The majority of the Passionfruit Martinis call for a range of different spirits, liquors and sometimes sparkling wine. Well, we don’t like opening a bunch of bottles to make one drink (does that make us cheapskates?), so our version of an Easy Passionfruit Martini Cocktail is made with just one type of alcohol – VODKA. We also have a suggestion for a mocktail if you don’t drink or are on a massive health kick! Read on to see how to make both the cocktail and the mocktail below!
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Best Passion Fruit Puree
Passionfruit has such a distinctly tropical flavour that it instantly takes you back to relaxing holidays! However, passionfruit is not exactly an easy fruit to enjoy! It has lots of seeds and needs sieving before you can use it in desserts or cocktails. What is more, you will need A LOT of individual passion fruits to get enough pulp for what you need. There’s about 1 tablespoon of puree in one passionfruit once the seeds are removed.
As a result, we opted for our favourite pre-prepared passionfruit puree that comes directly out of the pouch – Léonce Blanc. It has a sharp sour taste and is perfect to use in sweetened cocktails and desserts (we used it for our Lime & Passionfruit Charlotte Royale)! What is more, it is artificial flavour- and preservative-free.
Passion Fruit Vodka Martini
We make our Easy Passionfruit Martinis with puree, lime juice, sugar syrup, vodka and grape juice. However, if you feel that you need your drink a bit stronger and a bit more special, you can substitute the grape juice with champagne or other sparkling wine and add an extra teaspoon of sugar syrup! Our Easy Passion Fruit Vodka Martini is rather tart anyway, so feel free to adjust the sweetness by adding more or less sugar syrup. You will need:
- caster sugar and water: for the sugar syrup.
- passionfruit purée: we used Léonce Blanc
- sparkling grape juice: we used Shloer, or replace it with prosecco or champagne for a stronger version of passionfruit martini. Add some more sugar syrup to your cocktail if using dry sparkling wine.
- lime juice: ideally, freshly squeezed. Omit it if you don’t like sour drinks – passionfruit puree is rather tart in itself.
- ice cubes
- passionfruit: to decorate.
Passionfruit Martini Mocktail
Now, to make a mocktail… The only alcohol used in the Passion Fruit Cocktail recipe is vodka, so here are the replacements that we recommend to make the best Passion Fruit Martini Mocktail. Skip the vodka and instead add:
- Extra sparkling grape juice.
- Your favourite alcohol-free spirit! We used a zingy and fresh tasting Amplify Non-Alcoholic Spirit that is distilled with a range of botanicals. It’s not something I’d drink neat or on rocks, but used in cocktails or with a mixer, it adds a wonderful alcohol-like taste to your drink, without actually containing any!
- Tonic water is an excellent substitute for vodka or gin in your mocktails.
Tools You Will Need To Make Passionfruit Martini
You will need a fine sieve and ideally a cocktail shaker, but if you don’t have one or can’t justify buying one, here are a few suggestions:
- A thermal coffee mug with a lid tightly screwed on.
- A sturdy mason jar.
- A smoothie maker container.
Making this passion fruit cocktail is a two-step process. Make your sugar syrup ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Then make the cocktails/ mocktails when you wish to serve them!
To Make Sugar Syrup
Place equal weight amounts of caster sugar and water in a small pan. Heat until sugar completely dissolves. Then take off the heat and leave to cool completely before using.
To Make Passionfruit Martinis
Place ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka or non-alcoholic spirit, passionfruit puree, lime juice and sugar syrup. Skrew the lid on tightly and shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
Pour the cock(mock)tail through a fine sieve into a glass. A well-shaken martini should form a white foam on top. Carefully top with the sparkling grape juice, trying not to disturb the foam on top. Place half a passionfruit in the middle to decorate! Enjoy!
Other Cocktail Recipes
Let us know what you thought of our Easy Passionfruit Martini in the comments below. If you fancy something different, and a whole lot stronger, try our Cranberry Sidecar instead! Another great drink to enjoy (especially over the festive period) is our Spiced Cranberry Prosecco Cocktail.
Passionfruit Martini (with Vodka)
- Cocktail Shaker see notes for details if you don't have one
- Fine Sieve
For the Sugar Syrup for 4-5 Cock(mock)tails:
- 30 g caster sugar
- 30 ml water
For One Passionfruit Martini:
- 30 ml vodka/ non-alcoholic spirit (see notes above) or 1 shot
- 30 ml passionfruit purée (we used Léonce Blanc) or 1 shot
- 30 ml sparkling grape juice we used Shloer, to top
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1-2 tablespoon sugar syrup to taste
- 2 ice cubes
- ½ passionfruit to serve, optional
To Make Sugar Syrup:
- Place equal weight amounts of caster sugar and water in a small pan. Heat until sugar completely dissolves. Then take off the heat and leave to cool completely before using.
To Make Passionfruit Martinis:
- Place ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka or non-alcoholic spirit, passionfruit puree, lime juice and sugar syrup. Skrew the lid on tightly and shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
- Pour the cock(mock)tail through a fine sieve into a glass. A well-shaken martini should form a white foam on top. Carefully top with the sparkling grape juice, trying not to disturb the foam on top. Place half a passionfruit in the middle to decorate! Enjoy!
- A thermal coffee mug with a lid tightly screwed on
- A sturdy mason jar
- A smoothie maker glass