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Recipe: Passion Fruit Sparkler Cocktail

Photo credit: Erica Garlieb Photography

Passion fruit sounds exotic, doesn’t it? As if it were only available on some tropical island. But I’ve got some exciting news for you: most local grocery stores carry it, and it’s extremely easy to use. You can usually find it near the kiwis and mangos.

I created a clean, refreshing cocktail for you to toast the people you love. Something with a little Saint Valentine spirit, not overly sugary or loaded with red dye–no melted conversation hearts. Just cold, crisp sparkling rosé with the sweet tang of fresh passion fruit juice.


Passion Fruit Sparkler

Makes 2 cocktails

Ingredients
  • 4 passion fruits, will yield almost 3 tablespoons of juice
  • 1 bottle sparkling brut rosé (I used Mumm Napa, but pick out your favorite!)
Equipment
  • Two champagne flutes–place in the freezer
  • Small sieve
  • Small bowl or jar
Steps
  1. Place the sieve over bowl or jar.
  2. Cut each passion fruit in half lengthwise and scoop out the inner fruit. Place in the sieve.
  3. With a spatula or spoon, press the pulp** to release the juice and collect it in the bowl or jar.
  4. Remove flutes from the freezer and pour half the juice in each. Top with sparkling rosé. Bubbles from the juice will form–stir with a spoon to break up, then serve immediately.

**Don’t throw away the pulp and seeds. They make a delicious ice cream topping or are great on their own.

Photo Credit: Erica Garlieb Photography




 

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