Passion Fruit Martini Recipe
Sep 21, 2019, Updated Jan 05, 2024
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I made a passion fruit martini for Patty as a wild experiment and she loved it. Its intense tropical taste and aroma, paired with vanilla, will take you straight to a Caribbean island. I will stand here and admit, it’s a pretty solid cocktail, and unlike anything, I’ve ever had.
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The passionfruit martini is a modern-day tropical cocktail made with fresh passion fruit juice, vanilla vodka (I like Stoli best), simple syrup, and fresh lime juice. It’s typically served with an ounce or two of prosecco or Champagne on the side. It’s become really popular in the UK since it hit the scene in the early 2000s.
What Is a Passion Fruit Martini?
There are several variations of the cocktail on the internet. It’s hard to tell what is exactly “right” but I tried to simplify the martini as best I could so it’s more manageable to make at home. It’s already a little demanding with fresh passion fruit juice…but I promise that’s the only obscure ingredient I’ll make you find.
Traditionally the drink is made with vodka and vanilla syrup (simple syrup infused with real vanilla or vanilla extract). To simplify the recipe, I used vanilla vodka and regular simple syrup. I think this adds any and all vanilla flavor the drink needs.
Lastly, several recipes call for Passoa Passion Fruit Liqueur. Another additional element I’m leaving out and relying solely on fresh passion fruit juice. Fresh passion fruit juice is a powerful and highly concentrated juice with tart notes and a subtly sweet finish. The additional simple syrup will balance out the drink and deliver a more mild passion fruit flavor.
How to Juice a Passion Fruit
To make 1 cocktail, you will need about 2 passion fruits. I was able to extract about 1 1/2 ounces of passion fruit juice (puree) from 2 passion fruits. 3 passion fruits are enough for 2 cocktails.
Cut passion fruit in half and spoon out the pulp/seeds into a fine mesh sieve. Use a muddler or a spoon to crush the pulp into the strainer, separating the juices. It looks a lot like OJ and will be a concentrated and deep golden juice.
Can I Make This with Any Passion Fruit Juice?
If you can’t find real passion fruit then you can substitute it with store-bought passion fruit juice or puree. Be mindful of any added sugars as you don’t want the juice or the cocktail to be too sweet. Goya and Simply Squeeze brands make juices you can buy. I’ve tried them, they’re just not as good as real passion fruit juice.
Serve With a Shot of Sparkling Wine
Don’t forget to serve with a chilled shot of prosecco or champagne, it’s all part of the presentation of this one. I don’t think they’re meant to be mixed together but sipped alongside each other. But hey, this is your party and you can do what you like.
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Passion Fruit Martini Recipe
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka, I like Stoli best
- 1 ounce fresh passion fruit juice, 2 passion fruits yields 1 cocktail
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce prosecco, on side
- Cut a passion fruit in half and spoon out the pulp/seeds into a fine mesh sieve. Use a muddler or a spoon to crush the pulp into the strainer, releasing the juice into a bowl.
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a large cup of ice. Shake vigoursy for 15 seconds and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an optional halved passion fruit. Serve with a shot of prosecco.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.