When it comes to margaritas it’s simple really – fresh fruit and good tequila.
The tequila in this margarita is a top of the line tequila called El Mayor. I selected añejo, which is aged for 18 to 36 months and smooth enough for slow sipping.
The flavor of this tequila is very mild with a sweet hint of caramel and combines beautifully with tropical fruits.
The Brazilian papaya has a beautiful sunny orange hue and thanks to its delicate taste, the papaya is an ideal ingredient for cocktails.
This exotic tropical papaya margarita is cool, refreshing, and loaded with citrus juices. The jalapeño slices give a slight zing. The rim is sweet with honey and tangy and spicy with a salty, chile powder-rim.
The rim on this cocktail reminded me of my favorite Mexican chili mango lollipops and transported me to an exotic paradise.
I was so excited to finally fill up my vintage silver glasses I found at a thrift store. They kept the margaritas very cold similar to copper cups for a Moscow mule.
The ice did not melt and the papaya margaritas on the rocks were never watered down. I have a feeling these glasses will be filled with many more margaritas to come this summer.
- 1 small Brazilian papaya halved and seeded
- 1 large orange juiced
- 2 large limes juiced
- 1 tablespoon honey plus additional for glass rims
- ½ cup El Mayor Añejo tequila
- Jalapeño slices optional
- Star fruit optional
- Rub honey around the rim of glasses. Pour some Tajin out onto a plate, and rub the rim of the glasses in the powder to coat.
- Scrape papaya flesh into a blender and add fresh orange and lime juice. Add honey and tequila and purée until smooth.
- In a shaker add crushed ice, papaya puree, and shake to mix.
- Strain drink into rimmed glasses filled with crushed ice.
- Garnish with jalapeño slices and star fruit (if using).
Photography by Jenna Sparks
This post is in partnership with El Mayor. As always, thank you for reading and for supporting companies I partner with, which allows me to create more unique content and recipes for you. All opinions are always my own.