I lost count how many passionfruit mojitos we had in Vietnam over the course of the 2 weeks we were there as part of our Thermomix in Australia Thermofest and Emerald Class trip. They were very reasonably priced especially when it was Happy Hour!! Sometimes it seemed they had forgotten to put in the rum, which still made for a nice mocktail if you want that option for this recipe?
If you wish you can stick with the classic passionfruit mojito by leaving out the extra ingredients I have added into this recipe and adjust to your own personal taste. The Vietnamese mint adds a peppery flavour which can be slightly over powering – so use it as a garnish and maybe just a few leaves per drink. When I was recipe testing (tough job lol!!) I happened to have some leftover ginger infused sugar syrup & thought it would work in well with my drink and it did!! It’s not traditional to use a sugar syrup for a mojito but one of the mojitos I had in Vietnam you could still get the texture of the sugar in the drink which was unpleasant. Of course if you are in a rush for happy hour you can skip making the sugar syrup and just whizz up the sugar on speed 10 for 10 secs in your Thermomix. I also think if you don’t like sugar you could leave the sugar out because you get a nice sweetness from the fresh passionfruit.
I also think this recipe would work with some fresh lemongrass too. We had some great lemongrass cocktails too – so I need to work on that recipe too!! I’ve also added something a bit special to make the cocktail stand out – it doesn’t have a flavour but it is the Blue Pea flower tea you can freeze into ice cubes if you want this look I’ve created here. We were introduced to this ingredient by Luke Nguyen at Thermofest when he blitzed the tea into a matcha powder to make the most gorgeous looking ice cream. (click here for the recipe). I’ve also served mine with a large reusable bamboo straw that I bought in Vietnam.
I never would have guessed how many people really want this recipe, after I posted the pic on social media yesterday people are begging for it, so I know you will all help me continue to test and perfect this recipe won’t you? Please provide and tips and suggestions that you think will make this the most perfect passionfruit mojito ever!!
- To serve – Blue Pea Flower Tea made into ice cubes (optional) or regular ice cubes
- 100g sugar
- 100g water
- 30g fresh ginger cut into thin slices
- A few leaves of Vietnamese mint plus extra to garnish
- A few of sprigs of fresh mint leaves plus extra to garnish
- 50g white rum
- juice from 1 lime
- pulp from 1-2 fresh passionfruit
- soda water
- handful of ice
To make the sugar syrup place the sugar, water and ginger into the TM bowl and cook for 4 mins, 100 degrees, speed 1. Strain the sugar syrup and allow to cool (this syrup will make more than you need for 1 drink but I think you may want to make more than 1)
Add the passionfruit pulp to the cold tall serving glass (if you don’t like so many passionfruit seeds you can add the pulp into the TM bowl and mix for 15 secs, speed 4 and then strain off some of the seeds, retaining the juice for your drink) Add the garnish mint leaves into the glass with the blue pea flower tea ice cubes.
Insert the butterfly whisk. Place the few leaves of Vietnamese mint, few sprigs of fresh mint, lime juice, white rum, handful of ice and 20g of the completely cooled ginger sugar syrup (or to taste) into the TM bowl and muddle for 20 secs, reverse, speed 4. Strain the mixture and pour into your serving glass over the passionfruit pulp and ice cubes. Top up with soda water to serve. Cheers!!