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Starbucks Cool Lime Refresher Copycat

This copycat Starbucks cool lime refresher is light and fresh with just the right amount of sweetness. This delicious, refreshing drink is full of cool mint, crisp cucumber, and zingy lime flavors and perfect for a warm spring or hot summer day.

To me, the best part of spring and summertime is enjoying family and friends. A close second is a cold, refreshing drink on a hot day. There’s something about an ice-cold drink combined with a blazing hot day that just gives me all the summer feels. I make all kinds of drinks for myself, my family, and my friends to achieve that wonderful summertime combo, and one of my favorites is this cool lime refresher. This copycat Starbucks drink has all the cool, refreshing flavors that I love about the original, but I can make it at home. That’s especially important for this one since it’s been discontinued since 2018.

Copycat Starbucks Cool Lime Refresher

This delicious drink combines the cool, crisp flavors of mint and cucumber with the zippy tartness of lime and the perfect amount of sugar. It all comes together to create a drink that satisfies your tastebuds and cools you off from the inside out. The best part about it is that it’s ready in just minutes! Oh, and I can increase the amount to serve as many guests as I need!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s cool and refreshing.
  • It only takes a handful of ingredients to make.
  • It’s a super easy recipe.
  • The combination of ingredients is so satisfying on a summer day.


You’ll only need six ingredients to make this recipe, and two of those are water and ice! It doesn’t get much easier, folks. Everything you need is in the produce section of your grocery store.

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint – rinsed and wiped clean
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup cucumber -sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup ice

How to Make Copycat Starbucks Cool Lime Refresher

This recipe is incredibly simple to make. It only takes a few minutes of prep and a little mixing. You’ll be all done in no time!

Step 1: Prep the Cucumber and Mint

Slice the cucumbers and finely chop the mint.

Step 2: Add Water and Lime Juice

Add the cucumber and mint to a large measuring cup or pitcher, then add cold water and squeeze the juice of 2 limes into it.

Step 3: Add Sugar

Strain the mixture, then add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Fill glasses with ice, pour, and enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

  • Brown sugar – You can use white sugar in place of brown sugar if you prefer.
  • Sugar-free – Use a sugar substitute like stevia for a sugar-free version.
  • Lime juice – If you don’t have fresh limes, you can use an equal amount of RealLime juice.


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Pitcher or large measuring cup
  • Large spoon
  • Glasses


Refrigerate this refresher in a pitcher with a tight lid or tightly covered container for up to 3 days.

What to Serve with Copycat Starbucks Cool Lime Refresher

This delicious drink is perfect on its own or paired with all your favorite backyard eats like grilled burgers, dogs, chicken, pork, or steak, barbecued meats, and of course, all the classic barbecue and cookout sides.


  • Chop the mint as finely as possible to release the maximum amount of its natural oils.
  • For a super-flavorful refresher, chill the mixture for about an hour before straining it.
  • It’s important to stir in the sugar after straining so all of the sugar dissolves into the liquid and none sticks to the other ingredients.

More Starbucks Recipes

If you’re a fan of all the delicious drinks that Starbucks has to offer, then you’ll love these recipes.


Is this cool lime refresher healthy? 

For the most part, it’s healthy. It does have a little sugar, but it’s not loaded with it, and the other ingredients are very healthy.

Can I double this recipe? 

You can multiply this recipe as much as you like to serve as many people as you like.

Is the cool lime refresher still available? 

No. Starbucks discontinued the drink in 2018.

Copycat Starbucks Cool Lime Refresher

This is freshness at it's best. This cold and refreshing lime refresher is so delicious. Especially if it's a warm or hot day outside. This is easily made at home anytime you want. Enjoy1

Course Breakfast, brunch, Cocktail, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American, Tropical
Keyword beverage, cool beverage, lime, lime beverage, lime refresher, line drink, refresher
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 1 refresher
Author Pam


  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, rinsed and dried with paper towels
  • 2 cups very cold water
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumbers
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar, coconut sugar, granulated sugar, or no calorie sugar substitute
  • 1 cup ice cubes


  1. 1. Slice the cucumbers and finely chop the mint. 

    2. Add the cucumber and mint to a large measuring cup or pitcher, then add cold water and squeeze the juice of 2 limes into it. 

    3. Strain the mixture through a sieve, then add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Fill glasses with ice, pour, and enjoy!

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