I am so full. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were packed with delicious meals and I am officially stuffed. Like a turkey. With this in mind, the cocktail for this week is light and refreshing and even a little bit on the healthy side!
There is a grocery store in Miyazakidai, about 10 minutes from our apartment by train, that seems to always have unusual items in the produce department. From green papaya to star fruit and pomegranates, I have found things here that I’ve never seen in other Japanese-style grocery stores. It’s like Christmas every time I walk through the doors and the first place I go is the self-named “obscure fruit spot.” I love it.
During my most recent visit to this store, I found the mystical dragon fruit! This was exciting after seeing dragon fruit in several other blogs over the past weeks. I have to confess that I had never tried dragon fruit until this week. I know. Sad, isn’t it?
The bright pink skin of the dragon fruit against (in this case) the black speckled white flesh is truly beautiful. In order to get some of the vibrant pink color into this cocktail, I muddled two pieces of the skin in the bottom of the glass with the fruit, lime juice and mint leaves. When that didn’t work as well as I wanted it to, I added a touch of cranberry juice. Just enough to add color without taking away from the clean taste of the dragon fruit.
With a texture similar to soft kiwi, dragon fruit has a gentle sweetness that is not overpowering. The flesh is soft enough to scoop out with a spoon. I wonder, what would happen if you froze half of the fruit? Would it be like sorbet? I’ll give it a try today and get back to you…
If you don’t like the “floaties” in this cocktail, you can blend the dragon fruit and press it through a strainer into your glass. However, I don’t think it will give you the same results in taste or presentation.
Dragon Fruit Mojito
Makes 1 drink
2 tablespoons fresh dragon fruit flesh
2 strips dragon fruit skin
12-15 mint leaves
2 oz white rum or vodka
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3 oz Tonic or soda water
In the bottom of a glass, muddle the dragon fruit flesh and skin, mint leaves, and lime juice until well combined and fragrant. Add the vodka to the glass and stir to combine. Add ice to the glass and top with tonic or soda water. Garnish with a lime wedge and extra mint leaves.