The passion fruit margarita is a delicious tropical cocktail, perfect for a warm weather staycation by the pool. This fruity drink features some deliciously vibrant ingredients, putting a unique spin on a classic margarita.
Bringing passion fruit into a margarita is a tricky business. I ended up making around 6 variations, trying to perfect the balance between the fruit, tequila, and orange liqueur. The recipe below is a result of these variations and plenty of willing taste testers at the time.
For more unique tequila-based cocktails, take a sip of the Rosemary Paloma or Cadillac Margarita.
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Fresh Passion Fruit vs Liqueur
Originating from Brazil, the passion fruit is a bit on the tart side, and sometimes sour, which I think pairs well in a margarita environment. If you opt into using fresh fruit, use the pulp and seeds – it is all edible!
Cut the fruit in half and scoop out the insides into the shaker. Keep the other half handy to use as a garnish.
You can also buy a bunch of passion fruit when you see it at the grocery store or farmers market, stick it in an ice cube tray, and freeze it to use later, a few cubes at a time.
Because of the flavors of passion fruit, much less lime is needed than a regular margarita.
At the time of making this, I was unable to get good fresh passion fruit, but a liqueur worked really well. If you use the fresh fruit, your cocktail will turn out a lot more orange than pink. The brand available to me locally was Passoa Passionfruit Liqueur, which was a bit sweeter than the real fruit.
If you prefer your cocktails on the sweeter side, this is certainly the direction you should take.
Passion Fruit Margarita Cocktail
- 2 oz Tequila Añejo preferred, may substitute with Reposado
- 1 oz Passion fruit liqueur Passoa Passionfruit Liqueur was used here
- 1 oz Orange juice Fresh squeezed
- 1 oz Orange liqueur Grand Marnier or 1880
- 1/4 oz Lime juice Fresh squeezed
- Salt half the rim of a margarita glass.
- Combine ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and strain into a glass.
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