Dunkin Refresher Recipe Strawberry Dragonfruit DIY

When you’re looking for a refreshing drink to escape the heat, lots of people turn to Dunkin’s range of fruity beverages. I find that making a Dunkin’ inspired refresher at home allows me to customize the drink to my liking. Plus, it saves me a trip out! These refreshers are a perfect balance of fruity sweetness and the revitalizing edge of green tea, making them a great choice for people who want a non-coffee option.

Exploring the Dunkin’ Refresher Recipe

Setting out to recreate the beloved Dunkin’ Refresher, was a fun experience! Below is my take on the Dunkin’ copycat refresher, with a bit lower sugar content than the original.


  • Green tea: I start with a strong brewed green tea, chilled, which forms the base and adds a nice caffeine boost.
  • Dragonfruit concentrate: I make sure to use a vibrant dragonfruit blend to emulate that iconic Dunkin’ taste.
  • Fresh strawberries: Finely diced strawberries offer natural sweetness and a refreshing bite.
  • Coconut milk (optional): For a creamy twist, I sometimes add coconut milk to give it a tropical flair.
  • Sweetener (optional): To keep the sugar content down, I use a touch of honey or stevia.


  1. Prepare Tea: Brew the green tea and let it cool in the refrigerator.
  2. Blend Fruit: Puree dragonfruit and strawberries until smooth.
  3. Assemble Drink: Fill a glass with ice, pour the dragonfruit/strawberry blend over the ice, and top with chilled green tea. Stir well.
  4. Customize: If I’m feeling indulgent, I swirl in a bit of coconut milk for creaminess.
  5. Sweeten (if needed): I add a dash of sweetener to taste, keeping the sugar to a minimum.

Ingredients Breakdown

A table with ingredients: ice, fruit concentrate, green tea, and water. A pitcher and a stirring spoon are present

Key Ingredients

  • Fruit Concentrate: An ingredient is the fruit concentrate, which typically includes dragon fruit and strawberries, offering the distinctive color and sweetness.
  • Green Tea Extract: Another ingredient is green tea extract, which provides a natural source of caffeine and gives an earthy undertone.

Natural Flavors and Sweetness

  • Citric Acid: Can enhance the tartness and freshness.
  • Natural Flavors: Always aim for natural flavors.
  • Sweeteners: Sugar, honey, and sugar substitutes are all good options.

Variations of Dunkin’ Refreshers

A colorful array of Dunkin' Refreshers in different flavors, garnished with fresh fruit and ice, arranged on a sleek, modern serving tray

Popular Refreshers Flavors

Dunkin’ offers distinct flavors such as the Mango Pineapple Refresher. This tropical blend combines the sweetness of mango with the tang of pineapple, creating a vibrant fusion of flavors. The Strawberry Refresher is another classic, offering a berry-licious and tart taste, perfect for any day. For exotic flavor, creating your own Dragon Fruit Refresher can be delightful, with its unique, slightly sweet taste and gorgeous pink hue. Dunkin’s Peach Passion Fruit Refresher brings a juicy, summery zest to the table. It’s a blend of peaches and passion fruit.

  • Mango Pineapple Refresher: Sweet mango blended with tangy pineapple.
  • Strawberry Refresher: A classic, berry-flavored favorite.
  • Own Dragon Fruit Refresher: Exotic and visually stunning, with a subtly sweet taste.
  • Peach Passion Fruit Refresher: Juicy peaches meet sharp passion fruit.

Seasonal and Custom Variations

Seasonally, Dunkin’ has drinks like the refreshing Dunkin’ Donuts Coconut Refresher with tropical notes and creamy coconut milk. Another drink is the Blue Razz, that makes an appearance occasionally and offers a fun, tangy twist. For those who like a touch of creaminess, add a few vanilla shots to any refresher. It lessens the tartness and enriches the overall profile of the drink.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts Coconut Refresher: Creamy, tropical coconut flavor in a refreshing drink.
  • Blue Razz: Occasional flavor offering a tangy, blue raspberry taste.
  • Vanilla Shots: Add a smooth, creamy sweetness to any of the refreshers.

In experimenting with these variations, one can discover a personal favorite or enjoy the diversity that Dunkin’s Refreshers offer. Whether you’re going for the fruity tang or a smooth, vanilla-infused delight, these refreshers are a hit!

