Mar 24

Passionfruit & Lime Gin Martini Recipe


Liven up cocktail hour with this easy tropical passionfruit and lime gin martini recipe.
Passionfruit & Lime Gin Martini Recipe |

At the beginning of the month, my 6-year old son came home with an art project from his first grade class. On one side of a paper plate, he had glued yellow and brown curly pieces of construction paper, with a smiling lion’s face drawn in the middle. A fuzzy cotton ball lamb stared out shyly (or perhaps that would be “sheep”ishly) from the other side of the plate. He handed the two-headed project to me and announced, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Did you know that, Mum?”

At the time, March was certainly roaring like a lion, snow drifting in day after day. I was feeling relatively bitter towards Punxsatawney Phil by that point (that is the last time I trust a groundhog), and was eager to believe my son’s pronouncement. If we could put our heads down and power through another week or two of snow, we would be rewarded with spring flowers, blue skies and the warmth of the sun. Well, the flowers made an appearance, but today their delicate petals were pummeled by the wind and covered in cold, white flakes.

At that point, I had two choices. I could either sink further into my pit of bitterness or I could pretend that I had an influence on the changing of the seasons. For my sanity, I went with the latter approach. Out came the cocktail shaker and in went ingredients that make me think of warm weather. Passionfruit and lime juices were vigorously shaken with gin (the choice of any self-respecting Englishman living in a tropical climate) to make a slightly sweet, refreshing martini. The only thing that was missing was the paper umbrella. Out like a lamb, indeed.

The recipe:

Pour passionfruit juice, gin and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled partway with ice.

Passionfruit & Lime Gin Martini Recipe |

Shake well and strain into two martini glasses.

Passionfruit & Lime Gin Martini Recipe |

Garnish each glass with a slice of lime. Serve.

Passionfruit & Lime Gin Martini Recipe
Prep time
Total time
Serves: Serves 2
  • 4 shots passionfruit juice
  • 2 shots gin
  • 1 shot fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  1. Pour passionfruit juice, gin and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled partway with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into two martini glasses.
  3. Garnish each glass with a slice of lime. Serve.
From the kitchen of Cookin' Canuck |
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 martini

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina March 25, 2011 at 5:13 am

Yummy recipe! This looks lovely.


2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Thanks, Katrina.


3 Drick March 25, 2011 at 6:43 am

now I normally do not veer to far from my bourbon & coke, but this looks mighty tempting to break-in the weekend…. Lets hope April brings you those spring flowers and a kiss of sunshine


4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Yes, I’m hoping that April weather will treat us nicely.


5 Maris (In Good Taste) March 25, 2011 at 7:00 am

That does look good Dara and I love the pictures.


6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Thanks so much, Maris. Next time we’re in the same place at the same time, let’s plan on raising a glass.


7 Alicia March 25, 2011 at 7:20 am

These look so refreshing! Perfect considering we got over a FOOT of snow on Wednesday! Let’s hope it disappears for good just in time for April to roll in.


8 Heather Davis March 25, 2011 at 8:14 am

Love, love, love cocktails! These look very simple but incredibly drinkable. Perfect.


9 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thanks, Heather. This really couldn’t be any simpler to make.


10 Tracy March 25, 2011 at 8:49 am

Sounds refreshing! I hope it makes the snow go away because I am so ready for spring!


11 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

That’s what I’m hoping too, Tracy.


12 Island Vittles March 25, 2011 at 8:57 am

The perfect drink for the first weekend of spring. (Whether mother nature admits it’s spring or not 😉 )Theresa


13 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Let’s hope this drink works its magic on the weather.


14 Maria March 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

Such a pretty drink!


15 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Thanks, Maria.


16 Suzanne March 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

I’m going to make this, but I’m not going to share. This serves ONE. Me. LOL!!


17 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) March 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

LOL. Thanks, Suzanne.


18 Magic of Spice March 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

I’ll take two!


19 Barbara | VinoLuciStyle March 25, 2011 at 10:23 am

I’ll make this right now, for breakfast, if it will do the job. Sunny today but I can hear the furnace running and I’m craving spring warmth in the worst way; I can see how one of these would help!


