As the weather begins to warm in the Northern Hemisphere, there are a few activities I gravitate toward to remain cool, calm, and collected (spoiler alert: two of them involve alcohol). First things first, by the time the temperature hits 80 degrees, I will have already dipped my toes into the cool waters of a local lake. Aside from taking a soak in the earth’s natural swimming pools, you can find me with one of my other two springtime comforts in hand: an ice-cold beer or a crisp, fruity cocktail.
But this is 2020, people—so why can’t I have both!? That’s why my official April libation is a beer cocktail!
For this tropical treat, you’ll experience the smooth kiss of silver tequila as well as the bubbly bite of a Belgian ale. Each flavor profile is balanced by the creamy, bright textures of fresh mango nectar. If you’re like me, cold is the key ingredient to a simple pleasure in warm weather—thus, I’ve adorned this drink with oodles of frozen mango.
The Mango One-Two Punch presents a perfect opportunity to mix up the perimeter of a grocery store. Top off your mountainous mango display with a bottle of tequila and a case of beer, or incorporate a basket of mangos in your liquor department. We can most certainly expect temperatures to keep rising, so this frosty treat will be a hit well into the summer months. Garnish with a strawberry and some greens like mint or rosemary and get sippin’!
2 large mangos
¼ cup simple syrup
4 oz silver tequila
2 12-oz bottles Belgian ale
Mint, for garnish
Strawberry, for garnish
Time: 15 min
1 To create the mango nectar: halve, dice, and peel mangos.
2 Place fresh, diced mango and simple syrup in a blender or food processor and blend into a smooth pulp.
3 Combine tequila, Belgian ale, and mango nectar. Evenly pour the cocktail mixture into four serving glasses full of frozen mango.
4 Garnish with mint and/or strawberry and serve.