Quantum Cocktails, Part 1: Dragon Fruit Caipirinha
This deliciously different cocktail is as luscious as it is beautiful. If dragon fruit is not available at your local farmers market or grocery store, feel free to improvise and substitute other tropical fruits, such as mango, papaya, coconut, or kiwi.
Dragon Fruit Caipirinha
Recipe courtesy of Devon Espinosa
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- 1 fresh dragon fruit, halved
- 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) Simple Syrup, recipe follows
- 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Cachaça (Brazilian sugar cane rum)
- In a martini shaker or wide glass, combine the lime wedges and simple syrup. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the fresh dragon fruit into the shaker. Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, smash and crush everything together to release the juice. When you have some nice juice in there, add a handful or two of ice.
- Fill with the Cachaça and shake vigorously to combine and break up the ice into shards. Pour the cocktail into a rocks glass lime wedges and all.
Simple syrup is nothing more than a heated mixture of sugar and water. Use to sweeten mixed drinks or iced tea.
- Combine the sugar and water in a pot over medium heat. Gently boil for 2 minutes, swirling the pot over the heat, until the sugar is totally dissolved and the liquid becomes clear. Do not allow the syrup to boil or get dark. Cool the syrup completely before using. Simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator indefinitely kept in a covered container.