The Dragon Fruit Margarita: In Honor of Jimmy Buffet

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The Dragon Fruit Margarita is a refreshing twist on the classic margarita that uses dragon fruit and a blanco tequila for a refreshing summer cocktail.
3 Dragon Fruit Margaritas on a tequila cutting board by a pool.

During my last trip to the grocery store, I came upon a display of deep pink, large dragon fruit. They were so enticing. Of course, I asked myself, what cocktail can I make with that?

This week the world learned that musician, businessman, and philanthropist Jimmy Buffet passed away. He owned the popular restaurant chain Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Naturally, in his honor, the Dragon Fruit Margarita was born.

Classic margaritas include tequila, orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier), lime juice and some include a sweetener such as simple syrup. They can be shaken, served over ice, or blended to make a frozen drink. The addition of fruit to the margarita is a popular way to prepare.

Dragon Fruit Margarita Ingredients

Dragon Fruit Margarita Ingredients.

Dragon Fruit – a large fruit that grows on the Hylocereus cactus. It is native to southern Mexico and Central America, although grown worldwide now. It is said to be a cross between a kiwi and a pear. The inside can be either white or pink. Dragon Fruit is considered nutrient-dense as it is low in calories and high in fiber, antioxidants, and nutritional content. That makes this tequila cocktail healthy, right?

Tequila – a standard Blanco tequila works well in this cocktail.

Orange Liquor – Triple Sec is the most popular, but Cointreau and Grand Marnier also work well.

Lime juice – lime is a flavor that shines in the margarita. It is best to use freshly squeezed, but a good quality lime juice can be substituted for ease.

Sweetener – simple syrup or liquid honey can be used if you prefer a sweeter cocktail.

Blender – a quality blender will quickly blend the cocktail. I have a Vitamix that I’ve named Vivian, she does a great job!

The Dragon Fruit Margarita

How to Make a Dragon Fruit Margarita

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The Dragon Fruit Margarita is a refreshing twist on the classic margarita that uses dragon fruit and a blanco tequila for a refreshing summer cocktail.
Level
Easy
Yield
2 Servings
Prep
10 minutes
Ingredients
1 dragon fruit (peeled and cut into cubes)
3 oz tequila
1 1⁄2 oz Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
1 1⁄2 oz lime juice (freshly squeezed)
1 oz honey (or simple syrup)
1 1⁄2 c ice cubes
Directions

Rim two glasses with lime juice and rim glasses with a mixture of salt and sugar

Cut the dragon fruit in half and reserve two slices for garnish. Peel and cube.

Place all ingredients in a blender. Mix until smoothly blended.

Pour into two glasses and garnish with a piece of dragon fruit and a wedge of lime

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