Thursday, May 26, 2022

Dragonfruit Lemonade

This is a vibrant and delicious lemonade made with amazing pink pitaya and of course lemon. It is the best summer drink.

There is no reason needed to serve lemonade. It is the most comforting and easy drink to make for just one or for a big crowd. This is great for any occasion, particularly the best one to beat the heat. Yes, for all summer parties and grilling parties, this is the best! Do not forget that this is the only drink that would be loved across all ages.

This lemonade is easy to make. Just like any lemonade. The only extra addition is the dragon fruit or pink pitaya. Pink pitaya has tons of nutrition. This fruit has amazing loads of vitamin c and flavonoids. This fruit helps in natural detox because of the huge quantities of antioxidants this fruit has. It also helps in improving gut health and overall health and immunity. Plus, this adds a vibrant color to the food. Fresh or frozen fruit can be used. The nutrition profile of this fruit along with versatile lemon makes this drink a powerhouse of vitamin C drink that helps in overall immunity while quenching thirst.

There is nothing comforting like a glass of cold lemonade on a hot day. It doesn't matter whether it is plain old lemonade or flavor added one. The extra added flavors give an extra flavor to the classic one. Lemonade is forgiving that it takes up flavor additions and the married flavors shine through. We love making different flavors of lemonade and this Nannari Sarbath, a lemonade/limeade made with sarasaparilla extract, has loads of childhood memories and it is one of the street food/drink in India. The acidic lemon gives a wonderful opportunity to learn the science of acids and bases or the pH with the butterfly pea flower. This color changing lemonade will be a superhit with kids and a wide array of drinks can be made based on this idea.

Basil seeds aka sabja seeds or tukmaria is a natural coolant. It absorbs water and becomes a jelly that can be topped on drinks. It is a common addition in lemonade or any other thirst quenchers like this Nannari Sarbath. This is also added to falooda, a monster dessert drink. Check here for addictive faloodas from the blog. These seeds are available in Indian grocery shops. In case you can't find it, chia seeds can be used instead.

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  • Ingredients
    Serves 2 to 4

    Lemon juice - 1/2 cup
    Water - 1.5 to 2 cups plus 1/3 cup
    Sugar - 1/2 cup
    Dragon fruit - 1/2 cup, fresh or frozen
    Basil seeds/tukmaria - 1.5 tsp 
    Ice cubes
    Mint for garnish


    Make a simple syrup by heating sugar and half cup water until it dissolves. Let it cool.

    Soak the basil seeds in water for 10 minutes.

    Add the cooled syrup, lemon juice, water, and dragon fruit. Blend well.

    Add ice cubes to the serving glasses, pour the lemonade. Top with some soaked basil seeds. Garnish with mint and serve.

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    1. Beautiful colors, very bright and summery.

    2. I learn something new every time I see something on your blog! Love anything dragon fruit, because for one, such a fun name, two, such beautiful colors and three, what a gorgeous and healthy lemonade!

    3. This is so refreshing looking and I happen to have some dragonfruit in my freezer.

    4. This sounds sweet and tart and perfect for summer.

    5. The flavors here sound so interesting, this is definitely a must try drink!

    6. That sounds delicious. I love dragon fruit.

    7. Sounds like a perfect drink for summer!!

    8. I love how refreshing this looks

    9. This drink sounds absolutely amazing and delicious

    10. I've been growing a dragonfruit but it has yet to produce fruit. I'll save this recipe for when it does.

    11. I love dragonfruit--this is just beautiful!

    12. Summer always has great drink recipes. YUM!