Valentine’s Day is a bit different with a toddler in the house. Any/all romantic candlelit dinners have been replaced by wrestling matches on the living room floor – the three of us feasting from Fiona’s lunchbox, while Grizzly circles for scraps. I suppose there is one thing that hasn’t changed . . . Audrey and I will enjoy a cocktail or two. In fact, it will surely feel more deserved than years past. Have I mentioned that I think my daughter is part howler monkey?? Anyway, this year’s cocktail was inspired by our honeymoon in Kauai. We’d picked up a few bottles of passion fruit syrup from Aunty Liliko’i. We basically put it on/in everything, from salad dressings to cocktails.
Well, that was over five years ago and I’ve long since run out of the stuff. So when I realized that Jennifer Colliau released her own passion fruit syrup, I grabbed a whole case of the stuff! Still, after coming up with this recipe I might be going back for more sooner rather than later. The sweet and tangy tropical flavors are complemented perfectly by the Gran Classico Bitter. Truly one special little cocktail for one special little lady. I hope you give it a try!
- 3 oz aged rum
- 1 oz Gran Classico Bitter
- 2 oz lime juice
- 1 1/2 oz passion fruit syrup
- 1/2 oz rich simple syrup (2 parts sugar to 1 part water)
- Add rum, Gran Classico, lime juice, simple syrup, and passion fruit syrup into a shaker full of ice. Shake well and double-strain into two chilled coupe glasses. Garnish with an orchid flower and serve!!
(images by HonestlyYUM)
Very nice beautiful photos and thankful to here sharing all your thoughts.
This sounds incredible. I love passion fruit. And yes, parent’s of part howler monkey toddlers deserve a drink or two…I have one of those these days, too. I think he just wants to see how loud he can get.
I made a pair of these yesterday and they turned out wonderfully tastewise but the color was not quite like yours. When you say aged rum do you then mean a dark rum or a light one. Judging from your photo shoot if it it looks like a light rum. I used Eldorado 12 yo and as the Grand Classico is already brownish the rum made it even more brown so the color was more sand-tan than the passion fruit yellow.
Nice post. Beautiful photos, good drink, great sentiment. Thanks.
Soooo much yum. So glad that the recipe makes two cocktails… I don’t have to share, do I??
I love Valentine’s Day with my little girl. I think she made the event so much more fun in a completely new way. In our house, Valentine’s Day was always about celebrating all love, including the love of our other family members and friends. It’s more of an extension of Christmas at our house, really. But passion fruit syrup? That sounds amazing. And this cocktail needs to be in my hands asap!
Firstly happy Valentine’s Day. This is just the sweetest post! I love the post itself and what you wrote! Heart melts. I digress – this drink looks spectacular ! I can’t wait to try! Double strain huh? Awesome. Combines so many of my favorite things – RUM, bitters (can’t wait to taste classico), passion, fruit, orchids, this sounds like a perfectly balanced killer cocktail ! So much love to you guys Honestly Yum! Thanks for all you do !!! Xx
I love passion fruit in just about everything! Have you ever made your own syrup from passion fruit puree or are the varieties you list a lot better?