I love my PSLs just as much as the next basic white girl, but with most days averaging 85° where I am, I don't want a 165° cup in my hands. Cue Starbucks’ Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher, a fruity iced tea drink perfect for cooling down from the early autumn heat.

There’s just one problem: it’s $3.95 just for a grande. As a broke college kid, $4 for a drink is too much money. I know some people use their dining dollars at Starbucks, but you could get a whole loaf of bread for the same price. Or a carton of berries to make this recipe!

Also, when you look at the ingredients for Very Berry, berries are the last item on the list. Literally, the last ingredient listed is freeze-dried blackberries. Before that, are other charming additives such as "Erythritol" and "Rebaudiside." Suddenly, I feel less refreshed.

Lucky for you, there’s an easy way to DIY this fun fruity drink.

Starbucks' Very Berry Hibiscus Tea

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:5 mins
  • Total Time:15 mins
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 8 ounces water
  • 8 ounce white grape juice
  • 1 hibiscus tea bag
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 3-4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup mixed berries
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  • Step 1

    Mix water and grape juice in a heat-proof glass, then heat in the microwave for 60 seconds.

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  • Step 2

    Add green and hibiscus tea bags: let steep for 6-8 minutes.

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  • Step 3

    Remove tea bags and add 3-4 teaspoons sugar to taste.

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  • Step 4

    Add berries and put in refrigerator to let flavors marinate.

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  • Step 5

    Enjoy your delicious drink!

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