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Dragon Fruit Martini with Elderflower Liquor

This dragon fruit martini combines vodka, dragon fruit, and elderflower liquor for a delicious botanical spin on the classic cocktail.

Unique and impressive cocktails don’t always require complicated techniques or equipment. This dragon fruit martini recipe uses dragon fruit syrup and elderflower liquor to create a botanical cocktail with a unique flavor. Add a little flair with some edible glitter and this cocktail will have people talking about it for a long time!

Delicious dragon fruit martini made with elderflower liquor.

Ingredients Needed for a Dragon Fruit Martini

Vodka – Vodka is a popular spirit for cocktails because it has a smooth finish, but not much flavor. It adds a bit more alcohol without changing the flavor of the drink. If you don’t care much for the taste of alcohol, then vodka cocktails may appeal to you.

St. Germain (Elderflower Liquor) – Elderflower liquors are very sweet with a strong floral flavor. It also has notes of citrus and tropical flavors. The liquor is slightly thicker than others and sits on your tongue while drinking. It’s a great addition to cocktails when you’re looking to add a more complex flavor.

St. Germain is one of the more well known brands of elderflower liquor. But feel free to use any brand available to you!

Dragon Fruit Syrup – This syrup adds additional sweetness and the dragon fruit flavor to the martini. Dragon fruit, also called pitaya, has a mellow almost earthy flavor. It pairs well with sweeter liquors, like elderflower.

It also has a vibrant color, which makes the cocktail look gorgeous.

Lemon Juice – Add some brightness and acidity to this delicious drink with fresh lemon juice. Lime juice is a great substitute if needed.

Edible Glitter (optional) – Make this cocktail more fun with a bit of edible glitter! I used Fancy Sprinkles’ Moonstone Iridescent Edible Glitter for this martini. Use code 15ASHLEY for 15% off your purchase of Fancy Sprinkles. (I earn a 10% commission from your purchases!)

Dragon fruit martini

Make Your Own Dragon Fruit Syrup

The key to delicious dragon fruit cocktails is dragon fruit syrup. You can save money by making your own syrups at home. To make dragon fruit syrup all you need is frozen dragon fruit, water, and sugar.

Dragon fruit smoothie packs are available at many grocery stores and work great for creating syrup. Fresh dragon fruit is more expensive and often more difficult to find than frozen. Fresh dragonfruit also has white flesh versus pink flesh. The pink makes the syrup and cocktails prettier.

First, combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of frozen dragon fruit chunks in a small saucepan.

Heat the saucepan on medium heat and bring to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes. Be sure to stir it every few minutes.

The liquid should be bright pink. What is left of the fruit itself will be very squishy. Strain the syrup using a mesh strainer. You may need to strain it more than once to catch all of the little black seeds!

Allow the syrup to cool in the refrigerator. Then transfer to a bottle for easy pouring. Homemade fruit simple syrup lasts about 2 weeks in the refrigerator!

Dragon fruit martini with elderflower liquor and edible glitter.

For another gorgeous and refreshing dragon fruit cocktail, try a Dragon Fruit Mojito!

How to Make A Dragon Fruit Martini

This elderflower martini with dragon fruit tastes like a fancy craft cocktail, but it’s incredibly simple. The complex flavors of the liquor and syrup do all of the work for you! This delicious cocktail is perfect for beginners.

Step One – In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, St. Germain, dragon fruit syrup, and lemon juice.

Step Two – Add a handful of ice to the shaker. And a sprinkle of edible glitter. Then firmly place the lid on the cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds to combine the cocktail ingredients and chill them.

Step Three – Strain the cocktail into a martini glass or coupe glass. With the edible glitter a garnish isn’t necessary for visual interest. But if you want to skip the glitter, garnish with a slice of lemon or fresh dragon fruit on the rim of the glass.

What Type of Cocktail Glass Do I Use?

  • Martini glass – Martini glasses have a large bowl. This allows the cocktail to “breathe.” A cocktail breathing means that the alcohol is dispersed more evenly in the cocktail. The stem is important because it allows the martini to stay cold. It would warm quickly if you touched the glass since it doesn’t contain ice.
  • Coupe glass – Coupe glasses are similar to martini glasses. They have a large mouth and a stem. The large mouth of the glass allows you to take in the scents of the cocktail as you drink. Smelling a cocktail as you drink it changes the flavor profile.

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Can I Make This Martini in Advance?

Yes! This delectable dragon fruit cocktail may absolutely be made in advance. Combine all of the ingredients, without ice or glitter, and store in an airtight jar or glass bottle until time to serve. Before serving stir in the glitter, then pour the cocktails.

You may store this cocktail in the refrigerator for up to a week. Just keep in time, the flavor profile may change a bit the longer you store it!

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Dragon fruit martini with elderflower liquor.

Dragon Fruit Martini

This dragon fruit martini combines vodka, dragon fruit, and elderflower liquor for a delicious botanical spin on the classic cocktail.
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine Cocktails


  • cocktail shaker


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz St. Germain (elderflower liquor)
  • 1 oz dragon fruit syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp edible glitter optional


  • Combine vodka, St. Germain, dragon fruit syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add a handful of ice and edible glitter to the shaker. Firmly place the lid on the cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds to combine the cocktail ingredients and chill them.
  • Strain the cocktail into a martini glass or coupe glass.
Keyword dragonfruit, elderflower, martini, vodka

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