Passion fruit is hands down my favorite fruit of all time. Seriously. I wish it was a more substantial fruit though because I would eat them constantly. As it is I haven’t found anything with the same tangy, sweet, crunchy flavor and texture in any other fruit.
I have discovered that unless you live on the equator itself, it’s difficult to come by large quantities of passion fruits. Living in southern California thankfully I am in a “tropical” climate, so it’s actually possible to grow passion fruits here. Buying them is a whole other story. You would think it would be easier to find them in an area where you could legitimately grow them, but experience tells me otherwise.
When I decided to do a Mardi Gras theme, I knew I had to do a Hurricane. I mean what Mardi Gras party is complete without this traditional drink. When you go to New Orleans for the parades and so forth, the number one drink you will see is Hurricanes and pretty much every bar has their own version. I decided to make a virgin drink because I had a group of friends coming over for a Mardi Gras party and most of them don’t drink. To include everyone, I served the rum on the side if wanted.
Combining my obsession with passion fruit into an already fruit heavy drink like a hurricane worked perfectly. I suddenly wanted it to be summer time so I could drink one by the pool while sun tanning. I’m going to have to keep it in mind.
So, I thought the only way to photograph a passion fruit heavy drink is with fresh passion fruits. Well see my paragraph above where they are impossible to find. Years ago I found a couple at the grocery store near my old apartment but they had them rarely and it was definite hit or miss. Asian cuisine commonly has many tropical fruits like dragon fruit, kiwi, and coconut which I can find year round not far from my home.
In my search for passion fruits for these pictures I searched no fewer than five stores that were high on the likelihood of having them in stock. And where did I find them? At the grocery store that is still by my old apartment! It was one of those ‘hit’ times, I guess.
Of course, I’m not complaining. It is one of the rare times a year I get to eat a few passion fruits after my photo shoot is done. I am contemplating the fact that it’s so hard to find passion fruits I should just plant my own. After all I do live in an area where they will supposedly thrive. I suppose I’ll sacrifice half of a fruit to hopefully gain more in the future.
- 2 cups pineapple juice
- 2 cups orange juice
- 4 cups passion fruit juice
- 2 cups seltzer water
- 2 tablespoons grenadine
- Mix all ingredients in a pitcher, pour into individual glasses and garnish with maraschino cherries and orange slices.