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Tropical Passion Fruit Moscow Mules

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I made these Passion Fruit Moscow Mules last weekend for my birthday. My cousins introduced me to moscow mules a few years ago and I loved them. 

But you know me, always finding ways to add a tropical twist to recipes. This is my tropical riff of a Moscow Mule. 

Passion Fruit Moscow Mules Cocktail Photo

A moscow mule is traditionally made with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer and is served in a copper mug. It’s a simple cocktail that tastes amazing and the copper mug is part of the charm of the cocktail.

Since the base of the drink is simple ingredients it goes well with any additions to change it to a more complex cocktail that is still just as refreshing such as flavored vodka or adding fruit juices.

Passion Fruit Moscow Mules Cocktail Photo

The only flavored vodka I have in the house right now is Ciroc pineapple, because yum. I usually have that or Ciroc coconut. Both have very subtle tropical flavors and work so well in mixed cocktails. I knew I wanted to also use the passion fruit pulp that I may or may not have smuggled back from Maui last year.  

Not telling you how I did it IF I did it, because I like to return to Hawaii annually and don’t need to get on a ” no fly likes to smuggle passion fruit list”. Oh how I wish I could bring back apple bananas as well. Best bananas ever, grown on Hawaii. 

 Hawaiians call Passion fruit, or Lilikoi, “Liquid Gold”. Because it is. There are many varieties of passion fruits and the ones we had were this rich gold color inside. Sweet and tart at the same time and the fragrance is amazing.

Passion Fruit Moscow Mules Photo

Last year we went to Maui for two weeks and got to do a lot of adventuring around the island. A few trips to farms upcountry maui, a trip around the island past Hana and of course lots of beach days.

One of the trips upcountry was to a goat dairy called Surfing Goat Dairy. They had surfboards all over for the goats to climb on. We learned all about the farm, my kids got to feed baby goats and we sampled goat cheeses and quark. My favorite was the lilikoi quark. I bought a couple containers and that became my breakfast for the last few mornings we were there.  

I need to figure out how to make it. And if you are ever in Maui on vacation, I highly suggest visiting the dairy. They have several kinds of tours and sampling the goat cheeses was the best part!

Passion Fruit Photo

Passion fruit grow on vines. These were at the Surfing Goat Dairy and they had them growing all over the farm. These were the largest ones I had ever seen. They were about the size of a navel orange.

Usually you see passion fruit in grocery stores that are very small, shriveled and dark purple. There are many varieties of passion fruit, the yellow were the ones I saw the most of on Maui.

Hana Maui Fruit Stand Photo

On our drive to Hana, Maui I saw this fruit stand and had to stop by. So many people that live on the island sell the produce they grow on their land on stands and its all done via the honor system.

No way could I pass up these passion fruit at only $.25 each!  They are $3-$5 EACH at the stores here!

Passion Fruit in Basket Photo

These passion fruit were at a little country store at a farm in upcountry maui. You can see there are several different colors, yellow, green and reddish. All ripe. These were also only twenty five cents each so I bought a few more of these. I ate a bunch while we were in Maui, added to a couple mai tais we made, had over yogurt and I eve spooned some over shave ice one evening

I used Barsmith Mix Lime Syrup instead of fresh limes because I was all out of limes at the time and I love using the syrup for cocktails because it isn’t overly sweet. I muddled the lime syrup with the passion fruit pulp  before adding the ice and the rest of the ingredients. Feel free to use fresh limes in place of a lime syrup. I have made this cocktail with both the syrup and the fresh limes and I love both versions. 


I really think this is my new favorite cocktail. I decided to serve these in clear glasses in place of the traditional mule copper mug to show off the gorgeous passion fruit color. 

Passion Fruit Moscow Mules Cocktail Photo

Passion Fruit Moscow Mules Cocktail Photo

Passion Fruit Moscow Mules Cocktail Photo

I thought this shadow looked like a pineapple! How appropriate for me and for this cocktail since I used pineapple vodka. And for my love of all things pineapple.

Yield: 2 servings

Tropical Passion Fruit Moscow Mules

Tropical Passion Fruit Moscow Mules

A tropical twist on the classic mule cocktail with pineapple vodka and fresh passionfruit. Makes 2 cocktails.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 ounces Vodka - Pineapple or plain
  • 6 Tbsp passion fruit pulp - about 4-6 passion fruits worth, depending on size
  • 2 tsp Barsmith Mix Lime Syrup ( or fresh lime juice)
  • 8 ounces Ginger Beer
  • Ice
  • Mint for garnish


  1. Divide the passion fruit pulp amongst the glasses and pour 1 teaspoon of lime syrup, or juice, into each glass and muddle gently
  2. Add in 2 ounces of vodka in each glass then top with the ginger beer.
  3. Gently stir then add a sprig of mint for garnish. Serve immediately


If you can't find fresh passion fruits you can always add in passion fruit puree, or passion fruit juice.

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Passion Fruit Moscow Mules Cocktail Photo

I always say if the Hawaiian Islands had a state “scent” Lilikoi would be it. The fragrance of Passion Fruit reminds me of how Hawaii smells the second I land on the islands. There really is nothing else like it.

So I made as much passion fruit recipes as I can while on the mainland in between trips to the islands. I think I will go make myself another passion fruit Moscow Mule today. Is it 5 o’clock yet?

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    May 20, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Its always 5 o’clock somewhere. Just pretend you are there. I think I will have one of those myself.

    BTW: My daughter lives in Hawaii. I will suggest that farm to her.

    Enjoy your happy hour.

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    September 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    IMO, that is no longer a Moscow Mule, the addition of Passion Fruit has made it something else, so name it something else.

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        April 5, 2019 at 10:15 pm

        LOL. Those Moscow Mule snobs.

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          April 6, 2019 at 8:14 am

          I know, right? My blog I can name anything I want to whatever I want. Plus I have seen a gazillion versions of Moscow mules and they’re still called moscow mules.

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    November 12, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I do love lilikoi and the amazing scent, and is used for all kinds of desserts here, but I never used it in a cocktail and can’t wait to make these for thanksgiving. My mom would pick them from the sides of the back roads on Kauai and make jellies and after school juice drinks for us, when I was young. But as a native islander, the scent of the islands to me would be pikake; makes the best flower lei with a strong gardenia smell. My absolute favorite.

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      November 13, 2019 at 9:07 am

      That sounds like an amazing childhood. Pikake is another amazing scent. One of my faves. There really are so many that are so distinct to Hawaii. I hope you enjoy these cocktails for Thanksgiving!

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