Cool Off with Tipsy Pitaya Boats

Our resident mixologist shares the recipe for a refreshing frozen treat

Tipsy Pitaya Boats. Photo by Taylor Amos
Photo by Taylor Amos

Summer in South Florida can be unbearable, but I’ve got a tasty way to ride our tropical heatwaves—and it includes a fruit that thrives in the heat. Pitaya, or dragon fruit, loves the hot sun and blooms on a full moon. This exotic, egg-shaped fruit is typically crimson in color (though it can be white or yellow) and it grows on cacti. It tastes like a cross between a melon and a kiwi. Cool off with a delicious frozen treat that can be prepared in advance to make any summer gathering extra special.

Tipsy Pitaya Boats


1 dragon fruit

1/2 cup Pinot Noir (or your preferred wine or spirit)

2 tbsp. lemon juice

Cut the dragon fruit into two even halves and use a spoon to remove the flesh (yielding about a cup). Add the dragon fruit flesh and the rest of the ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour the mixture back into the dragon fruit shells or into a sealable, freezer-proof container. Freeze for 4-6 hours or until frozen. Remove from the freezer and enjoy.

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