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Tropical Papaya Jalapeño Refresher + HP Sprout

Tropical Papaya Jalapeno Refresher -- A spicy papaya cocktail with tequila, coconut water, and lime |wearenotmartha.com

Guys, it’s like tropical here. Seriously. Today is going to be 46 degrees (allegedly) and Wednesday, it’s going to hit 54 (allegedly). Could it be that spring is in the air? I mean, I’m totally ignoring the two snowflakes that are showing up on my weather app for next Saturday and Sunday because they deserve to be ignored. Let’s just talk about the serious snow melting that’s going to be happening here.  I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to slush so much in my life (well, aside from blue vanilla and/or root beer Richie’s Slush, but that’s a whole other thing all together).

So, what made me buy a papaya at the grocery store? Well, I saw that papayas were on sale in the week’s circular. Yes, I read the circular for my local grocery store because I like to know what’s on sale and sometimes it inspires my meal planning for the week. No, I’m not 80 years old. I’ve never bought a papaya before, but I figured it would make for a glorious cocktail that would help celebrate the end of winter or perhaps somehow forcibly push winter out of New England.

I decided to spend a little time playing around with my brand new HP Sprout while I was whipping up the cocktail. Have you seen the Sprout yet? Collectively and HP recently sent me this amazing new computer and I’ve been having a blast getting all creative with it. What is Sprout? It’s a fully functioning PC that is also a “creativity station.” It can scan 3D images, which is what I did here. I cut my papaya in half, placed it on the touch mat, and had the sprout photograph and scan it.

Papaya on HP Sprout|wearenotmartha.com

That isn’t the actual papaya on the mat… It’s a photo of it! Pretty awesome, right? I can’t get over how cool it looks.

Papaya on HP Sprout|wearenotmartha.com

I actually took my whole ingredient photo on the Sprout. All of the ingredients below were scanned in. Also, I haven’t written in cursive in a really long time and clearly need to practice (just kidding, I was never good at cursive… my penmanship was always brought up at parent-teacher conferences).

Papaya Cocktail Ingredients on HP Sprout|wearenotmartha.com

The one thing the Sprout can’t do is actually make the cocktail (imagine??? Some day!), so I did that part myself.

I made the simple syrup first since it needs time to cool. If you’re smart, you’ll always keep a little jar of jalapeño simple syrup in your fridge because it works perfectly in pretty much any cocktail you can imagine.

To make, in a medium saucepan, combine 1 C sugar, 1 C water, and10 slices jalapeño. Bring to a boil over high heat and then lower heat to simmer. Let simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Strain the mixture into a bowl or jar. If you want extra spiciness, you can leave the jalapeño slices in the jar to marinate some more. Let the simple syrup cool completely.

Jalapeño Simple Syrup |wearenotmartha.com

I halved, peeled, and seeded the papaya and then chopped it up one half.

Chopped Papaya |wearenotmartha.com

And then I threw them in the blender with 1 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/2 C coconut water, 2 oz. jalapeño simple syrup, and 4 oz. tequila. Blend away!!

Papaya Juice |wearenotmartha.com

I poured the cocktail into two ice filled glasses and garnished with a little lime zest and an extra jalapeño slice.

Tropical Papaya Jalapeno Refresher -- A spicy papaya cocktail with tequila, coconut water, and lime |wearenotmartha.com

It’s a legit tropical vacation. Considering it was light out until 6:30, I’m considering it practically summer up in here. Until I look out the window and see the serious mountains of snow that don’t look like they’re going anywhere soon. Take another sip and think 54 degrees. 54 degrees. Does that mean I can ditch the snow boots and leggings under jeans?

