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Mango Dragonfruit Refresher (Starbucks Copycat+VIDEO)

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This Mango Dragonfruit Refresher brings your favorite Starbucks drink home! It tastes just like the real thing with an amazing sweet fruity flavor at the fraction of the price. It’s a perfectly refreshing mango and dragon fruit drink made with 5 ingredients. You can easily customize it with lemonade or coconut milk!

This Mango Dragonfruit Refresher brings your favorite coffee shop drink home! The Starbucks dragon drink copycat recipe gives you all the amazing flavor and beautiful pink color of the store-bought drink at the fraction of the price. It’s a perfectly refreshing fruity drink that takes less than 5 minutes to make with a few ingredients. It’s incredibly delicious with or without coconut milk! #MangoDragonfruit #MangoDragonfruitRefresher #StarbucksDragonDrink #Dragondrink

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I’ve been obsessed with Starbucks mango dragon fruit drink but I was never really sure what’s in it. I wanted to create a version at home, made from scratch, and I could customize the sweetness. It still has the same incredible flavor! This recipe is a real deal, as it tastes amazing with vivid magenta color!

It comes 3 ways: regular refresher which is made with water; Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade Refresher, which is made with lemonade; and Dragon Drink, which is made with coconut milk. 

Ingredients You’ll Need

Mango dragonfruit refresher ingredients on the counter.

Dragonfruit Powder: I recommend using freeze-dried red dragon fruit powder which you can order from amazon. This ingredient will give your drink a beautiful and vivid pink color.

  • Substitute: You can also use frozen dragon fruit pitaya packs (under the Pitaya Plus brand) at health food stores or Whole Foods next to acai packets. If you can find red-fleshed fresh dragon fruit, you can definitely use it too. Note that these subs will give your drink a nice pink color but not as clear.

Mango Juice: You can use bottled mango juice or freshly squeezed mango juice. Make sure to remove the pulp before adding it to the drink. 

  • Substitute: You can use mango puree, but your drink won’t have a clear look.

Green Tea:  I used green tea to keep it simple. It adds caffeine to the drink.

  • Substitute: Use green coffee extract, or skip this ingredient and it won’t affect the taste much. 

Water: Regular mango dragon fruit refresher recipe calls for water and it’s a healthier option.

  • Substitute: You can add other juice such as white grape juice or lemonade if you want your drink to have a more fruity flavor. Alternatively, you can use coconut milk to make it creamy with a softer pink color.

Simple syrup: I used simple syrup for easy mixing. You can adjust the amount to your desired level of sweetness.

  • Substitute: Use sugar or honey. Alternatively use stevia for a healthy drink.

How to Make Mango Dragon Fruit Drink at Home

This Mango Dragonfruit Refresher brings your favorite coffee shop drink home! The Starbucks dragon drink copycat recipe gives you an amazing sweet fruity flavor and beautiful pink color of the store-bought drink at the fraction of the price. It’s a perfectly refreshing mango and pitaya drink made with 5 ingredients. Incredibly delicious with or without coconut milk!

1. Prepare the green tea and let it chill in the refrigerator.

2. Whisk together dragonfruit powder and a half cup of water until it’s completely dissolved.

This Mango Dragonfruit Refresher brings your favorite coffee shop drink home! The Starbucks dragon drink copycat recipe gives you an amazing sweet fruity flavor and beautiful pink color of the store-bought drink at the fraction of the price. It’s a perfectly refreshing mango and pitaya drink made with 5 ingredients. Incredibly delicious with or without coconut milk!

3. Add the rest of the water and mango juice to a pitcher.

4. Add chilled green tea and dragonfruit blend. Mix to combine.

This Mango Dragonfruit Refresher brings your favorite coffee shop drink home! The Starbucks dragon drink copycat recipe gives you an amazing sweet fruity flavor and beautiful pink color of the store-bought drink at the fraction of the price. It’s a perfectly refreshing mango and pitaya drink made with 5 ingredients. Incredibly delicious with or without coconut milk!

5. Add simple syrup (or sugar/honey) to your desired sweetness. Mix well.

6. Fill a glass halfway with ice and pour the mixture into the glass. 

Serve and enjoy this beautiful and delicious mango dragonfruit drink immediately.

This Mango Dragonfruit Refresher brings your favorite coffee shop drink home! The Starbucks dragon drink copycat recipe gives you all the amazing flavor and beautiful pink color of the store-bought drink at the fraction of the price. It’s a perfectly refreshing fruity drink that takes less than 5 minutes to make with a few ingredients. It’s incredibly delicious with or without coconut milk! #MangoDragonfruit #MangoDragonfruitRefresher #StarbucksDragonDrink #Dragondrink

Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure to chill your green tea until it’s very cold before making the drink.
  • You can customize the sweetness of your drink. Taste and adjust the amount for the perfect subtle touch.
  • Sub lemon juice for water and turn it into mango dragonfruit lemonade.
  • If you don’t like the tiny black and white particles from the pitaya powder, strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter for a clear look.

