Friday, March 9, 2012

Spicy Mango Mojito

Mojito's are typically a warm weather drink, but we've had such spring-like weather of late, it's put me the mood for light, refreshing, summery cocktails.  The hot trend in cocktails these days to infuse them with savory or spicy flavors.  Personally, I like that unexpected fresh herb or spice note while sipping my drink.  This recipe takes the flavors of a fruity and savory side dish and turns it into a mouthwatering cocktail.  Inspired by the flavors of mango salsa, it's delicious with or without the rum. 

1/2 small lime
3 sprigs cilantro
3 slices jalapeno pepper
1 slice peeled, fresh ginger
2 ounces mango nectar
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce rum
3 ounces club soda

Muddle lime, cilantro, jalapeno and ginger in a glass.  Fill glass with ice and add mango nectar, pineapple juice and rum; stir.  Pour club soda into glass and garnish with fresh lime and cilantro.


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