Passione Arrabbiata is the name of a cocktail from a NYC restaurant called Costata. Made with a chili infused Cazadores reposado tequila, this drink peaked my interest from the moment I read about it. While I love the heat a chili infused cocktail can offer (such as in my jalapeño tequila gimlet), what intrigued me so much about this drink was the use of passion fruit and tequila together. So this recipe is my version of a Passione Arrabbiata cocktail and I’m head-over-heels in love with it.
For those that have tried passion fruit, it’s best described as a luxurious tropical fruit. Technically considered a type of berry, it is actually the fruit of the passion vine. Oval in shape, with a waxy outer purple (or sometimes yellow) skin and juicy, seed-filled center that grow best in sub-tropical climates. This somewhat odd looking fruit is gaining more attention lately as it’s considered a great source of fiber, vitamin C and A and a great antioxidants.
Passion fruit is filled with a gelatinous pulp that’s full of seeds. The seeds are edible, but tart (which is what I love) and works well in cocktails of all kinds. This Passione Arrabbiata cocktail is a great spring or summer cocktail because of its tropical fruit undertones. Blended with some fresh lime juice, a touch of simple syrup and mixed with a good quality reposado tequila make for a smooth, sweet, yet tart cocktail you won’t be able to put down.
Passion Arrabbiata Cocktail
- 1 passion fruit, seeds and juice only
- 1 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
- 1 lime slice, for garnish
- Step 1 Add a handful of ice to a lowball glass and set aside.
- Step 2 In a cocktail shaker add the entire inside of one whole passion fruit. Add the simple syrup. Using a muddler, muddle the mixture till blended.
- Step 3 Add the lime juice and tequila. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Double strain into the prepared glass, garnish with a lime slice and serve.