This Starbucks Dragon Drink Recipe copycat is based on one of the most popular refresher drinks at Starbucks.
It all started in 2012. Starbucks introduced the Cool Lime Refresher and an era of refreshing caffeinated summer drinks began. The Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher came next, followed by the color refreshers – pink, purple, orange, green, violet, etc. As new flavors are introduced, old flavors are retired. Refreshing refresher memories have to be made at home.
The refreshers do have caffeine, although not as much as a cup of coffee. However, by making your own version at home, you can control how much or how little caffeine you want by way of green coffee bean powder. You can also make these recipes in batches so drinks can be stored in the fridge and ready to pour anytime. No waiting in line.
On the other hand, the Starbucks Dragon Drink recipe has some ingredients that aren’t easily found at a grocery store. I’ve had some luck at Whole Foods but I find myself having to order some of the ingredients like the dried dragon fruit and dragon fruit powder online. And while they may seem expensive, keep in mind these ingredients will last through many recipes, thus in the end still being cheaper than buying the drink at Starbucks.
The Starbucks Dragon Drink Recipe is similar to the Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher, only instead of mixing the syrup with water, the recipe uses coconut milk instead.
For the Mango Dragon Fruit syrup
- 1 cup freeze dried mango
- 1 cup freeze dried dragon fruit pieces
- 2 tsp dragon fruit powder
- 1 tsp green coffee bean powder
- 2 cups raw cane sugar (or white granulated sugar)
- 2 cups filtered water
For the Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup white grape juice
- ice, for serving
For the garnish
- Add the freeze dried mango, freeze dried dragon fruit, dragon fruit powder, green coffee bean powder, sugar, and 2 cups filtered water to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes.
- Pour through a fine mesh strainer, pushing on the fruit with the back of a spoon, capturing the syrup into wide lipped cup or bowl.
- Allow syrup to cool, 30-45 minutes.
- To a large pitcher add the syrup, 2 cups coconut milk, and one cup grape juice.
- To serve, add ice to a cocktail shaker and add enough refresher for one drink. Top with freeze dried dragon fruit.
- Shake vigorously and pour into serving glass.
From the Beauty and the Beets collection of Starbucks copycat recipes:
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