This super easy passion fruit syrup is so flavorful and amazing to use in all sorts of tropical drinks and desserts! Requires only 2 ingredients and done within 5 minutes.
This is the kind of easy homemade fruit syrup you will want to prepare for special occasions to make fun tropical drinks!
It is made using fresh passion fruits and requires only 2 ingredients + water, so simple! I know passion fruits aren’t that easily available and somehow more expensive too, but this recipe is so worth it, I promise. It is also quicker to make than a regular simple syrup without any chilling time required.
This passion fruit syrup's usage are similar to a regular simple syrup for drinks, but it carries such an amazing flavor that's zesty, sweet, citrusy and VERY exotic. It is so aromatic and quite strong in flavor, so a small amount of this syrup will give you a few drinks!
But, you can also use it over yogurts, cakes, oatmeals, tropical smoothies, smoothie bowls, ice cream, pancakes and infuse iced teas and lemonades to boost the flavor and bring some more sweetness.
Passion fruit is SO unique in flavor and texture with a stunning yellow hue, there is nothing like it, really, and can make for a fun new discovery if you have never tried it before. Open up a fresh passion fruit to get a massive sensory experience for your taste buds and let the tropical-y breeze make you dream about sunny Hawaiian beaches.
I hope you surprise your friends with a tasty passion fruit mocktail at your next gathering, it will sure get them talking! ❤️
What is passion fruit simple syrup
A simple syrup is a combination of water and sugar that are simmered together until all the sugar is dissolved. The liquid is then chilled and used in drinks. This allows you to sweeten drinks without ending up with any solids from the sugar.
A passion fruit simple syrup is similar in a way that it is a liquid sweetener for drinks, although this version also includes some fresh passion fruit juice to add a tropical flavor.
Also in this case, this simple syrup is not going to require any granulated sugar or any cooking since we are going to use a sweetener that's already in a liquid form, such as maple syrup or agave nectar (scroll down for tips on how to make it with regular sugar!).
A word on fresh passion fruit
Although passion fruit is an unusual fruit in USA, you will mostly still be able to find it in large grocery stores most of the year. Look in the tropical fruit section, somehow close to the pineapple and mangoes.
There are a few varieties of passion fruits, but the most common ones you will find around here look like wrinkly and lightweight small red-ish balls. When you open them, you will find a bright yellow, almost orange, juicy and gelatinous flesh filled with black crunchy seeds (the seeds are so fun to eat!).
For this recipe, you will need about 4-5 passion fruits, depending on how juicy they are inside. Look for ripe passion fruits, which you can tell by how wrinkly they are and their color (more wrinkly and darker = more ripe).
- Passion fruit: I think this recipe is best when using fresh passion fruits (4-5 total). If you cannot find it fresh, then you can also make this recipe using frozen passion fruit cubes, although you will likely not have any seeds in the syrup. Just make sure it is 100% passion fruit juice or pulp, nothing else added!
- Liquid sweetener: I recommend using a lightly flavored sweetener for this recipe to keep the focus on the passion fruit flavor, such as light maple syrup or even better, agave nectar. You can also use white sugar if that's all you have.
- Water: to help combine the juice and sweetener and also to increase the amount of the syrup a bit.
How to make it
This syrup is SUPER easy to make. I love using light taste liquid sweetener, so I can skip on warming up the syrup to dissolve the sweetener. See below if you want to use granulated sugar.
Extract the passion fruit pulp
You will need ¼ cup of strained passion fruit juice, which means about 4-5 fresh fruits. You can start with 4 to see if you will have enough.
Place a fine mesh colander over a medium bowl.
Slice the fruits in half and use a small spoon to scoop out their interior flesh right into the colander.
Strain the juice
Passion fruit has a gelatinous blob-ish kind of texture and some of the juice can be trapped within the seed-filled flesh.
So, use a spoon to push the juice out into the colander. Don't forget to scrape the sticky juice that gets stuck under the colander so it also falls into the bowl, you don't want to leave behind any of that valuable golden liquid!
Then, you can measure how much juice you got so it is about ¼ cup. You can extract the juice from one more passion fruit if needed, although this does not need to be exact.
