If you’ve read this blog for any length of time or looked at the About page, you’ll know that I am originally Scottish currently living in the US, with an American other-half. I also worked with the US and spent a few months in NYC before meeting my husband so was aware of many of the language differences between the US and UK, but I have to say we do still find new ones. Lemonade was an early one I came across – lemonade in the US being a non-carbonated drink made typically with lemon juice, sugar and water, while in the UK it would mean carbonated drinks such as sprite or seven up. This papaya lemonade is a variation on the US classic – it’s fresh and mildly fruity; absolutely perfect for the summer. And really easy to make as well.
In case you are wondering, what would be called lemonade in the US would be either still lemonade or given the French name ‘citron pressé’ in the UK. It doesn’t have the same nostalgic selling-on-your-doorstep association as it does in the US, nor is it as popular. Although I do have memories of having citron pressé in France as a child and trying to add as little sugar as possible. Clearly my taste for not-too-sweet started young! I have to admit I hadn’t really seen variations on your basic US-style lemonade until very recently, but those I saw made me want to try my own.
Today’s Foodie Extravaganza theme of lemonade for national lemonade day seemed a perfect excuse. Given our recent warm weather I knew I wanted to make something refreshing and the mellow but fragrantly fresh flavor of papaya seemed a great match. A little cilantro/coriander in there as well gives an extra herby freshness that made this papaya lemonade an instant hit with all of us.
This papaya lemonade is really easy, as you just throw everything into the blender. It’s also a little healthier than many versions as it’s made with honey and not much either. It does mean it’s relatively tart so if you prefer it a little sweeter then add a bit more, but personally I find it really refreshing as it is in the recipe below. This papaya lemonade would also be great with some rum added for a refreshing summer cocktail, or add whatever your favorite spirit is – it’s got the sort of flavors that would be a great with many spirits.
However you enjoy it, this papaya lemonade is easy, refreshing and so delicious it’s a fantastic drink to cool you down and perk you up on a warm day. So grab the ingredients and enjoy.
A fruity variation on lemonade, with a dash of herbs - refreshing (and a great base for a cocktail, too).
- 1/2 cup papaya chunks 100g (quantity with skin and seeds removed)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice 60ml (approx 1 lemon)
- 3/4 cup water 180ml
- 2 stems cilantro/coriander leaves only
- 2 tsp honey (or more to taste)
Put everything in the blender and blend until combined - you may need to stir a little after by hand to ensure the honey is mixed through rather than sinking to the bottom.
Serve over ice and enjoy.
Try these other refreshing drinks:
See more lemonade-themed ideas for this month’s Foodie Extravaganza below – thanks to Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook for hosting. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you’re a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.
- Dairy-Free Frosted Lemonade by Cookaholic Wife
- Frosty Raw Strawberry Lemonade by Fearlessly Creative Mammas
- Honey Mint Lemonade by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Lemony White Sangria by Hardly A Goddess
- Papaya Lemonade (or cocktail!) by Caroline’s Cooking
- Peachy Lemonade by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pineapple Pink Lemonade Shaved Ice by Food Lust People Love
- Shikanji (Indian Lemonade) by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Sparkling Apple and Watermelon Lemonade Spritzers by Sneha’s Recipe
- Sparkling Blue Basil Lemonade by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Sparkling Milk Lemonade by Our Good Life