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10 Must-Try Papaya Drinks

I’ve explored the best ways to mix papaya into cocktails, focusing on refreshing and simple recipes. My favorites blend papaya’s sweet flavor with ingredients like lime, mint, and rum, creating drinks that are perfect for summer days. I love serving these because the papaya not only tastes amazing but also adds a beautiful color to any drink. The natural sweetness of papaya means less added sugar, making for a healthier option that doesn’t skimp on flavor. For anyone looking to bring a tropical vibe to their bar menu, I highly recommend this roundup of papaya cocktails.

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Papaya Margarita

Papaya Margarita
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Papaya margaritas combine delicious flavors of orange, papaya, and lime to create a citrusy sweet cocktail. The easily blended drink uses tequila and honey to create a sweet alcohol kick, while Tajin brings in a little tangy heat to contrast with all the sugary sweetness. This is a drink I love to share, as it makes up to four servings!


Papaya Rum Punch

Papaya Rum Punch
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Papaya rum punch has a refreshing zing with its combination of papaya juice, orange juice, white rum, triple sec, simple syrup, and bubbly club soda. Simply mix it all, and the resulting papaya drink has a bright orange hue and is bursting with tropical flavors. I love the contrast of sweetness, tangy citrus, and carbonation.


Papaya Daiquiris

Papaya Daiquiris
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If you’re looking for an icy frozen drink, the papaya daiquiri is for you! It combines flavors of papaya, lime, and simple syrup, along with delicious white rum. It requires a little time to blend with ice, but it’s worth it! The result is a sweet, cold papaya drink with a little citrus zing, which I love. Be sure to share the other three servings!


Papaya Mandarin Rum Cocktail

Papaya Mandarin rum cocktail
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If you’re a fan of citrus, try out this simple shaken papaya mandarin rum cocktail recipe. It makes two servings with its combination of papaya puree, zesty sweet mandarin juice, lime juice, bubbly tonic water, orange bitters, and rum. It also has a little syrup and sliced jalapenos for some bold, spicy flavors and a hint of sweetness. You can leave the jalapenos out, but I love the spicy kick!


Papaya Smash Cocktail

Papaya Smash Cocktail
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The papaya smash cocktail is the best papaya drink for poolside sipping. It’s a tropical vacation in a glass with its use of papaya pieces, coconut rum, triple sec, and sweet pineapple juice. The best part is that it’s frozen! So, get your blender, blend for under a minute, and enjoy this deliciously sweet, nutty cocktail.


Papaya Piña Colada

Papaya Piña Colada
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Piña coladas are a summertime favorite, but adding papaya steps them up a notch! This easily blended drink combines papaya, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, coconut rum, lime juice, and ice in a blender for a tasty frozen treat. I love the beautiful peach color it has, along with the extra melon-like sweetness that the papaya brings.


Mango and Papaya Swizzle

Mango and Papaya Swizzle
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The shaken mango and papaya swizzle brings in refreshing flavors of papaya, mango, lime juice, sweet grenadine, and basil. It uses tequila, Cocchi Americano Rosa, and Angostura bitters for alcohol. With this combination, you’ll get earthy, spicy, sweet, and fruity notes from this muddled drink. I love the tropical vibe it gives.


Spicy Papaya Tequila Cocktail

Spicy Papaya Tequila Cocktail
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If you like your cocktails to have a little heat, try out this spicy papaya tequila cocktail! Enjoy flavors of fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, and tequila. It also uses muddled papaya for a sophisticated cocktail, which can take a little time. Don’t forget to garnish with jalapenos for a spicy kick. I love how the spice and citrus contrast to create a burst of flavor.


Frozen Papaya Margarita

Frozen Papaya Margarita
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This easy frozen papaya margarita combines Cointreau, tequila, lime juice, papaya, and ice. It takes just a few minutes to blend and then you can garnish it with jalapenos or leave it plain. The resulting papaya drink is a sweet, bitter, and citrusy cocktail. I love the refreshing zip it leaves behind.


Caribbean Red Papaya Punch

Caribbean Red Papaya Punch
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This Caribbean red papaya punch is the perfect thing to serve at parties, as each batch makes 12 drinks, and all you have to do is shake it up! Everyone will enjoy this delicious drink with its combination of papaya, lime juice, agave, water, rum, and your choice of sparkling wine or club soda. This tropical punch is easy to make with a blender and tastes like a sweet, fruity paradise in a glass!


A Frozen Papaya Margarita in a chilled margarita glass, showcased on a sunny poolside table. The cocktail is a vibrant orange color, indicative of the blended ripe papaya, mixed with tequila, lime juice, and a touch of orange liqueur, creating a frosty and inviting appearance. The glass rim is coated with salt, adding to the margarita's classic look. A slice of papaya or a lime wedge serves as garnish. The glass is elegant and frosty, complementing the drink's cool and refreshing nature. The background features a relaxing poolside scene with lounge chairs, umbrellas, and a clear blue pool, enhancing the summery and vacation vibe of the Frozen Papaya Margarita.

10 Papaya Drink Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.8 from 4 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: papaya drinks
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Enjoy the tropical taste of papaya in your cocktails with our easy recipes. Perfect for summer! Click to discover.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

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In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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