Summertime is the time for cool and refreshing cocktails. A friend brought me a couple of ripe mangoes from his trees, now what to do with them. I’ve only had marginal success using fresh mangoes in cocktails, there usually seems like there is something missing. This time I decided to make mango syrup with the fruit and try putting it into a cocktail. This has turned out to be the ticket. The syrup combines the flavor of the mango with the sugar and the lime juice to make an extremely flavorful mix.
Now the flavors of the spirit and the other ingredients are not being overwhelmed by the mango and the flavors of all the ingredients are coming through. This is a wonderful way to unwind in the backyard on these Indian summer afternoons.
Bahama Bob’s Mango Cocktail
- 2 ½ oz. Good White Rum
- 1 oz. Bahama Bob’s Mango Syrup
- ½ oz. Orgeat
- Juice of ½ Lime
- Splash of Club Soda
Placer all ingredients except the club soda into a shaker filled with ice and shack until chilled. Strain into a 12 oz. glass filled with fresh ice and top up with club soda. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Bahama Bob’s Mango Syrup
- 1 Cup Sugar in the Raw
- 1 Cup Fresh Mango Chunks
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Tbsp. Fresh Lemon Juice
Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature to maintain a slow boil for 5 more minutes. Pour into a suitable container and place in refrigerator for about an hour or so. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.