Lord knows I'm definitely not dreaming of taking a vacation with kids. That, my friends, is what I like to call a nightmare.
Since we do not have any summer travel plans that involve tropical islands or time without our offspring, I'm having to make due with creating a taste of the tropics here at home. At the current moment this involves warm evenings lounging on our deck chairs, some time spent soaking in our (blow up) pool, and a few rounds of my favorite summer cocktail, a Lilikoi Cooler.
Despite the fact that I am possibly the whitest girl you really know, I'm an Island girl at heart, and Lilikoi, or passion fruit, is my all time favorite fruit. You could slap a passion fruit-flavored label on a jar full of raw sewage, and I would most definitely give it a try. In Hawaii, passion fruit grows wild all over the Islands, and it's not unusual to see locals stopped by the side of the road picking up fallen fruits. At the tail end of summer here in Los Angeles, when it's almost too hot to be outside, you'll often find passion fruit at local Farmer's Markets. Whenever I see the wrinkly fruit begin to make an appearance at our neighborhood green market, I snatch up a few baskets, and savor the final few weeks of summer before pumpkins and squash edge out the tropical bounty.
2 ounces rum (the Hubs prefers vodka - it works with either)
2 ounces fresh passion fruit juice
1 tsp. agave nectar
In a small bowl or pitcher, combine the passion fruit juice and agave nectar. Mix until the agave is incorporated. If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, feel free to add more agave.
Fill one of those fancy cocktail glasses you got as a wedding gift with ice, add rum (or vodka), and passion fruit juice mixture. Top with club soda.