Starbucks Dragon Drink Recipe (Copycat)

If you’re someone who likes to try different drinks from the Starbucks menu, you must have definitely tried the Dragon Drink. Starbucks Dragon Drink Recipe is a creamier and sweeter version of the Mango Dragon fruit Refresher with lots of natural flavors packed in one. 

Dragon Drink in a tall glass, one kept side by side with a bowl of dragon fruits kept in front of them. Photo taken from an upward angle

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The Starbucks Dragon Drink took off all too well because of the its Insta-fame just like its predecessors – Pink Drink and Violet Drinks! Besides, what’s not to like about this vibrant colored drink? 

Starbucks website calls it a tropical pick-me-up and sure enough Dragon Drink has a pleasant and refreshing vibe to it and it is also undeniably pretty to look at! 

If you’re not a big fan of making rounds of your local Starbucks, you should unquestionably make this at the comfort of your home. Very realistically, it’ll save you a lot of time and a hell lot of money as well.

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This iced drink has a combination of sweet mango and dragon fruit flavors with a creamy coconut milk and diced dragonfruits. 

And if you’re wondering if it contains caffeine then let me tell you, that the original drink does in the form of green coffee extract! However, our copycat version does not! 

It is smooth on your throat and sugary on your tongue with a few bites of the diced fruit every now and then.

Why make Starbucks Dragon Drink Recipe at Home?

This drink costs between $3.25 to $4.95, depending on the size and location at Starbucks. So, if you’re going to want to sip on this refreshing drink more often, it’s cheaper to make it at home.

Looking for more reasons to make it at home? 

Well, a grande Dragon Drink at Starbucks contains 23 grams of sugar! If you make it at home, you can make a healthier version by controlling how much sugar you add to it. 

You also have the option of making it caffeine-free as shown in this recipe!

Dragon Drink in a tall glass, one kept in front of the other

Starbucks Dragon Drink Recipe Vs Pink Drink

Both of these beautiful drinks are definitely instragramble and they look pretty similar with vibrant pink colors! The main difference between them is the base used to make these drinks.

Dragon Drink is made by adding coconut milk and freeze dried dragonfruit pieces to Mango Dragonfruit Refresher. 

On the other hand, Pink Drink is made by combining Strawberry Acai Refresher Beverage and creamy coconut milk and it is garnished with freeze dried strawberries.

Which one do you prefer more? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Ingredients and Alternatives

Freeze Dried Dragon Fruit Powder – This gives the bright pink color to this drink and also enhances the flavor. I would not recommend skipping out on this key ingredient. You can find it on amazon or grocery store chains such as Whole Foods.

Mango Juice – You can either use bottled mango juice or make it at home using fresh mangoes or from mango pulp (which is what I did).

White grape juice – Starbucks uses White Grape Juice Concentrate but you can use any light colored fruit juice such as apple juice in its place.

Coconut Milk – This gives the creamy texture to this drink. I would recommend using coconut milk beverage instead of canned coconut milk for best results. You can use either sweetened or unsweetened coconut milk.

Dragon Drink in a tall glass, one kept side by side with a bowl of dragon fruits kept in front of them

Sugar – Add sugar based on your preferred sweetness level. You can also use Stevia or monk-fruit sugar as a healthier alternative. Also, feel free to omit it completely if using sweetened coconut milk!

Diced Dragon Fruit (Optional) – If you are able to find fresh dragon fruit, you can dice and add a scoop of actual dragon fruit to this Starbucks drink. You could also add freeze-dried dragon fruit pieces instead as done by Starbucks, or omit it completely.

Green Coffee Bean Extract (Optional) – I haven’t used it in my recipe as it adds caffeine without adding a lot of flavor to the drink. But if you are determined to follow Starbucks recipe to the T, add 1/2 teaspoon of green coffee extract to this recipe.

