Want a tropical getaway in a glass? Passion fruit juice is your answer.
The juice has that exotic, tangy, floral taste that’ll transport your mind to a stunning beach.
And passion fruit juice is really easy to make. Here’s how.
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Passion fruit juice ingredients
All you need for this recipe are:
- passion fruits: both yellow and purple varieties are great for making the juice, though the purple ones tend to be less tangy and the yellow passion fruits are more acidic.
- sweetener: white sugar works well for sweetening the juice and you’ll need lots of it. Brown sugar can also be used but it will darken the juice a bit.
- water: passion fruit juice is intense so diluting will make it more pleasing and enjoyable.
You can mix passion fruit with other juices like lime, guava and pineapple. But, with the unique flavor profile of passion fruit, it’s a star all on its own.
What does passion fruit juice taste like
Passion fruit juice has a floral, tangy, citrus-like taste that has a slightly bitter aftertaste. When sweetened, the juice tastes pleasant, floral and reminiscent of tropical, exotic fruity flavors.
I often describe passion fruit juice as a more intense, floral pineapple juice.
How to make passion fruit juice
Use ripe fruits
To ensure you extract the intense flavors of the passion fruit, you must use ripe to very ripe fruits.
Step 1: When purchasing, the passion fruits are usually smooth skinned, but if you leave it on the countertop for a few days, they will ripen and begin to wrinkle. That is exactly what you want. And that’s when all the flavors intensify.
But, don’t leave the fruits out for too long, otherwise they may get moldy. You won’t know if a fruit is truly moldy until you cut it in half. Once the pulp smells pleasant and there is no sign of green mold, the pulp is useable for making the juice.
Extract the juice
Step 2: With the fruits ripe, cut them in half and scoop out the seeds with a small spoon. I often add the seeds directly to a strainer over a glass container. The juice is in the pulp around the seeds. Some juice will fall through the strainer but you will need to press on the seeds to extract as much as you can.
You can stop there if you like.
Step 3: Or you can blend the seeds with about 1/4 cup of water and strain the liquid. I usually use a cheesecloth to strain here because there are tiny black bits from the seeds that can get into the juice if you use a normal strainer. There’s nothing wrong with the seed bits, but I just prefer to strain the juice completely.
That’s it for your wonderful, fresh, undiluted passion fruit juice.
Sweeten and chill
Step 4: All that’s left to make your juice is to add a sweetener and dilute. Passion fruit juice requires a lot of sweetening to make it pleasant. So, start with about 1/2 cup of sugar, mix thoroughly and dilute with half of the water (1 cup).
Give the juice a quick taste and add more sugar and water based on your own preferences.
Step 5: Once the juice is to your liking, pop it in the fridge to chill before serving.
Here, I used 5 passion fruits and 3/4 cup of sugar to make 6 small servings of the juice. So, the passion fruit juice calories for my recipe works up to be about 108 Calories. If you use less servings and larger portions, the Calorie count will be higher.
Passion fruit juice benefits
So, is passion fruit juice good for you?
Passion fruit juice contains very good levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants and moderate levels of Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, iron and phosphorous. However, as with most fruit juices, the sugar content of the passion fruit juice may negate its benefits.
For instance, this 2019 Thai study showed the juice is rich in ascorbic acid (Vit C) and antioxidants. The researchers found one serving of the juice was enough to lower blood pressure and heart rate. These passion fruit benefits are related to the Vitamin C levels in the juice. However, the juice also caused higher blood glucose levels due to its sugar content.
So, less sugar is better to truly benefit from passion fruit juice.
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Passion fruit juice recipe
Simple passion fruit juice recipe
- Strainer or cheesecloth
- 5 passion fruits (or ¾ cup passion fruit pulp)
- 2 cups water
- ¾ cup sugar (adjust to taste)
- Cut ripe passion fruits in half.
- Scoop out the seeds.
- Place the seeds in a strainer. Press down to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Add seeds and ¼ cup of water to a blender.
- Strain using a cheesecloth.
- Mix in sugar to passion fruit juice.
- Dilute with water.
- Adjust sugar and water levels to your taste.
- Serve chilled.