Starbucks Launches Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers Beverage

Starbucks has introduced its latest Refreshers beverage, Mango Dragonfruit, which has a deep magenta colour and features sweet, tropical flavours. Its vibrant hue comes from pieces of real red-fleshed dragonfruit (also known as pitaya) hand-shaken in the beverage with no artificial colours or sweeteners.

“People love both the flavour and the colour,” says Alicia Binion from Starbucks research and development (R&D), who created the new beverage. “It’s bright and vivid, something you would want to take a picture of to share with friends.”

The new Mango Dragonfruit Refreshers joins the permanent Starbucks menu alongside other Refreshers beverages including Strawberry Acai, Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers beverage, Pink Drink, and Violet Drink. The beverage is available at participating Starbucks stores in the US and Canada starting today (19 June). A grande (16-ounce) beverage is under 100 calories.

“Even the name dragonfruit sounds magical,” Binion says. “It’s one of those up-and-coming flavours. The red-fleshed fruit is less common and helps make this drink so fun and unique.”

Customers can also enjoy a creamier version of the beverage by requesting coconut milk instead of water. Called “Dragon Drink,” it features creamy swirls of coconut milk mingling with the fruity mango and dragonfruit flavours.

This summer, Starbucks customers are encouraged to share photos of their favourite afternoon pick-me-up on Instagram using the hashtag #AfternoonMade for the new Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refreshers beverage or other delicious, handcrafted cold drinks. Each Friday beginning 13 July, select user-generated photos tagged with #AfternoonMade will be featured on Starbucks Instagram stories. To find your favourite afternoon-inspired beverage, visit Starbucks Afternoon Made menu.

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