Starbucks Introduces Wild New Menu Item, Along With Other Surprises

By Colin Fredericson

Starbucks unveiled a colorful new drink for menus at all Starbucks locations in the United States and Canada, and brought back three old favorites.

The new “Dragon Drink” is bright pink, with what look like fruity bits floating at the top. The drink contains fruit juice simulating the flavor of dragonfruit, according to a drink profile on Starbucks’s website.

The new drink became available on April 30 at all Starbucks shops in the United States and Canada, People reported.

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Starbucks’s new Dragon Drink, in a photo from NTD offices in Toronto, Canada on May 1, 2019. (Margaret Wollensak/The Epoch Times)

“It has a very sweet flavour, but not overly powerful, unlike the frappuccinos that Starbucks has,” one customer who bought a Dragon Drink told NTD. “Not overwhelmingly sweet, but still pretty sweet. It’s tart too so the two sort of balance each other out.

She said the new drink reminds her of Starbucks’s “Refreshers” drink series, but with added coconut milk.

“Hints of dragonfruit flavour, the mango isn’t super in your face. It is, however, very vibrant in colour—the magenta is very strong, making this a pretty aesthetic drink, let’s be real.

“There are dragonfruit inclusions, like little chunks of dragonfruit,” she continued. “I personally really like the dragonfruit addition, it’s really pretty and tasty.”

She shared that she bought an extra-large trenta size, the biggest available at Starbucks, which is 31 ounces, and had four portions of dragonfruit inclusions added, which brought her drink to about one-third fruit and two-thirds ice.

“A great thing is that this drink isn’t super heavy. The coconut milk does make it a little more creamy than the non-milk version, for obvious reasons,” she said, adding, “coconut milk is great.”

For the health conscious and the curious, here is the complete Dragon Drink ingredients list, from the Starbucks website: ice, mango dragonfruit refreshers base [water, sugar, white grape juice concentrate, natural flavors, citric acid, natural green coffee flavor, rebaudiside-a], coconut milk [water, coconut cream, cane sugar, contains 2% or less of tricalcium phosphate, coconut water concentrate, sea salt, natural flavors, xanthan gum, gellan gum, corn dextrin, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin D2], freeze-dried dragonfruit pieces.

The Dragon Drink wasn’t the only item that came to Starbucks menu on April 30. Two fan-favorite drinks returned for a permanent placement on the menu, People reported.

The Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino and the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino have returned.

Another special drink is also returning, but only for a limited time. The S’mores Frappuccino was discontinued last year, but is now on offer in some United States and Canada locations.

Starbucks posted a series of Instagram photos and videos leading up to the return of the S’mores Frappuccino, and those posts are extremely popular. Some of the video posts have over one million views. Comments for most of those posts number in the thousands.

Special features of the S’mores Frappuccino include the marshmallow whipped cream and the graham cracker pieces.