The past few days the weather here has been amazing. Warm, sunny, calm winds, basically exactly what you would dream up if you were casting “perfect weather” in a film. So, I’ve wanted nothing more than to be outside. This weekend we spent Saturday in San Francisco eating lunch at a restaurant right on the pier with lots of good friends. It would have been great even if the weather was crappy, but it made it that much better that we were able to wear dresses and soak up some rays. Then on Sunday we got our patio furniture all cleaned off and ready for many, many dinners outside this summer, I did some work in the garden, washed the cars, and sat basking in the sun for about an hour. All in all a perfect, sunny weekend. After I came in the house, I wanted a cold, delicious drink, and the papaya margarita was born.
Now I have to confess, in my current state I haven’t actually tried this version of the drink but my husband gives his full approval. I will also tell you that all you have to do is substitute the tequila with sparking water and you have a delicious, pregnancy-friendly version of the drink!
I have been loving papaya lately. I get mine at Trader Joe’s and they are always really good. I usually buy a couple at a time and get one more ripe and one that’s really green. That way, by the time I finish the ripe one the green one has ripened up and is ready to eat!
For this cocktail you need about 1 cup of chopped papaya – which makes 2 cocktails. A half of a large papaya should give you enough to make 6 or 8 though, so drink up!
You need to blend the papaya into a puree in a blender with 1 tablespoon of water (per 2 cups). You are left with a pretty thick puree, but don’t worry – you’ll dilute it with the tequila (if you’re lucky!)
Next, juice up 2 limes. Combine the lime juice with the papaya puree and 1 tablespoon agave syrup. Shake really well to combine. The puree should be thinner now thanks to the lime juice. Add 6-9 oz of tequila (depending on how you’re feeling!) and shake well. Pour over a cup filled with ice. Garnish with a lime slice.
This is a perfect summer drink. It’s light, refreshing, fruity, and slightly sweet. I think it will be a staple on your summer happy hour menu!
Recipe: Papaya Margarita
- Makes 2 cocktails
- 1 cup papaya chunks
- juice of 2 limes
- 1 tablespoon agave syrup
- 6 to 9 oz tequila
- lime for garnish
- Blend papaya into a puree with 1 tablespoon of water. Add juice of 2 limes and agave syrup and shake well. Add tequila and shake again.
- Fill a glass with ice and pour the shaken cocktail over (do not pour through the top holes of the cocktail shaker! You’ll lose all the papaya puree. Instead, take the top totally off and pour.)
- Garnish with a lime and enjoy!