Starting today, Starbucks will add the vegan “Dragon Drink” to the permanent menu of its United States and Canada locations. In 2018, the coffee chain launched a limited-edition Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, an Instagram-friendly beverage made with a fruit-juice blend, freeze-dried dragonfruit pieces, and water. However, customers put a new spin on the drink by replacing the water with coconut milk, which inspired Starbucks to add the formulation (dubbed “Dragon Drink”) to the permanent menu. “People love both the flavor and the color,” Alicia Binion from Starbucks research and development said about the original magenta-hued beverage. “It’s bright and vivid, something you would want to take a picture of to share with friends.” In 2017, Starbucks put the secret “Pink Drink” on its official menu after customers repeatedly ordered the chain’s Strawberry Açai Refresher with coconut milk instead of water to create a creamy, vegan-friendly Instagram sensation.
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