Contrary to what you might imagine, Passion Fruit doesn’t allude to the heat of the act of love – even if the chilli in this cocktail may help in this regard – rather, it refers to a deeper act of devotion. When catholic missionaries first came across this strange fruit in 16th century Brazil, they felt that its flowers resembled the five wounds inflicted during the Crucifixion central to the Passion of the Christ – hence the name.
About the Passion Fruit Chilli Margarita
Passion fruits being in season is a perfect excuse to integrate them into a cocktail and having a bit of a thing for Margaritas at the moment, I find their combination of sunshine and heat impossible to resist during these dark winter nights. Throw a bit of Covid into the mix and a bit of alcoholic light relief is more important than ever.
You can adapt this Margarita to your personal taste:
- Use passion fruit syrup instead of agave nectar. This will make it a bit smoother.
- Use Tequila Blanco for a harsher effect.
- Vary the amount of red chilli.
Passion Fruit Chilli Margarita
This Passion Fruit Chilli Margarita will bring you passionately to life.
- 50ml Tequila Reposado
- 25ml Cointreau
- 25ml lime juice
- 5ml agave nectar
- 1 passion fruit – pulp only
- 1/4 red chilli – sliced
- ice cubes
- 1tbsp fine sea salt
- 1 lemon wedge
- 1 red chilli slice
Salt rim (optional):
- Salt rim: put the salt on a small flat plate. Moisten the rim of your glass with the lemon wedge and evenly dip the rim into the salt.
- Cocktail: Pour all the ingredients with a handful of ice cubes into a shaker. Shake vigorously for 30sec until chilled.
- Strain into a glass – you might need to open the shaker upside down and help with a spoon to get all the liquid out.
- Top with a slice of red chilli – this will add some extra spice!