I have always had a love/hate relationship with the martini. I was first introduced to the drink through my television screen. When I was in high school, TBS became the first non-premium cable channel to show Sex and the City re-runs. I couldn’t get enough it – it was a show that I had always heard about but could never get my mom to allow me to watch. The syndicated version that came on TBS was edited just enough to remove the more scandalous scenes while retaining most of the risqué comedy that my friends and I found so entertaining. Truth? I’m streaming season 5 in the background even as I type this (the episode with ‘The Face’ – true fans will know it).
As such a big fan of the show, I’m sure a few of you can guess one of the first drinks I ordered when I turned twenty-one. That’s right, the Cosmopolitan. Finally, I was finally going to have the same glamorous drink that Carrie and the girls shared on their many nights out in New York City. Imagine my disappointment when I realized that to my inexperienced palate, the drink tasted more like lighter fluid than the elegant, girly concoction that I had built up in my head.
While my appreciation for the Cosmopolitan has grown with age, I have found that my tastes for the martini have always been hit or miss. They generally have to be decadent to the point of resembling dessert – Chocolate Martini, anyone? – Or have a distinctly fruity flavor for me to be able to enjoy them. Which brings us to today’s recipe, the Mango Martini.
This drink has just enough fruit flavor to mentally transport me to a tropical island while still maintaining a more sophisticated flavor than one would expect from a vacation cocktail. It’s also a bit more streamlined than most recipes that I have found, which call for pureed fresh mango. I don’t know about you guys, but for me, peeling a mango is one of the more unnecessarily dangerous things I have attempted in my kitchen. By using a mango juice blend found at my local Publix, I was able to capture the intense flavor of the fruit without any additional effort (or potential injuries).
What’s your favorite martini? Let me know in the comments section!
- 4 oz. vodka
- 2 oz. Triple Sec
- 4 oz. mango juice blend
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker cup with ice and shake thoroughly
Strain into martini glasses and garnish with fresh mango, if desired