided to order the Organic Green Sumatran kind from deansbeans.com. They had the green beans I was looking for and they were organic. Plus, their main store in Massachusetts had good reviews on yelp. I placed my order for 1 lb. of the beans on a Wednesday and received my box on the following Thursday. With UPS shipping, my order cost $16.

Next on my list was the dried hibiscus flower. I searched online where you can buy just the dried flowers and there were some online retailers, but they said you could also find it at a Mexican or Middle Eastern market. I went to an International Market and found some “Hibiskus”, as they call it in Russia for $3.

muffinchanel very berry hibiscus refresher make your own green coffee extract flowersAnd now I was ready to go. I had everything I needed (I already had sugar, water, ice…). I made the Green Coffee Extract first. I decided to make the extract the way MakeGreenCoffee directed because that method seemed like it would yield the most potent extract.

muffinchanel very berry hibiscus refresher make your own green coffee extract flowersI put 2 cups of my Green Coffee Beans into a large sauce pan and put in water. I let it sit for 24 hours.

muffinchanel very berry hibiscus refresher make your own green coffee extract flowersAfter 24 hours, I brought the beans to a boil and then reduced to a simmer for 25 minutes. After that, I let them cool and poured them through a screen filter to separate the beans from the extract.

muffinchanel very berry hibiscus refresher make your own green coffee extract flowersThe extract was super dark and smelled very strongly.

I bottled the extract in a mason jar and stored it in the fridge. According to foodiewithfamily.com, the extract will be good for a month.

muffinchanel very berry hibiscus refresher make your own green coffee extract flowersI made the Hibiscus syrup next. In a large saucepan, I combined the dried hibiscus flowers, sugar, and water. Once the sugar had dissolved, I brought the mixture to a boil, then immediately turned the heat off and covered it for 25 minutes!

I poured the hibiscus syrup through the screen filter as well.

muffinchanel very berry hibiscus refresher make your own green coffee extract flowersThen I was ready to mix the refresher like my neighborhood Barista! Yay!

…not quite.

Nothing like my neighborhood barista :(

So, I tweaked the the ratios and now it’s passable.

Ta-Da!

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So here’s the “almost Starbucks” recipe:

GREEN COFFEE EXTRACT

  • 2 cups green coffee beans
  • 4 cups water
  1. Place green coffee beans and water in a large saucepan and let sit overnight.
  2. Bring coffee to a boil and then immediately reduce to a simmer for 25 – 40 minutes.
  3. Turn off heat and let cool (preferably overnight)
  4. Strain through filter to remove beans from extract

HIBISCUS FLOWER SYRUP

  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flower
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  1. Combine water, hibiscus flowers, and sugar in a large saucepan over medium-high heat
  2. Once sugar has dissolved, bring to boil and then immediately turn off heat
  3. Cover for 20-30 minutes
  4. Strain through filter to remove flowers from syrup — be careful because it WILL STAIN

“ALMOST STARBUCKS” REFRESHER

Combine 2 tbsp. Green Coffee Extract and 4 tbsp Hibiscus Syrup with ice and 2+cups of water. Shake or mix mixture and pour into glass. Add some frozen blackberries for a little more authenticity.

I’m still working on perfecting the drink. I’ll keep you updated :)

 

**UPDATE** See my updated recipe HERE!

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