Passion Fruit Vodka Soda

Want to kick up your spiked lemonade? How about a passion fruit cocktail with vodka and soda? Doesn’t that sound AH-MAZING?  This passion fruit vodka soda recipe is tropical and seductive.  

passion fruit syrup, pulp and fresh lemon juice

The easy recipe starts with my all-occasion passion fruit syrup, which has an irresistible tropical aroma and intense flavor. There’s fresh lemon juice,(because we NEVER use that bottled wannabe) and this easy alcoholic quencher is finished with vodka and soda. It’s a sexy, passion fruit cocktail that goes down smooth and easy and slakes your thirst, even on a scorching hot day. If you can’t take a trip to the islands, this icy summer sipper is the next best thing!

We love to entertain on the back patio. Whether it’s for casual cocktails,  a family barbecue or summer pool party, drinks are key. I like to serve a signature cocktail along with the standard beer, wine, sparkling waters and assorted sodas. This passion fruit cocktail with vodka and soda is always a winner. It’s tart, sweet and tropical with a bit of fizz… Who doesn’t like that?

Ingredients for passion fruit vodka soda

About passion fruit syrup

My easy passion fruit syrup recipe is really nothing more than heating passion fruit pulp with sugar and water, cooling and straining out the seeds. I’ve made it both with fresh passion fruit (when I can get it) and frozen pulp (look for these brands: Goya, El Sembrador, Creative Gourmet, Farm & Function, La Fe). It makes a sultry, golden syrup that transforms a standard vodka soda into a passion fruit cocktail that’s positively hedonistic.

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straining seeds from lemon juice.

You can make this summer passion fruit cocktail by the glass or by the pitcher (I’ve given instructions for both ways).

By the glass…

By the glass is simple, just pour the ingredients  over a glass of ice, give it a quick stir and garnish with lemon slices or extra passion fruit pulp if you have it. Easy peasy.

a jigger of vodka and fresh passion fruit pulp.

…or by the pitcher

For a pitcher, the method is slightly different for two reasons.

  1. The passion fruit cocktail with vodka needs to be cold before you pour it into the glass. If you added room temperature ingredients. to a pitcher, you’d have to add ice to get it cold… and over time, that would water down the drink. We don’t want that. Instead, add the syrup, lemon juice and vodka to a pitcher and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight until very cold.
  2. Don’t add the soda to the passion fruit cocktail until the very last second… and ideally don’t add it to the pitcher, but rather to the individual cocktail. If you mix all the ingredients at the same time, the effervescence from the sparkling water would dissipate and you’d have less fizz and more flat. Again, not what we want. 
passion fruit vodka soda in a glass.

For Boat Drinks:

We have a spot down in the Florida Keys that’s not too far from my parents house. When the family is together, we’ll make a to-go lunch and fix a “pitcher” of drinks in a resealable plastic jar to keep cold in the cooler on ice.Scott drives us out to our spot, sets the anchor and everyone grabs a noodle or raft and jumps into Florida Bay.

The last person into the water is responsible for handing out the drinks (literally leaning over the transom very carefully with a filled-to-the-rim icy tropical drink) as the swimmers kick and maneuver themselves into the right spot to receive their prize.  

This passion fruit vodka cocktail is perfect for that kind of enjoyment. I recommend Tervis tumblers for keeping the drink cold while you sip. A Yeti will work too, but I’ve always been leery about taking a $25-$50 “glass” into the water…. we’ve lost entirely too many personal items to the depths.

passion fruit cocktail on ice.

Your friends and family are gonna love this easy drinking tropical vodka soda. It’s perfect for sipping on a porch swing or in a lounge chair by the pool (even a kiddie pool will do). We like this one because it’s refreshing and has a kick, but not enough to make you loopy. 

Here’s more tropical cocktails you might like: 

closeup of the passion from cocktail with vodka, a slice of lemon and an alligator swizzle stick.

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A Passion Fruit Vodka Soda in a tall glass with drink stirrer.
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4.55 from 11 votes

Vodka Spiked Passion Fruit Cocktail

This tropical spiked lemonade is light and refreshing. Make individual cocktails or a whole pitcher to quench a crowd! If you have the pulpy passion fruit seeds, float a few in each glass to garnish.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cocktails, lemonade, passion fruit
Dietary Restrictions Dairy-Free, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 2 ounces passion fruit simple syrup
  • ounces lemon juice
  • ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces sparkling water


  • 2 cups passion fruit syrup
  • cups lemon juice
  • cups vodka (we like Tito’s Handmade)
  • 2 cups sparkling water chilled

GARNISH (optional)

  • sliced lemons
  • passion fruit pulp (seeds)



  • Fill a glass with ice. Add the lemon juice and passion fruit syrup. Add gin OR vodka (whichever is your preference). Top with sparkling water and garnish with passion fruit seeds and lemon slice.


  • Combine the lemon juice, simple syrup and vodka in a pitcher and refrigerate until very cold about 2 hours. Add lemon slices and passion fruit pulp (seeds) for garnish if desired. Simultaneously chill the sparkling water.
  • When ready to serve, pour the sparkling water into the pitcher and stir to combine. Add garnishes to pitcher.
  • Fill 8 glasses with ice and divide the passion fruit cocktail between them. Serve.


Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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  1. Shirley R says:

    5 stars
    Came out great! It’s a hit

  2. 5 stars
    You know vodka is my drink of choice… this one is amazingly refreshing and delicious!

  3. Nola Martin says:

    I’m making these this weekend! Perfect for 90 degree Colorado sunshine! And I’ll remember those languid days in the Keys. Cheers my friend!

    1. I hope you enjoy it Nola — if it makes you feel any better, we’re not languishing in the Keys these days either.

  4. Jessica Formicola says:

    5 stars
    This is the BEST summer drink! So refreshing and just the right amount of sweet!

  5. 5 stars
    Perfect summer sipper recipe! Love all of the variations you offer too – so helpful when we want to make a pitcher for the adults, and a separate pitcher for the kids.

  6. Emily Liao says:

    5 stars
    I love ordering a passion fruit vodka soda when I’m out, so this was perfect to make right at home! The flavors were great and just what I needed on a warm day.

  7. 5 stars
    This looks like the perfect refreshing drink for summer! Exactly what I need in my life right now!

  8. Liz Cleland says:

    5 stars
    I have been experimenting more with mixed drinks. I am saving this to try out over the weekend!