For this fruity rum cocktail, Miami bartender Julio Cabrera re-creates the flavors of jugo de papaya con anis, a popular weight-loss drink in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. His version here has no purported slimming effects.
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4 ounces white rum
2 ounces Simple Syrup (see Note)
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons pastis, preferably Pernod
Six 1-inch chunks of ripe papaya
2 cups ice cubes
2 tarragon sprigs, for garnish
How to Make It
In a blender, combine the rum, Simple Syrup, lime juice, pastis, papaya chunks and ice and blend until smooth. Pour into 2 large, chilled martini glasses and garnish each drink with a tarragon sprig.