Kick this summer off with some fruity and tropical passionfruit vodka cocktails! From tasty martinis to unique riffs on classic drinks, there’s a fun passionfruit and vodka cocktail for every occasion and palate.
What could be better when it’s hot outside than a refreshing cocktail that combines smooth, crisp vodka with tangy, tropical passionfruit!? These drinks all use either passionfruit-flavored vodka or pair passionfruit with plain or flavored vodka, making them ideal for summertime sipping! I’ve included a wide variety of cocktails ranging from sweet and fruity to dry and potent, but the one thing they all have in common is they highlight the unique flavor of passionfruit. Whether you already know and love passionfruit or are just looking for a fun summertime cocktail, I’m confident everyone can find a drink that’s perfect for them in this roundup!
So without further ado, let’s get transported to a tropical paradise by some tasty cocktails!
If you haven't heard of a Caipiroska, you're not alone! It's a lesser-known Brazilian cocktail that often gets overshadowed by its more popular cousin cocktail, the Caipirinha. The difference between the two drinks is the Caipirinha is made with cachaça, while the Caipiroska is made with vodka. The other two ingredients in both drinks are simply lime juice and sugar. Using vodka instead of cachaça makes the Caipiroska a more approachable, easy-drinking cocktail that lends itself to many delicious variations, including this spin that adds in fresh passionfruit pulp. The passionfruit gives the drink more of a tropical, fruity flair and an absolutely gorgeous presentation!
Ingredients: vodka, passionfruit, lime, brown sugar
Here's another fun take on a Caipiroska that adds fresh mango into the mix. The recipe is very similar to the above cocktail, but it uses simple syrup instead of brown sugar and throws in a slice of mango to give it extra tropical fruity flavor. You can add the mango to the shaker and lightly muddle it, but if it's ripe enough it'll break down on its own when you shake the cocktail. Either way you decide to make it, you'll end up with a beautiful and refreshing cocktail that's guaranteed to cool you down even on the hottest summer day!
Next up we have a martini that's jam-packed with passionfruit flavor! It uses not only passionfruit purée, but also passionfruit liqueur to make it extra tropical and give it an extra boozy kick. It's sweet, tangy, and truly showcases the flavor of passionfruit. So whether you're looking for a refreshing cocktail for the beach or want to serve an impressive but easy summertime apéritif at a get-together, this martini will no doubt please anyone who likes fruity, tart, and delicious drinks!
This is another twist on a martini that only requires three ingredients and couldn't be easier to make! It's sweet and fruit-forward like the above martini, but what sets it apart is the habanero infused vodka. The habanero vodka gives the drink a nice spicy kick at the end that wonderfully complements and balances out the sweet, zingy passionfruit purée and simple syrup. If you're a fan of drinks with a little bit of heat, you need to add this one to your list!
Our final martini riff is perhaps the most famous cocktail that combines passionfruit and vodka! It was created in London in the early 2000s, and despite its provocative, cheeky name that makes a lot of people do a double-take, this cocktail is well-respected in the bartending world and surprisingly elegant. The most fun part about the drink is the presentation, since it's served with a side of chilled sparkling wine. Alternating sips between the martini and the sparkling wine is a truly delightful drinking experience, and the wine really helps refresh and open up the palate between sips. The martini itself has strong notes of sweet, aromatic vanilla and tangy, tropical passionfruit that pair wonderfully with the bubbly sparkling wine!
Here's a fun and fruity riff on a Moscow Mule! If you're not familiar with the classic cocktail, it's made with vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, and typically served in a copper mug. This recipe puts a tropical, summery spin on the drink by adding in fresh passionfruit pulp. The result is a cocktail that's just as refreshing as the original Moscow Mule, but that has a tropical, tangy flavor that makes it even better for the summertime! Pro tip: you can also mix things up and make the drink more tropical tasting by using pineapple or coconut flavored vodka instead of plain vodka.
I always love a good spritzer when it's hot outside, and this one sounds incredibly delicious. It stars passionfruit vodka and pineapple juice, so you can expect it to be sweet, fruity, and delightfully tropical. The only other ingredients are lime juice, which gives it a tart acidity that balances out the sweet pineapple juice, and sparkling water or sparkling coconut water. I'd personally opt for sparkling coconut water to enhance the drink's tropical notes, but plain sparkling water will also give it the light fizziness you want out of a spritzer.
Ingredients: passionfruit vodka, pineapple juice, lime juice, sparkling water or sparkling coconut water
Being from the South, nothing says summertime to me quite like a big ol' glass of iced tea. But this definitely isn't your grandma's recipe (unless you have a really cool grandma)! This tasty cocktail from Absolut combines peach iced tea with passionfruit vodka for the ultimate porch swing cocktail. It's super refreshing, fruity, and not too sweet since there's no extra sugar added. Top it off with lemon wedges and mint for an extremely easy, fresh, and crushable summertime sipper.
A batida is a Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça or vodka, fruit, and sugar. The word "batida" in Portuguese literally translates to "milkshake" or "shaken" while "Maracuja" translates to "passionfruit". Put it all together, and you have a passionfruit milkshake cocktail! Sounds pretty amazing, right? To make it, you simply blend sweetened condensed milk with passionfruit pulp, vodka, and ice to give it a milkshake-like texture. Personally, it reminds me of a passionfruit Pina Colada made with vodka instead of rum, so it's perfect for the beach or whenever you need a unique but super easy big batch cocktail everyone will go crazy for!
Lemonade is another great summertime drink to use as a base for creating inventive cocktails, and this clever recipe sounds seriously tasty! Instead of using store-bought lemonade, it combines lemon juice with a homemade lavender vanilla bean simple syrup, which really takes this riff on a lemonade cocktail to a new level of deliciousness. The aromatic, sweet, and lightly floral simple syrup complements the tart passionfruit and citrusy lemon juice beautifully, and the resulting cocktail is elegant while also being incredibly drinkable. It even throws in some fresh basil to make it extra fragrant and nuanced. Also, don't let the homemade simple syrup scare you away from making this cocktail! It only requires three ingredients and whips up in 10 minutes, so it's really easy to make and you'll have some leftover that you can use to add extra flavor to future cocktails!
The classic vodka soda is one of the all-time easiest and most refreshing drinks for hot weather. With only three ingredients of vodka, soda water, and lime, anyone can make it and it's always a crowd pleaser. This recipe gives the simple vodka soda a tropical makeover by swapping out plain vodka with citrus vodka and adding in citrus bitters, mint, passionfruit simple syrup, fresh passionfruit pulp, and passionfruit sparkling water. So it's packed to the brim with refreshing flavors of passionfruit, citrus, and mint, which turns the classically dry, spirit-forward vodka soda into a more fruity, sweet, and aromatic cocktail.
Guava and passionfruit purée come together in this recipe for the ultimate tropical summertime cocktail! I absolutely love this recipe because it's strikingly tropical while also having a lot of nuance and complexity. The secret ingredient that gives it a unique flavor and pretty red hue is the Italian liqueur Campari, which adds bitter, citrusy notes that complement the tropical fruits like a dream. It's rare that a vodka cocktail surprises me, but this one would impress even your snobbiest cocktail enthusiast friends and is beyond delicious.