Costa Rican Passion Fruit Juice

Pitcher of passion fruit juice beside halved yellow passion fruits.

Sweet, tart, and refreshing, this Costa Rican passion fruit juice recipe is the perfect tropical cooler for a summer night! It only requires three ingredients and is a great way to get more fresh fruit in your life!

Costa Rican Passion Fruit Juice Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • Five ripe yellow passion fruits
  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • Star fruit garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Cut fruits in half using a serrated knife, and use a spoon to scoop out the pulp, seeds and all. Discard the fruit husks and transfer the pulp to a blender. Add the water and sugar to the blender and pulse on high until combined. 

Once everything has been fully incorporated, strain the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Check for taste, and add additional sugar and water if desired. Chill  juice about an hour before serving and enjoy!

About This Passion Fruit Juice – Costa Rica

Let’s get passionate about this fruit! (Indulge me one pun, it was too easy to pass up!) Passion fruit hails from the tropics and can be recognized by its wrinkly exterior and jelly-coated black seeds inside. The pulp inside can be eaten raw, and is so good either by itself or over vanilla ice cream!

Depending on variety and ripeness, they can range from sweet to very sour. I like to use the sour yellow variety in drinks for its tart flavor, but purple passion fruits are wonderful as well and can be eaten just as they are. 

 Known as maracuyás, you can find passion fruits all over Costa Rica, especially the local farmer’s markets. They are best during the rainy season and can be bought by the bag. 

Because passion fruits aren’t as readily available here in the States, I wanted to design a recipe for a fresco de maracuyá (passion fruit drink) that wouldn’t require too many fruits but would still have that signature tropical flavor.

I found out that using a blend-and-strain technique was probably the easiest way to make this juice fast, and I love serving it for my family during the summer months! Passion fruits are rich in Vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants, fiber, and natural sugars. Consuming them in juice form is a great way to absorb passion fruits’ nutritional benefits!

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It doesn’t stop at passion fruit! Costa Rica is full of other wonderful tropical fruits that can be made into juices.

Substitutions

If left in the fridge for a long period of time, the sugar and pulp will start to separate out. One way to combat this is by using simple syrup instead of granulated sugar.

Stir together your sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

Once the sugar has fully dissolved and the mixture cooled, add it into the blender along with the remaining ingredients. 

Or just mix it before serving. 😉

Variations

To make a sparkling tropical rum punch, stir in four shots of Malibu-brand rum and three cups of Sprite.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your jugo de maracuyá (passion fruit juice) in small glasses with ice. (I like to put a wedge of another Costa Rican fruit– the star fruit–  on top for an extra fun little touch!) 

FAQ

  1. What are the health benefits of passion fruit? – Passion fruits are Vitamin C powerhouses! They’re also known to aid in thyroid regulation and contain antioxidants.
  2. How long does passion fruit last? – At room temperature, whole passion fruits can last about 10-20 days. When halved, they only keep for about 3 hours.
  3. Can you freeze passion fruit? – Yes! Whole passion fruits can be kept in the freezer for upwards of five months, and the seed pulp will keep for three months. You can also freeze the juice, which will keep for roughly the same amount of time.

Printable Recipe

Yield: 6 small glasses

Costa Rican Passion Fruit Juice

Pitcher of homemade passion fruit juice beside halved passion fruits.

Sweet, tart, and refreshing, this Costa Rican passion fruit juice recipe is the perfect tropical cooler for a summer night! It's also a great way to get more fresh fruit in your life!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Five ripe yellow passion fruits
  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut passion fruits in half using a serrated knife, and use a spoon to scoop out the pulp, seeds and all.
  2. Discard the fruit husks and transfer the pulp to a blender. Add the water and sugar to the blender and pulse on high until combined. 
  3. Once everything has been fully incorporated, strain the liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher.
  4. Check for taste, and add additional sugar and water if desired. Chill the passion fruit juice about an hour before serving and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 20gSugar: 55gProtein: 4g

Please double-check this information with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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