Lavender Passion Fruit Vodka Lemonade is a refreshing and tart summertime cocktail. Sweetened with a vanilla lavender simple syrup this Hawaiian cocktail creation is sure to slip your mind into a daydream about a tropical vacation with every sip. Even if only for a brief few moments of your day.
My husband has been pushing me into entering recipe contests this year. Well maybe not pushing, but highly suggesting I try it. So when I saw that Ocean Vodka from Maui was having a farm to table craft cocktail contest I decided to make a cocktail for it and hope for the best. I ended up making three cocktails, and unfortunately none of them became finalists. But the good news is I can share them all on my blog for you now. First up is this Lavender Passion Fruit Vodka Lemonade.
The rules of the contest were: Farm to table, 5 ingredients only, creativity and originality, presentation and representation of Ocean Vodka. I wanted to be as creative as I could and I am thinking the ingredients making up the simple syrup took me over the 5 ingredients limit. I couldn’t find anything about if a simple syrup counted as 1 ingredient or if it made it over the limit. That was the only part that wasn’t totally clear for me in the rules.
When we were in Maui last year we did a few farm tours in Upcountry. Ocean Vodka’s distillery is near two of the farms we visited. I wanted to go into the Ocean Vodka distillery but we couldn’t with our kiddos in tow so we only got to drive by and see the entrance. I am hoping to go one a distillery tour next time we are on Maui.
Ocean Vodka is made from organic sugar cane and deep ocean mineral water. It is unlike any vodka I have ever had before, it is very unique and delicious. It is very smooth, no harshness to it at all and blends well into any cocktail. Plus the shape of the bottles is also very unique. I have a mini one as a paper weight on my desk.
I still had leftover passion fruit from my Passion Fruit Moscow Mules and passion fruit is so quintessentially Hawaiian that I knew I wanted to use it in a cocktail for the contest. Maui has many amazing farms upcountry, they have a Lavender farm, the Kula Country Farm, Surfing Goat Dairy and a very cool biodynamic organic farm that offers seed to cup coffee tours. Maui really has it all. With the theme of Farm-to-table for these cocktails I knew I wanted to use as many Maui farm ingredients as I could. Lavender was a must, so was vanilla bean. I picked up some Maui vanilla beans at a farmer’s market in Kihei and I knew the combination of vanilla bean and lavender would balance the tartness of the passion fruit and lemon juice.
I love using pineapple leaves as a cocktail garnish and I also garnished with some fresh lavender and Thai basil. The Thai basil came from my own garden and I also muddled some into the cocktail for a nice herbaceous note. I love basil in cocktails.
I admit I am a little bummed I didn’t get selected to be a finalist in the contest. The 6 finalists are being flown to Maui in September to recreate their cocktail again for a HUGE party at the Sheraton Maui resort aka the infamous Black Rock beach resort. The winner selected will have their cocktail on the bar menu at the resort for a year. This doesn’t have me too down and out, I love making tiki cocktails and it makes me look forward to next year’s contest so I can try it again!
- 2 Ounces Ocean Organic Vodka
- 1.75 ounces Passion fruit (juice with pulp and seeds) - 2-3 Passion fruit worth, depending on size
- 1.25 ounces Lavender Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup**
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- 4 leaves Thai Basil, chopped
- 2 Sprigs of Fresh Lavender
- 1 Sprig of Fresh Thai Basil
- 2 Fresh Pineapple leaves
- Scoop out the juice, pulp and seeds from two to three lilikoi until you have 1.75 ounces. Muddle this with the Thai basil leaves in a large rocks glass then fill with ice.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine the Ocean Vodka, the syrup and lemon juice and shake well. Pour over the lilikoi in the rocks glass and stir. Garnish with the lavender and Thai basil sprigs and pineapple leaves. Serve and enjoy!!
To make the Lavender Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup
1 1/2 C Organic Sugar
2 i Vanilla Bean Pods, seeds scraped out of one
3 Tbsp fresh Lavender ( can also use dried)
1 C water
In a small saucepan add the sugar and scraped vanilla bean seeds and rub between your fingers to disperse the seeds amongst the sugar. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and has become fragrant. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes then remove from heat. Let cool completely. Chill overnight then strain into a jar, add in the other vanilla bean pod, sliced open so the seeds can permeate the syrup. Shake or stir before using.
Cheers! I hope you enjoy this lavender passion fruit vodka lemonade as much as I do. And stay tuned for my two other cocktails I created for the contest!