At Starbucks, Unicorns Are Out & Dragons Are In

The coffee chain’s lineup now includes a caffeinated brew of mango and dragon fruit.

By Ethan L. Johns
June 19, 2018

Image: Starbucks

Goodbye, unicorns, zombies and crystal balls. Hello to bright, tropical flavors and fiery, dragon’s breath colors.

On Tuesday, Starbucks announced the release of the brand-new “Mango Dragonfruit Starbucks Refresher” beverage, which will join the coffee chain’s permanent menu. It is made by shaking a caffeinated fruit juice base—in this case mango and dragon fruit—with water, ice and chunks of dragon fruit.

Water can be substituted with coconut milk, to make a richer, creamier beverage.

As with everything these days, it has Instagram flare built in, with the company describing it as “something you would want to take a picture of to share with friends.”

“Even the name dragon fruit sounds magical,” said Alicia Binion, creator of the drink, in a statement. “It’s one of those up-and-coming flavors. The red-fleshed fruit is less common and helps make this drink so fun and unique.”

Starbucks “Refreshers” are made using an extract from green coffee beans. This extract contains the all the caffeine of coffee, without the dark, roasted tastes, aroma and color that you’re used to in the morning. The “Mango Dragonfruit Refresher” joins other flavors in the green coffee lineup, including “Very Berry Hibiscus,” “Pink Drink” and “Violet Drink.”

So this flaming-hot pink drink is just one way to avoid the burn of summer.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns