Papaya Smash Recipe

Tequila Avion's Papaya Smash Cocktail
Get your muddler ready, the Papaya Smash is a tequila cocktail you can't miss. Kyle Rothenborg/Perspectives/Getty Images
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail

The Papaya Smash is an easy and delightful cocktail with a hint of margarita to it. The anejo tequila from Avion is an excellent base that plays nicely with fresh papaya and Aperol is the orange liqueur of choice here, which brings in both sweet and bitter flavors.

What I really enjoy about this drink is the papaya-tequila pairing. The fruit is not one of the most common cocktail ingredients, which is a shame, as this cocktail proves that it deserves more attention than it gets.

What You'll Need

  • 1 slice of fresh papaya
  • 3/4 ounce agave nectar
  • 1 1/4 ounces Avión Añejo Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Aperol
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Garnish: fresh papaya

How to Make It

  • Add a slice of fresh papaya and agave nectar to a mixing glass.
  • Muddle to release the papaya flavor.
  • Combine ingredients in shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  • Strain over ice, and garnish with a fresh slice of papaya.

Recipe Courtesy: Avión Tequila