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The Copycat Starbucks Dragon Drink is a Cool and Flavorful Drink with Flavors from the Tropics
The recipe is obviously not a Thai recipe that we know of but it's reminiscent of something you would get at one of the beach resorts. Starbucks has also been a source of inspiration for us as their ideas usually good. They also do a lot of user testing so we don't have to.
Dragonfruit is actually a fruit from the tropics of the Americas that grows well in Thailand. There are two kinds usually available, Red and White. The white is what is in the picture below, avoid that if you want the attractive pink color.
It gives a great bright pink color, contrasted with black seeds and is easy to cut into cubes. We were able to get the employees at Starbucks to show us the containers they use to make it. The Starbucks website also lists the ingredients so it's pretty easy to make a workable copycat. When you make it yourself you also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you are putting in your body.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE COPYCAT DRAGON DRINK:
- 2 cups of ice
- ½ cup of fresh red dragonfruit, cut into small cubes
- 4 oz. of unsweetened coconut milk
- 8 oz. of white grape juice
- 1 tsp. green coffee powder (available on at this link, I linked it exactly for you on amazon.com) (Affiliate Link, Sponsored Content) the green coffee extract pictured was out of stock when I last checked amazon so this is an updated one. It also supports our blog as a portion is paid back to us.
- a shaker
HOW TO MAKE THE COPYCAT MANGO DRAGONFRUIT REFRESHER
- Combine all the ingredients in a shaker and shake everything together in order to break the dragonfruit, so it provides the divine pink-reddish, light pink, color for the drink.
**** According to this copycat recipe, you’ll have a venti homemade dragon drink (20 oz.), my shaker is not big enough to do it at once. It’d be better if you know your shaker size, so you don’t overload the ingredients into the shaker. ****
For this recipe, you save money if you plan to make more than one drink. The ingredients we bought were about $15, in total, but we were able to make approximately 5 drinks with it. Plus, the leftover green coffee extract is touted as being a metabolic boosting supplement you can use for other drinks. It's about $5 for a red dragonfruit, make sure it says, "red", dragon fruit on the label. The green coffee extract is a bit more pricy but you don't need much for each drink.
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Alli Hladek says
Thank you kindly for your post. I do have a question though, what do you recommend for cutting up the Dragin Fruit? I’ve never bought one before, tempted but never did something. Now, I’m eager due to this recipe!!
Look forward to your response.
Just a knife, it cuts like butter, nothing to it really.
Thanks I’m going to try this tomorrow! But is the green coffee necessary?? Does it add to flavor ?
The dragon drink has it so we included it to get as close as possible to the original.
Angel Martin says
I added the Green coffee 1 tsp and it would not dissolve and made the drink grainy kind of gross...any suggestions on how to dissolve this stuff?
We used a green coffee powder by a company called neurogan. We didn't have that issue. Maybe the brand matters.
Tiffany Slama says
Is it normal to just taste the grape juice? Ive made it twice and only tasted grape.
I don't remember having that experience. I'll have to make it again, maybe we need to back off on the grape juice.
Thank you for sharing the recipe . I have tried to make it today. It looks exactly, but it tastes quite sour. I used the Welch white grape juice for this recipe.
We used a 100% pure grape juice I think. Sorry it tasted sour to you.
Is there a reason you didn’t include mango in your recipe? Starbucks says they use a Mango Dragonfruit base
We used mango juice that's what they use.
Do you have to have the white grape juice??
I'm sure you can substitute with something, water if nothing else.