This Passion Fruit Mojito is a tropical version of the classic cocktail and the perfect drink for the summer! It's really easy to make and comes together in minutes. A mocktail version is included!
Why This Recipe Works
- Easy to make - Even though mojito requires some chopping and prepping of the fruit and mint, it's still one of the easiest cocktails you can make!
- A fun new flavor - Everyone loves a classic cocktail but sometimes it's fun to try a new flavor! Passion fruit is tart but sweet and tastes a little like pineapple or kiwi. Really, it tastes like a summer vacation to me! It makes it fun, tropical, and perfect for the summer. I know it's the cocktail I'd choose to sip on by the pool!
- Summer favorite - Any white rum cocktails, especially mojitos, are made for the summer, right? The fresh lime, fragrant mint, and crushed ice with sparkling water will always be the most refreshing drink in my eyes! Even just as lemonade with no alcohol. This cocktail takes it up a notch with the addition of passion fruit and I promise you'll love it!
- White rum - Make sure you're using unaged white rum. Some rum can be aged in a barrel and have the color removed. Unaged rum is the best option for this cocktail because it has a light, sweet, fruity flavor. Bacardi or Plantation are my go-to brands.
- Fresh mint - I usually add a small handful of the leaves without counting them. I recommend removing the stems so they're easier to muddle. Dried mint doesn't work in this recipe.
- Lime - Fresh limes are necessary here because you're mashing them up with the mint instead of just using the juice. You can use lime juice when in a pinch but fresh whole lime is the best choice for a mojito.
- Passion fruit - I like adding one fruit into the cocktail and half of another one for garnish on top to intensify the flavor. I use fresh passion fruit rather than puree because it's hard for me to find at my local grocery store so fresh fruit is the best option for me. You could use either.
- Maple syrup - You can omit this if you like your cocktails more on the dry side but a little bit of sweetener will balance out the tartness of the passion fruit and bitterness of the alcohol. You can use pretty much any sweetener you like, though some might change the flavor of the finished drink slightly. Cane sugar, simple syrup (a mix of water and sugar 1:1), or agave are great options.
- Sparkling water - You can use plain sparkling water, club soda, or flavored soda. I like using ones with no added sugar like LaCroix.
This mojito is super simple and comes together in a matter of minutes! There are no special syrups you have to make - just chop up the lime, cut open the passion fruit, and get your mint leaves ready. Save a slice of lime and a string of fresh mint for garnish.
Add the mint leaves, chopped lime, passion fruit pulp, and maple syrup to a tall glass. Mash everything together well using a cocktail muddler. This releases the juices from the lime and the oils and flavor from the mint. Add the rum and fill the glass with ice.
Top up the drink with sparkling water and garnish with your reserved slice of lime and a string of mint.
You can easily turn this drink into a virgin mojito so that everyone can enjoy it! All the steps are the same, just leave out the rum. There are a lot of non-alcoholic spirits on the market nowadays so if you have one you like that mimics rum, definitely use it in this mocktail!
You can also use a flavored soda instead of sparkling water to make the drink more fun and flavorful. I like using sugar-free flavored sodas like LaCroix. Their passion fruit-flavored soda would be perfect here but a simple lime soda also works.
Yes, you can use either fresh fruit or a puree. I'd stay away from passion fruit juices as they usually contain other juices and sweeteners and the flavor won't be as strong.
I include the seeds in my cocktails for maximum flavor because I feel like there is always passion fruit pulp stuck to the seeds. You can remove the seeds if you prefer!
Follow the instructions and add everything except for the rum. You can use flavored soda to make the drink more fun!
When you don't add enough sweetener, a mojito can taste a little bitter. This will also depend on the rum you use. To fix this, add a little more maple syrup, cane sugar, or simple syrup.
If you enjoy rum-based cocktails, definitely check out the four mojitos below as well as the rum cooler. Mojito is one of my favorite cocktails so I constantly try to come up with fun new flavors and versions. The frozen one is my favorite for those extra hot summer days! Check out the Cocktails category to see all the latest cocktails.
Passion Fruit Mojito
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- Category: Cocktail
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: Cuban
- Diet: Vegan
This Passion Fruit Mojito is a tropical take on the classic cocktail and the perfect drink to cool down with in the summer. See notes for a non-alcoholic version.
- A handful of fresh mint leaves (around 15 leaves, plus more for garnish)
- 1 lime, chopped (save a slice for garnish if desired)
- 1-2 passion fruit (1 into the drink, more for garnish)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (or 1 oz simple syrup)
- 2 oz white rum
- Sparkling water
- Add the mint leaves, lime, passion fruit pulp, and maple syrup to a tall glass.
- Using a cocktail muddler, muddle everything together to release the juices and flavors of the fruit.
- Add the rum and fill the glass up with ice.
- Top up with sparkling water and garnish with your reserved slice of lime and fresh mint leaves.
- Serve with a straw and enjoy!
Passion fruit: I usually like to add 1 passion fruit into the drink and half of another one on top for garnish but you can add more to the drink if you have small passion fruits and want extra flavor. You can also strain the passion fruit pulp to avoid having the seeds in the drink if desired.
Non-alcoholic version: Follow the instructions as you would with the regular cocktail and add everything except the rum. If you have a non-alcoholic spirit you like, you can use it in place of the rum or just omit it. Add sparkling water or flavored soda to make the drink more fun. I like sugar-free ones like LaCroix. A passion fruit or lime flavored ones are perfect.
Keywords: passion fruit, mojito, cocktail
This drink was so delicious and refreshing! I will definitely be making it again, perfect for summer! Thanks for the share!