Tequila, raspberries, passionfruit, and vanilla come together in this vibrant, vermillion cocktail. If you enjoy margaritas and exotic flavors, give this tequila sour a try!
I originally created this as a Valentine’s Day recipe, but it’s delicious enough to want to shake up any time of year. I love passion fruit for its intensely tart and exotic flavor, and the sweet and sour flavor of fresh raspberries and a homemade vanilla syrup pair well with both passion fruit and tequila. Vanilla pairs especially well with aged reposado and anejo tequilas, so if you have a bottle, feel free to substitute for the blanco tequila listed in the recipe.
What passion fruit liqueur should I use?
I used the brand Passoa, but you could also use Giffard Passion Fruit Liqueur, or even make your own passion fruit syrup. If using a fresh passion fruit syrup, you can omit the half fresh passion fruit from the cocktail recipe, as the syrup will give the drink enough of the fresh, tart flavor.
Passion fruit simple syrup recipe
To make passion fruit syrup, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved. Use warm water if you want to speed up the process. Next, add the pulp of 8-10 ripe (wrinkly-skinned) passion fruits and stir to combine. Finally, strain the pulp out of the syrup and store the remaining syrup in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. To learn more about all kinds of fruit and herb cocktail syrups, check out part two of my Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Syrups.
How to make vanilla simple syrup
Vanilla simple syrup is just as easy to make as passion fruit simple, although we’ll heat this syrup to release the flavor from the vanilla beans. Simply combine equal parts water (1 cup) and sugar (1 cup) with a couple vanilla beans in a saucepan, and simmer until flavorful. If you have some high quality pure vanilla extract, you can make a vanilla syrup in a snap by stirring together equal parts sugar and water with a tablespoon of extract.
If you enjoy making syrups made with spices, check out part three of my Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Syrups for a handy guide that covers a variety of spices and as well as syrups made with extracts.
Raspberry Passion Fruit Tequila Sour
- 2 oz tequila blanco Try it with an aged tequila too!
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 oz passion fruit liqueur You can substitute with fresh passion fruit syrup
- 1/2 oz vanilla syrup
- 1/2 fresh passion fruit Omit if using fresh passion fruit syrup
- 4 raspberries
- Muddle raspberries in the bottom of cocktail shaker.
- Add remaining ingredients and fill the shaker 3/4 with ice.
- Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds. Strain into a Nick and Nora glass and garnish with fresh raspberries.