Dragonfruit Mojitos

Dragonfruit mojito

I’m not usually a mixed-drink kind of girl.

Now, my Pa’s gin & tonic is another story altogether, and one probably deserving of its own post.

But before I digress, let me just say I find most mixed drinks to be just too much…

Too much pre-fab mixer…

Too much sugar…

Way too many calories…

And just too much trouble if I’m making them at home. However…

Dragonfruit mojito

I just couldn’t resist the tantalising thought of a dragonfruit mojito.  As I was taste-testing mango mojitos for my cooking class last week (also very beautiful and yummy, by the way,) I was also snacking on some sliced red dragonfruit.  The rum/mint/lime flavor of the mojito went perfectly with the dragonfruit.  It was light and refreshing.  It was naturally sweet. And it was stunningly gorgeous!!

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The nice thing about homemade mixed drinks is that you can control the ingredients.  And luckily for us, the ingredients of the mojito are simple: fruit, sweetener, citrus, mint, & rum.  Red dragonfruit is common throughout Southeast Asia.  It is not only beautiful and delicious, but also super healthy, filled with fiber and anthocyanins (the same powerful anti-oxidant found in blueberries.)  For the sweetener (dragonfruit doesn’t need much,) I used a mixture of agave syrup and stevia, a natural herbal sweetener.  I used calamansi juice to give it that essential citrus kick.  Calamansi is a local fruit about the size of a walnut but perfectly round, green on the outside and slightly yellowish on the inside.  It has a lovely citrus flavor a bit softer than a traditional lime.  Mint is always available around here, and for the rum, use white rum to keep the colour of your drink bright & the taste clean.  I used Bacardi.  Top it all off with a splash of San Pellegrino sparkling water.

This drink is easy to make:

Muddle the fruit and mint at the bottom of the glass.

Add sweetened calamansi juice and muddle some more.

Add ice.  Add a shot of rum.

Stir it up.

Top off with a splash of sparkling water.

Garnish with mint if you like.

Enjoy!

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P.S. If you’re making these mojitos for a crowd (and why not??), you might want to whirl up part of the fruit in your blender.  Dice the rest & put it all into a big pitcher.  This recipe multiplies nicely.

Dragonfruit Mojitos

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 cocktail

Serving Size: about 220 ml

Dragonfruit Mojitos

Ingredients

  • pinch (<1/8 t.) stevia powder dissolved in 1 t. hot water (can sub 3-4 drops liquid stevia)
  • 2 t. agave syrup
  • 1 T. calamansi juice (can sub lime juice)
  • 1/4 cup red dragonfruit, diced small
  • 6-7 mint leaves, torn
  • 1 shot (1.5 fluid oz) white rum, chilled
  • 1 cup ice
  • ¼ cup sparkling water (I used San Pellegrino)
  • extra mint leaves, to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • In a cocktail glass, combine mint leaves & dragonfruit. Muddle with the end of a spatula.
  • Add dissolved stevia, agave syrup, and calamansi juice. Muddle again.
  • Add ice & rum. Stir to combine.
  • Top up with sparkling water.
  • Garnish with mint leaves if desired.
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Comments

    • says

      I think dragonfruit is one of the most gorgeous fruits ever!! And it just lends itself to a mixed drink because of its natural sweetness and beauty. If you can’t find red dragonfruit, I think pomegranate would work well too. Happy mixing! 🙂

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