Passion Fruit + Lime Cordial

7 Jul

This is not so much a recipe as instructions for alchemy. Its such a simple process, and the results are sublime. In South Africa, passion fruit and soda is on every menu, and passion fruit cordial is easily available year round. Its not so easy to get elsewhere – and when it is, it tastes chemical and nasty.

But real passion fruit cordial, made sharp and bright with the addition of fresh lime, is a drink for every summer’s eve. Refreshing, delicious, more-ish and perfectly blendable with everything from soda to vodka. This is something that if you have a large fridge, you should keep on hand all the time. Even in the darkest winter, a splash of passion fruit cordial can brighten up your day.

And just remember – you can use this to flavour all sorts of things. From a salad dressing to a sauce, to fruit for a crumble or whipped cream; this golden, glowing syrup is fantastic.

  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Juice from about 12 limes (approx ½ cup) – don’t worry, include the pips!
  • About 24 passionfruits (depending on size, and ripeness – about 2 cups in total)
  • Lime oil (totally optional)

Over high heat, in a large, heavy pan, dissolve the sugar in the water. Add the lime juice. Let this mixture come to a rolling boil. As it does, you will see the syrup become clear, and the pulp and pits from the lime juice will rise to the top and become foamy.

Take the syrup off the heat, and add all the pulp and seeds from your passion fruits. I cant really tell you how many to use as passion fruit is so variable in terms of flavour and ripeness. You will need less of the really ripe ones (with wrinkly deep purple brown skins) but I have made this with great success with under ripe passion fruit – I just used a whole lot more! You will need at least 2 cups of passion fruit pulp.

Bring this mixture to the boil again.  It should take about 5 minutes.  As it boils, add a tiny splash of lime oil if you have it to brighten the taste even further.

Once it has boiled, take off heat, and leave to steep for up to 8 hours. If its summer time, or you live in a country where ants will be attracted to this sticky sweet syrup, make sure that you put the pan in a sink of water. This will let the syrup cool and the flavours meld, without you having to worry about finding a trail of ants drunk on passion fruit!

Once cooled, taste. It should be sweet sweet essence of passion fruit. If its not, add more passion fruit, and bring to the boil again, and cool once more!

Drain this syrup through a mesh, pressing down on pulp and seeds to extract full flavour. Bottle and keep for up to 6 months in the fridge.

Serve syrup in a tall glass with ice and heaping amounts of soda water, and a sprig of mint. So delicious, you wont be able to believe it.

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