The refresher drinks at Starbucks might be colorful and, well, refreshing, but they’re nothing you can’t make at home. In fact, they’re the easiest items to make on their specialty menu, especially if you get the right ingredients.
Okay, you’ll need a few lesser-known ingredients for this one, but once you get your hands on them, you’ll be able to recreate all types of refreshers!
Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the Starbucks mango dragon fruit refresher drink and how to make it.
It’s a super fun Starbucks copycat recipe that’s both easy to make and a crowd-please. Let’s do this!
To make an authentic mango dragon fruit refresher, you’ll need fresh, diced mango, freeze-dried dragon fruit bites, and the rare but fun green coffee bean powder. I’m relatively sure you’ll find mango easily, but the other two ingredients, you’ll have to buy online.
Freeze-dried fruit is tons of fun. You can add it to pretty much anything, including desserts, smoothies and, of course, refreshing, summery drinks.
Green coffee powder is rarer. These are actually green coffee beans with lots of antioxidants and caffeine, so it’s a nice mood booster. If you don’t feel like buying green coffee powder, though, make your refresher without it. It’s still pretty tasty!
So, basically, to make the famous mango dragon fruit refresher, you blend everything but save a tablespoon of dragon fruit pieces as a garnish. Poured over ice, this one’s a beauty!
Green coffee beans have some caffeine, so they boost your metabolism while making you feel hyped.
Since they don’t have that roasted flavor in regular coffee, the powder is more compatible with fruity drinks and smoothies — you wouldn’t regularly add an espresso shot to your banana milkshake.
Still, you can certainly add a teaspoon of green coffee powder to it! That’s the beauty of these green beans. An authentic superfood championed by Starbucks in all its refreshers, this ingredient is a game-changer, and you’ll have lots of fun with it.
Again, skip the coffee powder for a kid-friendly fruit drink or for when you just don’t want a caffeine buzz while quenching your thirst. Coffee drinks keep on getting better. Am I right?
In a blender, add the water, diced mango, 1 tbsp of freeze-dried dragon fruit, sugar, lemon juice and green coffee bean powder. Blend until smooth.
Pour over ice and garnish with extra dragon fruit pieces. Stir and enjoy.