Passion fruit juice is one of my absolute favorites. It smells like flowers and has such an exotic, tropical taste – like orange and mango mixed together. But it is tart and sour! So sweeteners are needed.
There’s a wonderful Italian restaurant that uses the fruit to make passion fruit cheesecake. Oh… my… god… It was and still is the best cheesecake I have ever had in my life! It was sooooo good! I still have dreams about that dessert (not kidding!).
Someday I’ll try recreating that cheesecake. In the meantime, I’m making this simple, delicious passion fruit juice.
I got seven small passion fruits from the farmers’ market for $1. Yep, a dollar! It’s the same market I got the $7 soursop, which I used to make my soursop juice.
These passion fruits are the yellow-skinned variety. You may be more familiar with the purple variety. They are almost identical in taste.
How to Make Passion Fruit Juice
1. Cut the fruits in half and remove the seeds
Before you get to cutting, it’s important to leave the fruits a couple days for them to wrinkle. When this happens, the fruits are ripe and ready for making the juice.
While wrinkling is normal, your fruits should not have large soft spots. These spots may mean the pulp is moldy. So don’t leave your fruits too long to wrinkle. Two to three days are perfectly fine (assuming they were smooth when you bought them!).
When they are ready, cut the fruits and smell the pulp. They should smell floral. If the pulp smells off-putting, discard the fruit.
Once they are good, scoop the seeds out with a spoon.
2. Add water to the seeds
I usually add a cup of water to the seeds and leave them for an hour or so. This step is not necessary. But I found it helps to extract more flavor from the pulp (and you don’t have to blend as much).
3. Blend and strain
Once the seeds and pulp have sufficiently soaked, add them to your blender. Blend everything for fifteen to thirty seconds. If you skipped the second step, you may need to blend the seeds a bit longer.
Strain. You may get tiny bits of the seeds in your juice even after straining. That’s fine. The seeds are safe for consumption (unlike soursop!). But if you want to keep everything out, you can use a cheese cloth to strain the juice.
4. Add water and sweeteners to the passion fruit juice
I added four cups of water. You can add less if you want the passion fruit flavor to be stronger and stand out more.
I also added seven… yes seven… tablespoons of brown sugar to sweeten this passion fruit juice. It tasted amazing!
Passion fruit juice is really simple to make. It’s great as a stand-alone juice or you can mix it with whole fruits like berries. Or other fruit juices (pineapple is a great choice!). Yum!
Oh, and you can… or should… spike it with your favorite alcohol. It’s a great juice for making exotic cocktails too.
Passion Fruit Juice
- 7 passion fruits (ripe and wrinkled)
- 5 cups water
- 7 tbsp sugar
- Cut fruits and scoop out the seeds.
- Add one cup of water to the seeds and leave to soak for an hour (optional).
- Blend the seeds.
- Strain one to two times to remove tiny bits of the seeds. A cheesecloth can be used here.
- Add the remaining water and sugar to your taste.
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Do you also make your passion fruit juice this way? Have you tried it in cocktails? Share your thoughts in the comments below.