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Strawberry Passion Fruit Lemonade

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Here’s the thing with this lemonade, it is highly flexible. Use peaches or nectarines if you don’t have passion fruit or have a difficult time trying to find some. If you switch to stone fruit, you might need to add more lemon juice to bump up the sour factor, as peaches and nectarines tend to be sweeter in taste than passion fruit. You can even take the drink a step further and throw in a cupful of fresh mint or basil while blending to add an herby flavor to this fruity and tangy drink. As for the sweetener, I like to adjust the amount of sweetener to the sweetness of the fruit. For this reason, the recipe contains a smaller amount of sugar, and you can adjust it according to your tastes. If you’re looking for a new cocktail option for a hot summer day, this is an excellent drink to play with; it makes a mighty good margarita.

  • Yield: 8 cups/2 L


1 lb/455 g ripe strawberries, hulled

½ cup/120 ml passion fruit pulp with or without seeds

½ cup/120 ml fresh lemon or lime juice

½ cup/100 g superfine sugar

4 ½ to 6 ½ cups/1 to 1 ½ L chilled water

Crushed ice

Fresh basil or mint to garnish


  1. Place the strawberries, passion fruit, lemon juice, and sugar in the jug of a high-speed blender and pulse on high until smooth and combined. Add enough chilled water to bring the volume up to 8 cups/2 L. Taste and add more sugar if needed. Serve the drink over crushed ice in glasses and garnish with fresh basil or mint.
  2. You can make this drink a day ahead of time. Leftovers can be frozen in an ice cube tray in an airtight freezer-safe bag and thawed when needed.


  • If you don’t have or can’t find any passion fruit or passion fruit purée, two to three deliciously ripe and sweet yellow peaches or nectarines will also work nicely in this recipe. Peel and discard the skin and the stone before throwing them into the blender.
  • Lemon juice can be substituted with lime juice to make a limeade version.
  • The citric acid in the passion fruit and lemon juice ratios should be enough. However, add more lemon juice if you prefer this a little sourer. If your passion fruit isn’t strong enough, add more passion fruit juice. If it becomes too sour, add more sugar.
  • You can sweeten as much or as little as you like. The choice of sweetener is also up to you.
  • This drink can be converted into a cocktail. Some options include vodka, tequila, or mezcal. This also makes a very good margarita.

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