A fun and tropical passion fruit mojito perfect for summer parties and BBQs! This simple cocktail recipe will be a new summer favorite!
I think I've mentioned how I have a love/hate relationship with my local produce store, right? On one hand, I love them because they always stock a lot of variety and a ton of tropical fruits and veggies I can't find anywhere else.
However, I hate them because a lot of their regular produce is either weeks from being ripe or on the verge of being overripe. There's just no consistent in-between with them. But it's the only place I can get passion fruit, dragon fruit, and lychee on a semi-regular basis, so I can't really complain too much.
Well, when I stopped by the other day, I saw they had passion fruit!! I haven't had fresh passion fruit in years so I was so excited to get some. In the end I got a bag of about 30 passion fruit and spent a fortune for it, but it was oh so worth it.
I try to use ingredients that you find at most store, but sometimes I run into produce that gets me so excited I need to whip up something like my detox cactus smoothie.
So that is why I am sharing this passion fruit mojito with you today - and probably something with passion fruit later in the week. Basically, I plan on making a lot of passion fruit recipes until I run out.
If you want to know if your passion fruit is ripe, look for some wrinkles. Wrinkles are sexy, especially in your passion fruit. They should be wrinkly, but still have some weight to them.
If they are feeling light or hollow, cut it open and see, because it might be past its prime, but you won't know for sure until you cut. Once it is open, you should be able to tell pretty quickly if it's not good because there really won't be much in the way of pulp.
Mojitos are my favorite summer cocktail. Which is kind of weird for me to say because I never really thought I had a favorite cocktail.
I love how light and refreshing mojitos are and they lend themselves to experimenting with all sorts of fruit... like this passion fruit mojito, but also something like a blackberry prosecco mojito, coconut lime mojito shooters, or even kiwi key lime mojito popsicles.
Usually, I but lately, I've been more into discovering new cocktails and building a mini bar. I even bought a few bitters and am making some of my own at home! Sometimes, I wish I knew sooner how much fun experimenting with cocktail flavors were.
It's been mostly cloudy and rainy where I am. Sometimes I look out longingly at the window wondering if I will ever see the sun again. (cue the sad 80's music and montage) I know I will, but it just seems like an impossibility right now.
It's like when you're sick and your nose is stuffy and you just sit there thinking back to all the times you could breathe normally and didn't appreciate it enough at the time.
This mojito helps me bring a bit of warm weather and sunshine to my home while I slather on coconut oil and wear my bathing suit inside pretending its out out. And no, I'm not ashamed to admit that. You know you do it too.
Or maybe you don't. In which case, I totally don't do that either.
How to Make a Virgin Passion Fruit Mojito Cocktail
If you want to make a fun mocktail, it is pretty simple to do! Simply replace the rum and club soda with Sprite or any other similar sparkling soft drink. I do not recommend simply keeping the club soda and adding more because the rum adds much needed sweetness to balance the tart passion fruit. A clear lemon-lime soft drink will help replace that while also adding carbonation.
If you want something a little different, try this passion fruit lemonade! It's sweet and tart with a wonderful tropical zing. The perfect summer sip.
Passion Fruit Mojito
- 8 fresh passion fruit
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves plus extra for garnish
- 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 6 ounces light rum
- 6 tablespoons lime juice fresh
- 4 - 5 ice cubes plus more for glass
- Club soda
- Cut open the passion fruit and push through a fine mesh strainer to catch all the juice, press hard against the passion fruit to also catch the pulp. Get as much juice and pulp from the passion fruit as possible. Reserve the seeds. Set the juice aside.
- In a cocktail mixer, muddle the mint and the sugar together to help release the oils from the mint. Add the rum, lime juice, and ice, then shake vigorously.
