Dragon Fruit Cucumber Limeade
This beautiful pink limeade is quick and easy to make with frozen dragon fruit and fresh limes by Amy Traynor. This versatile drink can be enjoyed with still or sparkling, cocktail, or cocktail! It's easy, refreshing, and a vibrant drink for spring or summer! I love the vibrant color and melon-like flavor of pink dreams.
Combine the sugar, hot water, and frozen dragon fruit in a heatproof jar or other container. Stir to help thaw the fruit and dissolve the sugar.
Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes until all of the fruit has thawed and the sugar has dissolved. Use a fine-mesh strainer to strain out the seeds and any excess pulp.
Store any leftover syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
For the Dragon Fruit Cucumber Limeade |
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber and optional jalapeno.
If using still water: Add the syrup, lime juice, optional alcohol, and 4-6 ounces of water to the shaker and fill 3/4 with ice. (If using vodka, start with 4 ounces of water, you can add more, to taste, afterward).
Shake until chilled, then fine strain the liquid into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with cucumber.
If using sparkling water: Add the syrup, lime juice, optional alcohol, and 1 ounce of still water to the shaker and fill 3/4 with ice.
Shake until chilled, then fine strain the liquid into a highball glass with ice and top with 4-5 ounces of sparkling water, to taste. Garnish with cucumber.
- Make the syrup: In a heatproof jar or other container, combine a cup of sugar, a cup of hot water (it doesn’t need to be boiling, just hot so that it thaws the frozen fruit), and a 100g (approximately 1/2 cup) packet of frozen dragon fruit and stir. Let the mixture sit a few minutes until it’s fully thawed, then use a fine mesh strainer to strain out the dragon fruit seeds and any excess pulp. This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of syrup, which is enough for 12 individual drinks or 1 large batch, plus 1/2 cup of leftover syrup (which could make 4 more individual drinks).
- Juice your limes: If you’re making single servings, you’ll only need a lime or two, as the recipe calls for 1 ounce of lime juice per drink. If making a pitcher of this pink limeade for a group, you’ll need 1 cup of fresh lime juice. Depending on the size and ripeness of the limes, the number of fruits you’ll need may vary, but a good rule of thumb is that 1 lime will produce about 1 ounce of juice. This means you’ll need about 8 limes for 8 ounces (1 cup) of juice.
- Cucumber, jalapeno, or other add-ins: When making individual glasses of this dragon fruit limeade, I love to muddle half of a baby cucumber per drink to give it a cucumber-melon flavor. If you like it spicy, you can muddle a slice or two of jalapeno, too. You can add these flavors to a large batch of the limeade by adding the cucumbers and/or jalapenos to a blender with a small amount of water, then straining the resulting liquid into the pitcher.
- Still or sparkling? If you like a traditional limeade, you can use regular cold water. If you want a sparkling limeade, you’ll need some sparkling water like club soda or seltzer. You’ll need 4-6 ounces of sparkling water per drink, or 4-6 cups of sparkling water per pitcher. This is about half of a 12 ounce can (single serving) or 1 1/2 liters (large batch).
- Cocktail or mocktail? You can easily adapt this recipe to include or exclude booze. Vodka and tequila are great liquors with dragon fruit, cucumber and lime, but feel free to use whatever spirit you prefer or have on hand. If opting for a cocktail version, just make sure that you don’t over-dilute the limeade. You’ll need a bit less water than the non-alcoholic option, so start with less water initially (4 oz or 4 cups) – you can always add more after.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 1
1 cup hot water (does not need to be boiling)
100 g frozen pink dragon fruit (about 1/2 cup)
For the Dragon Fruit Cucumber Limeade:
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 baby cucumber (or 3 slices large cucumber)
1 slice jalapeno (optional)
4-6 oz still or sparkling water (to taste)
1 1/2 oz vodka or tequila (optional)
To make a large batch |
Add the cucumber and optional jalapeno to a blender with enough water for the blender to operate (try 1/4 cup). Blend until mostly liquified, then use a fine strainer to remove the pulp, reserving the liquid. If you don't have a blender, you can use a muddler or a large wooden spoon to mash the cucumber and jalapeno in a small bowl or large measuring cup, then strain, pressing on the pulp to extract as much liquid as possible. Reserve the liquid.
In a large pitcher, add the dragon fruit syrup, fresh lime juice, and cucumber/jalapeno liquid. Stir to combine.
If adding vodka or tequila, add 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) alcohol to the pitcher and top with 4-5 cups of cold still or sparkling water, to taste. If skipping the alcohol, add 5-6 cups of still or sparkling water, to taste. Stir gently and serve in highball glasses over ice. Garnish each drink with cucumber.
INGREDIENTS | LARGE BATCH
1 cup dragon fruit syrup
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 8-9 limes)
4-6 cups cold still or sparkling water (to taste)
1 cucumber, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, chopped (optional. Remove seeds for less heat)
1 1/2 cups vodka or tequila (optional)