Starbucks' motto for the summer must be "can't stop, won't stop" because the powerhouse coffee chain continues to add delicious new drinks to its menu. Just a couple of weeks ago, it added three new items to its permanent menu, one of them being the Serious Strawberry Frappuccino. And now? We have a new refresher to choose from: a mango-dragon fruit refresher.
Joining the already tasty lineup of berry, strawberry-acai and lime flavors, the tropical mango dragon fruit refresher is a refreshing combo of sweet mango and dragon fruit flavors according to Starbucks' website. And as you'll always find in their refreshers, each cup comes with a scoop of real diced dragon fruit (also known as pitaya).
The new refresher hit menus across the U.S. and Canada yesterday and ranges in price from $3.25 to $4.95, depending on what size you get. While the price might seem a bit steep (as the price of most Starbucks drinks do), the number of calories is relatively low: a grande size has 90 calories with no artificial colors or sweeteners. Just don't look at the amount of sugar per serving… (19 grams!).
It doesn't end there: Starbucks also released a version 2.0 of the new refresher called the Dragon Drink. Cute, right? This is basically a creamier version of the mango-dragon fruit refresher, using coconut milk instead of water.
We didn't think they could possibly top the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher in taste, but it seems they got pretty close. According to the Real Simple team, who tried the new refresher, it's a great pick-me-up on a hot summer day.
"It was sweet without being overpowering, and the mango flavor came through. We decided overall it tasted a little bit artificial, but was good for an afternoon pick-me-up."
But it sounds like they liked the Dragon Drink even more, saying, "the coconut milk's fattiness cut through the sweetness of the drink and balanced the flavors out."
Looks like we're stepping out to Starbucks during our lunch break — and framing up the perfect Instagram photo of this new, photogenic pink drink.