- Add ice to your glass (preferably a high ball, but not required) and divide the mixture among the glasses. Top with a splash or two of club soda and stir in the passion fruit juice/pulp. Top with mint and passion fruit seeds for garnish (can eat passion fruit seeds)
Gorgeous photos, Amanda! Such beautiful colors and use of shadows. I want to reach in and grab one of these passion fruit mojitos! I am such a passion fruit fan, and especially in a good cocktail. I can completely see myself sipping one of these poolside this summer!
To say we are passionate about passion fruit would not be untrue. We love it so much! (Just made some hurricane cocktails and used passion fruit juice). Like you've said, it can be tricky to fin fresh, but just like you...when we do, we stock up. We LOVE mojitos (especially in the summer), and this variation sounds incredible. Thanks for this delicious recipe and now I must begin my hunt for fresh passion fruit.
Oh YUM! Passionfruit is really hard to find here, but occasionally my usual grocery store does get some! I'll have to watch for it and use it- it's such a delicious fruit. And this is a yummy idea- it would be perfect in a mojito!!
LOVE THIS. I actually saw passionfruit at the grocery store yesterday and was so so tempted to grab some, but I didn't know what to do with it. I may have to go back and snag a few, because this sounds ah-mazing. What an interesting fruit, and this is such a fun way to put it to use!
I have never cooked with passion fruit at home but you are right, it reminds me of vacation so much. I also chuckled a bit about you using coconut oil at home and pretending 🙂
Than mojito sounds so good and delicious just perfect for this humid weather that we are having where I am. I am also curious to see your recipe for homemade bitters.
Jennifer Bigler says
I love a good mojito and adding passionfruit just takes it up another notch. This is the perfect summertime warm weather drink. I imagine myself sitting in my new backyard sipping on this and watching the palm trees sway. Thank you!
How clever making mojitos from passion fruit, it looks so refreshing. I'm saving this so when I come across passion fruit, I will be ready. The lime juice and mint might be my favorite part of mojitos but the passion fruit amps it up a level. Thanks for sharing this!
Kathy McDaniel says
This mojito screams summer!! I love it. Passion fruit is so tasty and refreshing that I know it will become a new favorite. I am planning on making it this weekend for sure!
I'm so jealous! I wanted to make a ton of passion fruit recipes recently and couldn't find any at the store near me. I love the flavor of passion fruit and this drink must taste amazing!
Passion fruit is definitely one of those impulse buys! We find them at our farmer's market and I always spend a small fortune bringing them home. I've made passion fruit curd, passion fruit tarts and even a passion fruit bundt cake (with rum) -- The obvious next step is a passion fruit cocktail and this recipe looks like THE ONE! I can't wait to try it!
This mojito is amazing! I was really craving something summery and gave this a try. I didn't have fresh passion fruit, but I did have passion fruit paste that I mixed in and it worked perfectly. I can't wait until I can get fresh passion fruit to make this. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I hope you come out with a cookbook soon!
About how much juice do you get from 8 passion fruits? I can get passion fruit concentrate here but sadly just passion fruits I might have to take out a loan. Though I do love passion fruit and mojitos are my favorite so I have to have this drink, preferably right this minute.
Hi Rhonda, one passion fruit will give you roughly half a tablespoon of juice - I'd start there and add more to taste if needed!!
Sarah | Well and Full says
These mojitos look beautiful, not to mention absolutely delicious!! 😀
Thank you! They are super tasty. I have made them a couple of times since posting them already!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
i am loving all the summer recipes i'm seeing lately! definitely giving me some serious summer envy - totally wishing it was getting hotter and not colder here win australia!
If only we were in the same seasonal schedule! I do want to hold on to my winter comfort foods still! The mojito helps change my mind a bit, I suppose. Perhaps you can make yourself something tropical and pretend it's still summer!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
This mojito is gorgeous! Love the passion fruit- so unique 🙂
how about adding 7up insted of rum and soda;)
Juan C Gallego Londono says
You can use frozen natural fruit pulp from Colombia. Passion Fruit with seeds.