Tropical Papaya Jalapeno Refresher -- A spicy papaya cocktail with tequila, coconut water, and lime |wearenotmartha.com

In all seriousness, this cocktail did help me feel a little bit more spring-like. And that certainly won’t be the last papaya I purchase. I love its buttery tropical taste, which made for an ultra smooth, slightly thick cocktail. Hooray for the jalapeño simple syrup being the prefect complement to the fruitiness. I can definitely see myself sipping on this while sitting on my deck in the sun. Remember those days?? Kind of?? Maybe…

Tropical Papaya Jalapeno Refresher -- A spicy papaya cocktail with tequila, coconut water, and lime |wearenotmartha.com

Did you know that Christopher Columbus called papayas the “fruit of the angels”? I totally get why. It’s a not very attractive green fruit that has such a stunning shade of flesh inside. But i bet Columbus never had a Tropical Papaya Jalapeño Refresher. Poor guy.

Tropical Papaya Jalapeno Refresher -- A spicy papaya cocktail with tequila, coconut water, and lime |wearenotmartha.com

I took a photo of my final cocktail on my Sprout and am loving how realistic it ended up looking. I have a couple other fun projects with the HP Sprout I’ll be showing you soon!

Tropical Papaya Refresher on HP Sprout|wearenotmartha.com

Have you prepared papaya at home before? What did you make?

Tropical Papaya Jalapeño Refresher
A buttery smooth cocktail that's slightly sweet and slightly spicy, will leave you feeling like you're on a tropical vacation.
Course: Drinks
Servings: 2
Author: We are not Martha
  • 1/2 papaya peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 C coconut water
  • 2 oz. jalapeño simple syrup see recipe below
  • 4 oz. tequila
  • Ice
Jalapeño Simple Syrup:
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C water
  • 10 slices jalapeño
  1. Put chopped papaya, freshly squeezed lime juice, coconut water, jalapeño simple syrup, and tequila in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Divide drink between two ice-filled glasses.
  3. Garnish with lime zest and jalapeño slice, if desired.
Jalapeño Simple Syrup:
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, and jalapeño sliced. Bring to a boil over high heat and then lower heat to simmer.
  2. Let simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture into a bowl or jar.
  4. Let the simple syrup cool completely.


Full disclosure: This post was sponsored by HP Sprout and Collectively, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

17 Responses to "Tropical Papaya Jalapeño Refresher + HP Sprout"

  1. Chris says:

    I could use another one of those jalapeño cocktails this morning (don’t judge). It’s Monday after all. So delicious!

  2. Chris says:

    PS Sprout Selfies?

  3. Seriously, yesterday practically felt like summer when it hit 48 degrees with the sun out! Go and figure…. And yes please to sweet and spicy cocktails always!

  4. This is such a creative drink, Sues! I love the jalapeno simple syrup in here, so creative! And I love anything with papayas, too. Sounds so refreshing!

  5. In the Philippines, we just eat papaya plain as a dessert. I like it chilled 🙂 The HP Sprout looks very cool!

  6. Monica says:

    How fun! And a papaya refresher is just the thing right now. It feels almost warm today!! Spring is coming. Let’s toast to that!

  7. Odetta says:

    What a cool computer! So futuristic! Drinking that cocktail while doing computer work sounds like a great night!

  8. Cool computer and cool recipe! Love the touch of the jalapeno 🙂

  9. Deanna Segrave-Daly says:

    Such cool graphics and I can’t get over the color of this drink – gorgeous!! I love papaya yet I rarely buy it (why is that??)

  10. What a beautiful, refreshing and flavorful drink! I love papaya and definitely need to check out the sprout!

  11. Could spring really be on the way? You have my hopes soaring! This cocktail sounds super delish, and I love the ingredients picture, it’s so beautiful!!

  12. I must try and drink my papaya with something interesting. I usually just eat them plain. I so love how the sprout works 🙂

  13. I am so jealous! It snowed yesterday 🙁 But I just bought some jalapenos, so I should just pretend it’s warmer and make this!

  14. Joanne says:

    I’m totally convinced that spring is here…please don’t tell me otherwise! Love what you’re doing with your Sprout…I’ve been lazy about using mine, but it really does do great things! The sweet and spicy in this is exactly what I love in a cocktail.

  15. wow! cool drink! i need summer badly! 😉

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