Native to Southern Brazil through Northern Argentina, the stunning passion fruit is a current favorite in cocktail-making.
As one of the predicted flavor trends for 2021, passion fruit has been popping up in cocktails all summer long. While the odd-looking fruit has always been a favorite, it’s safe to say we’re seeing it more frequently this summer. The sweet, tart, and lightly citrus flavor pairs well with a wide range of spirits and makes for a fun and refreshing cocktail.
There are two varieties of passion fruit—the larger golden passion fruit and the smaller, purple passionfruit. The purple varietal is more common, as it is less acidic and has a more dynamic flavor and aroma. Both the flowers and the flesh of the passion fruit plant are dramatic to look at and make for excellent garnishes, however the fruit has loose seeds so note it can be tricky to work with. Thanks to its long-lived popularity, there are a wide range of ways to add passion fruit to your cocktails if you cannot find whole fruit. Most grocery stores with a large import section will have cans of tinned passionfruit pulp. Additionally, its available in liqueurs, syrups, and even frozen purées.
When creating a cocktail, try using the juice as is or made into a syrup. One of the most common spirit pairings is rum, but agave-spirits and even whiskey can make for interesting flavor combinations.
Give one of these passion fruit cocktails a try and then mix up a version of your own!
Mezcal contains an aromatic compound called terpenes. This compound has been found to have a positive effect on mood and stress levels.
- 1 oz. Tequila
- 1/2 oz. Mezcal
- 1/2 oz. Ancho Reyes
- 1/4 oz. Velvet Falernum
- 3/4 oz. Lime Juice
- 1/4 oz. Passionfruit Juice
- 3/4 oz. Carrot Juice
- 1/4 oz. Cinnamon Syrup
Preparation: Shake and serve in a Collins glass with a mint sprig and a slice of carrot.
- 2 oz. Jalepeño-Infused Tequila
- 1 oz. Orange Passionfruit Cordial
- 5 oz. Yuzu
- 1/4 oz. Grand Marnier
- 1/4 oz. Campari
Preparation: Dip a Half-rim rocks glass with water then sugar to form a sugar rim then fill glass completely with ice. Pour shaken beverage over ice and Enjoy!
- 1 1/2 oz. Friday Kahlo Blanco Tequila
- 7 Blueberries for Muddle
- 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz. Liquid Alchemist Passionfruit Syrup
- 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Coconut Rum
Garnish: 3 Blueberries
Preparation: Place 7 blueberries in tin with the with the 1 1/2 oz. of Friday Kahlo Blanco Tequila, muddle till all blueberries are smashed. Pour lemon, passionfruit syrup, and coconut rum in the same tin, add ice. Hard shake for 10-12 seconds, double strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with 3 blueberries on a pic.