After creating the Papaya Jalapeno Salsa, I knew there was more I could do with these ingredients that work so well together. Jumping far out of the box, I created a cocktail using all the same flavors and nearly all the same ingredients of the Salsa. Cheers!
- 1 C sugar
- 1 C water
- 1/2 ripe papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped
- juice of one lime
- 2/3 C coconut water
- 3 oz vodka (optional)
- jalapeno simple syrup (recipe follows)
- big funky cubed ice
De-stem the jalapenos, cut them in half lengthwise and de-seed. In a saucepan and over medium heat, bring the sugar, water and jalapenos to a boil. Bring the heat down and cover so they simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the jalapenos out of the syrup and allow to cool completely.
In a blender, add the papaya, lime juice, coconut water, vodka (if using) and 4 oz of the jalapeno simple syrup. Blend well and pour over ice. Enjoy.
Makes cocktails for two (or two for one!)