A thirst-quenching drink made at home with real fruit for a fraction of the price of the real thing!
I'm a big Starbucks girl. I especially love their refresher drinks and lemonades in the summer. But if you're like me, you don't want to spend $6 on one drink 3+ times per week!
So, I came up with my own recipe that tastes very similar to the Starbucks mango dragon fruit lemonade! This one is made with real fruit (not the powder), has 5g of fiber, and is a lot cheaper to make. It's also so easy!
Whether you love this classic Starbucks refresher or you've never tasted dragon fruit before, this recipe is for you :) The best part about this recipe is that I use canned mango nectar and frozen dragon fruit, so the ingredients last a long time and you don't have to worry about them spoiling! *See recipe notes for dragon fruit information
The taste of dragon fruit can be described as a cross between a pear and a kiwi, and pairs perfectly with mango and lemon. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Total time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
1/4 c white grape juice (no sugar added)**
1/4 c mango nectar*
2/3 c water
1/3 c frozen dragon fruit pieces*
3 tsp lemon juice (fresh squeezed or from a bottle both work!)
To Make Caffeinated:
Add 1/4 tsp green coffee bean extract*
*See recipe notes
**See ingredient swaps
Add a tsp of honey to the shaker
1. Add white grape juice, mango nectar, water, frozen dragon fruit pieces and lemon juice to the shaker.
2. Place lid on shaker and shake for a few seconds until dragon fruit juice has mixed well with the other liquids (you will be able to tell that it is mixed as it changes color).
3. Fill a glass with ice cubes. Remove lid from shaker and pour all contents into the glass.
4. Optional: top with additional frozen dragon fruit pieces. Enjoy!
Serving size: 12oz.
Calories: 170 kcal ● Fat: 0g ● Protein: 1g ● Carbohydrates: 42g ● Dietary Fiber: 5g
You can use apple juice instead of white grape juice, too! Just make sure it has no added sugar, or it may make your drink very sweet.
I purchased my frozen dragon fruit pieces from Pick 'N Save. Found in the freezer section by the fruit and ice cream! Here is a link to the item. I found these super convenient because they are already chopped and ready to use! Plus, frozen dragon fruit has a longer shelf life :)
I use green coffee bean extract from Bulk Supplements. It's gluten free and will give you a little energy boost! Be careful not to add too much, or your drink will be bitter. You may want to add some honey if you add caffeine--although the mango juice already has some added sugars!
Make vs. Buy Comparison: (12oz.)
Starbucks Mango Dragon Fruit Lemonade:
Added Sugars: 24g
Calories: 110 kcal
Price per 12oz. serving (tall): $4.95
Added Sugars: 12g
Calories: 170 kcal
Price per 12oz. serving: $2.20
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