Make the syrup
To assemble the syrup, simply combine the passion fruit juice, sweetener and water. Stir well and taste to adjust flavor.
I also like to add some seeds back to the syrup just for a nice contrast and have a fun visual of what this syrup is made of.
Use right away or seal and chill in the fridge until ready to use.
Watch how to make it
You can combine the passion fruit flavor with other tropical fruits, such as mango or pineapple.
Simply do a quick blend of that second fruit in a blender or food processor to break up the flesh and help get some juice out. Then, transfer the pulp or rough purée into a fine colander over a bowl and press the juice out using the back of a spoon or let it sit (even better).
Using a second fruit not only can make for a fun mix of flavors but can allow you to get a larger volume of syrup without having to buy too many passion fruits ($$).
How to use this syrup
- My favorite way to use it is to make passion fruit mocktails!
- Add to pineapple smoothies or pour over smoothie bowl to add sweetness and a tropical flavor.
- Pour over white cake for flavor but also add a nice texture.
- Include in chia pudding or layer in chia parfait.
- Another amazing way to use this syrup is to add to lemonades, so delicious!
- Or simply pour over vanilla ice cream!
Make it using frozen passion fruit pulp
If fresh passion fruits are hard to find where you are, then simply use frozen passion fruit! The flavor will not be as authentic, but still will be delicious.
Frozen passion fruit usually come seed-free in the shape of small cubes. Thaw a few of them to get about ¼ cup total of thawed purée and then simply combine with the water and sweetener. No need to strain!
Make it using granulated sugar
If you want to make a classic simple syrup using granulated sugar, then here how to make it:
- Combine ⅓ cup water + ⅓ cup sugar into a small sauce pan and heat up stirring often until all the sugar is completely dissolved. Then, set aside.
- Extract + strain the passion fruits as described.
- Combine the extracted passion fruit juice + simple syrup and stir well.
- Chill before using.
This aromatic simple syrup does not store for as long as regular simple syrup because of the fruit component.
You can keep it in a tight jar in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
If you wanted to extend its shelf life, you could add a tablespoon of vodka or rum!
Yes you can! In that case, freeze it using an ice cube tray. Each cube should give you one drink. Simply thaw it for a few minutes at room temperature before using.
You could pair the juice with the water and see how you like it, but a syrup is meant to sweeten drinks and recipes, so you may want to add a little sweetener. Consider using stevia or monk fruit (check for no erythritol added) if you try to use less added sweetener.
More fruit recipes you might like
- Dragon fruit lemonade
- Cranberry coulis
- Mango popsicles
- Iced blueberry matcha latte
- Vegan pineapple upside down cake
- Mango water
- Banana strawberry smoothie bowl
- Vegan cherry pie
- Pineapple slush
I hope you like this passion fruit syrup recipe as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
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Passion Fruit Syrup
- fine-mesh colander
- ¼ cup fresh passion fruit juice (about 4-5) - or frozen, see notes
- ⅓ cup water
- ⅓ cup maple syrup or agave nectar - see notes if using granulated sugar
- Place a fine mesh colander over a medium bowl and slice 4-5 passion fruits in half. Then, scoop the flesh out of the fruits directly into the colander using a small spoon. Use the back of the spoon to press on the seeds to help extract the juice. You should end up with about ¼ cup.
- In a storing jar, combine the passion fruit juice, sweetener and water. Stir well and taste to adjust flavor. I also like to add some of the seeds back to the syrup for a nice pop of contrast.
- Use right away to make drinks or pour over oatmeals, smoothie bowls, cakes, etc.
- Can be stored in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
- Can also be frozen (use an ice cube tray) and then add to tropical smoothies or smoothie bowls. Or thaw for 1 hour and use to make drinks!
- To make it using frozen passion fruit: thaw a few cubes to have about ¼ cubes of puree once thawed. Then, simply combine with the water and sweetener (no need to strain).
- To make it using granulated sugar: combine ⅓ cup of water with ⅓ cup of granulated sugar in a small sauce pan and heat up while stirring until all dissolved. Extract the passion fruit juice as described. To make the passion fruit simple syrup, combined the water-sugar mixture with the passion fruit juice and chill before using.
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