When I recently did the grocery shopping for my home in Dubai (the fridge needed an urgent update – it was empty after travelling), I found this stunning dragon fruit and could not resist to take it home.
I was attracted by it’s look, so bold, bright pink and green.
Never having used it other than as sliced fruit for decorative reasons I wanted to see if it works for a dish or drink.
I started to make a drink with what was in the cupboard: Vanilla, dried hibiscus blossoms, rose water and agave syrup.
And here is the outcome: A delicious ruby red ice tea, refreshing, mild, flowery and light.
Dragon Fruit Ice Tea
What to Buy
1 dragon fruit
1 tablespoon dried hibiscus blossoms
1/2 vanilla pod
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1 teaspoon fresh pressed lemon juice
1 tablespoon rose water
400 ml still water
How to Make It
Bring the water to a boil with the vanilla pod and the hibiscus blossoms. Remove fom the heat and allow it to chill. Peel the dragon fruit and cut it into dices. Keep 2 slices for garnish. Strain the hibiscus tea, keep two blossoms on the side for garnish. Season it with agave syrup, lemon juice and rose water. Place some ice cubes and the diced dragon fruit in glasses and top with the seasoned hibiscus tea. Garnish with dragon fruit slice and hibiscus blossom.
Chef Gabi’s Tip
This drink is not only quenching your thirst, it also offers a number of health benefits:
Both dragon fruit and hibiscus are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidant properties, they both help to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and boost immune system. Vanilla supports weight loss and relieves stress. Rose water balances emotion.
Stay healthy, balanced and enjoy life!