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An easy Starbucks Dragon Drink copycat recipe made with mango juice, lemonade, creamy coconut milk, and dried dragonfruit. The fruity and refreshing drink is packed with tropical fruit flavors and is perfect for enjoying outside on a hot day.
I love making copycat recipes where I can satisfy my cravings without having to leave the house. Just like this refresher, I often make a Vanilla Frappe, Caramel Frappuccino, or Iced Passion Tea Lemonade from the comfort of my own kitchen.
If you are anything like me you will love knowing exactly what goes into your delicious pink drink since you can make it at home in less than 5 minutes with only 4 simple ingredients— plus some ice. And for a fraction of the cost too.
Ingredients for Copycat Starbucks Dragon Drink
This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Lemonade — Freshly squeezed or from a carton. Look for a sugar-free lemonade if you are looking to make the drink with less sugar so it can be as healthy as possible.
- Mango juice — You can use freshly squeezed juice if it’s in season. Otherwise, mango juice or mango nectar from a carton works just fine.
- Dragonfruit — While dragonfruit has little flavor, the red-fleshed fruit is to thank for the fruity drinks bright pink color. Both Freeze-dried dragonfruit chips and freeze-dried dragonfruit powder will work for this pink dragon fruit drink recipe.
- Ice — A must-have for a cold beverage.
- Coconut milk — A large splash of coconut milk gives the drink the perfect creaminess.
- Whipped cream — Optional, but I like to add a little bit as a replacement to the cold foam that Starbucks offers.
- Large pitcher
- Measuring cups
- Wooden spoon for stirring the drink
How to Make Starbucks Dragon Drink
This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below.
- To a large pitcher, add the lemonade, mango juice, and dried dragonfruit. Stir well to combine.
- Pour the mixture into glasses over ice.
- Fill glasses 3/4 of the way full and top with about 1/4 cup of coconut milk. Add whipped cream, if desired, and enjoy.
Tip: You can stir the pink and white layers together or serve as is. I love the way that they look with the creamy white coconut milk floating on top of the vibrant pink drink so I make them like that then give the drink a stir with my straw before enjoying.
This sweet mango dragonfruit drink tastes best when enjoyed immediately. However, if you made a big batch and want to store some for later, I would recommend storing the beverage in an airtight container in the refrigerator for no longer than a day or two.
As instructed, wait to pour it over ice until you’re ready to serve it. Don’t add ice to the pitcher, you don’t want to water down the entire pitcher of copycat Starbucks mango dragonfruit refreshers.
Substitutions and variations
- Make a double batch. You can easily scale this recipe to make more of the cold drink at a time, if serving at a party or large gathering. You may need to use multiple pitchers depending on how many refresher drinks you’re making.
- Make a mango dragon fruit refresher. Skip the coconut milk and you have yourself a copycat Starbucks mango dragon fruit refresher.
- Swap out the optional milk. While coconut milk pairs well with the cold drink’s tropical flavor, you can swap it for another type of milk if you prefer. Whole milk, skim milk, half and half, almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk can all be used in this recipe.
- Add other fruit juice or flavors. To bring another fantastic flavor to the drink, try adding white grape juice, apple juice, or even sparkling white wine to create a cocktail out of this recipe.
- Add fresh fruit. For garnishes and light flavor, add some freeze-dried pineapples, strawberry puree, chopped strawberry, fresh dragon fruit, or chopped mango to your drink.
- Add green coffee powder. If you need caffeine in your drink to make it through the day, you can add some green coffee bean extract powder to the recipe.
Copycat Starbucks Mango Dragonfruit Refresher FAQ
It’s not the healthiest drink out there because of the sugar content, but it is healthier compared to many other drinks you can order at a coffee shop. Typically, Starbucks Refreshers are lower in sugar and calories compared to the rest of the frappuccinos and indulgent drinks you can order.
Wondering why we use lemonade in this Starbucks copycat recipe? Well, lemonade helps enhance the rest of the fruity flavors of the drink and makes it slightly sweeter than the traditional one. You can use another fruit juice if you prefer.
If you’re having difficulty finding freeze-dried dragonfruit chips, just use dragonfruit powder. You can also buy some frozen dragonfruit and puree it to make some homemade dragonfruit juice that you can use instead. If you choose this option, you’ll need approximately a ½ cup after straining the puree.
No artificial colors here. The sweet drink’s bright color comes from the freeze-dried dragonfruit pieces.
Yes, Starbucks Dragon Drink has caffeine in it. According to the Starbucks website the grande size has 45 mg of caffeine. This homemade version of the drink, however, does not. You can add green coffee extract to give it some caffeine if you would like.
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Starbucks Dragon Drink
- 4 cups lemonade
- ½ cup mango juice
- ½ cup freeze-dried dragon fruit chips crushed
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk
- ice as needed
- whipped cream optional topping
- To a large pitcher, add the lemonade, mango juice, and crushed dragonfruit pieces. Stir well to combine.
- Pour into glasses over ice, filling ¾ of the way.
- Top with ¼ cup coconut milk. Add whipped cream, if desired.