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Make the famous vibrant pink Starbucks Dragon Drink in your own home with this easy Copycat Dragon Drink recipe. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
Now, I don't get Starbucks very often, but when I do, I order the Dragon Drink. It's light, creamy refreshing and really one of the healthier options to be found at Starbucks. The floaty bits of dragon fruit really make it! Whether you're a long-time purchaser of Dragon Drinks from Starbucks or you've never heard of it in your life, I'm certain your taste buds will be please with the deliciousness they find here! I tried many different combos before settling on this Starbucks copycat recipe and I think it comes pretty darn close! Enjoy.
🥤 What is Dragon Drink?
Dragon Drink is a popular iced drink from Starbucks that allows the flavors of mango, dragon fruit and coconut milk to mingle into one creamy and refreshing beverage.
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Easy to make.
- Packed with flavor.
- Light and refreshing.
- It makes for a beautiful pink drink!
- Very successful copycat recipe reminiscent of Starbucks' version (if I must say so myself!).
- Naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, soy-free, nut-free.
🗒️ Ingredient Notes
Coconut milk: Creamy coconut milk is the milk used in the original Dragon Drink at Starbucks. Both full fat canned coconut milk works, as does coconut milk beverage sold in cartons. Coconut cream works, too! While not the traditional choice, I can say from experience that oat milk makes a rather tasty version as well.
Dragon fruit powder: Dragon fruit is also known by the name of pitaya, so freeze-dried dragon fruit powder or pitaya powder will do the trick. Opt for the powders with the vibrant pink hue for that true Dragon Drink effect.
Mango juice blend: I find this particular brand of mango juice blend to taste very much like the juice blend Starbucks uses and contains a really good quality sweet mango puree. However, mixing one part mango juice with one part apple juice or white grape juice will taste very similarly.
Dried dragon fruit chips: Freeze-dried dragon fruit cubes or chips are very similar to what Starbucks use in their version and are super delicious. They rehydrate nicely and offer a wonderful texture (and may just be my favorite part of a Dragon Drink!).
Green coffee extract: This optional ingredient adds a little caffeine boost if that's your jam (yes, the original Starbucks blend contains it!). Omit for caffeine-free.
Sweetener: Another optional ingredient as it's naturally sweet from the juice, but if you want Starbucks-level sweet, add a little sweetener of your choosing. I like a touch of coconut sugar myself.
You can keep the strained juice mixture in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 10 days. It is then super easy to whip up a Dragon Drink when you're in the mood. I do not advise making it completely and then storing - the ice will melt and the dragon fruit will rehydrate too much and begin to break down.
💭 Top Tip
Want a Starbucks Mango Dragonfruit Refresher instead? Swap out the coconut milk in favor of water.
Ice, Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers Base, coconut milk, freeze-dried dragon fruit pieces.
Dragon Drink is now a very popular drink at Starbucks, so your barista is likely to know what you mean when you order a "Dragon Drink", but if you have any difficulty, order a Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher but ask them to swap the water for coconut milk.
The Dragon Drink is sweet, but not candy-sweet like you may expect. The coconut milk helps cut the sweetness and the flavors overall are really fruity, refreshing and tropical in nature.
I wouldn't call it healthy, but it is a healthier choice as far as the Starbuck menu goes.
🧊 More Refreshing Drink Recipes
Easy Copycat Starbucks Dragon Drink Recipe
Dragon Drink Ingredients
- 1 cup mango juice blend or one part mango with one part apple or white grape juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons pink dragon fruit powder pitaya powder
- ice for serving
- ½ cup dried dragon fruit chips roughly chopped
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk canned or carton
- 2 teaspoons sweetener of choice granulated or liquid
- ½ teaspoon green coffee bean extract add this if you want a caffeinated dragon drink
- In a mixing bowl or large measuring cup, combine the mango juice blend and the dragon fruit powder. If using sweetener and/or green coffee bean extract, add now. Whisk everything together until well combined, then strain the mixture, reserving the liquid. Set aside.
- Fill large glass with ice and dragon fruit chips. Add the strained juice mixture, then top off with the coconut milk. Give a good stir to combine.