Mango mango mango!
by Sheila Swerling-Puritt
The mango is known in some circles as the Queen of exotic fruit, but most Canadians don't know just how popular this heady luscious tropical gem is around the world: would you believe three times as many mangos are consumed as the ubiquitous banana, and ten mangoes are eaten for every apple?!
This distant relative of cashews and pistachio nuts began its conquest of the culinary world in south-east Asia, but is now cultivated and consumed in India, South America, Africa and North America. It turns up in various dishes, as juice and in snacks.
It was inevitable that mango would become an important agent in flavouring spirits. It currently appears in line extensions of vodka, tequila, rum and other distillates. Absolut Mango, a versatile and mixable product made from ripe mangoes with no sweeteners or other additives, has been introduced to international markets, starting with a Canadian launch.
Here are some simple luscious drinks to delight your friends and show off what this new mango-flavoured vodka can do:
- 1 part Absolut Mango
- Apple juice
- Build over ice in a tall glass.
- Garnish with a fresh mango wedge.
Palm Springs Splash
- 1½ oz. Absolut Mango
- 5 mint leaves, torn
- Juice of 1/8 fresh lime
- 2 oz. cranberry juice
- 2 oz. 7-up
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add vodka, lime juice, mint, cranberry juice.
- Shake and strain into Collins glass filled with ice.
- Top up with 7-up.
- Garnish with mint sprig.
I was told that "Sauza, the world-renowned brand of tequila is Canada's first-ever mango flavoured tequila. Tequila is the fastest growing spirit category in Canada right now. Sauza Mango Tequila has an intense tropical aroma of ripe mango with hints of agave." Tastes great as a straight shot or in cocktails and mixed drinks."
The Tropical Fizz
- 3 parts Sprite
- 1 part Sauza Mango Flavored Tequila
- Fill a tall glass ¾ with ice.
- Pour in Mango-flavoured tequila, then Sprite.
- Give a stir, add a slice of lime.
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