So you've got your hands on some fresh passionfruit, and you want to make a cocktail without alcohol. The answer is clear: a non-alcoholic passionfruit martini!
Originally named the Pornstar Martini, this cocktail was created in the early 2000s by Douglas Ankrah at the Townhouse bar in London. We can't imagine actually ordering that at a bar, though, so we're opting for the more family-friendly "Passionfruit Martini" (not that it resembles a classic martini in any sense).
Now, what goes in a passionfruit martini? The alcoholic version calls for vanilla vodka, so we'll be using the wonderful NA spirit Optimist Bright, instead, which works kind of like a citrus vodka with more depth. The drink is typically served with a shot glass of Champagne, but we love any excuse to add non-alcoholic sparkling wine to our drinks, so we're going to float that right on top of the cocktail.
Like the original, this non-alcoholic rendition of a Passionfruit Martini is crowd-pleasing in its overt vanilla-fruitiness, yet somehow manages to remain balanced and bright. 10/10 would highly recommend.
Passionfruit Martini (Non-Alcoholic)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail Recipes
1 whole passionfruit
1 ½ ounces Optimist Bright
½ ounce passionfruit syrup
½ ounce lime juice, fresh
½ ounce simple syrup
1 barspoon (1 tsp) imitation vanilla
1 full dropper All The Bitter Orange bitters
1 ounce non-alcoholic sparkling wine (float)
Scoop out 1 whole passionfruit into a cocktail shaker.
Add all ingredients, except for sparkling wine, to the shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled.
Double strain through a mesh sieve into a coupe glass, and float an ounce of sparkling wine on top.
Garnish with a slice of passionfruit.
If using vanilla extract instead of imitation vanilla, reduce the amount to 1/2 tsp.
No fresh passionfruit available? You can omit it and increase the passionfruit syrup to 1 full ounce while dropping the simple syrup to 1/4 ounce. It won't be quite as fresh and vibrant, but it's still tasty.
Looking for non-alcoholic sparkling wine? Fre Non-Alcoholic Brut is wonderful and widely available. We love it in this drink, and especially in mimosas!
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Want to make a Passionfruit Martini with half the alcohol? Replace the Optimist here with 3/4 oz of your favorite vanilla vodka, and ditch the vanilla extract. Feel free to use 1 oz of alcoholic sparkling wine, too—you'll still end up with an ABV of less than one standard drink.