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Mango Cocktail Recipe

Happy Hour: Larita

With mangoes at peak season, I've been stocking up on as many as I can to make the most of this fragrant fruit. My favorite way to enjoy their nectar? Why, muddled into an inviting tropical cocktail.

The Larita — a combination of muddled mangoes, Van Gogh vodka, triple sec, and a simple rum syrup — is like an island vacation in a glass.

If you can't make your way to the tropics, this vividly colored cocktail is truly the next best thing. For the recipe, keep on reading.

Larita

Larita

Mango Cocktail Recipe 2011-04-11 10:55:52

Ingredients

  1. For cocktail:
  2. 2 slices of mango (1 for garnish)
  3. 1/2 ounce rum syrup (see below)
  4. 1-1/2 ounces top shelf vodka, such as Van Gogh Blue
  5. 1/2 ounce orange liqueur, such as triple sec
  6. 1 lemon wedge
  7. For rum syrup:
  8. 1 cup dark rum
  9. 1-1/2 cups sugar

Directions

  1. Make rum syrup: Boil 1 cup dark rum with 1-1/2 cups sugar in a saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Let cool before using.
  2. Make cocktail: In a shaker or mixing glass, muddle 1 slice of mango with the rum syrup. Add in fresh ice, vodka, orange liqueur, and the juice of 1 lemon wedge. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with remaining slice of mango. Makes 1 cocktail.

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