This passion fruit margarita recipe recreates the classic, but with a fun twist.
We get it; you’re craving a margarita. Because margarita! Or maybe you need a robust and satisfying drink that wakes your taste buds on National Margarita Day (February 22). It’s a strong, satisfying drink that wakes all the taste buds.
That’s why today, our test kitchen chefs decided to share this passion fruit margarita recipe. It is easy, tastes great, and you get to add your own unique touch.
If you’re in a hurry, to get to the recipe card right away. Or, read on to learn some interesting facts about this cocktail.
Is Our Passion Fruit Margarita Healthy?
It’s difficult to give this question a straight answer, so allow us to explain a few things.
Micronutrient-wise, this drink is abundant in vitamins and minerals, specifically vitamin C and A. You can see the exact amounts of these nutrients in the nutritional facts table at the end of this article.
You’ll also see in the table that each serving of this drink yields just 124 calories; a healthy amount for a refreshing drink.
Still though, this drink isn’t considered healthy by current nutritional standards because it contains alcohol. Nonetheless, it’s still acceptable to consume alcohol in moderation, and our team has worked hard to bring you the healthiest, yet still tasty, cocktail possible.
Specifically, our margarita recipe calls for only 11g of pure alcohol. That’s the allotted healthy amount for women and / or half that for men according to USDA standards.
Plus, we also kept an eye on the amount of processed sugar we used to sweeten the drink, making sure it’s within limits. It’s safe to say this particular recipe is healthier than most others.
Benefits of Passion Fruit
Passion fruits are a great source of vitamin C. A single fruit contains 5.4 mg vitamin C, which equates to about 6% of the daily recommendation.
Six percent seems quite insignificant, but keep in mind that it’s the vitamin yield of a single fruit. Our recipe uses about 16 fruits, meaning for each serving you’ll get about 24% of the nutrient’s DV.
Passion fruits also contain small amounts of vitamin A, iron, potassium, and other nutrients. You can check out the fruit’s nutritional profile here.
Each serving gives 124 calories, and 77 calories are from the liqueur alone! But again, as we checked the guidelines, 124 calories are a healthy calorie amount a cocktail should have.
How to Cut and Juice Passion Fruit
If you’ve never worked with this seedy fruit before, some of you might be confused, wondering what to do. That’s okay, because we’re here to help.
As you cut the purple sphere open, you’ll see a mixture of orange flesh with seeds sticking to the inside of the fruit. We need to extract the juice from the orange flesh, so first, scoop all the innards out into a small bowl with a spoon.
Next, place a sieve over another bowl and transfer the passion fruit pulp into it. Use a spoon to press and scrape the mixture around and extract the juice.
Do this for 2-3 minutes and you’ll have a small bowl of passion juice. It might look like just a little bit, but the flavor is very concentrated.
We’re using the juice and discarding the seeds for now, but you can add some to your cocktail as decoration if you like. Or, you can leave your friends guessing what’s in the drink.
10 oz passion fruit (yielding approx. 4.6 fl oz passion fruit juice)
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups orange juice
2 fl oz Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
2 fl oz tequila
1/2 tsp lime juice (to salt the glass)
1/4 tsp salt (to salt the glass)
2 cups ice
Get the passion fruit juice: Slice the passion fruits in half. Scoop out the seeds and pulp and place it into a bowl. Place a sieve over another bowl, and transfer the seed mixture into the sieve. Use a spoon to press the mixture, scrape it around the sieve to release the juice, for 2-3 minutes. Scrape off any juice sticking to the bottom of the sieve, then discard the seeds (and the purple skin).
Mix the ingredients: Add 2 tsp sugar and a little bit of 1 1/2 cup orange juice to the passion fruit bowl, and stir until all of the sugar is dissolved. Transfer the mixture to a large serving pitcher, and add 2 fl oz Grand Marnier, 2 fl oz tequila, and the remaining orange juice (1 1/2 cup in total). Stir again to incorporate.
Salt the glasses: Add 1/2 tsp lime juice to a flat dish, and 1/4 tsp salt to a second one. Dip your glasses in the lime juice first, then into the salt so it sticks to the rim.
Serve: Add ice to each glass and pour in tequila mixture. Serve right away.
Passion Fruit Margarita
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
% Daily Value*
Vitamin A 441IU
Vitamin C 57mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
This passion fruit juice was simply divine! Refreshing and slightly sweet, I couldn't get enough of it. Highly recommend to anyone looking for something special to sip on this summer!