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Get Passionate About These 9 Passion Fruit Cocktails

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We assume Drake is singing about cocktails on “Passionfruit” because we are too passionate about the tropical fruity drinks to think otherwise. The incredibly perfumed, seedy fruit has a bright, sweet-tart and vaguely floral flavor that lends itself well to tropical fruit blends, nutty mixers and sweet rums. But bartenders have also branched out from the tiki standard, using the fruit in all sorts of applications. Here, the best cocktails to make with passion fruit juice and purée.

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People hear passion fruit syrup and assume a drink will be sweet and light, but the Hurricane is a heavy hitting cocktail that’s stronger than it looks. Served in a massive glass the size and shape of an old school lamp, the New Orleans classic will rock your world with four ounces of dark rum shaken with the fruity syrup and lemon juice.

The Essentials

dark rum
Passion fruit syrup
Fresh Lemon juice
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We can all admit “Pornstar Martini” is a horrible name for a drink, but don’t hold that against this passion fruit stunner. Vanilla syrup and lime juice support the starring passion fruit juice (or nectar, which is more readily available), while vodka provides the boozy weight (and ‘tini qualification). The drink even comes with a bubbly sidecar shooter, like an extra fancy Boilermaker.

The Essentials

vodka
Passion Fruit Juice
Sparkling wine
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Passion fruit is a common star in Brazilian batidas, which are shaken or blended beverages that mix the fruit with other tropical ingredients like coconut and cachaça. This banana-tinged version gets a bit of woody flavor from aged cachaça, which combines well with the deeply aromatic nutmeg grated on top. Served over crushed ice, it’s a thoroughly refreshing taste of the tropics.

The Essentials

cachaça
coconut milk
lime juice
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This Southeast Asian twist on the Piña Colada relies on the unbeatable duo of passion fruit and coconut but takes the flavors into new territory with añejo tequila and Chinese five spice powder. The dusting of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns immediately distinguishes this tall glass of exotic slush from the standard Colada. The flavors are integrated perfectly, making for a refreshing take on the seriously creamy cocktail.

The Essentials

Añejo Tequila
coconut purée
Fresh Pineapple Juice
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“Tiki” and “Jäger” are two drinking words that rarely collide, but this well-spiced libation from L.A.’s Honeycut proves these two seemingly disparate tastes can live in harmony. Passion fruit syrup provides tropical notes that meld with the layered flavors of root beer-like Jägermeister, tart lime and orange juices, nutty orgeat, and several types of rum.

The Essentials

Jägermeister
Rum
Orgeat
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Passion fruit is just one of many fruits that’s mixed into this lovely punch at L.A.’s ROKU. It joins guava, pineapple and, most notably, watermelon purée. Coconut-flavored vodka (along with regular vodka) provides the alcoholic punch and further tropical flavor, while an orchid garnish gives the drink a visual pop that makes us yearn for vacation.

The Essentials

Vodka
watermelon purée
Passion fruit
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You might be used to fruits like peach and orange in your morning beverages, but passion fruit makes an unusual, delightful appearance in this bubbly brunch sipper. A twist on the Bellini, it combines passion fruit purée with dry sparkling wine and thyme syrup, which adds an herbal, grassy layer to the fruit. The cocktail is sure to wake you up.

The Essentials

sparkling wine
passion fruit purée
thyme syrup
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As is clear from this list, passion fruit usually finds its way into tiki cocktails, where it melds with other fruits, coconut and spices. But Chad Solomon of Midnight Rambler in Dallas has found a way to use the fruit in his unique twist on the Twentieth Century. Smoky mezcal, dry and salty amontillado sherry, and rich crème de cacao add raw earthy flavors to the passion fruit. If that wasn’t enough of a flavor bomb, a few drops of saline amp up the dry, explosive flavors.

The Essentials

Mezcal
Passion fruit Puree
Amontillado Sherry
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Orgeat, falernum and passion fruit join forces in this Mai Tai riff, but from there the cocktail goes totally off the tiki rails. Dry gin, bright lemon juice and orange bitters give the entire drink a lighter, spritzier character than your average dark rum concoction, and a topper of Miller High Life turns it into a fruity, tiki-fied Shandy. It’s the type of weird worth investigating.

The Essentials

Orgeat
Gin
beer

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