Beverage Preparation Techniques

A hand holding a glass filled with ice, pouring a colorful liquid from a pitcher, while another hand stirs the mixture with a spoon

Crafting the Perfect Refresher

The best way to make a refresher begins with simple ingredients. For my recipe, I use green tea as a base, as its subtle bitterness balances out the sweetness of the fruits. It’s important to choose a good-quality green tea; whether I use store-bought or loose leaves, I ensure it’s fresh and fragrant. Here’s a quick step-by-step:

  1. Brew the green tea and let it cool. I generally steep it for about 2 to 3 minutes to prevent bitterness.
  2. In a blender, combine the key ingredients like dragon fruit and strawberries until pureed. If a sweet drink is desired, I add a touch of a natural sweetener here.
  3. Fill a glass with ice and pour the fruit mixture over it.

Customizing Your Refreshers

When it comes to customizing refreshers, I like to play with flavors and textures. For example, creating a creamy version simply involves stirring in coconut milk, giving a rich contrast to the crispness of the tea and fruit. Here’s how I tailor my drinks:

  • Fruit Mix-Ins: Add a half cup of pink dragon fruit or other fruits for a unique flavor twist.
  • Creaminess: For a richer texture, blend in ¼ to ½ cup of coconut milk until well combined with the fruit puree.
  • Sweetness: Adjust the sweetener to your liking, but always remember, a little goes a long way.

Preferred Equipment

A clear glass filled with ice, poured with a vibrant green Dunkin' Refresher, garnished with a slice of lime and a colorful straw

When I craft my Dunkin’-style refresher at home, selecting the right equipment is crucial to replicate that refreshing experience. It’s not just about the ingredients—I need to ensure my tools and glassware contribute to the perfect sip.


For serving, I prefer using a large glass that can hold plenty of ice and the vibrant colors of the refresher. A tall glass also works well, especially if I want a more layered look for my drink. When choosing the size, a medium glass is the minimum I’ll go, as it provides enough room for a good proportion of ice, the fruit mixture, and green tea.

Brewing Tools

For a truly authentic Dunkin’ flavor, I use green tea bags for the caffeine kick their refreshers have. I steep the tea to make a cup of green tea, then let it cool before mixing it into the drink. If I’m feeling adventurous, I might substitute with a cold brew green tea, steeping it overnight in the fridge for a smoother taste. The key here is to have a clean and controlled brewing process so the tea’s flavor can shine without overpowering the delicate dragon fruit and strawberry notes.

Complementary Drinks

When sipping on a homemade Dunkin’ Refresher, a Vanilla Bean Coolatta or an Iced Coffee can be a welcome addition for those looking for variety or serving a group. Here’s a quick guide:

Vanilla Bean Coolatta

  • Sweet, smooth, and creamy
  • A delightful contrast to the fruity and tart refresher

Iced Coffee

  • Robust and energizing
  • Offers a balance to the sweetness of the refresher

Refreshing Side Options

To accompany my homemade Dunkin’ Refresher, I opt for light and satisfying sides. The goal is to enhance, not overpower, the refreshing qualities of the drink.

Snack Pairings:

  • Fresh fruit salad: aligns with the refreshing theme
  • Shortbread cookies: a subtle, buttery treat that offsets the drink’s tartness

A homemade Dunkin’ Refresher serves as a standout centerpiece for any gathering or a personal treat, paired impeccably with these Refreshment Companions to elevate the snacking experience.

Summer Refreshers

In the summer heat, there’s nothing quite like a cold drink. Last summer, I found that using ice-cold water and lots of ice cubes ensures my refreshers are really cool. Iced green tea serves as a perfect base, not only for its refreshing quality but also because it provides a gentle caffeine kick suitable for a hot day. Here’s a quick breakdown of my go-to summer refresher ingredients:

  • Ice: A generous amount to keep the drink chilled
  • Cold Water: As needed for dilution
  • Iced Green Tea: A robust base for flavor and a light caffeine boost
  • Fruit Puree: For a burst of tropical flavor, stir in dragon fruit or strawberry puree

Health and Dietary Information

As someone who’s interested in making smart food choices, I’ve explored what these drinks have in store for the health-conscious.

