Passionfruit Citrus Sparkler

Serves 8

Yes, passionfruits are pricey, at least here in the northeast! They may not seem feasible for the everyday budget, but for special occasions, I think they’re well worth the splurge.

I like to add the seltzer to the glass first. If you add the juice first, you’ll likely get a cloudy fuzz on top from the gas released when the seltzer hits the juice. By doing it in reverse, you’ll end up with a nice, clear cocktail. I love the way the seeds pop in my mouth, which is why I garnish the drink with them. If it’s not your thing (my kids really dislike them!), then use orange peel instead.

4 passionfruit

1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice

1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

Pure maple syrup, to taste

Freshly opened bottle of very cold seltzer

Cut the passionfruit in half. Open the halves over a bowl to catch all of the juices.

Set a strainer over a glass. Pour in the juice to strain out the seeds (save them for later).

Pour the passionfruit juice into a bottle, one that you have a cap to close it with (an old, clean milk bottle is great for this). Add the lime and orange juices. Add the syrup, to taste. Give it a good shake to mix well. Chill at least four hours, but overnight is best. The mixture will stay fresh for up to 3 days, so you can make this well in advance.

To serve, fill a cocktail glass halfway with seltzer. Top off the glass with passionfruit juice. Garnish with passionfruit seeds, if desired, or an orange peel.