What Is Dragon Fruit Inclusion Starbucks? (Explained)

Last updated on October 26th, 2022 at 05:20 pm

I know the first thing that comes to your mind whenever you hear “Starbucks” is coffee.

However, since its inception, the brand has expanded to offer many edibles, and so has its menu.

The 2019 inclusion to the Starbucks menu which piqued many interests is the attractive pink drink. 

Dragon fruit inclusion Starbucks refers to permanently adding the dragon drink to the brand’s menu. The eye-catching pink or magenta-colored drink mixes various fruits, including mango and dragon fruit. The mango dragon fruit refresher is sweet and highly nutritious, so you should try it if you haven’t.

Dragon Fruit Inclusion Starbucks Categories

What is Dragon Fruit Inclusion Starbucks

The dragon fruit inclusion is a welcome addition to the Starbucks gallery of cold drinks.

Interestingly, the brand didn’t just introduce one plain recipe with dragon fruit but took great care to offer different variations.

These options are luxuries that allow you to tour the dragon fruit drink world and make your pick.

That’s pretty cool, right? You can savor the ever tasty dragon fruit in different recipe variations. Dragon fruit lovers would be so happy with this twist. 

So, there are three categories of the dragon fruit Starbucks inclusion. But, first, let’s briefly go over the options given to our taste buds.

#1. Dragon Drink

Beverage lovers may wonder how the dragon drink tastes with its dragon fruit and flavor.

Interestingly, the flavor is not overly pronounced, and the sweetness is mild. Therefore, if you’re worried about its sweetness being too sharp, you can trash that worry.

#2. Mango Dragon Fruit Starbucks Refreshers Beverage

This beverage mixes two prominent fruit flavors- mango and dragon fruit. However, the drink’s name has given insight into the more dominant flavor-mango.

According to reviews, the mango dragon fruit refresher is an ideal combination of tantalizing flavors and fruits with a candy/like taste. 

#3. Mango Dragon Fruit Lemonade Starbucks Refreshers Beverage 

This drink is like the mangos refresher but fruitier and juicer. It tastes more like a berry fusion with a hint of mango. It is tropical,  slightly tarty, but subtle with a sour-sweet tinge.

All three categories of Starbucks dragon fruit refresher and drinks are tasty to gulp down. However, it’s best to take slow sips and savor the flavors and how they blend. 

Starbucks Dragon Fruit Inclusion Ingredients

Starbucks gave an interesting name to the beverage produced in 2019. Dragon drink- the name is both fierce and exciting. Moving on from the name, the drink looks sumptuous. 

The combination of its name and appearance will thrill you to the point of questioning its ingredients. I can bet that your guess is dragon fruit. Well, that’s right.

However, there’s more to the tasty Starbucks dragon drink than dragon fruit. It contains a tropical fruit juice mix, creamy coconut milk, and dragon fruit flavor.

Other contents are sugar, grape concentrate, natural and green coffee flavors, citric acid, and rebaudioside-a.

Further exploring the contents of coconut milk has shown the presence of coconut cream, water, coconut juice concentrate, tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, gums, vitamins, and a few others. 

Furthermore, the mango dragon fruit Starbucks refreshers beverage is an equally nutrient-packed drink.

It contains Mango, dragon fruit, ice, water, and sugar. It also has concentrated white grape juice, citric acid, natural flavors, natural green coffee flavor, and chunks of dried dragon fruit. 

Lastly, the Starbucks mango dragon fruit lemonade refresher has slightly different ingredients for a twist.

They include water, lemon oil, sugar, and lemon juice.

However, the other components such as water, mango, dragon fruit base, frozen, dried pieces of dragon fruit, citric acid, sugar, and grape juice concentrate remain the same.

The combination of all these produces spectacular drinks you cannot help but crave on a hot summer day. 

Starbucks Dragon Fruit Inclusion Nutrition 

In the summer of 2019, Starbucks came up with a refresher that sold out even on its first day.

The previous summer brought iced tea inclusions, but this brought dragon fruit inclusions.

Notwithstanding the drink’s popularity, many people seek to know its contents. 

While I listed the ingredients, there’s still the need to know their dietary contents. So, let’s see where each dragon fruit inclusions fall on the nutrient radar.

Please note that the drinks’ nutrient content will vary based on the serving size.

The Starbucks dragon drink has 130 calories per 16 fl oz. Let’s see the breakdown.

ParticularsFat contains
Total fat3 g
Saturated fat2.5 g
Trans fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium65 mg
Total carbohydrates 26 g
Dietary fiber1 g
Sugar23 g
Protein1 g
Caffeine45 mg

The second on the list is the refresher mango dragon fruit drink. This dragon inclusion contains a total of 90 calories.

The table below gives a proper breakdown of its nutrient contents. 

ParticularsFat contains
Total fat0 g
Saturated fat0 g
Trans fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium15 mg
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary fiber 0g
Sugar19 g
Protein0 g
Caffeine45 mg

Finally, we have the mango dragon fruit refresher lemonade with 140 calories per grande serving.

Below is the breakdown in tabular form.

ParticularsFat contains
Total fat0 g
Saturated fat0 g
Trans fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium15 mg
Total carbohydrate33 g
Dietary fiber1 g
Sugars30 g
Protein1 g
Caffeine 45 mg

In all three drinks, a prominent similarity is the caffeine content. The caffeine content of the Starbucks dragon fruit inclusions equals that of a regular cup of coffee.

This caffeine concentration comes from the green tea base extracted from fresh coffee beans. Read more about green beans.

The caffeine content is a plus that mostly favors caffeine lovers who despise the taste of coffee.

It presents them with a suitable fruity sweet alternative to coffee that you can take to refresh the mind and relax the nerves.

If you are watching your calorie intake, I suggest you stick to the mango dragon fruit drink as it has the least calories.

But, if your calorie intake is just fine, savor whatever inclusion you like. As a consumption tip, you can shed off the extra calories by swimming, jogging, running, cycling, or walking for some minutes.

Dragon Fruit Inclusion Starbucks Price

If you’ve gone through the Starbucks menu, you’ll notice that this drink is a bit more expensive.

This expense is because it is a hand-shaken/ crafted beverage. However, the price may differ depending on your location and the size you want to purchase. 

However, we shall give the drinks prices based on the four serving sizes: tall, grande, venti, and trenta. 

Serving TypeServing SizeDragon DrinkMango Dragon RefresherMango Dragon Refresher Lemonade
Tall12 fl oz$4.75$3.75$4.25
Grande16 fl oz$4.25$4.25$4.75
Venti24 fl oz$4.75$4.75$5.25
Trenta30 fl ox$5.25$5.25$5.75

Yes, the tangy lemonade variant of the dragon fruit inclusion is more expensive, but it’s worth it like the others.

Interestingly, you can purchase any of these drinks at a lesser rate during Starbucks happy hours. You should install the Starbucks app for more discount offers. 


Starbucks has done a marvelous job at creating this magenta/pinkish drink which is fruity with a touch of creamy and tropical.

The taste is exhilarating, and you can easily swap it with your morning dose of coffee. It’s hand-shaken with ice, and the chunks of dragon fruit make it even more interesting to sip. 

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