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Ciroc Mango Mimosa Cocktail

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Many years ago I traveled through Russia.  It was an amazing experience.  Growing up, I never thought I would stand on the Red Square, see Saint Basil’s Cathedral and touch the walls of the Kremlin. But after the fall of Communism, Russia opened up and I grabbed the opportunity to travel there, with both hands.  I spent some time in Moscow and then took a boat down the Volga to Saint Petersburg.  The experience and landscape was mind-blowing.

Drifting down river day after day, only seeing wilderness, broken up every day or 2 by a small village.  If you have not been to Russia, you cannot contemplate how incredibly big it is.  We made regular stops along the way.  I listened to beautiful choirs in small little wooden churches, shopped in local craft markets and I even found a Vodka museum.  There I tasted real vodka.  Not the raw alcoholic spirits that we in SA during the 90’s, labeled as vodka.

Soft, smooth fragrant vodka, made with love and passion.   It tasted amazing.  It however put me off drinking vodka in SA because all I could find here was hard, sharp alcohol. Many years passed.  I would occasionally buy a bottle of vodka to add to my cocktails, but it that was the extend of my vodka usage.

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Then this bottle of Ciroc Mango arrived…  I was rather skeptical.   I had to try it, to give feedback, but to be very honest, I was dreading it.  So, one Saturday afternoon I bit the bullet and tasted it. I tasted it neat to get an idea of the quality of alcohol and what a surprise!  I loved it. It was soft and smooth and flavourful.   It reminded me of some of the flavoured vodka I tasted in Russia, nearly 20 years ago.


Ciroc is made using the finest French grapes and distilled five times. The Ciroc Mango vodka blends the classic taste of Ciroc with the flavour of creamy Carabao mango, delivering bright, tropical notes with tangy citrus.

Ciroc Mango is building on the massive success of the previous tropical flavor – Ciroc Pineapple and the more recent summer addition of Ciroc Apple. Mango, as one of the nicest tropical flavours, is sure to hit the spot. Mango is going to be the taste of my summer.

Ciroc Mango Mimosa cocktail

Ciroc Mango has notes of bright tropical mango with undertones of tangy citrus. And is creamy and smooth. I started experimenting with cocktails. The best cocktail suggested by the internet was a Ciroc Mango Mimosa.

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A traditional Mimosa cocktail is made of equal parts champagne (or other sparkling wine) and chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice. It is usually served in a tall champagne flute.  According to legend, it was invented around 1925 in the Hôtel Ritz Paris by Frank Meier. I tried the Ciroc Mango Mimosa with mango juice as well as with apple juice, but the classic way is still the best.  During the holiday’s I made this Ciroc Mango Mimosa for some friends and they just loved it.

Ciroc Mango Mimosa Cocktail

 

Ciroc Mango Mimosa ingredients

• 10o ml  Ciroc Mango Vodka
• 100 ml Fresh orange juice
• 100 ml Sparkling wine or Champagne

Combine the first 2 ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into champagne flutes.  Top up with champagne or sparking wine and serve.  Makes 2 Ciroc Mango Mimosas.   Simply delicious.

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18 Comments

  1. I am most sad that I had not seen this post before my brother went back to Ireland. Never fear though twitter will help this time.
    This looks quite refreshing and not too sweet. Definitely need to try this out.
    #lekkerlinky

  2. This cocktail sounds so yum! Definitely one I need to try. 😋 #LekkerLinky

  3. Looks and sounds absolutely refreshing. I’m not a vodka drinker at all but this sounds like something I could try #lekkerlinky

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      Flavoured vodkas are so much different than just plane vodka. It works wonderful in a cocktail.

  4. Man alive! I have Russia on my list as a country to visit in 2018!!!! I am so going to try your recipe. It sounds indulgent. I’m not pro vodka nor am I against it. I do find that I have taken a liking to a softer version of what I was exposed to in my younger/experimental days🤣 #lekkerlinky

  5. Oh my gosh!!!! Reading this and knowing that I can’t drink… (preggers). Dying for a lovely cocktail. Cant wait to try this when I can.

    #LekkerLinky

  6. Orange is great for adding to vodka and to champagne, but I’d never have thought to combine the two.
    #lekkerlinky

  7. Looks refreshing.#Lekkerlinky

  8. sorry forgot to #lekkerlinky

  9. wow you have such a cool job!! very jealous of your time in Russia – it’s on my bucket list!

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      Russia was amazing. It is a interesting place to visit. Especially if you love history. Thank you for stopping by.

  10. My mouth is literally watering and it’s not even 9:30am! lol. This sounds divine!! #LekkerLinky

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      It is really delicious. And not that expensive. Thank you for stopping by.

  11. Oh wow, I’ve only had the strong vodka they offer here but would love to try this from your review. It sounds amazing… definitely like something I would enjoy!

    • Jeannette Wentzel

      Do grab a bottle when you see it. Even the other flavours like apple and pineapple is delicious. Thanx for the visit.

  12. Momoftwolittlegirls

    Wow, that sounds like an amazing experience! The vodka sounds tempting too.

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