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This fruity papaya rum punch cocktail is the best tropical summer cocktail. Made with fresh papaya, orange juice, triple sec and rum. Topped off with club soda for a bit of fizz.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This papaya cocktail is a unique & creative cocktail recipe that will impress guests.
- It is a refreshing and tropical inspired cocktail that is perfect for summertime.
- It is made with fresh papaya juice and is a great way to use up any leftover papaya fruit before it goes bad.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Papaya: For the freshest flavor, use fresh papaya to make the papaya juice. However, if papaya is not in season, you can use store bought papaya juice or nectar instead. You can also use mango nectar or pineapple nectar as a substitute if needed.
- Rum: This cocktail works best with any type of white rum. For a sweeter, coconut flavor, you can use Malibu rum. As a rum substitute, use tequila, gin or vodka.
- Triple Sec: You can replace the Triple Sec with any type of orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
- Orange Juice: Use freshly squeezed orange juice if you have fresh oranges. Otherwise, use a high quality store bought orange juice without pulp.
- Simple Syrup: Making your own simple syrup at home is the cheapest option. However, you can also use store bought simple syrup if you prefer.
- Club Soda: Club soda adds some fizziness to the cocktail. Use Perrier or tonic water as a substitute.
- Using a juicer is the easiest way to make fresh papaya juice. However, if you don’t have a juicer, you can use a blender and a fine mesh strainer instead.
- A cocktail shaker to shake the cocktail in.
- Lowball cocktail glasses to serve the rum punch in. If you are serving the cocktail for a barbecue or pool party, use plastic cocktail glasses or insulated tumblers.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Pass the papaya chunks through a juicer to extract the papaya juice.
Step 2: Add the papaya juice, orange juice, rum, triple sec and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds until the outside of the shaker is frosted.
Step 3: Strain and pour into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and serve.
- Experiment with unique cocktail glasses. Since this papaya cocktail has such a unique flavor as well as color, try serving it in a unique cocktail glass if you are making it for guests.
- Chill your cocktail glasses. For the most refreshing drink, chill the cocktail glasses in the fridge or freezer before serving.
- Use a flavored simple syrup. For a flavor variation, replace the regular simple syrup with a flavored one, such as this banana syrup, this peach syrup, this raspberry syrup or this strawberry syrup.
Yes. If you don’t have a juicer, blend the papaya chunks in a blender until smooth. Then, pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any pulp.
To make your own simple syrup, heat equal amounts of water and granulated sugar (for example, 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar) together in a saucepan over medium heat. Continue to heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has fully dissolved. Remove the syrup from the stove and let it cool to room temperature before using.