June 28, 2012

Passion Fruit and Rose Water Mocktail

This is incredibly easy and refreshing!  With the hot summer weather, I love flavorful non-alcoholic drinks- like mango and mint lemonade, fruit tea, and I thought, why not a mocktail with passion fruit?  I love passion fruit and the summer weather is a perfect occasion for it!  You may not have worked with passion fruit before, they have a wonderful flavor.  Their drawback, though, is that they are a little labor intensive to get the juice from and their yield is quite low.  But, with a little bit of time and effort, the reward is worth it!  You might think a tropical fruit like this is very sweet, but that is not the case.  You'll most likely find that it's tart and adding a little sugar makes it just right.  This mocktail adds a little bit of sugar and also some rose water.

Passion Fruit and Rose Water Mocktail
6 (or more) passion fruits
1/2 tsp rose water
1 tsp sugar
seltzer (chilled)

This yielded a little over 1/3 of a cup of passion fruit juice, or about enough for 4 drinks (each drink used 2 oz. of passion fruit juice).  First, I rinsed the passion fruit, then, I cut each in half.  You'll see the inside has seeds that are covered in sort of sacks of juice.  I used a grapefruit spoon to scrape all the seeds and pulp into a measuring cup.  I like to use grapefruit spoons for all sorts of things, they are good for this and also incredibly handy for getting the flesh out of avocados.

I used a chinois, the contraption you see here in the picture, it is a narrow, vertical mesh sieve with a sort of pestle to help you squeeze as much liquid as possible out of semi-solids.  Before you pour the passion fruit insides into the chinois, place a bowl or measuring cup underneath.  Liquid will immediately start flowing just from the weight of the seeds on one another.  Use the pestle to extract as much juice as possible.  For 6 medium sized passion fruits, I got about 1/3 cup of juice.  For this amount, I added 1/2 tsp rose water and 1 tsp of sugar.  Stir to dissolve the sugar.      

In a small cocktail glass of your choice, the one in the picture is a champagne saucer that holds roughly 8 ounces, combine 2 ounces each of the passion fruit liquid and the chilled seltzer.  Enjoy!  This would make a festive start to a dinner party.  I'm sure you can substitute a lovely champagne or prosecco for the seltzer and that would be delicious as well.  As a nursing mom, with limited opportunity to drink at the moment, I will have to wait and try that a little later!

1 comment:

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

That sounds delicious and so refreshing! I enjoy a little wine now and then but often prefer an alcohol-free drink.