Passion Fruit Zombie #FreakyFruitsFriday #Sponsored

The dead have put the squeeze on exotic passion fruit to make their favorite undead drink: the passion fruit zombie.

Passion Fruit Zombie

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Today  my recipe of the day is for  a Passion Fruit Zombie  cocktail as  part of  a  sponsored event for #FreakyFruitsFriday, spearheaded by Camilla Mann and sponsored by Melissa’s Produce with the Festive Foodies blogging group. A huge thank you to  Melissa’s  for providing a spectacular  fruit box for the bloggers to play with and create. We had a lot of fun here!

Those were the Days,  My Friend!

The days, that is, of Tom Hsu’s  Hunan Cafe on Hampton Avenue, St.  Louis, which was a hot spot  for awhile before he sold it and opened Hunan Star out in  west county, which still operates today.

We would order lots of tiki drinks there  and share the ones served in large bowls with straws for 2-4 people. The blends of tropical juices, rums, and other flavors were somewhat exotic and playful. And they certainly made the wait to be seated at a table for dinner a lot more bearable! After that, we’d gorge ourselves on his dim sum. Does anyone out there remember this place?

This particular drink is a riff on the original 1934 Donn Beach (Don the Beachcomber) version, the one that gets credit for starting the whole Tiki craze, in this case made using fresh passion fruit juice. If you’ve never tried fresh passion fruit juice, be warned – it’s very tart! But blended with sweeter juices and flavored syrups, it adds a distinctive and refreshing character to the drink.

My husband is very much into tiki and collects a lot of books on the subject as well as  tons of tiki glasses. He is very up on the subject of Don the Beachcomber and told me quite a bit about him.

One of the syrups used in this  is called falernum, which is a mix of lime, ginger, almond, and spices that makes appearances in a number of Tiki drinks. If you can’t find it in your local liquor store’s mixers and flavored syrups, there are several brands that can be ordered online. The amount used is small, but it’s an essential ingredient in the drink. I  have  an affiliate link  to some   if you need it (bottom of page).

Just remember – too many of these, and you may find yourself staggering around and moaning, just like a zombie.

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Freaky Fruits Recipes (By the Group)

Passion Fruit Zombie

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 5  passion  fruit
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1/4  teaspoon  cinnamon coffee syrup
  • 2 ounces Jamaican aged rum
  • 1 ounce Puerto Rican gold rum
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Falernum
  • 1/8 teaspoon Pernod
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup
  • dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 2 cups crushed ice


  1. Split passion fruit and scoop out the pulp  into a strainer set over something to catch the juice in.
  2. Press fruit juices through strainer and discard the solids.
  3. Place the juice along with all other ingredients   into a cocktail shaker with the crushed ice, and shake vigourously.
  4. Divide into two tiki glasses.
  5. I garnished with a spent fruit shell.

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3 responses

  1. I tried my passion fruit in a cocktail as well but I pureed the fruit with the pulp, seeds and rind to make the simple syrup. Huge fail. I guess I should have stuck to just the pulp because yours sounds wonderful.

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