• Janki T. Patel, PharmD

Passion fruit Shots

Total Serving: 45 oz; 1200 mLs (pictured: 8 glasses of 5 oz/150 mL each)

Total Time: 5 minutes


2 passion fruits

1 ripe orange

zest peels of one orange

zest of one lime

2 cups of water

1 cup of ice cubes


Add the following into a blender:

1) Slice passion fruit in half and scoop out the inside fruit including the seeds.

2) Using a potato peeler to get thicker peels, zest one orange and set aside for garnishing.

3) Removing the remaining pith from the orange and roughly chop in quarters.

4) Add the water and lime zest.

5) Blend at high speed until smooth and all zest and seeds are pulverized.

6) Pour into serving glasses over ice cubes. Garnish with orange peels.

7) Chin Chin! :)


*These are alcohol free. However if alcohol preferred, add ~2 shots/150 mLs of tequila or liquor of choice prior to blending.

*Passion fruit can be quite sour and the water helps to dilute that acidity but if a sweeter drink is preferred, add ~3 tablespoons of maple syrup prior to blending.


*I save the food scraps for compost.

*I reused yoplait's oui coconut milk yogurt jars as glasses for these drinks.


Nutrition Profile:

Passion fruit: Rich in Vitamin C, iron, copper, fiber, magnesium, and phosphorus. It also contains harmane, which has history in use to help alleviate insomnia. One study published in Nutrition Research showed that there may be a potential in reducing clinical asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath and wheezing.

Orange: Rich in potassium, fiber, and Vitamin C, an antioxidant that sequesters free radicals and helps boost immunity. Rich in Beta-carotene, which not only provides that beautiful orange color, but it is also precursor of vitamin A helping to support cell growth, vision, skin protection, and possible delay of cognitive aging.

Citrus Zest: I think zest is so underrated! It houses so many nutrients from flavonoids such as hesperidin and polymethoxylated flavones (PMF) to fragrant oils. I've found myself zesting all citrus fruits to incorporate them either into foods for flavor or even DIY hair and face masks! Why waste what nature provides us?!

Study referenced:

Watson RS et. al. " Oral administration of the purple passion fruit peel extract reduces wheeze and cough and improves shortness of breath in adults with asthma" Nutrition Research. 2008; 28(3):166-171.