When Kelly, from Inspired Edibles, posted her beautiful Lemon Passion Fruit Pannacotta, I realised that even though I loved the passion fruit taste, I have never bought it, not to mention cooking with it. Passion fruit or maracuja (Passiflora edulis) is native to Southern America, but is nowadays cultivated in many warm countries and available all around the world. There are two main types: yellow (bigger) and dark purple (smaller), but only the latter is available where I live. It doesn’t look very appealing from the exterior. The skin is hard, very dark and doesn’t have any aroma (at least when it arrives to Europe). The interior is however amazing: sunny yellow flesh with green seeds, an enticing aroma and sweet, but slightly tart taste.
Passion fruits I had bought waited at least a week in my kitchen before, finally, on a Friday night, when my husband asked me what cocktail I wanted, I knew I would not cook or bake with them, but simply drink them. Browsing through the surprisingly big number of passion fruit cocktails, I have chosen Passion Fruit Daiquiri, found on Mix, Shake and Pour.
The rum and passion fruit combination proved stunningly good. The drink is exactly what I enjoy most: rather strong, not very sweet and with a slightly tart note. Not to mention the enticing aroma and the yellow hue and the pleasure of eating leftover seeds, soaked in rum. Since passion fruits are available in my city all year round, I already feel it will become one of my regular drinks. Thank you, Kelly for the inspiration!
TIP: 1 shot= 25 ml or more or less 1 oz
Preparation: 5 minutes
Ingredients (serves 1):
2 shots rum
0.5 shot lime juice
0.5 shot syrup (I have used sugarcane syrup)
2 passion fruits
2-3 ice cubes (+more to put directly in the glass)
Halve the passion fruits and scoop out the flesh with a teaspoon.
Put all the ingredients in a shaker.
Shake well (for at least one minute) and pour into a glass (ideally it should be a martini glass or something similar, but I don’t own such glasses).
You can add more ice if you want.