Dragon Fruit Lemonade - Sophie Uliano

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dragon fruit lemonade

Dragon Fruit Lemonade

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Dragon Fruit (aka Pitaya) is a beautiful tropical fruit. It has a mildly sweet, tangy taste – especially the ones with bright pink or red flesh. When you open up a dragon fruit, the texture is like a kiwi, and the meat is studded with little black seeds, that are good for your digestion. It’s so beautiful and so loaded with health benefits that I love to use it whenever possible in smoothies, smoothie bowls, ice creams etc. But this year I decided to make a dragon fruit lemonade. It’s beautiful to serve at dinner parties or weekend brunches – will totally delight your guests.

Main health benefits of dragon fruit:

  • Boosts immunity due to its high Vitamin C content
  • Contains iron so helps to prevent anaemia
  • Packed with B vitamins
  • Packed with fiber so enhances digestion and natural detoxification
  • Low in sugar, so a great fruit for those with diabetes

You can either try to find the actual fresh fruit in a store with a good Asian section, or you can buy frozen packs of Pitaya that can be used for smoothies and bowls. I love the packs or frozen cubes as they are easy to use. I also had to consider the sweetener I would use as lemons are tangy and the dragon fruit is unsweetened. I decided to go with coconut nectar. Unlike agave syrup, it’s less heavily processed. It’s a low glycemic sweetener that’s made from the liquid sap of the coconut blossoms. However, if you are diabetic, you might be better off using stevia drops.

I also added a little apple cider vinegar to make it tangy and for the health benefits.

Dragon Fruit Lemonade

1 pack dragon fruit/pitaya

Juice of 2 lemons

1 tbsp coconut nectar or 1 dropper of stevia

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 large bottle of chilled sparkling mineral water

Instructions

Thaw out the packet of dragon fruit by placing in a cup of water for about 10 minutes.

Line a sieve with cheesecloth.

Pour dragon fruit into the cheesecloth and strain.

Mix the lemon juice, coconut nectar and vinegar in a measuring jug.

Mix in 2 tbsp of the dragon fruit juice. Save the remained in a screw top jar in fridge for up to one week.

Fill 4 large glasses with ice cubes.

Pour about one inch of dragon fruit/lemon syrup on top of ice.

Top up glass with sparkling mineral water.

 

 


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