Friday, April 10, 2009

Dragon-Berry Summer InFusion!




I can't think of anything better than infusing one of my favorite fruits with strawberries and rum!
But indeed, The folks at Bacardi did just that with the launch of their new, naturally flavored rum called DragonBerry. Can you say hello to summer! So, what is it? It's a strawberry rum infused with the fresh, crisp flavor of the Dragon Fruit. (Which if you haven't tried yet, Trader Joe's has some in the dried fruit section, it's great!) Dragon Fruit grows in the arid and desert regions of the Americas being native to Mexico and Central and South America. But it can also be found in Southeastern Asia as well as in Okinawa, Hawaiʻi, Israel, northern Australia and southern China. The flesh, which is eaten raw, is mildly sweet and low in calories (yay!). I've only had the dried variety so far, so I'm anxious to get my hands on a fresh one soon! That'd surely make a nice garnish for the Dragon Bacardi and Pomegranete and Blueberry cocktail I have already made a recipe for! =)
So the health facts, (which I KNOW you're anxiously waiting for me to disclose......right you just wanna get drunk. haha) Well, you'll be happy to hear that Dragon Fruit are a good source of Vitamin C, rich in fiber and minerals, notably phosphorus and calcium, rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (good fats!), contain significant quantities of phytoalbumin antioxidants, which prevent the formation of cancer-causing free radicals, and It supposedly increases excretion of heavy metal toxins and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. Eaten regularly, it is credited with alleviating chronic respiratory tract ailments.
Ok, I know you're thinking... This is a blog about a new alcohol. Yes, it is, BUT very rarely do i get to write about a new alcoholic beverage with an Anti-oxidant Superfruit bursting in it! I got a little excited, (understandably so). ANYHOW- Give it a go and see what you think. Remember that MODERATION is key, so please drink responsibly. (I don't want to have to call A&E to schedule an Intervention for your A**!! hehe.), and of course, enjoy the summer!!
It'll be out this May in a store near you. - JJM

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