Passion Fruit is one of the flavors that I love the most in the Summer. What’s better than enjoying a nice refreshing cocktail on a warm Summer evening? The amazing, tropical passion fruit flavor makes for the perfect mixer in cocktails, mocktails or ades. With quality passion fruit being so hard to find, fresh or processed, we decided to bring it to you in a pure, shelf-stable way. Something you can have in your pantry when you are ready to use.
We are a Hawaii-based company that uses locally sourced passion fruit to create delicious and high-quality passion fruit products. We are excited to bring our Lilikoi Cocktail Mix to you!
You can find the recipe for the Passion Fruit Gin Punch HERE.
What is Passion Fruit, or Lilikoi?
Passion fruit, or Lilikoi (its Hawaiian name), is a sweet and tart fruit found in tropical regions of the world. When cutting into these round, often yellow-skinned fruit, you will discover a pulp that contains small soft gel-like sacks surrounding black seeds, which are all edible! There is a firm tough shell exterior, which isn’t eaten due to its bitter taste and tough texture. But you can dig into the pulp with a spoon for a delightfully tart treat. Or you can strain the juices from the seeds to enjoy in a variety of ways. Because extracting the fruit from the shell is such a pain, we did all the work for you in creating our passion fruit products. Our pre-made Lilikoi Cocktail Mix can easily be added to any drink without the hassle!
Using the Lilikoi Cocktail Mix is so easy and perfect in a variety of drinks and cocktails/mocktails. It also blends well with different liquors, so you really can’t go wrong. Because of its sweet, tart flavor combo, this mixer is great for sweet and sour cocktail lovers alike.
This cocktail can be modified for your individual taste to be sweeter if desired, by adding more Lilikoi Cocktail Mix. Typically, we see tropical fruit drinks consisting of rum, vodka, or tequila, so we wanted to provide a different option. In this drink we used gin to show how versatile this Lilikoi Cocktail Mix truly is. Additionally, you can check out a variety of cocktail recipes on the Da Vine Foods website for more ideas of how to use the Lilikoi Cocktail Mix.
Passion fruit and gin just make sense to us, but we are major gin lovers. The botanical spice and aroma of gin mixed with the sweet and delightfully tangy lilikoi form the base of our Passion Fruit Gin Punch. The addition of apple brandy, basil, lime and a little soda water brightens this thing up and makes it a very easy-drinking cocktail.
How can I customize the Passion Fruit Gin Punch?
As with all drinks, a little modification can go a long way and can really let you customize this for your taste. The passion fruit will work with any type of gin. We chose Citadel or Beefeater as they complement it the best to us. But you do you. The lime juice adds a little acidity, but again, any citrus juice (or not at all) works well. Basil works exceptionally well with gin and in this cocktail, it is quite subtle. Calvados and gin are another natural pair and this addition effectively deepens the cocktail and makes it more interesting and complex. Passion fruit is so versatile and not just for rum or vodka!
I didn’t come up with this recipe all on my own. I collaborated with the folks at Cooking With Wine Blog. They fell in love with our Lilikoi Cocktail Mix and couldn’t decide which of the two recipes they created to go with. So, they gave me both. Check out the Passionate Ginger Whiskey recipe in our cocktail menu to see the other recipe.
I hope you enjoy this cocktail. As always if you have a chance to make this cocktail, we would love to hear your feedback. When you post your photos to Instagram please tag us @davinehawaii so we can share in your fun.
The Passion Fruit Lady