Low-Sugar Alternatives

I’ve examined the sugar content in various refresher recipes and found that a typical Dunkin’ Refresher can be high in sugar. For instance, a medium Raspberry Watermelon Refresher from Dunkin’ contains 56 grams of sugar due to the added sugars. However, making a homemade version allows the flexibility to reduce the sugar, allowing for a lower sugar beverage. A homemade refresher with just 5g of sugar can be made by carefully selecting fruit and using no additional sweeteners.

Homemade RefresherStore-bought Refresher
5g of sugarUp to 56g of sugar

Caffeine Content

The green tea base for Dunkin’ Refreshers contributes a certain amount of caffeine. Green tea typically has less caffeine compared to coffee, making these refreshers a middle-ground option for those who are sensitive to caffeine yet want a little energy boost. For example, 2 cups of brewed green tea used in a Strawberry Dragon Fruit Refresher can contain approximately 30-50mg of caffeine. This is less than a standard cup of coffee and a great choice for people looking for delicious beverages with not so much caffeine.

Beverage TypeEstimated Caffeine Content
Brewed Green Tea30-50mg per 2 cups
Standard Coffee95mg per cup

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, you’ll find detailed answers to replicate your favorite Dunkin’ Refreshers at home. From the fruity bliss of the Strawberry Dragonfruit to the exotic Mango Pineapple, I’ve covered some of the most popular flavors and their homemade counterparts.

How can I make a Strawberry Dragonfruit Refresher like Dunkin’s at home?

To make a Strawberry Dragonfruit Refresher, blend green tea with dragon fruit, strawberries, and an optional sweetener until smooth. Pour over ice and add fresh dragon fruit pieces for that authentic Dunkin’ taste. Try our recipe below!

What is the recipe for Dunkin’s Raspberry Watermelon Refresher?

While I don’t have a proprietary recipe for Dunkin’s Raspberry Watermelon Refresher, you can mimic the flavor profile using a mix of raspberry puree, watermelon juice, and chilled green tea, adjusting the sweetness to your preference.

Can you replicate the Dunkin Mango Pineapple Refresher in your own kitchen?

Yes, you can replicate the Dunkin Mango Pineapple Refresher by blending mango and pineapple chunks with green tea. Add a touch of agave or honey to sweeten it as you like, and pour over ice for a refreshing homemade drink.

What ingredients do I need to create a homemade version of the Dunkin Refresher?

To create a homemade version of the Dunkin Refresher, you need green tea as a base, fruit purees or juices corresponding to the flavor you want, such as strawberry or dragon fruit, sweetener, and ice. Add-ins like coconut milk are optional for a creamier texture.

Are there specific proportions to follow for making a Dunkin-style Strawberry Dragonfruit Coconut Refresher?

For a Dunkin-style Strawberry Dragonfruit Coconut Refresher, use about ½ cup of dragon fruit, a handful of strawberries, and ¼-½ cup of coconut milk mixed with green tea. The precise proportions can vary according to your taste preferences.

How much sugar is typically found in a Dunkin Raspberry Watermelon Refresher?

A Dunkin Raspberry Watermelon Refresher contains between 18-20 grams of sugar for the smallest size, primarily derived from fruit purees and added sweeteners. Keep in mind, this amount can vary depending on the specific drink size and any customizations you make.

Dunkin Refresher Strawberry Dragonfruit copycat

Recipe by kitcheneasylifeCourse: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This refreshing drink is perfect for hot summer days or anytime you need a fruity pick-me-up!


  • 1 cup of diced strawberries

  • 1/2 cup of diced dragonfruit

  • 1/4 cup of simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup of water

  • 1/2 cup of ice

  • 1/2 cup of lemonade

  • 1/2 cup of coconut water

  • 1/2 cup brewed green tea, cooled


  • In a blender, combine the diced strawberries, diced dragonfruit, simple syrup, and water. Blend until smooth.
  • Strain the mixture to remove any seeds or pulp.
  • In a glass, add the ice and pour the blended fruit mixture over it.
  • Pour in the lemonade, cooled tea and coconut water, and stir to combine.
  • Garnish with a slice of strawberry or dragonfruit if desired.

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