Tropical fruit is just the ticket on a hot day. I recently came upon a purple passionfruit at my local grocery store and immediately wanted to whip up a cocktail. Passionfruit have a semi-hard shell, but when cut open they reveal a gelatinous yellow flesh speckled with edible black seeds. The musky and tart flavor calls out for the herbal qualities of gin.
To punch up the herbal nuances, I added some fresh mint, along with a hint of honey. The resulting cocktail allows the bold passionfruit to take center stage, while the mint and honey provide just the right symmetry. So go ahead and treat yourself to a little tropical getaway, even if it's only in a glass.
About the author: Kelly Carámbula blogs about her adventures in the kitchen, including a weekly happy hour, on eat make read. She is also the founder and publisher of Remedy Quarterly, an independent food magazine.
- 1 passionfruit
- 15 fresh mint leaves
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/4 ounce honey
- Garnish: mint leaf
Scoop the flesh from the passionfruit into a cocktail shaker. Add mint and muddle with the passionfruit in the bottom of the cocktail shaker.
Add gin and honey, then fill the shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain the mixture into a glass and garnish with a mint leaf.