With over 10 years of experience in making homemade simple syrups, cocktails, and mocktails, I've come across some really special flavors. Passion fruit is one of those flavors that really stops you in your tracks! I first tasted it when I was in baking and pastry school and I fell in love. It's sweet, tart, tangy and tropical. This passion fruit simple syrup recipe is a lush way to turn passion fruits into cocktails, mocktails, and more.
This recipe was created to make passion fruit mojitos and passion fruit lemonade. You can also add some to your favorite sparkling water for a homemade passionfruit soda. I've been lucky enough to have three passion vines growing in my backyard for years now, so I'm always looking for new ways to use this flavorful fruit!Jump to Recipe
💕 why you'll love this passion fruit simple syrup
🤌 impressive & unique. It only takes three ingredients to make homemade passion fruit syrup, but people will wonder what you did to create such a special liquid sweetener! The secret is highlighting the bold flavor of passion fruit.
🏝️tropical & bright. This simple syrup is the epitome of tropical flavor. It's perfect for transforming any beverage into one worthy of an island escape.
🙌 quick & easy. The bulk of the preparation time for this syrup is hands-off, meaning it’s great for a quick project!
- passion fruit- in order to get fresh passion fruit pureé, you need either fresh passion fruit or frozen passion fruit pulp. If you are using frozen or shelf-stable passion fruit pureé, make sure it is labeled as pureé and not juice. Passion fruit juice is a mix of passion fruit pureé and water. 🤓
- filtered water - filtered water is best for keeping the flavor profile nice and clean. Avoid using unfiltered water as it can affect the taste of the finished syrup.
- granulated sugar - regular granulated sugar is perfect for simple syrups. However, you can definitely swap out the sugar for your favorite sweetener of choice. Using a natural sugar or darker sugar like brown sugar will impact the flavor of the finished syrup, so sticking with white sugar is recommended. I would not recommend using artificial sweeteners, as their sweetness level varies wildly among them. If you want to use honey, a good rule of thumb is to use ⅛ of a cup less honey than sugar.
See recipe card for quantities.
🏝️all about passion fruit
Contrary to popular belief, this fruit grows on a vine, not a tree. Passion vine is native to South America from Southern Brazil to Argentina. The ripe fruits are small to medium in size, with a thick "shell" and an inside filled with pulp.
- In South America, passion fruit is called maracujá.
- In Hawaii, passion fruit is called lilikoi.
- The puree is from the inside of the passion fruit.
- Each fruit is filled with small juice "sacks" that have a bit of liquid passion fruit pureé and black crunchy seeds.
All you need to do is slice and strain the fruits, then combine the juice with sugar and water over medium heat!
Step 1: Slice 6 - 8 passion fruits and scrape out the inside of the fruits. Strain the pulp through a fine mesh strainer to extract the juice from the seeds.
Step 2: Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan, and heat over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the passion fruit juice to the sugar-water mixture.
Step 3: Let the mixture simmer for 15 - 20 minutes. Some of the water will evaporate, this is okay! It will help the mixture thicken up a little more.
Step 4: Allow the mixture to cool before measuring and storing it in an airtight container.
Hint: heating the passion fruit juice with the sugar water gives you a more stable mixture and allows for some of the liquid to evaporate, which yields a more syrupy end result.
📌 how to use this passion fruit simple syrup
Simple syrups are best used in beverages because they are so thin in consistency. Since it is so thin, it doesn't work well for topping desserts like ice cream or on breakfast foods like waffles and pancakes. You can still use it on food, but just be aware that it will be thin and may soak into porous foods quickly.
Use this passionfruit syrup in place of simple syrup in any cocktail recipe. It works especially well in rum, tequila, and vodka-based cocktails! A classic passion fruit cocktail is the passion fruit martini, also known as the porn star martini (I promise if you can get beyond the name, it's a great cocktail ). This flavor is a staple in tiki culture, so you'll often find it in tiki cocktails, too.
- classic passion fruit daiquiris - classic daiquiris are not the same as the frozen resort cocktail! Replace the sugar in a daiquiri recipe with this simple syrup for a delicious take on a classic!
- passion fruit mojitos - passion fruit blends so well with rum and mint in this mojito remix!
- passion fruit mules - ginger beer, lime, and passion fruit make a perfect match in this cocktail variation!
You can also use this simple syrup to sweeten non-alcoholic beverages and mocktails! It makes the perfect batch of zero proof tropical drinks!
- passion fruit lemonade - this recipe uses passion fruit simple syrup in place of granulated sugar. This gives the classic lemonade a tropical twist!
- homemade passion fruit soda - mix this simple syrup with a bit of plain seltzer water for a homemade soda! You can also add in some cream to make your own Italian sodas, like this Strawberry Italian Soda recipe!
- coffee - This syrup is a great addition to coffee! Passion fruit lattes, anyone?!
- passion fruit iced tea - mix this simple syrup with passion iced tea for a refreshing beverage that would impress any barista!
Cooking & Baking
- Keep baked goods moist: Use this simple syrup to brush layer cakes and keep them moist between layers! It would be wonderful used to keep this Kona Coconut Loaf Cake extra moist!
- Homemade shave ice topping: This syrup works very well as a homemade shave ice topping. You'll think you're on a tropical island getaway for sure! 🏝️
- Gifting - you can also use it in homemade cocktails, or make a double batch to gift to friends and family.
