Griddled papaya caipirinha

  • 1 papaya, peeled and cut in 2.5cm slices, seeds saved for garnish
  • 30ml extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 tbsp unrefined sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • 60ml cachaca
  • Mint sprig
  • Papaya seeds
1) Preheat a griddle to high. Brush the papaya slices with olive oil and griddle for 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and cut the papaya into large chunks.

2) Fill 2 bucket glasses each with 4 pieces of lime, griddled papaya chunks, 1 tbsp of unrefined sugar, and then muddle the ingredients.

3) Wrap whole ice cubes in a kitchen towel and pound the ice with a rolling pin, cocktail muddler, or heavy pan to create crushed ice.

4) Fill the glasses with crushed ice and add 30ml of cachaca to each glass. Using a bar spoon, give all the ingredients a few spins and add additional crushed ice. Garnish each drink with 1 slice of grilled papaya, a mint sprig, and several papaya seeds.

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