The Dunkin’ Donuts menu has continued to grow every year since it was founded way back in 1950, so you can expect to find a lot more than just donuts here. In addition to the long list of donut options and coffee drinks, Dunkin’ now offers a variety of Refreshers, which are the perfect beverage choice for anyone wanting to cool down in the summertime.
Want to know more about Dunkin’ Refreshers? Check out this complete guide on the 9 best flavors on the menu this summer.
9 Dunkin’ Donuts Refresher Drinks (Best Flavors To Order In Summer)
Dunkin’ Donuts Refreshers haven’t been around for that long; they officially became available on June 17th, 2020. Dunkin’ released this new summertime drink after the pandemic hit as a way to “keep guests feeling renewed and refreshed.” Even though Refreshers are still considered a new addition to the Dunkin’ menu, they’ve become wildly popular.
In the beginning, the company offered only the Strawberry Dragon fruit flavored and Peach Passionfruit flavored Refreshers, but now, there’s a variety of Dunkin’ Donuts Refresher flavors to choose from. Here are the best of them:
*Keep in mind that the Dunkin’ Donuts Refresher menu is subject to change based on store location, season, and flavor availability.
1. Pink Strawberry Coconut Milk Refresher
If you want to sip on something sweet, creamy, and downright refreshing, the best Dunkin’ Refresher for you is the one flavored with strawberry fruit concentrates and coconut milk. The “Pink” in the name doesn’t just refer to strawberries; this one also contains dragonfruit, giving it a pretty pink hue.
The strawberry dragon fruit combination works well, but there’s no denying that the strawberry flavor overpowers the dragonfruit. However, the dragonfruit adds an additional layer of soft sweetness, and the coconut milk dilutes it just enough.
You can get a medium for about $3, so the best news of all is that it won’t break the bank.
According to the official Pink Strawberry nutrition facts, a medium-size Pink Strawberry coconut refresher contains about 170 calories, most of which are from carbohydrates. These Dunkin refreshers have caffeine from the green tea extract, and each one has about 28 grams of sugar, so while it's not a low-sugar option, it's still a great choice if you want to cool down with a low-fat drink.
2. Purple Pomegranate Coconut Milk Refresher
The Purple Pomegranate flavor is another Dunkin’ Donuts coconut refresher that has been deemed one of the most colorful.
The bright purple of this drink is the perfect representation of its flavor profile: powerful because of the pomegranate juice concentrate, yet refreshing thanks to the coconut milk.
This particular flavor combines blueberry and pomegranate juices with creamy coconut milk.
For some of you, the fruity combination may be too overpowering, so if you like a more subtle flavor, ask for less fruit concentrate and more coconut milk instead.
These Dunkin refreshers have caffeine from the green tea, but only a small hit.
3. Peach Passionfruit Refresher
The name “Peach Passion” says it all; the Peach Passion fruit Refresher at Dunkin’ Donuts is all about getting peachy, and the added passionfruit gives this drink a citrusy tart punch.
Unlike the previous Pink Strawberry and the Purple Pomegranate, the Peach Passion flavor isn't made with a coconut milk base (unless you ask for it). Instead, it's made with brewed green tea extract and a blend of B vitamins, so it's not considered a creamy drink like the other drinks.
This was one of the original Refresher flavors released by Dunkin’ Donuts in 2020, and it has continued to rank as one of the best-selling options throughout the summer months. According to the Peach Passion Fruit nutrition facts, a medium-size will only set you back 130 calories on a hot summer day.
4. Golden Peach Coconut Milk Refresher
It’s easy to assume that the Golden Peach Dunkin Refreshers would be similar to the Peach Passion Fruit flavor, but these 2 drinks couldn’t be more different. Unlike the Peach Passion Fruit, this Golden Peach coconut refresher uses coconut milk as the base, so while it’s still peachy, it’s much creamier than other iced drinks.
These Dunkin refreshers combine sweet peach and passion fruit while also delivering a slight taste of lychee, a tropical fruit that's native to China. They also contain green tea in the base. Because of the fruity refresher flavor, you can't taste much of the coconut milk, but you will definitely notice its creaminess.
5. Apple Cranberry Refresher
The Apple Cranberry Refresher at Dunkin' Donuts is another solid choice if you're ready to ditch the hot coffee this summer and trade it out for a cold fruity drink. This may sound like an autumn beverage, and yes, it’s these Dunkin refreshers are marketed more during the fall season, but you can still order it in the summer months.
This Refresher combines Honeycrisp apple and cranberry fruit flavors with brewed Green Tea and B Vitamins for an added boost of energy to get you through a hot summer day. There's also the Apple Cranberry Dunkin' Coconut Dunkin Refreshers, which are made with green tea, but also come with coconut milk for a bright-tasting beverage that's subtly sweet.
6. Blueberry Pomegranate Refresher
Blueberry Pomegranate Dunkin refreshers are another fruity drink to make the list of the 9 best flavors for summer. This one is basically the same as the Purple Pomegranate, only it doesn’t have a creamy coconut finish. It features a combination of iced green tea, flavored fruit concentrate of blueberry and pomegranate, and B vitamins.
The combination of brewed green tea and vitamins actually makes this one of the healthier iced drinks. You also get the fruity flavor from the flavored fruit concentrates so this healthy beverage is easy on the pallet!
