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 glasses with ice and nutmeg

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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.

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 fruit with stem

Barbadine punch ingredients

For this recipe, you will need:

  • ripe barbadine: It is best to use the ripe fruit for this recipe. You’ll know the fruit is ripe by its yellow skin, a strong, floral smell, slightly wrinkled skin and it will be soft to the touch.
  • sweetener: I used condensed milk but you can use sugar or your preferred sweetener.
  • milk: options like carnation milk or non-dairy options work great here.
  • essence: like vanilla essence.
  • spices: I prefer adding nutmeg, cinnamon and a dash of Angostura bitters.

Equipment for this recipe

To make this drink, you will need a blender and strainer. Here I am using the blender attachment from my Ninja kitchen system (get it on Amazon here) but any blender will work well.

How to make barbadine punch

Prep the fruit

Step 1: Make a 2-inch deep cut all around the fruit. Pull the halves apart to reveal the seed sack inside.

Step 2: Scoop the seeds out and set aside for later.

remove 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.

peel 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 barbadine seeds to make barbadine punch

Blend all ingredients together

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

blend all ingredients for barbadine punch

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

barbadine punch in glasses with ice and nutmeg
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Barbadine punch recipe

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.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Caribbean
Keyword: barbadine punch
Servings: 8
Calories: 206kcal
Author: Ros Singh


  • 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


  • Blender


  • 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.


  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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