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)