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Dragon Fruit Cocktail Recipe

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You may have noticed the giant flowers blooming on the cactus-like plants around town.  They are harbingers of the awesome dragon fruit (pitaya) to follow.  The big bright pink fruits are already showing up in markets and they are quite impressive.  

East Hawaii, where we live, isn't the best climate but the plants still grow pretty well.  They like to go up a structure or support and when they reach the top and flop over, they will begin flowering and putting out fruit.  You can grow them up one post and they will look like little palm trees.  Starts are simply a segment of the plant.

The fruit is enjoyed by just slicing them in half and scooping the "meat" out with a spoon, seeds and all.  They are similar to kiwi but less tart.

You might notice dragon fruit cocktails showing up on menus at some of our finer dining establishments.  Let me tell you, they make a great cocktail.  Here is one delicious recipe if you are wanting to try.  It comes from  Enjoy!


  • 1 cup dragon fruit
  • 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 blood orange
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounces orange liquor


  1. Remove the thick peel from the dragon fruit.
  2. Add dragon fruit, blood orange pulp, and lime juice to the Vitamix. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add honey and liquors. Blend quickly.
  4. Serve over ice, straight up, or add ice to the blender and serve frozen.
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