The Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher is the latest creation of Starbucks famous Refresher beverages.
Man, we Americans love our Starbucks drinks. Google searches indicate that Americans are caffeinated junkies more concerned with how to perfect a Starbucks Frappuccino at home than how to roast a vegetable, any vegetable. We are Starbucks obsessed (Dunkin’ Donuts obsessed if you are in Boston or PJ’s coffee if you are in New Orleans) My favorite streets in New York City are those with a Starbucks on one corner and another on the opposite corner. Of the same intersection. You can sit in a Starbucks in Manhattan and look out over another Starbucks. It’s no wonder that Starbucks makes a lot of money off us hard working Americans.
For a few years now I have been recreating Starbucks drinks at home, especially the refreshers. And I get a lot of people that tell me my recreations cost them more money than if they just buy a refresher at the store. Here’s my response to that:
A) Yes, the initial money you have to pay to buy all the ingredients are not cheap. Some things have to be specially ordered at Amazon or Whole Foods.
And B) However, these ingredients should last you through the making of a recipe many times over, thus drink for drink it is still cheaper to make these drink at home than buying at the store.
For this Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher recipe, I have found it incredibly difficult to find the dried dragon fruit anywhere but online. Amazon has been my best bet. As dragon fruit becomes more popular, I have found dragon fruit powder at my local Whole Foods, but to really duplicate the Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher at home, you need freeze dried dragon fruit pieces.
I try to recreate the drink as close to the Starbucks version as possible. If you want the easy way out, just add some dragon fruit powder to mango juice. If you want to make a version that’s a bit more authentic, try my version.
I use white grape juice, dried mango fruit, dried dragon fruit pieces, green bean coffee powder (for caffeine), sugar, and water
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 cold filtered water
- 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 filtered water, 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.
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