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6 Hot-Weather Starbucks Copycat Drinks - Save Time & Money
When the weather heats up a great tasting cold Starbucks drink just really hits the spot. An iced coffee is pretty easy to copycat at home or buy of the grocery shelf if necessary. But what about those other awesome refreshers, mocha blends and Frappuccino that we love? Well these 6 drinks should help you save a little time, a lot of money and not feel deprived at all.
1. Starbuck's "Pink" Drink
This iconic Starbuck's pink drink is a staple and has that great creamy flavor and just enough sweetness. I enjoy the fact that with these copycat recipes I can always tweak up or down the sweetness or flavors to make it perfect for me.
This pink drink gets it creamy texture from coconut milk and before you swap out the coconut milk give it a try, you might be surprised at how good it is. But if you really are opposed to coconut milk, or allergic, you can swap in almost any milk you choose such as almond or soy.
4 packs acai berry tea (easy to find at the grocery store)
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup white grape juice
1-2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
couple of fresh strawberries, sliced
In a 2 cup glass measuring cup, or bowl, place the acai tea packs and add the boiling water. Let this sit until cool then squeeze out tea packs and discard. Add grape juice. (You can put this is a container and refrigerate until ready to make)
Fill a glass with ice and add 1 cup of the grape juice/tea mixture and top with desired amount of coconut milk. Add sliced strawberries and a little agave nectar for sweetness if desired.
2. Iced White Chocolate Mocha
This might be my favorite way to enjoy a hot day with just enough sweet and caffeine. There is no reason to go broke to enjoy this great coffee when it is so easy to make at home, especially if you use a store bought white chocolate sauce, like a Ghirardelli sauce. You can always make your own sauce if you choose and there a lot of recipes online and it does make a little extra special.
Iced White Chocolate Mocha
2 tablespoons white chocolate sauce
2 tablespoons cold coffee or 1 tablespoon instant espresso +water
1 cup milk
whipped cream (optional, but why not?!)
Mix the white chocolate sauce, coffee and milk together. Add the ice and stir. Top with whipped cream if desired and enjoy!
3. Cool Lime Refresher
This is such a great refreshing flavor, guess that's why they named it a refresher, and even though you can buy the drink packets for this, they somehow don't seem the same. I think the lack of real ingredients makes the difference so try this home version and see what you think.
Cool Lime Refresher
3 cups water
2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
¾ cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
¾ cup sugar or sweetener
Limes for garnish (optional)
Start this by finely chopping the mint and cucumbers, this is worth the few extra minutes so the flavors can really get infused in to the water. Then add the water to a pitcher and add the mint and cucumbers. Let this sit for at least 30 minutes, the longer the better, I usually do this after dinner and let it refrigerate overnight.
Use a slotted spoon and remove the cucumber and mint and discard. Add the lime juice and sugar and stir, or shake, until dissolved. Pour over ice and garnish with lime slices and be refreshed.
4. Very Berry Hibiscus Refesher
Can't do the cool lime without the very berry refresher! Again, even though there is a packet mix at the store this is easy enough to make at home and the fresh ingredients just make it a little more special and flavorful in my opinion.
Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (these are sometimes called flor de Jamaica in stores)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup blackberries, muddled
Lime wedges, for garnish
Optional, add a splash of green coffee extract if you want the caffeine
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.
5. Green Tea Frappuccino
I had to include at least one blended drink on this list so here is the healthy and tasty matcha green tea Frappuccino. This drink is one of my favorites and is very refreshing, if you have not tried matcha green tea yet you will be in for a treat. You can find matcha tea in most grocery stores or online easily and a little of this goes a long way.
Green Tea Frappuccino
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or your choice of milk)
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
3 tablespoons instant french vanilla pudding
1 teaspoon Matcha Green Tea powder
Whipped cream for topping (optional)
Put all ingredients into the blender and blend well. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream.
Can't get much easier than that for prep! This also will make a great frozen treat, just the mix into popsicle molds and enjoy.
6. Passion Tea Lemonade
This really easy and flavorful drink is a must have in your cold drink arsenal and thanks to the great tea selections in the stores this is almost too easy to have on hand.
Passion Tea Lemonade
2 Tazo Passion Tea Bags
16 oz Water
4 oz Lemonade
2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp Vanilla
Boil water. Remove from heat add tea bags, sugar and vanilla. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze and discard then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Add ice to a tall closeable container. Add 8 oz tea and 2 oz of lemonade per serving. Shake well to mix.
This is easiest when you buy ready made lemonade in the store then those comes together very quickly. You can also make this is larger quantities and have the tea ready to mix whenever you need a glass.
These easy and tasty drinks are going to save you a lot of money this summer! Enjoy these Starbucks copycat recipes at home and channel your inner barista to whip up these great drinks. You can also try these with a little alcohol for a more adult drink or even freeze these as frozen treats to enjoy.
I have also purchased a few of the reusable Starbucks cold drink cups and use those when I make these drinks just so I have the right amount of ice and it does make it look good too.