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Starbucks Dragon Drink Recipe

Spend enough time on Instagram, and you’ll see a curiously hot pink Starbucks drink. With a scoop of tropical fruit and coconut milk, everyone’s urging their followers to order this for the perfect summer refresher.

But what is it? It’s the Dragon Drink, of course. Keep reading to learn more about it and get a full Starbucks Dragon drink recipe.

What Is the Dragon Drink?

Dragon Drink is one of the best coffee drinks to unwind with (along with our chestnut praline latte recipe). Like Starbucks’ strawberry acai Refresher, Dragon Drink is a tropically-inspired refresher made with the Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers base, coconut milk, ice, and diced dragon fruit.

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As with many beverages on our list of best Starbucks drinks, like the honey citrus mint tea, the Dragon Drink found its way onto the permanent menu after becoming an Instagram favourite. It’s not available in the UK, so this recipe is the perfect opportunity to get to taste it.

The Dragon Drink vs. the Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher

If Starbucks is as much of a guilty pleasure for you as it is for us—on occasion, of course—then you’ll notice there are two dragon-inspired drinks. One is the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, and the other is the Dragon Drink. But how do you tell the two apart? According to Starbucks, the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher has (1):

…a deep magenta colour…Its vibrant hue comes from pieces of real red-fleshed dragon fruit, hand-shaken in with no artificial colours or sweeteners.

But once they added coconut milk, it transformed the Mango Dragonfruit Refresher into the hot pink Dragon Drink that set Instagram feeds ablaze. The best part is that both of these refreshers contain green coffee, which gives it the caffeinated kick we’re all after.

What Is Dragon Fruit?

Dragon fruit, a.k.a. Pitaya, is a pink fruit with green scales and white flesh.

Indigenous to Mexico, this alien-looking fruit tastes like a kiwi and a pear.

As a rich source of fibre, vitamin C, carotenoids, lycopene, iron, and magnesium, dragon fruit also comes in several varieties. Each variety tastes slightly different than its relatives, but the sweetest and least common variety has a yellow exterior and white interior (2).

Bonus: Dragon Drink Recipe

If you want to avoid the lines at your nearest Starbucks, here’s what you’ll need to make your own.

  • 1 cup mango juice
  • 1 cup white grape juice
  • 1 tablespoon dragon fruit powder
  • 1 cup frozen dragon fruit, chopped
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon green coffee extract
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Ice
  • 850 ml stainless cocktail shaker
  • 650 ml glass

At A Glance:

Brew Time

5-10 minutes

Yield

600 ml

1. Assemble the Dragon Drink

In a large 850 ml cocktail shaker, combine your ice, mango juice, white grape juice, coconut milk, dragon fruit powder, green coffee extract, and honey. Shake thoroughly to combine.

Pro Tip: To add even more flavour to your Dragon Drink, pour equal parts of mango and white grape juices into a standard ice cube tray. Freeze overnight and use these mango-dragon fruit ice cubes to chill any fruity cocktail or refresher.

2. Garnish with Frozen Dragon Fruit

Pour the shaken Dragon Drink into your glass and top with the frozen dragon fruit.

Pro Tip: If you need a visual demonstration, this TikTok barista’s got you.

Final Thoughts

This vibrant, pink Dragon Drink is a delightful departure from your standard Starbucks fare. It’s caffeinated, chock full of vitamin C, and pretty. And if you want to make your own, follow our easy recipe above.

Have you made this? Drop us a comment below and let us know how it went.

FAQs

If you can’t find white grape juice, apples will do, too. Try juicing your own fruits and making this drink from scratch for an even healthier twist.

Yes, you can use any sugar substitute you’d prefer. However, since honey, and sweeteners like monk fruit, are much sweeter than regular sugar, it’s a good idea to start with ½ teaspoon and go up from there.

In Dragon Drink, there are 130 calories in a standard grande, 16-ounce (475 ml) size (3). However, those calories will increase if you’re like us and add a dollop of cold foam

  1. New Starbucks Refreshers beverage the perfect “pink me up.” (2019). Starbucks Stories. https://stories.starbucks.com/stories/2018/mango-dragonfruit-starbucks-refreshers/
  2. Dragon Fruit: Nutrition Info and 3 Health Benefits. (2021, November 29). Cleveland Clinic. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/get-to-know-the-incredible-edible-dragon-fruit/
  3. Starbucks®. (2022). @Starbucks; Starbucks. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2122756/iced/nutrition
Iris M. Pang
One of my first childhood memories of coffee was in Montreal, Quebec. Every time my family and I walked through the mall, the aroma of fresh, brewed coffee and Belgian waffles permeated all the stores. Whatever that delicious smell was, I had to have it. And the rest is history. When I'm not writing or touring local coffee shops, you'll find me on social media, trying out different ethnic cuisine at local restaurants, and having deep discussions over coffee and pastries.

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