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Grilled Lemon, Chili & Passionfruit Cocktails

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These Grilled Lemon, Chili & Passionfruit Cocktails are the perfect refresher. Tasty and simple, the flavours will bring you straight to the tropics!

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Happy Thirsty Thursday! Or in my world now, it’s also known as the sleepy second last day before the weekend where I tend to grab takeout, veg out on the couch and catch up on my favourite TV shows. Life as a young professional is so exciting right? But seriously though, I have absolutely loved kicking back with a drink or two on a Thursday night watching the Thank God It’s Thursday round-up of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and The Catch – I’m kind of sad that most of my fave prime time shows are over for the summer!!!

Well, when in doubt, drown your sorrows in some Grilled Lemon, Chili & Passionfruit Cocktails right? The purple passion fruit is native to Brazil and Argentina, and actually originates as a type of passion flower vine. Botanically, passionfruit is apart of the berry family. The slightly tart-flavoured seeds and juice are often used in desserts, but they are actually a very healthy fruit high in fibre, vitamin C and beta carotene. And you’ve seen them probably a billion times in the grocery store, so why not just go out on a limb and try one?

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Though I’m sad about my favourite shows ending, I am loving the warmer weather, working out outside and starting to cook up some of my favourite summer recipes! I’m making Tuna Steak Poke Bowls, Spiced Vegetable BBQ Packs, these fun sliders, this Mexican Corn on the Cob and these delicious Steak & Kimchi Summer Rolls. Too many cravings, too little time!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m also finding myself more open to different opportunities and experimenting in the summer months, whether that’s in the kitchen or just trying new activities and networking in general. I find more time for coffee dates with new people when it’s nice out, I find new inspiration for weekend DIY projects…the sun just gives me the energy to be more productive and embrace new adventures. I don’t know what it is!

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In the spirit of maintaining an open mind and trying new things, I discovered two new culinary techniques with these Grilled Lemon, Chili & Passionfruit Cocktails – grilling lemons, and extracting juice (or nectar, whatever you call it…) from passionfruit!

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Getting the juice from a passionfruit can be a bit difficult, but it contains such a pungent, powerful nectar that you don’t need a lot of it to really bring out the signature flavour. I also added some chili peppers to vodka I had laying around, which adds a bit of an extra kick to this cocktail. It isn’t exactly spicy, but there’s a bit more of an edge to this fruity cocktail. You can decide to skip it on this recipe and just add regular vodka, but if you change your mind and decide you want to try your hand at infusing alcohol again, I have a handy guide that’s just waiting for you to experiment with!


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Will you be trying this Grilled Lemon, Chili & Passionfruit Cocktail? If you try any of my cocktails be sure to let me know in the comments, on InstagramTwitter or Facebook – I’d love to hear how you enjoy Thirty Thursday and what your signature cocktail is!

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These Grilled Lemon, Chili & Passionfruit Cocktails are the perfect refresher. Tasty and simple, the flavours will bring you straight to the tropics!
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Course Cocktail
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
cocktails
Ingredients
Chili infused vodka
Course Cocktail
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
cocktails
Ingredients
Chili infused vodka
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Slice chili pepper and place into a small bowl. Pour in vodka and let sit for at least 30 min. Skip this step if you don't want to use chili infused vodka.
  2. Cut passionfruit in half lengthwise overtop of a medium-sized bowl. Scoop out flesh and seeds using a spoon, then pour into a fine mesh sieve that is placed over the bowl. Squeeze the juice out using the spoon, retaining the seeds.
  3. Squeeze one lemon, then set lemon juice and passionfruit juice aside. Make simple syrup by mixing equal parts sugar and boiling water.
  4. Meanwhile, slice remaining lemon, sprinkle with a bit of sugar and grill on either side on high heat for about 1-2 min each side. An alternative would be broiling in the oven on high for about 30 seconds per side.
  5. Pour 1.5 oz of infused vodka into each cocktail glass. Add 1.5 oz of lemon juice to each glass. Divide passionfruit juice equally, adding some to each glass. Add 1 tsp of simple syrup to each glass, then top with ice, grilled lemon and sparkling water.
  6. Add basil and extra sliced passionfruit as a garnish - enjoy!

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Dana
    June 3, 2016 at 10:56

    YES PLEASE! These are gorgeous and sound absolutely delicious! I love a little kick to my drink. Hitting the dusty trail tomorrow morning to go on vacay – might have to make some of these!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      June 13, 2016 at 12:05

      Thanks so much Dana!!! I hope you had fun on your vacation!!

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    Elaine @Flavour and Savour
    June 3, 2016 at 11:06

    Love this combination and I’m excited to try it: sweet passionfruit, bitter lemon and vodka with a little heat! Sounds incredible!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      June 13, 2016 at 12:05

      Thank you Elaine!! I might do without the chilies next time – my family are sissies when it comes to spice LOL

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    Justine @ JustineCelina.com
    June 3, 2016 at 13:03

    Whoa, these are SUPER gorgeous! They sound so refreshing and I love the unique combination of ingredients. Another innovative cocktail recipe! Cheers, Taylor!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      June 13, 2016 at 12:08

      Thank you Justine!! My goal this summer is to use ingredients that I have never tried before. Hopefully I can keep on track with that!

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    Alice
    June 3, 2016 at 13:39

    This looks amazing!! Saved it for this weekend, which is perfect as it’s going to be a warm one! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      June 13, 2016 at 12:09

      Thanks so much Alice 🙂

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    Nellwyn
    June 3, 2016 at 16:49

    These look amazing! I would never have thought to put grilled lemon in a cocktail!

    Nellwyn | http://www.thecardinalpress.com

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      June 13, 2016 at 12:10

      Thanks! One of my fave restauranteurs in downtown Toronto had a cocktail with grilled lemon in it and ever since then it was on my bucket list 😉

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    Cassie | Crumb Kitchen
    June 5, 2016 at 06:19

    These look SINFUL, Taylor. And in the best way possible! What a unique combination of flavours. I could definitely go for one while vegging and catching up on some Netflix…ah yes, the 20-something young professional life is so glamorous. 😉

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      June 13, 2016 at 12:11

      LOL Cassie sooooo true. These days I would almost sometimes rather lay around than get all gussied up and go out. Sometimes you have to force yourself to though I suppose…

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    Sean
    June 5, 2016 at 19:44

    WOW. I love a good looking cocktail, and THAT is a gooooood looking cocktail. I love that you added so much dimension to the fruit with the char and the chili. As much as I love fruit, I don’t love overly fruity booze, and this looks like it treads that delicate line just perfectly. Awesome work.

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      June 13, 2016 at 12:13

      Aww thanks so much Sean!! I used to overindulge in those sugary, fruity cocktails when I was younger. My go-to order actually used to be a pina colada when I first turned 19…Sometimes when I think I’m going overboard again I have to remind myself that my palate has come a longgggg way hahaha

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    Eden Passante
    July 12, 2016 at 11:47

    Wow this sounds amazing! I LOVE grilled lemon, but I’ve never tried it in a cocktail!

    • Reply
      Taylor Stinson
      July 12, 2016 at 14:40

      Thanks so much Eden 🙂 The first time I tried it was at a bar in Toronto and I was hooked ever since!

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