Mango Dragon Fruit Smoothie (Starbucks Copycat)

June 25, 2018

 

Dragon fruit drink.  You've probably heard of the crazy popular new dragon fruit drink from Starbucks, the dragon fruit refresher.  It's bright magenta, delicious and as the name implies, refreshing!  I couldn't help myself so I did a bit of experimenting with dragon fruit and came up with a totally rad copycat version!  This drink IS SO DELICIOUS {if you took the word delicious and multiplied it by a million, that would be more accurate}.  Starbucks uses the pink fleshed dragon fruit in their drink but the white fleshed dragon fruit is much easier to find at your local grocery store, so that's what I used.  If you have never heard of, or tasted dragon fruit here are just a few fun facts:

 

1. It tastes like a mild flavored kiwi {with the same consistency}

2. It's health benefits are numerous {it's an immunity booster thanks to the Vitamin C}

3. They grow on a cactus

 

 

Here's what makes up this scrumptious mango dragon fruit smoothie; mango, dragon fruit, raspberries, lemonade and ice {also coconut milk for the creamier dreamier version}.  Everything goes in my blendtec  blender, super easy.  It's perfect for that hot summer heat, lounging by the pool with your family and friends when you want something healthy and light to sip on.  Kids love it and adults love it {everyone loves it}.  

 

 

The super bright magenta pink color comes from raspberries that have gone through a fine mesh strainer so you are left with a concentrated and luscious raspberry sauce {get all those pesky seeds out that get stuck in your teeth}.  Some goes in your smoothie and some gets poured into the bottom of the cup.  So when you drink the smoothie you get bursts of vibrant, fresh, tangy raspberries!  

 

Grab your blender, a few ingredients and get ready to to be blown away by this summer's hottest drink!

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Active Time: 2 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 dragon fruit

1 mango

1 6 oz. container red raspberries, washed

12 oz Simply Lemonade with Blueberry

2 c ice

Coconut milk

 

Instructions:

Cut the dragon fruit in half, lengthwise.  You can either peel the outer pink skin away or scoop it out with a spoon.  Reserve a few slivers and cut them up into little cubes, set these aside for now.  Add raspberries to a fine mesh strainer, using the back of a spoon press down on to the raspberries, catching the raspberry sauce in a bowl underneath {this take a few minutes}.  Cut up the mango*.  

 

To your blender add the blueberry lemonade, dragon fruit, mango, 3/4 of the raspberry sauce and ice.  Blend until mixed.  Grab a glass and pour some of the raspberry sauce in the bottom, move the glass in a swirling motion to coat the edges of the glass.  Pour the smoothie into your glass and top it with the cubes of dragon fruit.  

 

For a more tropical vibe, splash in some coconut milk!  This reminds me of a drink I would get straight out of the Hawaiian Islands on vacation.  Try it both ways!

 

Enjoy!!

Tara

 

*To cut a mango you are going to make two cuts lengthwise about 1/4" away from the top stem.  Your goal is to cut alongside the mango pit so you don't have to deal with it.  Now take your knife and make slits in the mango halves you just cut off.  Make squares.  You'll take your knife and cut across the bottom of each half to dislodge the mango from the peel.

 

{below is the smoothie with coconut milk added}

 

 

 

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