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Starbucks Dragon Drink (Copycat Recipe)

Craving the goodness of the Starbucks Dragon Drink but trying to save up on cash?

This copycat recipe is just what you need.

You guys, this recipe is the real deal. It tastes exactly like the iconic Dragon Drink but costs so much less. 

Starbucks Dragon Drink (Copycat Recipe) featuring Two Glasses of Homemade Starbucks Pink Dragon Drink in a Tall Glass with a Dish of Fresh Dragon Fruit Cubes to the Side
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This recipe is easy to make as well. And it only calls for some mixing here and there- no blender needed.

Just order some dragon fruit powder and coffee green extract from Amazon, and you’re all set.

Ready to thirst your quench with the pink Starbucks Dragon Drink? I won’t make you wait any longer! Let’s get started.

Starbucks Dragon Drink 

Are you a fan of the Starbucks Dragon Drink? But not of its price (it ranges from $3.25 to $4.95, depending on the size)? You’ve come to the right place.

It features dragon fruit, mangoes, grapes, and coconut milk. This flavorful drink is the stuff of legends. 

It’s pretty in pink and seriously delicious.

You can even make it spiked with caffeine or caffeine-free- your call.

And as long as you make it yourself, it’s super budget-friendly! Don’t worry, it’s easier to make than you think. 

The hardest part is getting hold of two ingredients that aren’t available in grocery stores. But after just a few clicks on Amazon, you’ll be ready to go.

(In fact, I did the research for you. Get the dragon fruit powder and green coffee bean extract here and here!)

Starbucks Dragon Drink Ingredients: Freeze Dried-Dragon Fruit Powder, Mango Juice, Grape Juice, Coconut Milk and Ice Cubes

What is the Starbucks Dragon Drink?

It all started in 2016 when Starbucks introduced the Insta-worthy and super-scrumptious Pink Drink. 

When this pretty drink came out, it became an instant hit.

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In 2019, however, they replaced the popular concoction with the Dragon Drink. A delectable drink with the same hue but a different fruit base.

Starbucks’ Pink Drink tastes like strawberries, acai, passion fruit, and coconut.

The Dragon Drink is a mix of dragon fruit powder and mango juice. And, of course, the dragon fruit powder gives it its signature pink hue.

It also contains grape juice, coconut milk, green coffee extract, and fresh dragon fruit. This drink is as pretty as it is refreshing.

The combination of fruit juices and coconut gives it a fabulous tropical flavor. 

Is Starbucks Dragon Drink Good? 

Undeniably so. The Dragon Dragon Drink isn’t only pretty, it is also 100% delightful.

The juices, fruit, and coconut milk create a light, creamy beverage. And it has a wonderful fruity flavor.

Also, it’s not overwhelmingly sweet, which makes it super refreshing. 

You may also wonder whether the Dragon Drink is good for you. Unfortunately, much like most Starbucks drinks, it’s not.

But it contains dragon fruit, which is high in nutrients. So, it’s not the unhealthiest beverage you can order at Starbucks.

Which brings me to another point. The great thing about DIY-ing this drink is you can swap the ingredients for healthier options. 

For instance, instead of using simple syrup or sugar, go for Stevia instead. Or, instead of coconut milk, try almond milk.

Refreshing Starbucks Dragon Drink with Diced Dragon Fruit and More Diced Dragon Fruit in a Dish to the Side

Is Dragon Drink the Same as the Pink Drink?

While they look similar, the Dragon Drink and the Pink Drink are not the same.

The Pink Drink has a strawberry acai base. The Dragon Drink combines mango and dragon fruit. 

They both contain grape juice, coconut milk, and green coffee extract. But because of the unique base flavors, they don’t taste alike.

Want to learn how to make the Starbucks Pink Drink? Check out my copycat recipe.

Cold Starbucks Dragon Drink with Diced Dragon Fruit and Ice in a Tall Glass

Tips for Making The Best Drink

  • Mix it, mix it good! Mix the drink powders with the water well. You don’t want clumps in your drink!
    • It may take a few seconds until they dissolve into the water, so be patient.
  • No grape juice, no problem. You can substitute it with other fruit juices like apple juice. Pick a light-colored one so it won’t alter the drink’s pink hue.
  • Want a super smooth texture? Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or coffee filter. This ensures your drink will be 100% smooth and solid particle-free.
  • Not a fan of coconut milk? No worries! You can use your favorite milk but it will alter the taste somewhat.
    • I’ve tried regular and almond milk, and they both taste fantastic.
  • How pink is your drink? The pinkness of the drink depends on how much (or little) coconut milk you add. Adjust accordingly.
  • Don’t want caffeine? Skip the green coffee extract. It won’t affect the drink’s flavor.
  • Avoid a sugar rush. Don’t add a lot of sugar or simple syrup right away. Add gradually until the drink reaches your desired taste.
    • You may not need more sugar if you use sweetened coconut milk.

Want more drink ideas? Check out these TikTok Starbucks drinks!

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Starbucks Dragon Drink (Copycat Recipe)

Servings

1

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Calories

142

kcal

Keep your money in your wallet and make the Starbucks Dragon Drink at home! This copycat recipe might even be better than the original. And it costs much less.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon freeze-dried dragon fruit powder

  • 1/2 cup mango juice

  • 1/4 cup white grape juice

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

  • Ice cubes

  • Optional:
  • 1 scoop diced dragon fruit

  • 1/2 teaspoon green coffee extract

  • Simple syrup or sugar to taste

Instructions

  • In a bowl, stir together dragon fruit powder, green coffee extract (if using), and white grape juice until dissolved. It may take a few minutes to dissolve completely.
  • Place ice in a cocktail shaker or a large container with a lid. Pour mango juice, dragon fruit and grape juice mix, and coconut milk.
  • Secure the lid. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Fill a glass halfway through with ice and diced dragon fruit (if using). Strain the juice into the glass.
  • Add simple syrup or sugar to taste. Garnish with more dragon fruit. Serve and enjoy!
Starbucks Dragon Drink

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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