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Old 09-09-2010, 10:02 AM   #1
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Default dafruta Passion Fruit Concentrate

One of the things I found the most difficult to find in gearing up for Tiki drinks was a good source for passion fruit purée and/or syrup. I didn't have any Latin stores anywhere near me... but finally found frozen La Fé purée, which, despite the Bum's recommendation, I didn't really like that much. Recently I have run into a Brazilian product, dafruta (all lower case on the label), and maybe you all are familiar with it, but I have found it to be much better than anything else I have ever tried. It comes in a small bottle about the size of the original Coke bottle, and is a concentrate which they intend to be mixed with water to make juice. I've been mixing the concentrate straight with standard simple syrup and I have to say, it makes a really good PFS. I keep the concentrate in the fridge and every now and then measure out a few oz's and mix with the same amount of SS. (These guys also make other concentrates, like mango and guava...). Next time I'm going to mix it with a turbinado SS, and use it in my current fave Tiki drink, The Hart of Darkness, which unfortunately is mixed up with LH151 but is worth using your supply on. Anyone else out there using dafruta?
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:50 PM   #2
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I've seen dafruta a couple of times but haven't tried it. I have to admit that I got away from processed, canned, packaged mixers but I would certainly try it if the opportunity availed itself.

You might be surprised with the turbinado sugar, it might come out a lot darker than you might expect, but give it a whirl.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:28 PM   #3
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Ed, I think you'll like it, it really has a freshness to it that anything else I have tried doesn't have. Unfortunately most of us don't have access to the real thing and have to go with whatever we can find, and this is, at least for me, the best so far. (The research continues.....). And, yes, I do have on hand, a SS from turbinado, which does come out quite dark as you say, and lovely, I might add, and offers an extra dimension in the sweet department, heading toward demerara which is why I think it would be a great sweetener for Tiki (or other) drinks with a demerara component.
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I too use the dafruta passion fruit concentrate to make some PFS. I had a recipe that called for some and wasn't sure what to use so I thought I'd try a 50/50 mix of the dafruta and SS. The drink tasted great so I've been using it ever since! It's handy to have for the exotic type of fruit juices that you can't find easily in the non-tropics.
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