How to make the Perfect Dragon Drink

  • In a small bowl, mix in the draginfruit powder and grape juice and mix till the powder dissolves fully. This might take a few minutes. You could also add the green coffee extract if you want, but its optional.
adding grape juice and dragonfruit powder
  • In a larger container, add the mango juice, sugar (to taste) dragnofruit-grape juice mix and stir well.
Adding-sugar-to-mango-juice
Adding dragonfruit + grapefruit juice to mango juice
  • Now add in the coconut milk and mix again.
adding-coconut-milk
  • Strain the mix into another container. This will remove any dragonfruit powder that is not dissolved properly.
  • Fill up a tall glass with ice cubes and pour the Dragon Drink mix into it.
pouring dragon drink to tall glass over ice cubes
  • Top it off with few diced dragonfruit pieces.
  • Enjoy!

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Starbucks Dragon Drink Recipe (Copycat)

Midhun Vasan
Extremely fruity and energizing, check out this Starbucks Dragon Drink Recipe and try it out at the comfort of your home!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Venti cup

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp Freeze-dried dragon fruit powder Also called Pitaya powder
  • 1/2 cup Mango juice
  • 1/4 cup White grape juice
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • Ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix in the draginfruit powder and grape juice and mix till the powder dissolves fully. This might take a few minutes.
  • You could also add the green coffee extract if you want, but its optional.
  • In a larger container, add the mango juice, sugar (to taste) dragnofruit-grape juice mix and stir well.
  • Now add in the coconut milk and mix again
  • Strain the mix into another container. Fill up a tall glass with ice cubes and pour the Dragon Drink mix into it.
  • Top it off with few diced dragonfruit pieces.
  • Enjoy!
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Commonly Asked Questions

What’s in the Starbucks Dragon Drink?

The iced Dragon Drink is a specialty drink at Starbucks. It is made with mango-dragonfruit refreshers base, coconut milk, ice and freeze-dried dragonfruit pieces.

Is the Dragon Drink healthy?

It’s a sweet, every-once-in-a-while kinda drink and it clocks in at 130 calories for a grande size. So if you limit your indulgence in the dragon drink, then it won’t be too much of a problem. Besides, too much of anything is good for nothing, remember?

What’s the healthiest way to enjoy the Dragon Drink?

As a lot of sugar is extracted out of the fruit itself, you can add just a few pieces of the diced fruit to the drink instead of a lot. Another way to enjoy a healthier version of this drink is by swapping out coconut milk for skim milk. You could also order their smallest size – tall, which only has 18g of sugar!

Dragon Drink in a tall glass, one kept side by side with a bowl of dragon fruits kept in front of them. Photo taken from an upward angle

How to order the dragon drink at Starbucks?

Being a permanent addition to the Starbucks’ menu, there’s a good chance that the barista will know what you’re asking for when you simply mention Dragon Drink.

But, if that’s not the case, you can go ahead to order the Mango-Dragonfruit Refresher and then request your barista to use coconut milk instead of water to mix it.

Is the dragon drink good for you?

This drink has a ton of sugar, precisely 23 grams and not much protein to buffer the sugar. So, if you treat this drink as a refreshment and indulgence, then it is sure to please both your taste buds as well as your Instagram feed!

Does dragon drink have caffeine?

Yes! It does, but this copycat version DOES NOT. If you’re looking for the exact amount of caffeine in the original drink – it’s 45 mg.

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11 thoughts on “Starbucks Dragon Drink recipe (Copycat)”

    1. This drink doesn’t have a lot of caffeine even at Starbucks. But like it’s mentioned in the blog post, if you do want caffeine you can add the optional green coffee.

  1. Gabriela Herrera

    5 stars
    This is such a beautiful drink. I love that you cut the price in more then 50% from the overrated Starbucks version and Im willing to bet your ingredients are not packed with additives or weird chemicals.

  2. 5 stars
    Definitely making this dragon fruit drink all summer long. It’s soo beautiful and soo refreshing! I love all the flavors in this copycat recipe and I love even more that I get more for my money haha

    1. Thank you!I found Dragon fruit power on Amazon or you could also check Whole Foods store, if you have one of them near you 🙂

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