💛 How to pick the perfect passion fruit:
Passion fruit ripens on the vine, so once it's picked, it only starts to age, not ripen more. Passion fruit comes in two main varieties, purple and yellow. This recipe is made using purple passion fruit. The purple fruit is much more sweet, and they yellow is much more acidic and sour.
- Color: purple passion fruit that is ripe and ready to eat will have a deep purplish green color. Yellow passion fruit will have a deep, almost golden yellow color. If the fruit from either variety is lighter in color or even green, it will be very sour and acidic.
- Feel: a ripe passion fruit will be heavy, and slightly wrinkly. Don't be tempted to buy the most perfect-looking fruit. A more wrinkly fruit can sometimes be better than a smoother fruit!
- Smell: give the passionfruit a sniff. If you smell a tropical, sweet smell, it's ready. If you can't smell much, or it smells sour, it's not quite ready.
💡 tips and tricks for getting it right
ℹ️ Troubleshooting Tips - If you use storebought pureé make sure it only has passion fruit as the single ingredient.
If you allow your syrup to cook for longer, it will be thicker, like a rich syrup, and the flavor will be more intense. It will also be considerably sweeter and may not mix as easily into beverages with just a spoon. Thicker syrups are great for using on desserts, though! Depending on how you plan to use the syrup, how you cook it could change.
⚖️ Scaling Tips - This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make a large batch, perfect for gifting to family and friends. If you double the recipe, be sure to use a larger pot so you have room for the ingredients!
🔆 top tip
Portion your passionfruit simple syrup out into these 6-ounce squeeze bottles and share them with your friends and family, or freeze the syrup for later!
🧐 what is a rich syrup?
A rich simple syrup is a syrup that has a higher sugar content than water content.
- Simple syrup has a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water.
- Rich syrup has a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water, so if you use 1 cup of sugar, use ½ cup of water.
This will change the ratio of sugar to water, meaning if you want to freeze the syrup for longer storage, it won’t freeze completely solid. This can be useful for quickly defrosting the syrup, though! If you want to freeze rich syrup, opt to use a bottle over ice cube trays because things will get sticky.
♻️ substitutions & variations
Are you out of an ingredient? Need to use something else to make your passion fruit syrup? Try these substitutions!
- Honey, agave, or demerara sugar - instead of granulated sugar, you can use honey, agave, or demerara sugar for this simple syrup. The flavor will vary slightly, but it will give you pretty consistent results no matter the sweetener you use.
Try these variations, or comment below with your own!
- Spicy - add a pinch of chili pepper flakes while simmering the syrup to bring a little kick to the sweetness of the syrup. Be sure to strain out the flakes before serving.
- Add in other fruit - if you can't find enough passionfruit, or don't have enough juice, try adding some pineapple juice or mango juice to the mix for a tropical blended flavor. Orange juice is another popular combination with passion fruit!
🧰 equipment needed & storage tips
🧰 tools needed
You only need a few pieces of equipment to make this passion fruit simple syrup. Here are some affiliate links of my favorite tools.
- Fine Mesh Strainer - using a fine mesh strainer and spoon is the easiest way to extract the juice from the pulp of the passion fruits. You can use a blender or juicer, but you’ll want to be sure to strain the juice through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth in that case, because the seeds will be broken up from the blender or juicer. A mesh strainer and spoon might take a little more elbow grease, but you won’t have any broken seeds to strain out of your juice.
- Saucepan - I love our All-Clad d5 cookware because it heats evenly and retains heat well. I use a 1.5 quart saucepan for this recipe, and it works great.
- Measuring cup - you’ll need to measure your ingredients, and this glass measuring cup does the perfect job.
- Storage container - These glass stopper bottles are great for storage, and they look great, too. For versatility, you cannot beat these plastic squeeze bottles by OXO. I love portioning out simple syrups and freezing them for later in the year.
Your passion fruit syrup will stay in the fridge for up to two weeks or up to three months in the freezer.
Check your local grocery store, specialty markets, or farmers markets January through April for passion fruit. I’ve also seen them at our local Whole Foods market. Do a Google search for specialty fruit stores near you—you might be surprised to find that you can source tropical flavors right in your own neighborhood!
The passion fruit simple syrup is good for up to two weeks when stored in the fridge. You can store it for longer in your freezer, up to three months.
Make a batch of passion fruit lemonade, passion fruit mojitos, or just put it in your sparkling water! You can add it to sangria, wine spritzers, or margaritas too! I’ve even sweetened my coffee with it in the morning!
If you can't make your own syrup, I recommend the brand Liber and Co. for a store-bought passion fruit syrup!
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Passion Fruit Simple Syrup
- 1 saucepan
- 1 measuring cup
- 1-2 storage containers
- ½ cup passion fruit juice from 6-8 small to medium-sized passion fruits.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Slice 6- 8 passion fruits and scrape the pulp out.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer to separate the juice and seeds. You will need to use a spoon to push the seeds around the strainer, and squeeze the juice out. You should end up with about ½ cup of juice.
- Combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup of water in a 1.5 quart saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for about 10 - 15 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour in the passion fruit juice to the sugar-water mixture, and simmer over medium heat for about 15 - 20 minutes, until the mix is reduced and becomes thicker.
- Pour into a glass measuring cup to cool for up to 20 minutes-- you should have about 2 cups of passion fruit syrup.
- Store in your bottle of choice. The passion fruit syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to three months.