Passion fruit martinis are served courtesy of Colleen Mullaney, from her book, Agatha Whiskey, a delectable and mysterious collection of cocktails and mocktails inspired by literature’s Queen of Crime.
The author of Gin Austen has created the perfect gift for mystery fans, Agatha Christie fans, amateur mixologists, and anyone who wants a fun drink to sip on all year round.
A celebration of Christie’s timeless murder mysteries, killer short stories, suspenseful plays, and unmatched characters—with cocktails that are so tantalizingly delicious, it must be a crime. See more about Agatha Whiskey featuring a Q & A with Colleen Mullaney.
Dame Agatha Christie is arguably the world’s most famous mystery writer, with over a billion copies of her books sold.
Agatha Whiskey (Skyhorse, September 2023) takes clues from Agatha’s most pivotal works of fiction and honors her most popular detectives. Featured super-sleuths are Dame Agatha herself, detective Hercule Poirot, whose sleuthing is only outdone by his magnificent mustache, and Miss Jane Marple, the sweet old maid with an uncanny knack for crime solving.
The inspiration for “Passion Fruit Martinis are Announced”
The full title of this recipe, “Passion Fruit Martinis are Announced” references Agatha’s fiftieth book, A Murder Is Announced. It’s often considered a staple of crime fiction and the best of all Miss Marple novels. Miss Marple, on holiday in nearby Medenham Wells, is ably assisted by Inspector Craddock.
The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are bursting with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette that reads, “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6:30 p.m.” Unable to resist, a crowd gathers at the appointed time.
Suddenly, the lights go out and a gunshot explodes. A novel of redemption, this story has more motives than a well-greased hinge, and no one is who they seem. If invited, would you go?
The mocktail variation
The boozy version of this cocktail is made with vodka and passion fruit liqueur; since Agatha Christie famously abstained from alcohol, Colleen thoughtfully provides a mocktail variation for each recipe.
For this one, she suggests replacing the vodka with Seedlip Grove 42 or another nonalcoholic spirit and the liqueur with Belvoir Passion Fruit Martini or another non-alcoholic passion fruit liqueur.
See also: A Jane Austen-themed Gin and Lavender Cocktail from Gin Austen by Colleen Mullaney.
- 3 ounces vodka (see mocktail variation in Notes)
- 2 ounces passion fruit liqueur
- 6 ounces passion fruit nectar
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- Fresh passion fruit slices for garnish
- In a shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, passion fruit liqueur and nectar, and lime juice. Mix until well-chilled and frothy.
- Strain into coupe glasses, garnish with passion fruit slices, and serve.
Mocktail variation: Replace the vodka with Seedlip Grove 42 or another nonalcoholic spirit and the liqueur with Belvoir Passion Fruit Martini or another non-alcoholic passion fruit liqueur. Prepare as above.
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