Sparkling Dragon Fruit Margarita
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) silver tequila
3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) triple sec
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) freshly-squeezed lime juice
3/4 teaspoon red dragon fruit purée (see note)
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) simple syrup (see note)
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) club soda
lime slice, for garnish
INSTRUCTIONS: Combine all ingredients except club soda in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then strain into a martini glass, or over ice in a margarita or collins glass. Top with the club soda, garnish with a lime slice, and serve. Cheers! Notes: Dragon fruit commonly comes in two main colors—white and red—but they appear identical from the outside. Make sure the fruit you buy is labelled as “red” to get the vibrant color. It is available fresh in the produce section, or in the frozen aisle.
To make the dragonfruit purée: cut the fruit in half, cut off the thick skin, dice the fruit into large chunks, and place them in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and puréed, then pour it into a large glass measuring cup through a fine-mesh strainer, nut milk bag, or cheesecloth, pressing or squeezing to release the juice without the seeds. One dragonfruit will make enough purée for dozens of margaritas.
To make simple syrup: combine equal parts water and granulated sugar (for example, 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar) in a glass measuring cup, and stir to dissolve the sugar. If the sugar does not fully dissolve, let the mixture rest for a few minutes then stir it again. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container until ready to use.