7. Strawberry Dragon fruit Refresher
Alongside Peach Passion Fruit, the Dunkin’ Strawberry Dragon fruit Refresher was one of the original flavors to be released. It’s very similar to the newer Pink Strawberry Coconut Milk option, just without the added coconut milk. So if you're not a huge fan of coconut, but you still love strawberry (and the subtle flavor of dragonfruit), this is the one for you.
A medium-sized portion of this pretty pink drink is just 130 calories in total and these refreshers have caffeine from the brewed green tea extract. Because there’s no coconut milk in this one, it has 0 grams of fat and no cholesterol. It does have a whopping 29 grams of sugar, but that’s pretty standard for Dunkin’ Refreshers.
8. Strawberry Lemonade Refresher
Instead of using coconut milk or green tea base, the Dunkin' Lemonade Refreshers use - you guessed it - lemonade as the primary ingredient. The most popular of these is the Strawberry Lemonade Refresher, which is made by combining lemonade with strawberry fruit extracts and a blend of B Vitamins. The Dunkin refreshers have caffeine from the green tea extract, but you can barely taste it over the flavored fruit concentrate and lemonade.
9. Blueberry Lemonade Refresher
The Blueberry Lemonade Refresher is just like the one made with strawberry flavoring, only this one comes with blueberry flavored fruit concentrate instead. The combination of lemon and blueberry is as refreshing as it gets, but feel free to ask for coconut milk added if you prefer your Dunkin refresers creamier.
What Are Dunkin’ Donuts Refreshers & How To Order Them?
If you look at the Dunkin’ menu online, you’ll see “Dunkin’ Refreshers” front and center under the “Teas & More” category. But what are Dunkin’ Donuts Refreshers, and how do you go about ordering one?
The concept behind Refreshers is very simple. They were created for people who aren't interested in drinking coffee, but still want a lightly caffeinated, energizing (and refreshing) drink to sip on. No matter the flavor you choose, each Refresher is made from a concentrate that contains green tea extract and B vitamins, so there's no denying that refreshers have caffeine.
Along with the caffeine, most Dunkin refresher options have some health benefits from the iced green tea or green tea extract in the base. Green tea and iced green tea have been proven to improve brain function, release antioxidants, and even increase fat burning. Your body will certainly thank you for switching to a green tea based refresher!
These drinks were also made to be light and low in calories, and unlike many iced coffee drinks that have upwards of 400 calories, all Refreshers contain 200 calories or less, depending on the size. They're made without artificial flavors or dyes, and the flavoring comes from a fruity concentrate base that's diluted with green tea or coconut milk based on the customer's choice.
Tips for Ordering
Refreshers are available any time of day or night, and you don’t have to ask for any additional sweetener since the fruit concentrate is presweetened. Standard Refreshers don’t come with dairy, but if you want a creamier drink, feel free to ask for yours with milk, cream, or a non-dairy alternative.
The Dunkin’ Donuts app is pretty comprehensive for placing orders, but unfortunately, not all Refreshers are available through the app; only the Strawberry Dragon fruit and Peach Passion fruit flavors can be ordered online ahead of time. For any of the coconut milk versions, you’ll have to order at the store counter or the drive-thru window.
Frequently Asked Dunkin’ Donuts Refreshers Questions
Is the menu for Dunkin’ Donuts Refreshers seasonal?
While there are a few Dunkin Refresher flavors that are available all year round, like the Strawberry Dragon fruit and the Peach Passion, some Dunkin refresher flavors are released just before spring and summertime.
For example, a 2022 seasonal flavor debut from Dunkin' says that “the NEW Mango Pineapple Dunkin’ Refresher features Mango and Pineapple fruit flavors, combined with your choice of Green Tea, Coconutmilk or Lemonade…” So you can go with one of the classics or opt for a seasonal flavor like Mango Pineapple.
Are Dunkin’ Refreshers high in calories?
Nope! Not only do Refreshers contain a lot of clean ingredients, but they’re also considered a light option when it comes to calories.
A small 12-ounce Refresher contains just 80 calories as long as you don’t ask for any additives, the medium size has about 130 calories, and the large 32-ounce is less than 200 calories. Compared to nearly 500 calories in a large blended frozen drink, the Dunkin’ Refresher is considered a much lighter choice.
Do Dunkin’ Refreshers have a lot of sugar?
Yes, Refreshers do contain quite a bit of sugar, usually between 27 and 29 grams. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this since the fruit concentrate used to make the drink comes presweetened.
For more nutrition information, click here to learn about added sugars, calories, fat content, and how much caffeine is in each drink.
Do Dunkin’ Refreshers have caffeine?
Yep, Refreshers have caffeine! While a Refresher doesn’t have as much caffeine as your standard coffee beverage, it is still lightly caffeinated and you will feel a slight boost of energy from the B Vitamins and green tea extract. Exactly how much caffeine is in each will vary, but the medium size has 66 milligrams of caffeine, which is about ⅓ of the caffeine found in a small Dunkin' iced coffee.
How much do Dunkin’ Refreshers cost?
Just like most things on the Dunkin’ menu, Refreshers are extremely affordable. The medium size is just over $2 when you factor in tax, which is about half the cost of the iced drinks at Starbucks and other competing coffee chains.
There you have it - the complete guide to Dunkin’ Refreshers! If you’re still not convinced that you’ll enjoy sipping on a Refresher this summer season, just give it a try. Chances are, you’ll start believing that America does, in fact, run on Dunkin'... Refreshers!
No matter which flavor you choose all Refreshers have caffeine, and this is the perfect drink for getting an afternoon energy boost when the temperatures start to rise.