Well, that was fun.
Passion fruit week was a smashing success (in my opinion at least), and you all seemed to love the recipes as much as I did. I’m officially out of passion fruit now (sad face), so I guess it’s back to the same-old-same-old next week.
To wrap things up I’d like to share this oh-so-simple and delicious recipe for passion fruit lemonade. The recipe was inspired by something Todd prepared for us during my trip to California a few weeks back (the same trip where I acquired said passion fruits) and that I knew was the perfect use for the last of them.
Essentially it’s just lemonade, made with fresh squeezed lemon juice (in this case the sweeter Meyer lemons) and fresh passion fruit. A bit of water and simple syrup to taste, and voila. Passion fruit lemonade.
Meyer lemons are a cross between a traditional lemon and mandarin orange, so their skins are more orangey in color and their juice sweeter and less tart than standard lemons, making them the perfect companion for passion fruit. If you substitute regular lemons, you’ll likely just need a bit more sugar to offset the sourness.
Despite the fact that the polar vortex is back in full force, sipping a glass of this lemonade made me feel like I was back in sunny Southern California. What a great way to bring a little sunshine into an otherwise frigid winter day (er, technically it’s still fall. Not cool, mother nature, not cool).
You’ll need about 6 juicy passion fruits to make enough juice for 2 cups of lemonade (4 glasses worth, approximately). I needed a few more because a few of my fruits were slightly dried out and didn’t have a ton of pulp. Scoop out the pulp and seeds, and press through a fine mesh sieve to extract as much juice as possible. Then, if desired, add back a spoonful or two of the seeds. It’s a bit of a tedious process, but well worth it.
While the other passion fruit week recipes can easily be adapted to utilize frozen passion fruit puree or concentrate, this is one time when fresh really makes a difference, especially because you can incorporate the seeds into the final drink for added visual and textural interest. You wouldn’t think that crunchy lemonade would be desirable, but in this case, well, it’s perfection.
Passion Fruit Meyer Lemonade
- 1/2 cup fresh passion fruit juice (from 5-6 passion fruit)
- 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice (form 2-3 large lemons)
- 1 cup water
- 4-6 tablespoons simple sugar syrup*
- In a pitcher, combine passion fruit juice (option to add back some of the passion fruit seeds if desired), along with lemon juice and water. Add 4 tablespoons sugar syrup and stir to combine. Taste, then add additional sugar syrup as desired. Serve chilled over ice.
*To make a 1:1 sugar syrup, boil 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water until sugar is dissolved and syrup is completely clear. Transfer to a jar or heat-proof container and refrigerate until completely cool. Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Inspired by whiteonricecouple.com.All images and text © Lindsay Landis / Love & Olive Oil
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This looks delicious. If I was to make a big batch how long do you think it would last in the fridge?
I think you’d be fine for about a week. You could also mix up a batch without the water and freeze that if you want to keep it for longer!
Great way to use the extra passion fruits I got as a gift! It only took me about 3.5 passion fruits to reach 1/2 cup – I guess they were extra juicy.
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Oh my, I’m totally craving this now! Todd’s was amazing, and this looks equally gorgeous!
Looks so colorful! And I bet it keeps colds away – I have to try it!
we got our first snow of the season here in STL this weekend, and this looks like perfection–the beach in a glass. maybe I’ll have to track down some passion fruits and make this happen!
Love the combination of flavours.
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LOVE these pictures! Beautiful!
SUPER yummy!!! Absolutely stunning to look at. I would like to be transported back to Southern California on this dreary, rainy New England day (it’s where my hubby is originally from, too!)!!
Loved passionfruit week, but this one is definitely my favorite so far :) I’m a lemonade sucker!
I’ve loved your passionfruit week and your photos have been absolutely stunning. This lemonade is something my family would go crazy over.
I love love Passionfruit. This drinks sounds like a delisous way to enjoy it!!
Yum! I definitely take this, especially Summer time in So. Cal. Looks so refreshing.
Wow this looks amazing- it’s certainly gotten CHILLLYYYYYY out here but I’m always a fan of warmer reminders :)
I am a hoarder of meyer lemons and always stock up on them when they’re in season. My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy for having bags of frozen meyer lemon juice cubes and zest! haha
This makes me want to be in Bali again. Looks so refreshing, all I need is a warm day! Or maybe I will just make this and turn the heat very high.
How’s this for random, I’m drinking a glass of homemade lemonade right now. I’m going for a long run soon and am pre-hydrating and plain water was sounding too…plain. Your lemonade would be the best treat ever! Wow, that looks amazing! Pinned!
I absolutely loved Todd’s version too!! Thank you for recreating it! Now I just need to find some cheap passion fruits…
It’s 100 degrees here in Australia so this lemonade would come in very handy right now.
Such a fun week! Passion fruit is such an interesting fruit! And I just love this lemonade :)