Thursday, July 14, 2011

Passion Fruit Lemonade

Do you have a favorite fruit? One that brings back memories? For me, it's passion fruit. There is something earthy and reminiscent about this fruit for me. The smell takes me to distant and happy times. I love the crunch of the passion fruit seeds. The tang. The sour. The sweet. And just a teaspoon of passion fruit takes a boring beverage and turns it into a memory.

I have a cookbook from my mom simply called "The New Guinea Cookbook". On its worn, time-heavy pages are typed recipes sorted alphabetically including ones for Baked Breadfruit and this one for Passion Fruit Drink. Here's how it's presented (in Courier font) in the book:

PASSION FRUIT DRINK  Add lemon juice, sugar and ice water to sieved passion fruit for a refreshing drink. 

Below is my version of this simple recipe.

What food brings with it waves of memories for you?

Recipe for Passion Fruit Lemonade

Makes 10 8-ounce servings

2½ cups water
1¼ cups sugar
½ teaspoon  lemon peel, finely shredded
1¼ cups lemon juice (about 4 lemons, depending on their size)
6 passion fruit, pulp scooped out
1 lemon, thinly sliced

In a medium saucepan, heat water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool.

Add lemon peel, lemon juice and passion fruit pulp to sugar syrup. Cover and refrigerate. (Base can be stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days.)

For each serving, pour ½ cup base into a glass. Stir in ½ cup water. Fill the glass with ice and garnish with a lemon slice.

If desired, you can strain the passion fruit pulp to remove the seeds.

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    Anh said...

    Looks great Shari! I have so many passion fruits at the moment, this comes handy ^^

    One of Ottawa's Real Foodies said...

    I have never purchased a passionfruit. Thanks for the push. This sounds so refreshing.

    My favourite fruit is definitely raspberry. And when I think 'raspberry', my mind goes back to childhood to our many, many rows of canes and me just 'harvesting and eating', 'harvesting and eating' and barely a berry in the bucket.

    Anonymous said...

    I think lemonade is one of the most perfect summer drinks you can have (without alcohol of course). I am definitely going to try this.

    Lynda said...

    I am going to go buy some passion fruit and lemons tomorrow. This sounds like a sumptous summer drink.

    Lucy said...

    I adore passion fruit - it's so summery and smells divine. This lemonade sounds utterly gorgeous!