Passion Fruit Buck with Basil
I love a good cocktail especially when it has passion fruit and some type of fresh herb like basil or mint. I will usually whip up a cocktail with whatever fresh fruit or berries I can find in my fridge. Being married to a bartender is awesome, he has helped me understand a lot about makes a good drink. But things were not always like this, I drank bad beer and vodka cranberries late into my 20’s. And I am not ashamed to admit that because living on a student budget is hard.
If you can get your hands on some fresh passion fruit definitely do so, the pulp is a bright yellow and it has crunchy black seeds inside and had the most beautiful citrusy, floral fragrance. It is a little expensive so I recommend buying the pulp for a more cot friendly option. Vodka is very neutral in flavor and it helps in elevating the passion fruits notes. When it comes to herbs, feel free to improvise. I used basil in the recipe but opted for mint when I did a mini tutorial on instagram.
1 fresh passion fruit or 2 oz passion fruit puree
¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz simple syrup
2 oz vodka
Mint or Basil, for garnish
Ice as needed
Fill serving glasses with ice and set aside.
In the smaller half of a cocktail shaker, add 4-5 cubes of ice, lime juice, passion fruit with seeds, simple syrup, vodka. Close and shake vigorously for 2 minutes.
Open shaker, put strainer on and pour the cocktail into glasses making sure both get enough seeds. Garnish with basil or mint.
Note : to rim glasses with salt or tajin, use half cut lime to wet the rim and roll on a plate that has tajin on it, then add ice.