I'm intrigued by the passionfruit idea. How was it?
I hope to find some Ale8One sometime, as I've pretty much run through all the ginger ales and ginger beers I can get here. I have a couple I really like, but after hearing about it from so many different people, Ale8One has achieved mythical status in my mind.
As a takeoff on the Vieux Carre, I made the following recently. I'll be tweaking ratios, but it was interesting, and a good start at something very nice.
1 oz. Saz Jr.
1 oz. Zwack barack palinka (dry apricot brandy)
1 oz. Cinzano Bianco vermouth (lots of vanilla in this)
1 tsp. maraschino liqueur
2 dashes homemade bitters
1 dash peach bitters
The barack palinka is very potently flavored, so I think WT rye would balance it better. The vanilla, apricot, and spice of the three principal ingredients are great together, with the maraschino liqueur melding the sweetness of the whiskey and the "funk" of the eau-de-vie together nicely. I'll play with the choice of whiskey, and may wind up changing proportions completely, but initially I just wanted to do something that played on the Vieux Carre idea. I'll post more when I get this just right, but there's something there.