Dragon Fruit Margarita Mocktail
It’s no secret how dragon fruit gets its name. One look at its scaly skin and you’re humming Puff the Magic Dragon. But its wild, prehistoric appearance belies a sweet flavor that’s been described as a cross between a pear and a kiwi. If you haven’t had one before, you’re in for a treat.
When choosing dragon fruit, squeeze the fruit gently. It should give a little bit without feeling too soft or mushy. Avoid fruit that has bruises or dry leaves, which are signs that it’s overripe. If it feels hard when you press it, let it ripen on the counter for a few days before eating.
When you’re ready to eat it, try our easy Dragon Fruit Margarita Mocktail recipe. It was created by Ken Grogg, FoodE Expert at Lunds & Byerlys White Bear Lake. It’s a light, sweet drink with vanilla extract for a bit of warmth and orange and lime zest for a tropical twist. If you close your eyes when you take your first sip, we dare you not to be transported to a sandy, palm tree-lined beach.
Enjoy this easy-to-make mocktail as a smoothie and bask in the glow of its many health-enriching properties, or make the margarita version for a fun twist. You’ll still get all the antioxidants, along with a celebratory feel.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
2 red or yellow dragon fruit
¼ cup hazelnuts
1 ounce blue agave nectar
¼ ounce pure vanilla extract
1 navel orange
1 Key lime
L&B Coarse French Sea Salt (optional)
- Peel the dragon fruit and scoop the flesh into a blender. Add the hazelnuts, blue agave nectar and vanilla extract.
- Zest half the navel orange and half the Key lime, leaving as much pith on the fruit as possible. Reserve the zest.
- Cut the navel orange and Key lime in half, and squeeze their juices over a mesh strainer into the blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Rim four margarita glasses with coarse sea salt. Pour the dragon fruit mixture into the glasses, then sprinkle the orange zest and Key lime zest over the top of each glass. Serve, and enjoy!
- Blend the mixture with ice to make frozen margaritas.
- For a mocktail, after step 5, add sparkling water and serve on the rocks.
- Replace the hazelnuts with 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger.
- If dragon fruit is out of season, try blending 1 peeled and seeded pear, 1 cup of seedless watermelon and 1 peeled kiwi to attain a similar flavor profile and juice content. The rest of the ingredients and instructions remain the same.
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