Mango! We adore our sweet and creamy mango lassi, spiked with cardamom, but we hadn't thought about a mango cocktail. Then we received this recipe from the National Mango Board.
They developed this cocktail with mixologist and Iron Chef America champion Tony Abou-Ganim, and it's a blend of mango and vodka -- perfect for a party but especially good for summer.
The Sweet Escape
1 ounce fresh mango puree – made with fresh mango*
1 1/2 ounce vodka
1 ounce fresh lemon juice**
1 ounce simple syrup ***
2 ounces chilled soda water
Mango slices (fan) & lemon spiral for garnish
In a mixing glass add fresh mango puree, vodka, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup; add ice and shake until well blended. Strain into a ice filled Collins glass and spritz with chilled soda water. Garnish with a fan of mango slices and a spiral of lemon.
* Fresh Mango Puree: One medium-sized mango = 1 cup diced = 1/2 cup puree.
** Fresh Lemon Juice: 1 medium-sized lemon = approx 2 ounces juice
*** Simple Syrup: Mix a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar; bring water to a boil, add sugar to dissolve, and cool. You can see a complete recipe here: DIY Simple Syrup
(Image: The Mango Board)