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A refreshing, summery, bright and tangy cocktail, made with just a few ingredients in under 5 minutes.

Festive, with a unique combination of sweet and tangy flavors, this cocktail reminds me of tropical vacations, but I could enjoy it at home year round.

A martini glass with passion fruit cocktail and 1/2 passion fruit on top

Passion Fruit

Passion fruit, with its aromatic fragrance and complex flavor profile, stands out as a mixologist’s dream ingredient.

What is passion fruit?

Passion fruit is a tropical fruit known for its distinctive flavor, which is a sweet-tart mix with a floral aroma that many find irresistible. You may have heard of its other name – “Maracuya”, but there are different colors and varieties of the fruit Worldwide.

It belongs to the Passiflora genus, a type of flowering vine, with the most commonly consumed species being Passiflora edulis.

The fruit itself is round to oval, with a tough outer rind that can be purple or yellow when ripe. Inside, it contains a cavity filled with seed-covered pulp, which is the part that’s eaten or used in recipes.

Passion fruit has a tangy and tropical flavor that and thanks to store-bought products like frozen or canned purees and syrups, is accessible for many cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, smoothies and even baking and pastry.

A glass with passion fruit (marakuja) cocktail on a brown table

How to make Passion Fruit Cocktail?

While I call this drink “Passion Fruit Cocktail”, it really is a martini.

Made with ice, vodka, passion fruit juice, simple syrup (optional) and lime juice, is comes together is 2 minutes and has a refreshing, catchy and balanced taste.

Drinks with passion fruit have gained a lot of popularity lately. It is a trendy fruit for cocktails.

Use it in sparkling wine drinks, non-alcoholic cocktails (mocktails) or spritzers. You can not go wrong with it.

It pairs great with a lot of spirits, from the smoothness of vodka to the rich complexity of rum, creating drinks that are as sophisticated as they are delightful.

This passion fruit martini is the easiest drink you could possibly make.

Here is what you need:

Ingredients:

  • ice
  • vodka (unflavored is fine, but you could experiment with vanilla or passion fruit vodka)
  • lime juice (optional, be careful with it, since the passion fruit already adds enough tartness)
  • simple syrup – to balance the taste and to add sweetness
  • passion fruit juice or nectar – I used store bought juice from a box

Instructions:

  1. Add ice, vodka, lime juice, simple (or Maple) syrup and Passion Fruit juice to a shaker. 
  2. Shake 10 times.
  3. Strain into glasses.
  4. Add lime wedge, 1/2 of Passion Fruit or mint leaves for garnishing (optional).
A martini glass filled with passion fruit martini on a wooden tabletop

Recipe Tips:

The beauty of passion fruit is in its ability to inspire creativity, which is always fun!

Here are a few tips for those looking to explore:

  • Experiment with Spirits: Instead of vodka, think about how passion fruit’s flavor pairs with other spirits. A passion fruit rum punch or a bourbon passion fruit smash could offer delightful surprises.
  • Textures: Incorporate passion fruit seeds into your drinks for a crunchy texture, or use passion fruit syrup for a sweeter, smoother cocktail. You could try making Passion Fruit Syrup by combining Passion Fruit Juice and sugar and heating to achieve thicker consistency and sweeter flavor.
  • Balance of the flavors with Bitters: A dash of bitters can add depth to the tropical sweetness of passion fruit, creating cocktails with a more complex flavor profile.
  • Bullbes – top off with some sparkling water for a lighter, frizzy drink.

More Cocktail Recipes:

Passion fruit cocktails are more than just drinks; they’re a fun, tropical experience.

Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or a curious enthusiast, the journey into the world of passion fruit mixology promises discoveries that are as exciting as they are delicious.

Give it a try!

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A martini glass with passion fruit cocktail and 1/2 passion fruit on top

Passion Fruit Cocktail

A refreshing, summery, bright and tangy cocktail, made with just a few ingredients in under 5 minutes.
Prep: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 8 ice cubes
  • 4-5 oz Vodka, plain or vanilla flavored
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Simple Syrup or 2 tsp Maple Syrup
  • 8 oz Passion fruit juice or Passion fruit nectar

Instructions 

  • Add ice, vodka, lime juice, simple (or Maple) syrup and Passion Fruit juice to a shaker.
  • Shake 10 times.
  • Strain into glasses.
  • Add lime wedge, 1/2 of Passion Fruit or mint leaves for garnishing (optional).

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 22mg, Potassium: 346mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 821IU, Vitamin C: 38mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Hi! I'm Mira.

I share simple, mostly low-carb and Keto recipes, that don't take a lot of time to make and use mostly seasonal, easy to find ingredients. I'm a supporter of healthy eating, but you'll also find some indulgent treats too.

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