Even if a tropical vacation isn’t in your near future, there’s nothing stopping you from sipping on a flashy, fruity beverage at home, staycation style.
This playful passion fruit libation makes it clear that it’s always five o’clock somewhere, sans the booze. With its refreshing splashes of citrus juice, bouquet of fresh mint, and bubbly topper, it’s time to relax and unwind with this non-alcoholic sipper.
This is a truly magical mocktail.
With a year and a half of sobriety behind me, I’ve been educating myself in the zero-proof spirit scene. If you feel the urge to add a tasty splash of something that mimics the real deal, feel free to peruse this roundup of non-alcoholic options. I like to splash a few ounces of my favorite booze-free botanical libation in this drink, but it’s purely optional.
Before you jet off to the market to grab the must-haves for this mocktail, if you’re unacquainted with the sweet, tangy fruit available fresh from the grocery store, now is the time to give passion fruit a try!
Though humble in size, passion fruit makes up for that with big flavor, and a mighty vitamin content. This antioxidant-rich, immune-boosting fruit is a fantastic source of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Health facts aside, it’s impossible to crack into one of these colorful orbs and not be impressed by its golden glowing pulp and pitch-black seeds. Before breaking the fruit open though, you’ve got to know what to look for at the grocery store.
Ripe passion fruit feels heavier than it looks, which means it’s loaded with that luscious flesh inside. The softer and wrinklier the skin, the riper the fruit.
Go on, give them a little squeeze. You know you want to.
In this recipe, the tart, jelly-like passion fruit pulp is shaken and then strained to remove the seeds. I like to reserve some of the flesh to stir into the finished drink, but feel free to skip that step for a totally smooth refreshment.
In addition to today’s featured fruity star, there are a few more ingredients to complete the base of this mocktail: freshly squeezed lime, orange, and grapefruit juices keep everything fresh and bright, and a dash of agave syrup lends a touch of sweetness.
I also believe in adding a fresh garnish to mocktails to provide a sneak peek of the flavors to come, so don’t worry – I didn’t just stick a green sprig of herbs on top for fun, though it adds a nice pop of color as well.
Fresh mint leaves are also added to the shaker. The agitation from shaking it up with the liquid ingredients and ice releases the flavor right into the refreshing beverage.
A finale of bubbles gives much-needed carbonation. Plain seltzer or club soda work like a charm, but with the variety of flavored sparkling water varieties out there like coconut and pineapple, you can feel free to have some fun with this ingredient.
Get ready to relax and unwind with this tasty treat.Print
Tropical passion fruit adds a sweet-tart zing to this colorful mocktail loaded with fresh citrus and mint, and topped with carbonated water.
- 5 ripe passion fruit, divided
- 2 fluid ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 fluid ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (or pineapple juice)
- 1 fluid ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 teaspoons agave syrup (or simple syrup)
- 2 fluid ounces non-alcoholic libation of choice (optional)
- 4 sprigs fresh mint, divided
- 2 fluid ounces plain seltzer or club soda (or flavored)
- Lime sliced into rounds, for garnish (optional)
- Fill a large cocktail shaker with ice.
- Cut the passion fruit in half and set aside 2 halves for garnish. Scoop out the seeds and pulp from the rest and add it to the cocktail shaker, setting aside 2 tablespoons of pulp in a separate small bowl.
- Add the orange juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave syrup, NA liquor if using, and 2 sprigs of mint to the cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until the outside is frosty, about 10 to 15 seconds.
- Press the lime rounds against the inside of two highball glasses if using, flat up against the sides so they are visible. Carefully fill with ice.
- Strain the drink into the glasses. Add the reserved passion fruit seeds and pulp to each, and stir gently with a cocktail stirrer or long-handled spoon. Top with seltzer. Garnish each glass with half of a passionfruit with the cut side facing up, and a sprig of mint.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Mocktails
- Method: Cocktail Shaker
- Cuisine: Beverages
Keywords: mocktail, passion fruit, non-alcoholic
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Gather, Prep, and Measure Ingredients
If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a large mason jar with a lid or a protein shaker with a mixing ball to make this drink. Just be sure to have a small, fine mesh strainer on hand to strain out the seeds and ice.
Fill your shaking vessel with ice.
Slice all of the passion fruit in half, and set aside 2 of the smaller halves to garnish the cocktails.
Using a spoon, gently scoop out the seeds and pulp from the rest. Measure out 2 tablespoons of pulp and set it aside in a small bowl. Add the rest to the cocktail shaker.
Juice 1 medium navel orange, a lime, and half of a large grapefruit. If you like, you can use pineapple juice in place of the grapefruit for a slightly sweeter and more tropical drink.
Remove any seeds from the juice. Measure 2 ounces of orange juice, 2 ounces of grapefruit juice, and 1 ounce of lime juice.
Slice another lime into thin rounds for garnish.
Measure the agave or simple syrup and your choice of non-alcoholic spirit, if using. You might also want to try a homemade berry syrup, for another layer of bold, fruity flavor!
Coconut water also adds a nice flavor to sub for the NA spirit, or you can top off with an additional ounce or two of sparkling water to finish the drink if you like.
Pluck 4 sprigs of mint from a small bunch. Make sure they’re clean, and fresh-looking!
Set out the seltzer or club soda, and two highball glasses.
Step 2 – Combine the Liquids and Shake
To the cocktail shaker with the passion fruit pulp and seeds, add the orange juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave syrup, NA liquor of choice, and 2 of the mint sprigs.
Muddling the mint in the shaker will bruise the leaves and release its flavor.
Place the cap on your cocktail shaker and, using two hands, vigorously shake until the outside is very cold to the touch and forms an icy layer, for about 10 to 15 seconds.
Step 3 – Strain, Garnish, and Sip
Press the lime rounds against the inside of the glasses so they’ll be visible after the drink is poured in. Fill gently with ice.
Strain the liquid into the glasses – or pour it through your sieve – and then gently stir a tablespoon of the reserved passionfruit pulp into each drink with a long cocktail stirrer.
An iced tea spoon with a long handle also works for this, or a chopstick will do nicely.
Fill each glass nearly to the top with seltzer or club soda. Float half of a passion fruit cut side up on the surface of each. Garnish with the reserved mint sprigs, and sip immediately!
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You might not think the glassware you choose matters that much when you’re slinging mocktails, but I believe it can make or break a drink.
A beverage with carbonation like this one does best in a tall, slender glass, where the bubbles will pop more slowly, since there’s less surface area.
If you’d prefer to enjoy yours sans rocks and bubbles, selecting a lowball glass is the way to go.
If you’re serving a thirsty crowd, keep in mind that this recipe can be multiplied easily – though you might have to work in batches if your cocktail shaker can’t accommodate the larger volume of liquid.
How did you enjoy this NA beverage? Any ingredient swaps or add-ins to share? Let us know in the comments below! And don’t forget to give this recipe a five-star rating if you loved it.
Mint adds a refreshing mentholated zip to recipes of all kinds, especially those that are sipped through a straw. If you’re still thirsty, try these drinks next:
Photos by Fanny Slater, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Lori Jo Hendrix on October 19, 2015. Last updated on October 4, 2022.
Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Fanny Slater
Fanny Slater is a home-taught food enthusiast based in Wilmington, North Carolina who won the “Rachael Ray Show” Great American Cookbook Competition in 2014, and published her cookbook “Orange, Lavender & Figs” in 2016. Fanny is a food and beverage writer, recipe developer, and social media influencer. She was a co-host on the Food Network series “Kitchen Sink,” was featured on Cooking Channel’s longtime popular series “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and continues to appear regularly on the “Rachael Ray Show.”