Do you ever go out to a restaurant or event and try a dish or drink that you just have to recreate at home? I find myself in that situation pretty often. It’s a great excuse to have an extra nightcap. You kn0w… for research sake.
After tasting a unique margarita while browsing around Nashville in the summer heat wave, I decided to create my own twist dragon fruit (rawrrrr) recipe here.
Keep reading for the recipe, as well as my tip to finding solid WiFi around town to avoid failed attempts to post pictures to social media over a shotty cell connection.
If y’all follow my Instagram (you do, right? RIGHT?), you’ll see that I enjoy trying unique drinks when I am out and about around town. I’ve always been more of a sweet and citrus kinda fan. Same with candy, sweets, confections. I love that bit o’ tartness, backed by a hint of sweetness, that fruit gives.
I’ve made all kinds of juleps on the blog (inspired by a recent visit to Kentucky for Derrrrrrby Weekend – much, much more on that soon!), tons o’ bourbon-based cocktails, but not too many mojitos. It’s odd, because I drink my fair share (plus a few) during the summer months. It’s basically the only reason I grow fresh mint in my backyard.
So… If I am totally honest, I have to admit that when I go out, I don’t usually order cocktails at restaurants. Why? Because I’m a cheap ass. That’s why. I know that I make a mean cocktail at home, so why spend a nice penny to have someone else make one for me?
From time-to-time, I will give in and try something it it looks unique and tasty. This is where all of the inspiration for this post came from. I was out and about in the miserably hot sun a couple weeks ago and decided to pop into a bar for a moment. Full disclosure… I just wanted shade. It’s been a hog’s hair away from hitting 100F here in Nashville recently, and I. just. can’t. deal. with. it. Since I was inside, and decided that I probably wouldn’t be received well just standing under the A/C for an hour without at least buying a bar peanut, I decided to look at the drink menu. I saw a dragon fruit margarita on the menu. Ummm.. yes, please?! I’m pretty sure it’s science that drinking fruit on a hot day will instantly cool you off and give you tons of antioxidants or something. Science, y’all. Can’t go wrong there.
After I posted a million pictures of the dreamy margarita on Snapchat and Instagram, I had a reminder of it every time I logged on. Social media is a blessing and a curse (for a diet). As many of you know, I have a slight Insta-addiction. It’s by far my favorite social platform for sharing on, and I love posting photos when I find new bites and sips around town. As all of you also know, finding a way to connect and post can be horrible. A few months ago, I booted up at home with XFINITY’s new X1 cable and internet service. Have you ever been roaming around and tried to find a random WiFi (I know you have…. don’t play) to see all of the XFINITY connections available?
Guess what… Those are for XFINITY customers to use to connect to fast WiFi all over the place. We have thousands (seriously–look at the dots) of these all around the city, and I am now addicted to using them (just like I am hooked to these summer cocktails). I was able to take a photo of the margarita that inspired this recipe (with my big boy dSLR camera that connects directly to WiFi — one of my social media secrets to good quality posts) to have solid, fast connection to use, instead of trying to rely on a jumpy cell connection. It’s just like using my own in-home lighting faster than Fiber WiFi while being about to run around town. With data being so important to everyday projects these days, I use these free connections for food event coverage, photo shoots for clients, and (probably most importantly) for browsing Instagram to get my fix on burger and cat pics while eating brunch with friends.
Once I was finally kicked out of my spot under the cool vent, I headed home and kept thinking about this drink. I’ve really never used dragon fruit in anything that I can remember. I think I’ve chopped it up and just had it straight up, but never incorporated it into a recipe. That all changes today.
A mojito is the perfect canvas for exploring with lesser-known ingredients. You can throw just about any fruit into a glass full of rum and a bit o’ mint, and it will be glorious. I loved the incorporation of the dragon fruit, because it doesn’t have a super strong flavor profile. It’s more mild, almost like a kiwi has, I think. Perfectly balances with a splash of lime and a muddle of mint. Chilled to perfection, and you’ve got yourself a unique summer sipper.
- 8 mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon sugar (or 1.5 for sweeter)
- 2 tablespoons dragon fruit
- .5 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 ounces white rum
- 1-2 ounces club soda
- mint leaves, for garnish
- sliced dragon fruit, for garnish
- Place dragon fruit, mint leaves, sugar, lime juice in bottom of highball glass.
- Muddle to bruise mint leaves and break apart fruit.
- This will leave textured fruit seeds in the cocktail. If you prefer it without, puree dragon fruit and strain to use in place of whole fruit pieces.
- Add rum. Fill with crushed ice.
- Finish with club soda and a swizzle of a bar spoon to mix.
- Enjoy with mint and fruit garnish.
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