Liven up cocktail hour with this easy tropical passionfruit and 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.
Pour passionfruit juice, gin and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled partway with ice.
Shake well and strain into two martini glasses.
Garnish each glass with a slice of lime. Serve.
Passionfruit & Lime Gin Martini Recipe
- 4 ounces passionfruit juice
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- Pour passionfruit juice, gin and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled partway with ice.
- Shake well and strain into two martini glasses.
- Garnish each glass with a slice of lime. Serve.
If the cocktail is coming out too sour, add some simple syrup or powdered sugar to taste.
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
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.
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 🙂
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?". )
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!)
Dara (Cookin' Canuck)
Try the Ceres juices - they are the best I have found. They are sold in both Canada and the U.S.
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. 🙂
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!
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!
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.
You had me at gin. My favorite liquor 🙂
Looks great! I could use one today!
This looks such a lovely martini!
Lori @ RecipeGirl
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!