Raspberry Passion Fruit Tequila Sour

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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.

You might also enjoy my Fresh Strawberry Margaritas, Coconut Orange Blossom Margarita, or Raspberry Jasmine Green Tea Paloma!

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.

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Raspberry Passion Fruit Tequila Sour

Amy Traynor
This vibrant tequila cocktail is made with a blend of fresh raspberries, lemon, passion fruit, and vanilla.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

Passion Fruit Syrup Recipe:
Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar and stir until all of the sugar has dissolved. Add the pulp of 8-10 ripe (wrinkly-skinned) passion fruits and stir to combine. Strain out the passion fruit seeds and store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can also add an ounce or two of vodka to help the syrup last longer!
Vanilla Simple Syrup Recipe:
Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and heat on low, stirring until all of the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and add 2 vanilla beans, cut in half. Let the mixture boil for one minute, then reduce to low and simmer for 5 minutes, or until flavorful. Remove from the heat and allow the syrup to fully cool before removing the vanilla beans. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Add an ounce or two of vodka to help the syrup last longer.
Keyword lemon, passion fruit, raspberry, tequila, vanilla syrup
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