Mango Dragonfruit Refresher with Coconut Milk: Dragon Drink

You can order this beverage with coconut milk at Starbucks. It’s called “dragon drink” when the coconut milk is mixed in. You can substitute soy milk or almond milk, but I would give coconut milk a try first because it’s pretty amazing!

To make a dragon drink with coconut milk, simply replace water with coconut milk beverage that you can buy in a carton.

3 high-ball glasses of mango dragonfruit refresher on the counter, to be served.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is This Refresher Healthy?

This drink is one of the healthiest options at Starbucks compared to most other iced drinks they sell. It has a vibrant bright pink color but doesn’t contain any artificial colors. You can make it even healthier at home by using high-quality ingredients and lower the sugar level.

How Many Calories Does it Have?

According to Starbucks, a grande (16-oz) Mango Dragonfruit Refresher has 90 calories, a tall cup has 70 calories, and venti has 130 calories.

Does a Mango Dragonfruit Drink Have Caffeine?

Yes, this drink is lightly caffeinated. But if you make it at home, you can skip green tea and make this drink completely caffeine-free.

How Much is a Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher at Starbucks?

A Tall of the regular mango dragon fruit refresher is $3.75; Grande is $4.25; Venti is $4.75 and $Trenta is $5.25. The lemonade version and dragon drink version are more expensive. So it’s much cheaper to make it at home if you drink it very often.

More Starbucks Copycat Drinks You’ll Love:

If you are looking for a beautiful and refreshing treat with a touch of sweetness, you will love this Starbucks Mango Dragonfruit Refresher. If you’ve tried this recipe then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know. I love hearing from you!





This Mango Dragonfruit Refresher brings your favorite coffee shop drink home! The Starbucks dragon drink copycat recipe gives you all the amazing flavor and beautiful pink color of the store-bought drink at the fraction of the price. It’s a perfectly refreshing fruity drink that takes less than 5 minutes to make with a few ingredients.

Starbucks Mango Dragonfruit Copycat Recipe (+VIDEO)

This Mango Dragonfruit Refresher brings your favorite coffee shop drink home! The Starbucks dragon drink copycat recipe gives you all the amazing flavor and beautiful pink color of the store-bought drink at the fraction of the price. It’s a perfectly refreshing fruity drink that takes less than 5 minutes to make with a few ingredients.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 high ball glasses
Author: Izzy
Calories: 114kcal

Ingredients 

  • 1 ¼  teaspoons freeze-dried dragon fruit powder
  • 4 cups water (divided, you can also replace with lemonade, which will give you a more fruity flavor.)
  • 3/4 cup mango juice
  • 4 tablespoons simple syrup (or sugar/ honey, you can adjust the sweetness by using more or less)
  • ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons optional green tea (chilled, you can subsitute green coffee extract. This ingredient is mainly to add caffeine to the drink. You can skip it and it won’t affect the flavor or color of your drink)

Instructions 

  • Place a green tea bag in a cup and pour in hot water. Steep the tea for 2 minutes and chill in the refrigerator.
  • Whisk together dragonfruit powder and 1/2 cup of water until dissolved. It takes a few minutes for the powder to dissolve completely. (It’s important to mix the powder with a small amount of water first so it’s easier for the powder to dissolve.)
  • Add the rest of water and mango juice and to a pitcher.
  • Add in chilled green tea and dragonfruit blend. Mix to combine.
  • Add simple syrup (or sugar/ honey) to your desired sweetness. Mix well. (Start with small amount, taste and gradually add more.)
  • Fill each glass halfway with ice and pour the mixture into the glass.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure to chill your green tea until it’s very cold before making the drink.
  • If you don’t like the tiny black and white particles from the pitaya powder, strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter for a clear look.
  • To Make Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade Refresher: Replace water with lemonade.
  • To Make Dragon Drink: Replace water with coconut milk.

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Nutrition

Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Author: Izzy
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dragon Drink, Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, Starbucks Mango Dragonfruit
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This Mango Dragonfruit Refresher brings your favorite coffee shop drink home! The Starbucks dragon drink copycat recipe gives you all the amazing flavor and beautiful pink color of the store-bought drink at the fraction of the price. It’s a perfectly refreshing fruity drink that takes less than 5 minutes to make with a few ingredients. It’s incredibly delicious with or without coconut milk! #MangoDragonfruit #MangoDragonfruitRefresher #StarbucksDragonDrink #Dragondrink

Editor note: Originally published April 23, 2020 and updated July 31, 2020.


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