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Passion Fruit Iced Tea

June 8, 2024

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Combine cool, refreshing iced tea with tangy, tropical passion fruit, and you have the perfect drink to beat the summer heat. Not only is this passion fruit iced tea incredibly delicious, it's also easy to make with just four simple ingredients.

Two glasses of passion fruit tea and a pitcher on a tray, surrounded by mint sprigs, ice, and passion fruit.

I was first introduced to passion fruit tea here in Taiwan, at a local coffee shop. Fruit tea, milk tea, and of course boba tea are all very popular here, but passion fruit iced tea might be my favorite.

Now that the weather is heating up, it's the perfect time to break out the pitcher and brew up some fruity tea. This recipe is super easy, and it's flexible too. See the next section for substitution suggestions.

The ingredients for passion fruit iced tea, labeled.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

Water: For the best taste and quality, I recommend using filtered water.

Black tea bags: I used local Taiwanese Sun Moon Lake black tea; but you can use any high-quality black tea that you like the flavor of. You could also substitute green tea or oolong tea, if desired. Both green tea and oolong tea have a lighter color and slightly less caffeine than black tea.

To use loose-leaf tea instead of tea bags, use about 1/2 tablespoon (6 grams) of tea with a tea infuser.

Vegan Granulated Sugar: To keep this recipe vegan, choose a vegan brand of sugar (organic sugars are all vegan in the US). The amount of sugar you use is a personal choice; 1/4 cup is sweet, but not too sweet. Since passion fruit is tart, you may want to use more sugar than you would in plain tea.

You could also substitute with another sweetener like agave, stevia, or coconut sugar.

Passion fruit pulp: If you're using fresh passion fruit, cut the fruits in half, then use a spoon to scoop out the pulp.

You could also use frozen passion fruit pulp or puree, just defrost it first. (For puree without seeds, reduce the amount to 1/2 cup or 125 grams).

If you prefer your tea without seeds, use a sieve to strain your tea before serving.

A close-up view of a glass of passion fruit iced tea, garnished with mint.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find passion fruit or frozen passion fruit pulp? In the United States, grocery stores that carry tropical fruits often have passion fruit in the produce section (Whole Foods and other organic grocers frequently carry it). These types of grocers may also carry frozen passion fruit pulp or puree in their frozen fruit section. Grocery stores with well-stocked Latin sections are also likely to carry frozen pulp, labeled as maracuya (the Spanish name for passion fruit).

How do I choose fresh passion fruit? Passion fruit is ripe when its skin turns wrinkly. Look for fruits that are heavy for their size, as those will contain more pulp.

Can I make this tea ahead of time? Yes, after mixing in the second part of water (hold the passion fruit pulp), allow the tea to cool a bit, then refrigerate it. When ready to serve, add the passion fruit pulp, use a wooden spoon to stir, then pour over ice. For best flavor, serve the tea within 24 hours of brewing it.

How do I store leftovers? Keep leftover tea in an airtight pitcher or other container in the refrigerator. While it's best served fresh (within 24 hours), it will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Two glasses of passion fruit iced tea with some ice and passion fruit halves to the sides.

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Passion Fruit Iced Tea

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Yieldabout 4 cups or 950 mL

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time5 minutes

Total Time15 minutes


  • 3 cup water, divided
  • 3 black tea bags
  • 1/4 cup vegan granulated sugar (to taste)
  • 3/4 cup passion fruit pulp (from about 4-5 fruits)
  • ice
  • mint sprig, for garnish (optional)


  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add your tea bags and allow the tea to steep for 3-4 minutes.

    Tea bags brewing in a pot of boiled water.
  2. Remove the tea bags, then add your sugar and whisk until it’s completely dissolved.

  3. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of room-temperature water to cool the tea, then add passion fruit pulp to the tea and stir well.

  4. Add ice to your serving glasses, then pour the tea over ice and garnish with a mint sprig (if desired, and serve immediately.

    Pouring passion fruit tea into a glass over ice.

Notes & Hints

Leftover tea can be kept in an airtight pitcher in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

The tea may settle after sitting for a while, so I recommend using a wooden spoon to stir it before pouring the tea.

Be sure to remove your tea bags promptly after 3-4 minutes to keep your tea from becoming bitter.

See the blog post for information on how to use loose leaf tea in this recipe, how to cut passion fruit, etc.

If you prefer not to have seeds in your tea, you can use a sieve to strain the tea after step 3.

Nutrition Data

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe; Calories: 93Fat: 0 g.; Saturated Fat: 0 g.; Cholesterol: 0 mg.; Sodium: 13 mg.; Carbohydrates: 23 g.; Fiber: 5 g.; Sugar: 17 g.; Protein: 1 g.; Vitamin A: 30 mcg. RAE; Vitamin B12: 0 mcg.; Vitamin C: 14 mg.; Vitamin D: 0 mcg.; Calcium: 6 mg.; Iron: 1 mg.; Potassium: 193 mg.; Zinc: 0 mg.

Note: This data should be used only as an estimate. Please see the nutrition section of my terms and conditions for more information on how this data is calculated.

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