The first long weekend of summer is almost here. Let’s celebrate with a refreshing cocktail!
There have been loads of fresh mangos at my grocery store recently and what better fruit to make a tropical cocktail to welcome summer?
Muddled mango and fresh mint leaves mixed with white rum, mango rum, simple syrup, and club soda. It’s a sweet and delicious cocktail to help beat the summer heat.
Make sure to pick really ripe mangos and you will be rewarded with their phenomenally sweet and juicy flavor. Mangos should be soft to the touch, but not too soft. You want about the same amount of give as a ripe avocado. Color isn’t necessarily a good indication of ripeness because different varieties vary in their color. Ripe mangos should be stored in the refrigerator. If they still need to ripen a little, leave them at room temperature.
We are heading to Beaufort, SC for the weekend, dog and all. Darla went to the groomer yesterday to get a trim so she won’t roast if we take her to the beach. With all her black fur, she becomes a ball of fire after 2 minutes out in the summer sun. Her groomer recently started working out of her mother’s house after the store where she had worked closed. This was Darla’s first time there. A converted garage space has been turned into a grooming area. Kat, the groomer said that after she had finished drying Darla, she turned her back to her to start cleaning up. When she turned back around, Darla wasn’t there. She went into the house searching for Darla and found her in the family room making herself comfortable on the couch. Old girl needed some rest after all that grooming!
- 3-4 mint leaves
- 2 slices mango
- 1 wedge lime
- 1 ounce light rum
- 1 ounce mango rum or vodka
- 2 ounces club soda
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- additional mango slices
- Place mint and mango slices in a glass and muddle. Squeeze lime wedge into cup and then toss lime wedge into glass.
- Add rums, club soda, and simple syrup. add ice to fill glass.
- Garnish with fresh mango slices and mint.
Instead of using mango flavored rum or vodka, you can use all light rum and add enough mango nectar to the drink to give desired amount of mango flavor.