Passionfruit Margarita


I promise I will get off my passion fruit kick soon, but our vines are seriously overflowing and I’m finding every way I can to use them up!  Which is not a terrible fate as they’re the most delicious thing to come out of summer.  I think I love them more because to use them in recipes requires some work- cutting them open, spooing their juicy contents into a colander, pressing the flesh through the colander over and over again until just the seeds are left- it’s laborious to be sure!  But when I’m left with a mason jar full of the best tasting juice on the planet I feel a sense of accomplishment that can barely be matched these days.  Maybe I’ll feel the same when I give birth.  HA!  In all seriousness though, the effort is worth it because the juice is so tropical and lovely that I immediately forget my swollen feet and aching back and am transported to a tropical world where my only problems could possibly be which beach to go to or which bikini to wear (for the record I can’t wear any of my bikinis because my belly/boobs swallow them whole).  I’ve been drinking these margaritas without the tequila because I’m mom of the year, but Lou and my neighbors have been enjoying them as they’re meant to be and the consensus is this: LIFE CHANGING!  Which means that next time you’re at the the farmer’s market/grocery store and you see a heaping pile of passion fruit- buy them all.  Buy them, juice them, and for the love of all things summer turn that juice into tropical margaritas.  You’ll thank me I promise!!!  xx- Sarah


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Passion Fruit Margarita

Passion Fruit Margarita


  • 3 oz passsionfruit juice
  • 2 oz lime simple syrup (1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon lime zest, 1/2 cup fresh lime juice)
  • 2 oz tequila or rum
  • lime wheels to garnish


  • To make the lime simple syrup: In a small saucepan combine 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of water over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3-4 minutes or until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in lime zest and lime juice. Transfer to a glass container, place in refrigerator and let cool for 1 hour.
  • To make the cocktail:
  • Combine tequila (or rum if you prefer), passion fruit juice, and simple syrup over ice in a shaker. Shake or stir and strain into glass of ice and garnish with a thinly sliced lime. Sit back and enjoy!

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  1. Taste of France|

    I remember eating my first passion fruit, in Kenya. And learning to crack them open, just so, not too hard but enough to split the shell. And how to suck out the innards without getting juice all over. It’s quite a technique. Which kind do you have? The dark purple ones with orange insides or the orange ones with gray insides? I never could decide which I liked better so I always got both at the market.

  2. Jane|

    Passion fruit are one of my most favourite fruits. I’m Australian and lucky enough to find them in the super market every day, ha, I just bought some yesterday! When I was growing up we had a vine, I must plant one again. Pavlova (a meringue with a soft centre) with whipped cream and passionfruit pulp is our national dessert and I served this up to my American husband when I was living in the US and lucky enough to have found some passionfruit. He said “I love the flavour but I really don’t like the texture” Oh my God, I realised he was crunching on the black seeds, you never do that, the seeds are just supposed to slide down your throat with the pulp. We lived in Tahoe for 8 years and every year in September, the local health food store would stock passionfruit and I would come in and swoop them all up. So happy to be back living in Oz for so many reasons but being able to have passionfruit whenever I want is certainly one. If you need more ideas of what to do, look on any Australian cooking site, instagram, pinterest etc. and you will find many great recipes. Enjoy!

    • Sarah Yates|

      oh Jane you ARE lucky!!!!! And I want to try the Pavlova, it sounds incredible!!! I have a few jars of frozen pulp in the fridge that I hope lasts me for at least a couple of months into the fall so I can extend the season of enjoying my favorite fruit, will definitely be scouring the internet for ideas on what else to make. 🙂
      On another note, I bet I know which health food store in Tahoe had the passionfruit- when we visited there last summer I stalked that store so hard! HA! xx