How to Make Barbadine Punch (Giant Granadilla Punch)

Barbadine punch is a creamy, exotic drink made with barbadine or giant granadilla pulp, milk, sweeteners and spices.

The punch is perfect for a hot tropical day!

You can also use it to make barbadine popsicles or ice cubes to freeze.

barbadine punch in two glasses with nutmeg and strainer

What is barbadine

Barbadine or giant granadilla is a large fruit belonging to the passion fruit family. It has a thick layer of white flesh surrounding a sack of seeds with light colored pulp. The seeds look a lot like passion fruit seeds.

The fruit’s botanical name is Passiflora quadrangularis and is sometimes called badea or grenadine.

Barbadine has a pleasant, floral smell but is milder than passion fruit. The flesh has subdued flavor – the main flavor is found in the pulp surrounding the seeds.

cut open barbadine giant granadilla

Both the flesh and pulp were used for this recipe.

By the way, barbadine or giant granadilla is rich source of Vitamin C and glucose.

See more about the benefits of barbadine here

Barbadine punch ingredients

For this recipe, you will need:

  • ripe barbadine
  • sweetener like condensed milk (although sugar can be used)
  • milk like carnation milk (although non-dairy options can be substituted here)
  • essence like vanilla essence
  • spices like nutmeg (cinnamon and a dash of Angostura bitters are also great)

Besides barbadine, try this peanut punch recipe too.

How to make barbadine punch

To make barbadine punch, remove and squeeze the seeds to extract their juice. Blend the extracted juice and the flesh of the barbadine fruit along with sweeteners, spices, and dairy. Adjust flavors, chill and serve.

Let’s get into more detail.

Use ripe barbadine

The barbadine must be very ripe to make the punch. It should have yellow skin, be soft to the touch, and give off a strong, pleasant smell. The skin should start to wrinkle too. When these happen, your barbadine is ready to make the punch.

barbadine fruit

Cut the fruit

Step 1: Cut the fruit gently in half. This will reveal with seed sack and the thick layer of flesh. My barbadine was a little green still in one part so I discarded that section.

Step 2: Scoop the seeds out and set aside.

scoop seeds from barbadine

Step 3: Remove the seed sack and peel the skin from the flesh of the ripe giant granadilla. Place the flesh in a large bowl.

pull the seed sack off from barbadine

Squeeze the seeds

Step 4: Add a little water to the seeds and mix. You can leave the seeds to soak for a couple minutes while you continue peeling the barbadine.

Step 5: The pulp around the seeds holds a LOT of flavor. So, when you’re ready, strain the water-seed mixture and add to the bowl with the barbadine flesh.

squeeze the seeds for barbadine pulp

Blend all ingredients together

Step 6: Add the barbadine flesh, carnation milk (or evaporated milk or dairy free milk) and condensed milk (or sugar or any choice of sweetener) to the blender. Also include vanilla essence (or your choice of essence), spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and Angostura bitters.

blend barbadine with ingredients

Step 7: Blend. If it doesn’t blend properly, add a little water to thin the mixture and try again. Taste test the drink and adjust your sweeteners, water and spices. Serve the punch immediately with lots of ice or pop it in the fridge to chill.

One large barbadine will make a large pitcher of barbadine punch. You can pour the punch into popsicle molds or ice trays to freeze the drink for later.

Barbadine punch recipe

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Barbadine punch recipe

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Sweet, creamy and full of exotic flavor, barbadine punch hits that delicious, refreshing sweet spot for a hot afternoon drink. It’s made with barbadine (or giant granadilla), milk, sweeteners and spices.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Caribbean
Keyword barbadine punch
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8
Calories 206


  • Blender


  • ripe barbadine or giant granadilla
  • ½ tin or 200 grams condensed milk*
  • 200 mL carnation evaporated milk**
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • cold water for a thinner punch


  • Be sure the barbadine is soft to the touch and ripe.
  • Cut in half and scoop the seeds out.
  • Place the seeds in a small bowl and add a little water. Set aside.
  • Peel the skin of the fruit and place the flesh into a large bowl.
  • Strain the seeds and squeeze the pulp around the seeds to extract the flavor.
  • Discard the seeds.
  • To a blender, add barbadine flesh, strained seed pulp and all other ingredients.
  • Blend.
  • Taste test and adjust spices and sweeteners.
  • Add cold water if you want a thinner, runnier punch.
  • Blend again.
  • Serve ice cold.


* Other sweeteners can be used including sugar.
** Carnation milk is most often used but full cream milk, soy milk, almond milk and even coconut milk can also be used.

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3 thoughts on “How to Make Barbadine Punch (Giant Granadilla Punch)”

  1. Perfect! Easy to follow, clear instructions.
    Thank you, I always wondered how to figure out when a barbadine was ready for use.


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