Chilli Mango Punch is a drink to linger over. Spicy notes are tempered by sweet and floral tropical flavours. This drink is sure to impress anybody slightly spice obsessed.
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Today it is the Summer Solstice. So that must mean it’s cocktail time – right? When the days are hot and the evenings are long and balmy what I really like to do is find time to sit in my comfy rocking deckchair, cocktail in hand and admire the garden that my husband works so hard to make lush and vibrant.
Way back last summer, when we were on holiday in Italy, we watched some late night fireworks on the beach. Walking back to our mobile home, Chris gave me the idea for a fantastic cocktail involving chilli vodka. This Chilli Mango Punch is not that cocktail.
That cocktail was going to arrive on here today, but I got sidetracked by the photos for this Chilli Mango Punch. I think the light-box sign (borrowed from my daughter) and the kitschy cocktail umbrella (um… mine) had me sold. It’s not my usual photography style at all, but I had so much fun shooting this cocktail…
… I even made an accompanying video – spur of the moment.
Confession: two days previously I made a video for meringues. It was a hopeless mess. It was even worse than my first video. Vile. Pathetic. Humiliatingly atrocious. In fact, I’d categorise it as so bad I may just trash it. Me and videos – not naturals together. So making this – somewhat more visually pleasing video – was a major achievement for me. This is my new benchmark.
Anyway, the cocktail. First off, it has a little heat. That’s from my homemade Chilli Vodka (which you can customise to your own preferred spicy heat level). But it also has a delectable tropical fruitiness from some sweet and floral mango liqueur and a generous splash of pineapple juice. To round things off, I’ve added a gentle sparkle to the blend with lemonade.
This cocktail is definitely a drink to linger over. The heat of the chilli vodka makes this drink one to sip rather than gulp down. You won’t fail to notice the chilli notes in your first sip. But that fieriness is softened by the sweetness from the other ingredients.
Chilli Mango Punch is a great drink to serve when you have adventurous foodie friends coming over. Or when you want a long drink that you really can dawdle over.
And if you like fiery drinks don’t miss my gin buck – it’s got ginger beer in the mix and can be ready in mere minutes.
I’m leaving you with my latest video (the one I like, not the trash one). I’ve made it as fun as possible to match the general mood my photography lead me down. Enjoy.
Chilli Mango Punch (Video)
- 45ml/ 1 ½ fl oz Chilli Vodka – store bought or homemade is fine
- 25ml/ 1 fl oz Mango liqueur (I used Briottet)
- 45ml/ 1 ½ fl oz Pineapple juice
- 45ml/ 1 ½ fl oz Lemonade
- ¼ Lime – cut into 2 wedges
- 1 Red chilli
- Mint leaves
- Put a handful of ice into a tumbler
- Squeeze both lime wedges over the ice then toss them into the glass
- Pour the vodka and the mango liqueur over the ice, followed by the pineapple juice and lemonade
- Stir briefly and garnish with a red chilli and mint leaves
- Serve immediately
Lynn | The Road to Honey
Ha! Ha! Jane…so that is what I have to look forward to when I finally attempt to make my own videos? Well. . ..I like your new video and can only hope that my first video turns out half as good. And this cocktail. . .I’m loving that it is a bit on the feisty side. Plus it’s loaded down with accessories. . .just the way I like it.
oh Lynn, I am doing some serious research before my next one. Unless I go into a niche and be the blogger who only shoots videos – that could work. Glad you like the drinkie and all of it’s bling – no point being it being fiesty if it’s going to dress as a wallflower
This looks so refreshing,perfect for the summer 🙂
Love the light box, video, and the cocktail looks so refreshing!
The perfect combo of spicy and sweet…this’ll have to be my go-to summer cocktail!
Thanks Sarah – hope you get to make it soon.
Good job with the video, I like how the stirrer is actually the chilli- no mistaking that this one will be hot!! Love the flavors!
🙂 Yup, I definitely felt the need to make the spice obvious – no nasty shocks for anybody that way.
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
Your video is fab, nice and to the point. I imagine this drink is a lovely evening treat to linger over and wind down. The mix of ingredients sounds really lovely, and very complimentary.
Ah, thankyou Helen. It’s one of my favourites for a long time and the video was a real boost to my confidence. All I have to do now is master the square formal 😉
Michelle | The Last Food Blog
I love the sound of this, I like a kick in my cocktails so this sounds perfect! And that video is really fun 😉