Papaya Passion Cocktail Recipe

Jump to Recipe ⬇️

Papaya Passion Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:14

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Papaya Passion is a tropical cocktail that was born in the Caribbean. It's a favorite among those who enjoy fruity and refreshing drinks. The combination of papaya, lime, and rum captures the essence of a sunny beach vacation.

  • Origin: Caribbean
  • Preferred by: Fruit lovers, Beach vacationers
  • Taste Profile: Fruity, Refreshing, Tropical

How Papaya Passion Tastes?

The Papaya Passion is a sweet and slightly tangy cocktail with a strong fruity flavor. The sweetness of the papaya is balanced by the tartness of the lime, while the rum adds a warm, smooth finish.

Interesting facts about Papaya Passion

  • The Papaya Passion is a great source of vitamin C thanks to the fresh papaya and lime.
  • The cocktail is often served in a hurricane glass to showcase its vibrant color.
  • Despite its sweet taste, the Papaya Passion is relatively low in calories.


  • Papaya: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lime juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • White rum: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Mint leaves: For garnish

Papaya: 2oz

  • Why?: The main attraction! Papaya adds a sweet, tropical flavor that is hard to replicate with any other fruit.
  • No Papaya, No Party: Without it, you'd lose the 'Papaya' in 'Papaya Passion' and the cocktail's fruity backbone.
  • Alternatives: Mango could step in, but expect a different tropical twist.

Emma Rose

Lime Juice: 1oz

  • Why 'Sour Hour'?: Brightness! Lime juice brings balance to the sweetness of the papaya and adds a zesty kick.
  • No Lime, Dull Time: Without lime, the drink becomes overly sweet and flat.
  • Alternatives: Lemon juice could pinch-hit, bringing a different kind of citrus note.

Mary Mitkina

White Rum: 1.5oz

  • The Spirit of the Party: It offers a boozy kick without overpowering the delicate flavors of the papaya.
  • A Sober Twist: Skipping rum leaves you with a virgin smoothie - tasty, but not a cocktail.
  • Alternatives: Try a light agave spirit like blanco tequila for an herbaceous change-up.

Alex Green

Simple Syrup: 0.5oz

  • Sweet Spot: Adds just enough sweetness to balance out the acidity of the lime juice.
  • Less Sweet, More Tart: Too little and the lime's tartness takes over; too much and it's a sugar rush.
  • Alternatives: Agave syrup or honey can offer a richer, more complex sweetness.

Emma Rose

Ice Cubes

  • Chill Factor: Necessary to keep the drink cool and refreshing.
  • No Ice, No Dice: Warm cocktails? No thanks. The ice also helps to dilute the drink just a tad.
  • Alternatives: Crushed ice for a slushier texture.

Mary Mitkina

Mint Leaves: For Garnish

  • The Final Touch: A sprig of mint adds a hit of freshness and makes the presentation pop.
  • Without It?: The drink still tastes great, but it's like a cake without icing.
  • Alternatives: Basil could add an interesting herby twist.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Papaya Passion Drink

  1. Prepare the Glass: Chill a hurricane glass.
  2. Blend the Ingredients: In a blender, combine the papaya, lime juice, rum, and simple syrup. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve: Pour the mixture into the chilled glass. Add ice cubes.
  4. Garnish: Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh papaya for the best flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of simple syrup to taste.
  • Chill the glass in advance for a more refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled shrimp: The sweetness of the grilled shrimp can complement the fruity flavor of the Papaya Passion. Pair with mango salsa for a tropical flair.

Spicy Dishes

  • Jerk Chicken: The fruity and refreshing qualities of the Papaya Passion cocktail help to balance out the heat and spices in jerk seasoning.

Light Salads

  • Mango and Avocado Salad: A salad with a sweet profile can enhance the tropical notes of the cocktail.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The zesty tang of lemon sorbet pairs well with the citrusy notes of the lime juice in the cocktail.

🍹 Discover the Top 50 All-Time Recipes! 🍹

Enter your email, and we'll send the exclusive list straight to your inbox.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously

What you could change in Papaya Passion

  • Papaya: Can be substituted with mango or peach.
  • White Rum: Can be replaced with vodka or tequila for a different flavor profile.

Explore all drinks starting with P here

And of course - twists🍹

Spicy Papaya Passion

  • Ingredients: Add a small slice of jalapeño or a dash of cayenne pepper.
  • Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño slice with lime juice before blending. Or, sprinkle the cayenne pepper into the blend.
  • Taste Change: It'll add a warm, spicy kick that surprisingly complements the sweet papaya.
  • Why the Twist?: For those who like a little heat with their sweet!

Papaya Passion Spritz

  • Ingredients: Top with sparkling water or club soda.
  • Recipe: After blending, pour the mixture into the glass and top with sparkling water.
  • Taste Change: Adds a refreshing effervescence that lightens the drink.
  • Why the Twist?: Perfect for those looking for a longer, more sippable drink.

Herbal Papaya Passion

  • Ingredients: Add basil leaves or cilantro instead of mint.
  • Recipe: Blend the papaya with basil or cilantro, then strain if desired.
  • Taste Change: Introduces a new herbaceous dimension to the tropical flavors.
  • Why the Twist?: Great for those who want a more savory edge to their cocktail.

In case you forgot basics how to make Papaya Passion

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

Learn everything about simple syrup

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

Learn everything on garnishing

Find the cocktail you'd love!

If you want to drink something else - you can use our AI-augmented search to find the best cocktail for you!
Completely free!

Frequently Asked Questions on Papaya Passion

Can I use any other fruit juice if I don't have lime juice?

Yes, you can use lemon juice as a substitute for lime juice.

What's the difference between white rum and other types of rum?

White rum is typically a light-bodied variant with a subtle sweetness. It is the most commonly used rum in cocktails. Dark rum is used in certain types of cocktails and is often consumed straight.

What is the recommended serving temperature?

The Papaya Passion cocktail is best enjoyed cold. It's recommended to serve it just above freezing temperature.

How else can I garnish this cocktail?

You can also garnish this cocktail with a slice of papaya or a wheel of lime.

What can I pair this cocktail with?

The Papaya Passion pairs well with tropical or seafood dishes.

More similar recipes to Papaya Passion!

Explore new cocktails you'd love!

Please rate this recipe