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Day 112, Cocktails 112 & 113

The birthday bash for Mom continued today.  After a warm, sunny day at the pool something fresh and fruity seemed in order.  My brother Adam had been telling me about a gin, mango and ginger ale cocktail that he had recently had that sounded delicious.  Meanwhile, he was planning a seafood buffet for dinner this evening and I had told him about my Huiquin, a gin, sake and ginger flavored cocktail.  After some thinking, I asked Adam to pick up some mango when he went to the grocery store today.  My plan was combine the two cocktails we had talked about.  The result was the following two new cocktails.

  Momma’s Mangoes

  • 2 oz Chopin vodka
  • 1 oz Domaine de Canton
  • 1 oz dry sake
  • 2″ x 2″ slice of mango, peeled

In a shaker muddle the mango.  Really work the mango hard, nearly to a puree.  Add 3-4 ice cubes and the remaining ingredients.  Shake, shake, shake to mix and chill.  Strain into a chilled cocktial glass.  No garnish required!

Wow!  A terrific, perfect blend of flavors!  The Chopin provides a great base and the ginger flavor of the Canton and the sake work perfectly with the mango.  From the first sip to the last the layers of flavors worked well together.

The second drink was a fizz version using the same ingredients.

  Momma’s Mangoes Fizz

  • 2 oz Chopin vodka
  • 1 oz Domaine de Canton
  • 1 oz dry sake
  • seltzer water
  • 2″ x 2″ slice of mango, peeled

In a pint glass muddle the mango into a puree.  Add the remaining ingredients and a couple of ice cubes.  Stir to mix.  Fill the glass with ice and top with selzter water.  Stir and enjoy.

A larger, refreshing version, great of cookouts and afternoon sipping.  Because of the selzter the flavors are not quite as bold, but this still works very well.

The neat thing about today is that it shows how easy it is to adapt a basic recipe to multiple uses.  Give it a try yourself and let me know how it goes!

Cheers!

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