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Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca

Perfect for warm-weather sipping, this refreshing cocktail combines papaya and fresh lime juice with tequila and Grand Marnier.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups water
  • 5 cups chopped papaya, plus cubes for garnish
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, plus 6 to 8 lime wedges for garnish
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups gold tequila
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • Ice cubes as needed

Directions:

In a blender, working in batches, combine the water, chopped papaya, lime juice and sugar. Blend on high speed until the mixture is completely liquid and frothy.

Transfer the papaya mixture to a pitcher. Add the tequila and Grand Marnier and stir to combine.

Fill 6 to 8 glasses with ice cubes. Pour the agua fresca into the glasses. Garnish each with a lime wedge and a cocktail skewer of papaya cubes. Serves 6 to 8.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends, by Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm (Oxmoor House, 2008).