|Lilikoi Lani's front lanai overlooking tropical gardens|
Our hostess was the home's lovely owner ~ Colleen. She graciously shared tropical treasures from the trees which surround the home and give the property it's name ~ the Lilikoi. You may know this delicacy by another name: Passionfruit. Rich in fiber, vitamin A and iron, the lilikoi or passionfruit is full of health benefits and antioxidants.
This exotic fruit is quintessentially Hawaiian: tangy, sweet, abundantly found on vines threading their way through guava or lime trees, and used in a variety of delicious ways including baked goods, fruit butter, syrup, ice cream and marinade for meats. And ~ last but not least ~ our current favorite application: refreshing adult beverages.
We'd hardly walked through the door at the House of Good Living before Greg was going all ninja on three beautiful yellow lilikoi (lilikoius?). It was easy to determine which fruit were ripest; all it took was a shake to tell if the flesh was at it's juiciest, jiggliest stage and then off went its head. Greg stirred up the contents (a blend of citrus-flavored flesh and floral-scented juice with digestible seeds) before adding a shot of martini-quality gin to one, margarita-making tequila to another and rum to the last. Each drowned fruit then went into the freezer for an hour before re-emerging as single-serving lilikoi shots, organic style. The result: fresh squeezed deliciousness in nature's own packaging.
|3 drunken fruits|