Dragon Fruit Colada Cocktail





CHEERS TO SUMMER!



Woo hoo!!!

 It's the first day of summer!

   It's the summer solstice!

It's the longest day 
and shortest night 
of the year! 


And, by the way:  today, the strawberry moon* will happen to coincide with the summer solstice, the first time that has happened since 1967, almost 50 years ago.  The next one won't occur again until 2062!


 ~ Toast to Summer Solstice 
with this great drink ~


It’s a cactus
It’s the exotic dragon fruit
It looks like a beautiful vivid pink flower! 


Pitahaya-producing cacti fruit, known in English as Dragon Fruit, is indigenous to Central America, but is also grown and exported from Israel and several Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.  

Its succulent stem provides the uniquely delicious fruit with moisture in the arid climates where it grows.

Dragon fruit comes in 3 colors ~ 2 have pink skin, but with different colored flesh (one white, like the one I show here, the other red), while another is yellow (looks sort of like a pineapple with spikes), with white flesh.  





The flowers are nocturnal, and bloom in full for just one night.  That means they have one wonderful evening for a bat or moth to help pollinate it and turn it into a dragon fruit, otherwise the 6” spiky greenish white bloom wilts by sunrise.  


The Dragon or Pitahaya Fruit grown in Thailand

The leaves are slightly overlaid, similar to an artichoke on the outside, with a plethora of small, black, edible seeds filling the inside flesh. 

The flavor is mildly sweet ~ reminds me of kiwi, with a sort of crunchy texture.

It definitely is a change of pace in the fruit world, but it does have its benefits:  It’s high in nutrition, fights diabetes, reduces the signs of aging, strengthens your immune system, helps your hair grow, and is rich in fiber and more.  Reducing the signs of aging sold me on it❣

Look for dragon fruit at your local farmer’s market or grocery store to make this soothing little drink.  







It’s refreshing, and light, perfect for a summer cocktail ~ dragon fruit, coconut milk, lime juice, which all blends nicely with white rum!  

It’s a delight!

Dragon Fruit Colada Cocktail
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

1½ cups ice cubes
¾ cup peeled cubed dragon fruit
2 tablespoons simple syrup**
4 ounces white rum
¼ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon lime juice
Lime slices for garnish

Method:

Place ice cubes in blender and crush.
Add remaining ingredients, except lime slices, and purée until combined.
Pour into cocktail glasses and garnish with lime slice.
Makes 4 cocktails

**Simple Syrup:

In small saucepan, bring equal amounts of granulated sugar and water to a boil; simmer, stirring occasionally, until clear and syrupy, about 2 minutes.  Let cool completely.



Enjoy!



* The strawberry moon is the nickname given to the full moon in the month of June.


47 comments:

  1. I had no idea this was a cactus blossom. I like to think I am the cacti queen so I wonder if I can buy one of these plants for a container. Lovely summer cocktail, Pam!

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  2. Hi Debra! Yes I think you can! I would love to try it and will check it out! Thanks!

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  3. Those dragon fruit plants are so cool! That's a great summer cocktail.
    Happy Summer, Pam!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! I think they are too!

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  4. Mmmmm..looks so pretty in that glass!

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  5. So yummy, refreshing and tropical! Perfect for these hot summer days!

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  6. Cactus fruit is my favorite; ours has yellow flesh, and sometimes red flesh. I've been long aware of its health benefits, but now reading your post I'm learning that a delightful cool cocktail can be prepared of it. What a delicious summer drink!

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    1. Thanks, Duta! I've been looking for the red and yellow too. The fruit definitely has more than its share of health benefits, and that makes it even better. Have a great day!

