What is feijoa (the fruit; not feijoada, the stew) and how might I use it in a cocktail?

So, this is random, but ... I received a box from Manhattan Fruitier, containing a bottle of gin and four feijoas. It looks like an elongated lime, but apparently doesn't taste like lime. I see comments that it's also "pineapple guava" so I assume it tastes a little like pineapple and a little like guava. But I don't think of either of them as ingredients in gin cocktails. Rum, yes. Gin, not so much. So I'm puzzled.

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Panfusine June 22, 2011
How about a guava bellini..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmXKSFg2qjQ
 
Panfusine June 22, 2011
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feijoa
Judging from the photographs of the leaves & flowers, they're definitely a variety of guava..
 
christyla June 22, 2011
It's a fruit, also called pineapple guava. It grows well in coastal Southern California. They're delicious!
 
adashofbitters June 22, 2011
Kari, the rum punch sounds fantastic!

Kristen, I might ask around, thanks!
 
Kristen M. June 22, 2011
I was surprised to find out that Boston's Drink bar uses maple syrup with gin cocktails a lot -- maybe that would be the missing link.
 
Kari J. June 22, 2011
Ack! Answered without reading all the way through! Scatterbrained today.

For gin, i'd muddle with some sugar, and shake shake shake - no guarantees though, it might be a total miss!
 
Kari J. June 22, 2011
They go by many names - but I believe they're most known in the states as guavasteen.

For cocktails, i'd let them get really ripe, then muddle/juice them with some pineapple, passion fruit juice, dark rum and a dash or two of my summer favorite - Bittermen's Tiki Bitters - for a killer rum punch!
 
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