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Fire Dragon Juice - A Tropical Cocktail Creation

What is a dragon fruit?

What is that thing?

Purple dragon fruit (pitaya) cut in half

Cut it in half and the fruit inside can only be described as ‘radioactive purple’.  The color is so vibrant that neither of my cameras could pick it up correctly.  So intense it will stain the cutting board, your fingers, your lips and tongue, your clothes, and yes, even your urine.  So striking that it could only be called - Dragon Fruit (or translated from Chinese - Fire Dragon Fruit ).

purple dragon fruits for sale at morning market in Penang Malaysia
Dragon fruit - or Pitaya - has a pinkish-red skin, and usually a white fruit speckled with tiny black seeds similar to kiwi.  But the sweeter, more flavorful type has a vivid purple fruit.  A fruit I was shocked to see, and taste, when I first visited Malaysia. 

Fire Dragon Juice recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

But I have to admit after eating so many of them over the years, a ripe purple dragon fruit is becoming too sweet for my taste.  So when Reese’s mom bought us one from the morning market the other day, I decided to blend it into a juice with a couple of contrasting flavors – lemon juice and fresh mint leaf

Fire Dragon Juice (a tropical cocktail) recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

With the sour lemon flavor, and the refreshing spice of mint, I think I’ve tamed the dragon and invented another Malaysian tropical cocktail – Fire Dragon Juice! 

Or it would have been a cocktail if I hadn’t rum out of run.   I mean, run out of rum.  Wait a second, maybe there is a shot of rum in this.

Fire Dragon Juice recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com

Fire Dragon Juice by Season with Spice
Makes 2 glasses

1/2 of a large purple dragon fruit (pitaya)
2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
8 mint leaves
1 can of soda water
Ice cubes
1 shot of rum (optional, but highly recommended)

The process:
1. Peel, and cut the dragon fruit into chunks, and place in blender.  Add lemon juice, and blend.
2. Add mint leaves to blender and blend for just a second so there are parts of the leaves still visible in the drink.
3. Add half a shot of rum each into two glasses with your preferred number of ice cubes.  Then fill both glasses halfway with the blended mix.  Top off with soda water (but be careful since dragon fruit and carbonated drinks have a bit of an explosive reaction). 
4. Garnish with mint leaves and a slice of lemon, and drink until you're purple in the face!

Fire Dragon Juice recipe by SeasonWithSpice.com


George said...

Hmmm.... I'm so curious of what this tastes like! Arggg...

PS. Great Blog!

Tamara said...

Wow, what a gorgeous color! This looks stunning, both fruit and juice. I've never heard nor seen this fruit, but would definitely try it if it wad offered to me :)

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said...

I've never tasted dragon fruit before, but these pictures make me want to run out and find one!

The Procrastobaker said...

I have absolutely no idea what this gorgeous concoction must be delicious if it tastes even half as good as it looks! So so stunning, quite a talking point :)

Plateful said...

That's such a beautiful purplish pink! You know, I been skeptical about buying this fruit whenever I come across it at the local stores. I was doubtful of the taste and couldnt figure out a way to use it other than snacking on it :) You just changed my mind... it's alread on my shopping list!

SeasonWithSpice said...

Thanks everyone!

The flavor of a purple dragon fruit is hard to explain. It is very sweet and fruity, but doesn't have a distinct flavor, other than the slightly nutty taste from the seeds. It has a high water content, almost as much as a watermelon, so it is best eaten by itself, or made into a juice/cocktail. I made ice cream with it before (after boiling it into a paste), but the flavor was still so weak that I needed to add chocolate chips, so it didn't just taste like vanilla ice cream (you can see a picture of the very pink ice cream at the bottom of my nutmeg ice cream post here: http://blog.seasonwithspice.com/2011/03/chocolate-nutmeg-ice-cream.html)

Nashi - you'll love it. Do you have the purple one in Qatar? I usually find the white fruit one (which has the same purple skin) in other countries. Hopefully, they sell it there. Enjoy!

Nicole @ It's Feeding Time at the Zoo said...

What a gorgeous drink. I've never seen a purple dragonfruit before, the ones we get here are always white on the inside.

Teresa said...

Gorgeous color! I would love to taste that exotic fruit! I can't keep looking at your pictures, are tooooo much appealing, good bye ;)

Wok with Ray said...

The color is so beautiful and vibrant, not to mention it's wonderful flavor! Great idea on neutralizing the sweetness with lemon and mint. Happy New Year!

Mel (Sharky Oven Gloves) said...

This is so beautiful! I discovered dragonfruit with the white insides when I was in Hong Kong, but I've never seen the variety with the bright purple inside – it's stunning!! I'm so intrigued by it – too bad I'm highly unlikely to find any in Scotland…!

seasonwithspice said...

Thanks Nicole, hopefully you can find a purple one sometime to make this

seasonwithspice said...

Thanks Teresa!

seasonwithspice said...

Thanks Ray, Happy New Year to you too!

seasonwithspice said...

Thanks Mel, if you ever visit SE Asia, definitely give it a try

Paul said...

I'm in Sweden, and I don't think the purple one occurs here either. One could use some raw red beets and cut them into squares and let them sit for a while in the blended juice to give it a color, and then remove them. The beets don't give off any taste.

seasonwithspice said...

Thanks for the tip, Paul!

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