You might be familiar with a similar version of this Guava and Passionfruit Drink on the Starbucks menu. The tropical flavors make you feel like it's a summer day, which might be exactly what you need! This drink is refreshing and sweet. No extra sweeteners are necessary, and this recipe does not include simple syrup, maintaining its lightness and fresh fruity flavors.
This anytime drink is made without dairy, caffeine, or alcohol. It can be dressed up and served at a party or slowly sipped on the couch while you are lost in a book.
The flavors were inspired by the Starbucks drink, but as usual, I needed to make it healthier without compromising the sweet flavor.
My mission: keep the taste fresh and make it healthier. I reverted back to those two objectives in my test kitchen and can confidently say it was accomplished with this drink recipe!
If you're following my mocktail journey, check out my other fresh and often fruity drinks - like the popular Orange Mint Mojito Mocktail, the cozy Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine Mocktail, or wind down with my Reishi Mushroom Sleep Tonic!
The ingredients for this drink are found year-round, a common issue with tropical flavors like guava or passionfruit. Using this 100% juice blend, you can enjoy this drink without being physically close to the equator.
- Guava juice
- Passionfruit juice
- Orange juice, preferably fresh
See the recipe card for full instructions with quantities.
According to the Starbucks website:
ICE, GUAVA FLAVORED JUICE BLEND [WATER, WHITE GRAPE JUICE CONCENTRATE, NATURAL FLAVORS, GUAVA JUICE CONCENTRATE, COLORED WITH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE JUICE (PUMPKIN, SWEET POTATO, APPLE, RADISH, CHERRY), CITRIC ACID], COCONUT MILK [WATER, COCONUT CREAM, CANE SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, COCONUT WATER CONCENTRATE, SEA SALT, NATURAL FLAVORS, XANTHAN GUM, GELLAN GUM, CORN DEXTRIN, GUAR GUM, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, AND VITAMIN D2], PINEAPPLE GINGER SYRUP [WATER, SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVORS, CITRIC ACID, XANTHAN GUM, POTASSIUM SORBATE]
That's... a lot to dissect.
For this drink, combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, mix, and pour!
Hint: If you don't have a standard cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar with a lid.
Not much is needed to make this drink—a cocktail shaker or a mason jar with a lid and some fancy glasses.
The hand-blown Ramona coupe glass in the picture was purchased from Anthropologie, it's currently back-ordered, but I've been eyeing up these iridescent glasses, and wouldn't they be perfect for this drink too!?
Orange juice vs. Pineapple juice
When testing this recipe, I decided to use fresh orange juice versus pineapple juice, and here's why: it's more accessible and efficient.
The Starbucks version and many other copycat recipes call for pineapple-ginger syrup. It results in a similar flavor to the drive-thru drink, but I didn't create this for likeness, and as mentioned above, this recipe is a similar version but healthier and fresh tasting.
Making a simple syrup takes more time and adds more sugar to this recipe. Fresh pineapple juice is an option, but you'll need to remove the skin and run the pineapple through a juicer, causing more cleanup. I think twisting a few oranges over a hand juicer is more efficient without compromising any flavor.
Guava and Passionfruit juice
The brand I chose was Ceres Juices, found at Whole Foods and online. No artificial colors, flavors, or added sugar made this brand easy to pick. Other brands, like Goya, have similar products but with added sugar, and it's labeled guava nectar, not fruit juice. If substituting for another brand, you might need to add water to achieve a less overpowering taste.
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This drink should be prepared fresh. If you're making a batch for guests and it's not all consumed (unlikely), you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.
Get creative and garnish! Use seasonal edible flowers to add beautiful floral aromatics to this delicious drink, or peel a slice from the oranges you juiced and add it to the rim.
Is the iced Guava Passionfruit Drink caffeine free?
Like the Starbucks version, this recipe is caffeine-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
What's the difference between nectar and juice?
When looking for guava and passionfruit juice, you'll likely find it in the shelved beverage aisle at the grocery store. Ceres refers to their product as a 'juice' while others, like Goya, use the term 'nectar.' Take a peak at the ingredients, and you'll see that nectar adds sugar and preservatives, which all transfer into the taste. The nectar option is thicker, while the juiced one has less of an artificial taste. If you use nectar, you may have to add water to lessen the sweetness.
For this recipe, my mission was to create a fresh-tasting and healthier option. When troubleshooting the ingredients in my test kitchen, I opted not to add simple syrup or Starbucks pineapple-ginger syrup. For the same reason, I didn't choose to use nectar - it's too sweet and takes away from the fresh fruity flavors.
Starbucks uses unsweetened coconut milk with their guava and passionfruit, so why doesn't this one?
I thought there were too many flavors when I tested it with coconut milk. It didn't add to the drink; if anything, it watered down the delicious flavors of passionfruit and guava, which you don't often drink unless you live in Mexico or South America.
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Guava Passionfruit Drink
- cocktail shaker or mason jar with lid
- 1 cup guava juice (I used Ceres Juice, see above)
- ½ cup passionfruit juice (I used Ceres Juice, see above)
- ½ cup orange juice preferable fresh, 2-3 navel oranges juiced
- Juice fresh oranges and strain pulp.
- Fill a shaker (or mason jar with lid) ¾ with ice and add all ingredients. Shake until chilled, about 15-20 seconds.
- Strain liquid into a fancy glass over ice.
- If you're feelin' extra: garnish with edible flowers or leftover peel from your oranges!