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  7. Hi Pam,
    What an interesting fruit. I have seen them but did not know much about the fruit. This drink looks and sounds so refreshing and relaxing...Did not know about it's health benefits, always something to learn about..A great summer drink for the first day of summer! Thanks for sharing...Have a good and relaxing week ahead.
    Hugs Dottie :)

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    1. Thanks, Dottie! Yes, I was amazed with the nutrition this fruit holds. I like the crunchy texture and mild taste of it. Have a great day and Happy Summer! Hugs

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  8. I love that fruit and al it's gorgeousness..it looks like a Christmas cactus..I had never seen the plant..yum.

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    1. Thanks, Monique! It does look like a Christmas cactus, really pretty!

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  9. Pam, My better half would love this refreshing cocktail! I'd never heard of dragon fruit but it sure looks and sounds great... We'll be looking for it the next time we go to the grocery store. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, Dave! I had to try it after seeing how great it looks. Mild taste but perfect for this cocktail. Take care

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  10. Very interesting to learn about the dragon fruit and its flowers! I've never tried one but have seen them in some specialty markets. The cocktail sounds like a wonderful way to use them!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! It's definitely a unique fruit!

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  11. Dragon fruit drinks -- neat idea -- it's a bit hard to know what to do with them. In various sizes and colors they definitely appear at the Kona, Hawaii, farmers' market. But I'm afraid no one could grow them up here in Michigan! And our farmers' markets are all restricted to what the vendors actually grow themselves -- no third-party sales.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae! I've been to Hawaii but don't remember these from that time. But I was in awe of the plumeria there for sure!

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  12. Happy Summer Pam! I love dragon fruits, but never thought in making drinks...your drink with dragon fruits sounds and looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
    Have a great week :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! Here's wishing you a great fun summer!

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  13. Pam look soooo beautiful !!! xoxoxo

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  14. I love, love summer and I love your cocktail Pam! Pina Colada is one of my favorite cocktails!

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    1. Thanks, Katerina! I love them both too!

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  15. Hi Pam, what an exotic looking fruit, love the picture of the plants. If I come across this dragon fruit in the market I will pick some up and make this. Pinned!!

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    1. Hi Cheri! It definitely is exotic and good too!

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  16. Wow, what a great drink! This must have tons of flavor. I don't often use dragon fruit -- glad to have a recipe for them. Love that last picture, BTW -- really good. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, John! You always have great gorgeous looking drinks! Have a wonderful day!

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  17. Interesting, never seen this before.

    Looks like a refreshing beverage.

    M : )

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    1. Hi Melinda! It's so colorful and a different fruit for sure. Take care

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  18. Aren't dragon fruit the craziest things? So pretty, inside and out. This cocktail looks divine - but I must wait til the summer as it is cold and grey and distinctly unsummery here right now.

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    1. Hi Cakelaw! Yes, they are the craziest! It's a summer cocktail for sure.

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  19. dragon fruits are so unique-looking and i think they taste great. what a wonderful and delicious way to make use of both of those qualities! :)

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    1. Thanks, Grace! Unique name too! :-)

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  20. Doesn't that look yummy? Sort of a pina colada with dragon fruit!

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  21. I always want to try this but I cannot part with the money. They're nine dollars a pound by me and as much as I try, I cannot do it.

    Someday!

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    1. Don't blame you, Ivy! They cost around $3.99 per pound here and this one weighed well under a pound. Hope you can try one soon!

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    2. Wow, that's a great price compared to mine.

      Someday, I'm gonna bite the bullet and give it a go.

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  22. This drink looks refreshing. I have seen dragon fruit at the market. I need to pick up one the next time.

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  23. The plant, the fruit and the cocktail all look very exotic. I haven't seen any dragon fruit at the markets but you would think that it is grown somewhere here in Florida.

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    1. Hi Karen! Yes, you're right, seems like it would be somewhere in Florida. Have a good day!

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  24. Hi Pam,
    Dragon fruit is a favourite with my kids, they especially love the red flesh ones. Making it into a pina colada sounds so, so good! I got to give this a try!

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    1. Hi Joyce! I'm sure it's plentiful in your area. And it's great your kids like it. Wish I could find the ones with red flesh. Take care

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