20 Meghan March 25, 2011 at 10:23 am

I absolutely love passionfruit! I use it all the time in my desserts and I love it in cocktails! Makes me think of warm weather too :)


21 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

What a lovely cocktail! I adore the flavors you used… Already dreaming of sitting outside on a hot summer night enjoying this beauty!


22 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 25, 2011 at 11:39 am

This sounds good!


23 HeatherChristo March 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Beautiful. Plus I am always game for anything in a cocktail glass!


24 Amanda March 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm



25 fooddreamer March 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Okay, now we’re talkin’, Dara. I love a good martini and usually I just have the gin and olive kind, but this sounds delicious!


26 Julie M. March 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I feel springier just looking at this delicious drink! Hopefully you’ll be out from underneath the white stuff soon. I think we’re all more than done at this point.


27 EatLiveRun March 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Can I request one of these right now? Or maybe make it two…


28 The Newlywed Chefs March 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Oh Yum! These sound so refreshing!!


29 Sweepstaker March 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm

The photos look refreshing, makes me want to drink one right now. lol


30 Lori @ RecipeGirl March 26, 2011 at 8:30 am

I’m not usually much of a drinky-drink kind of person, but your gorgeous photos have me mesmerized. You’ve talked me into a sip or two!


31 Gourmantine March 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm

This looks such a lovely martini!


32 egb March 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Looks great! I could use one today!


33 Nutmeg Nanny March 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

You had me at gin. My favorite liquor :)


34 Jason Phelps March 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

Making me thirsty. I don’t know that I have ever had passionfruit in a cocktail before. I definitely enjoy the juice and can see how it would get a nice bump this way.



35 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Definitely out like a lamb. :)

Dara, this drink makes me want to jump on a plain and head to Canada for cocktail hour. It’s simply splendid!


36 Kristi Rimkus March 29, 2011 at 7:40 am

Great idea! I think I’ll hunt through the liquor cabinet and see if I can come up with a refreshing summer drink like this to put me in a good mood too!



37 Elle March 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

Oh yes, I need one of these. Perhaps two. We’re expecting a snow storm this Friday, which is April Fools Day. Perfect! Also–I miss the days of doing sweet, fun school art projects like your son’s lion/lamb. :)


38 Julie April 3, 2011 at 9:12 am

Passion Fruit is a passion of mine, I indulge heavily while in Hawaii but I have not found real passion fruit juice here in BC. All I find seems to be a small percentage of juice mixed with other stuff that tastes like fruit punch! Where do you get the real thing? Thanks (and, Cheers!)


39 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) April 3, 2011 at 9:15 am

Try the Ceres juices – they are the best I have found. They are sold in both Canada and the U.S.


40 Deena Baikowitz April 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Love the Cookin’ Canuck name! It’s always nice to meet another expat in the US, and it really is a small world. I posted this network tip on fb, and while looking for a real answer, I found you! I hope you’ll post your ideas on the Fireball Network fb page – I would love to promote you to my US & CDN peeps! (Fireball Friday Networking Tip. Conversation Starter: “Hello. I’m looking for a new martini recipe. What do YOU recommend?”. )


41 daniela April 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I love passion fruit juice, actually anything passion fruit, and alcohol plus passion fruit equals perfection. My husband is going to be out of town this weekend and I’m having a girl’s night on Saturday, this will be one of the cocktails to make! Simple and delicious :)


42 Melinda February 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I made your cocktail tonight, and it may have been that my limes were too sour in the first place, but the cocktail was much too sour. Moreover, there was so much lime that it overwhelmed the passionfruit juice and gin.

I would cut the lime juice recommendation in half, or alternatively add a bit of grenadine or simple syrup to compensate. Everyone likes a punch, but the lime in mine was a wallop. But, thank you for the idea, I love passionfruit juice.


43 Patrick June 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Nice drink! Why should rum have all the fun? TBH just Goya passion fruit cocktail + Beefeater is damned good. You could shake up the passion fruit juice with the gin and fresh lime juice in shaker, strain it over ice in a Collins glass, and top with soda, too…maybe stick a sprig of mint or basil in it just to wake people up har har


44 Patrick June 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm

If the cocktail is coming out too sour, add some simple syrup or powdered sugar to taste.


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