While I think there is always an excuse for a cocktail (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere in the world, right?), it is on those sultry summer nights, sitting outdoors with friends when a long, tall, refreshing mojito really hits the spot.
Purists will argue that the classic mojito cocktail needs nothing extra added to it, but for me, the tropical combination of flavours in a Passion Fruit Mojito wins every time.
What is a mojito?
The mojito cocktail is a native to Havana, Cuba, and while the origins of this delicious cocktail are lost to the mists of time, it’s not hard to see how the combination of local ingredients like sugar cane, rum (and hot summer days!) would become popular.
From Sir Francis Drake to Ernest Hemingway the refreshing mixture of lime, rum, sugar and mint in traditional mojitos has had many fans.
How do you make a mojito?
A mojito is a very simple rum drink, with only a handful of ingredients. The flavourings, mint and sugar are placed in the bottom of a tall glass. A wooden muddling stick (or spoon) is then used to crush the fresh mint leaves and lime against the sugar releasing their fragrant oils.
Then the alcohol is added, the whole thing is then topped up with crushed ice and topped off with a little soda water and garnished with a sprig of mint. Sounds refreshing, right?
What equipment do I need to make a Passion Fruit Mojito?
The great thing about mojitos is that they are so easy to make, with no special equipment necessary. You’ve probably seen the team behind your local bar enthusiastically muddling the limes with a great big stick, known as a muddling stick. At home, you can get away with the handle of a wooden spoon.
Mojitos are always served in a tall or highball glasses, the trick is to use something fairly sturdy for two reasons: a) it will hold up better to the muddling and b) this is a outdoor, summery cocktail!
Traditionally a mojito is served over crushed ice, which is easy enough to make in the blender. If you don’t have a blender, pack the ice cubes in a plastic bag and give them a good whack with a rolling pin.
Can I make a non alcoholic Passion Fruit Mojito?
Of course! This is such a fruity, refreshing concoction that you can hardly taste the alcohol anyway, so go right ahead and leave the alcohol out.
Can I make a mojito with other fresh fruit?
Absolutely! While the classic mojito recipe has only lime in it, I consider this a blank canvas. Mojitos always taste good with tropical fruit, so try a pineapple mojitos or a mango mojito.
Berries also make a deliciously refreshing cocktail, so you could try strawberries or raspberries too. Mojitos are one of the world’s most popular cocktails for a reason. The perfect summer drink.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make crushed ice?
I find the easiest way to make crushed ice is to give ice cubes a quick blitz in the blender. If you don’t have a blender or you’re not sure if your blender is up to the task, put the ice cubes in a clean plastic bag and give them a good whack with a rolling pin to break them up.
Can I make Mojitos with other fruit?
You sure can! Replace the passionfruit with strawberries, raspberries or even pink grapefruit! Pineapple gives a tropical twist.
What’s a muddling stick?
A muddling stick or cocktail muddler is just a long rolling-pin shaped piece of wood or metal, used in bars for crushing fruit and citrus to release the flavour. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, the end of a wooden spoon or a thin rolling pin will work just as well. Be sure to use sturdy glasses or a container!
Can I make this passion fruit mojito recipe without fresh passionfruit?
Of course! Sometimes it is hard to get ripe passion fruit. Simply use passion fruit puree instead.
With Fresh mint, zesty lime wedges and sweet passionfruit… Passion Lime Mojitos are summer in a glass!
Make sure your straws are big enough to suck up all the passionfruit seeds!
Looking for more summer cocktails?
- 1 lime, cut into 6 wedges
- 3-4 tsp soft brown sugar, heaped
- small bunch of mint
- 120ml (4 oz.) white rum
- 100ml (3.5 oz.) passion fruit juice
- 2 ripe and juicy fresh passion fruit, pulp and seeds
- club soda water
- crushed ice
- MUDDLE THE LIME AND MINT: Divide the lime wedges, sugar and a few mint leaves between two sturdy, tall glasses. Use the handle of a wooden spoon (or a muddling stick) to press firmly down on the limes, releasing the oils and juices. Be firm but gentle, you want to release the oils but not destroy the mint leaves (or your glass!)
- ADD THE LIQUIDS: Add the rum, passion fruit juice, passion fruit pulp and seeds to each glass and give it a quick stir to combine. Top with crushed ice and a splash of soda water. Garnish with a mint sprig or mint leaf.
- SERVE AND ENJOY!: You'll need a wide straw to enjoy these mojitos so they don't get clogged with passionfruit seeds!
Because lime and passionfruit are quite tart, it's use to keep some simple syrup to hand to add a little sweetness if necessary.
To make simple syrup combine 2 cups of white sugar (400g) with 2 cups of water (500ml) and heat in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved. Cool and then store in a clean bottle in the fridge.
If you like your mojito on the sour side, simply add a little fresh lime juice. Like even more passionfruit flavour? Use passion fruit lemonade instead of soda!
Like your mojito with a little more oomph? The best way to add tons of flavour is to use a spiced dark rum instead of white rum.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is calculated automatically and isn’t always accurate.