This pink dragon fruit limeade is high in antioxidants and sweetened only with fruit. The bright taste of lime gives the illusion of a sweeter drink. It is also very high in disease-fighting anti-oxidants. A refreshing drink or use as a syrup for pancakes and as a sweetener for other recipes.
Pink Dragon Fruit Limeade
This pink dragon fruit limeade is free of refined sugar and full of antioxidants. It is based on a syrup I made from the famous fruit, dragon fruit, also called pitaya. The syrup is so useful to make a drink or even use it as a fruit-sweetened syrup to pour on pancakes or flavor smoothies.
Dragon fruit is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, B vitamins and protein. Pair it with lime and a bit of orange juice for a fruity flavorful syrup.
Here I used the flesh from PINK dragon fruits. That means the flesh on the inside is pink. In fact, I bought my pink dragon fruit frozen from the freezer section in my grocery store. If you can get fresh pink pitayas, use those! How lucky.
I can only find the ones you see in the picture that I sliced into my infused water. Those are white pitayas.
To make this refreshing drink in the pitcher here, I put a few tablespoons of my new syrup in a pitcher of iced water and plunked in limes and chopped white pitaya for a fun refreshing cooler we enjoyed on our porch.
Finally the cold spring rain has stopped here in DC, although my porch is a wonderful place to be in the rain, too. You know what I mean, right? Porches.
Anyway, I digress. Did you know the juice from limes and oranges gives this drink an energizing citrus kick?
I have also poured this syrup on pancakes, crepes, mug cakes and into my fruit smoothies. My girls especially like sweetening infused water with it.
And recently we blended it with a billion raspberries, more pitaya puree and yogurt, and topped it with coconut cream and my chocolate slices in tiny bricks!
It's endless what you can do with this syrup. How would you use it? Tell me in comments here or on IG!
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Pink Dragon Fruit Limeade
Pink Dragon Fruit Syrup:
- ¾ cup pink pitaya (2 (3.5oz) packages - I used PitayaPlus brand found in supermarket freezer area, Or use fresh pink pitaya, if available to you)
- ¼ cup lime juice (juice of about 4 limes)
- ¼ cup orange juice (juice of about 2 oranges)
Pink Dragon Fruit Drink
- 4 tbsp pink dragon fruit syrup (add 2 tbsp to make it infused water)
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup ice
- 1 lime Use slices and rind
- white pitaya chopped
Make the Syrup
- Blend up the pink pitaya or dragonfruit until creamy.
If you use the frozen packages, let them thaw of course, before opening the packages. Add no more than 2 tbsp of water to blender to help it blend.
If you use fresh pink (remember, it needs to be pink on the inside, not the white one), peel off the outer peel, chop the fruit a bit, and blend it with some water to achieve a creamy texture.
- Put the blended pitaya mixture in a sauce pan, and simmer, bubbling it down about one-third to one-half the initial amount to thicken it.
CONTINUE stirring the entire time and stop before it appears too dry. You want it to be pulpy and wet. This might happen very fast and it might not have reduced the mixture much, that's okay! It's better that you have more mixture, than a dry mixture stuck to the pan.
- Once you have your pitaya reduced and thickened to your liking, take the pan off the stove and let it cool.
- This beautiful syrup keeps about 3 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use it to flavor smoothies and infused water, and to pour on pancakes, waffles and crepes!
Make Pink Dragon Fruit Drink
- Add ingredients to a cup, stir and drink.
Other uses of syrup
- Use syrup undiluted on pancakes as pancake syrup.Put a few tsp into smoothies or hot water or hot milk to flavor a smoothie, make a hot pitaya tea or latte.