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