A little while ago, I spend a morning with Jacqueline Grobler from Angel Heart Distillery learning all about the gin distilling and flavoring process. She makes the very delicious Westcliff and Ginifer gins. I left there in awe. The way she looked at the flavors of the gin was inspiring. My head was buzzing with ideas. I got home and promptly stared experimenting. It all lead to a very delicious Ginger Mango Gin Cocktail.
I love the idea of a fruit infused drink. A bit of desk top research indicated that gin work well with various fruits as well as ginger, basil and cardamom. Strangely enough, gin also pairs well with fish sauce, kelp, sharp cheddar and salmon. Mango’s are in season and I love the juicy flavours of fresh mango. Looking at the Mango Food pairing chart, food such as blue cheese, tomato, orange, oysters, cocoa powder and bacon works well. The overlapping item in both gin and mango was ginger.
Jaqueline suggested that I use dried fruit for my infusions. I got a big bag full of dried mango from Woolworths. My fridge looked like something from a science experiment for a couple of weeks, but it was worth it. After a lot of testing, experimenting on friends and a few less than stellar attempts, I found the perfect combination. I used the Ginifer gin as it is big and bold with lots of fruity flavours.
Ginger Mango Gin cocktail
- 50 g Dried Mango
- 120 ml Gin – I used the Ginifer gin
- 120 ml Woolworths Sparking Ginger and Lime drink
- Mint Leaves
- Piece of Ginger
To make the Mango infused Gin
Cut up the dried Mango and put in a container that can close. Cover with the Gin and let infuse in the fridge for at least 3 days. After 3 days, strain the gin from the mango pieces. I gave the mango a good squeeze to get all the juicy gin out.
To make the Ginger Mango Gin cocktail.
Rim the glass with the piece of ginger and use some ginger as garnish.
Add 60 ml of Mango infused gin and 120 ml Woolworth Sparking Ginger and Lime Drink to a shaker with a bit of ginger and ice. Give it a good shake and strain into a glass. Decorate with mint leaves. I added some of the left over gin soaked mango to the decoration to give the cocktail some nice color.
The Ginger Mango Gin Cocktail is delicious and refreshing with the perfect balance between the sweetness of the Mango, the spiciness of the ginger and the bitter notes of the lime.
The soaked mango pieces also make for a very nice snack while making the cocktail. I played around with chocolate covered bacon as decor, but John found it just too strange.
PS: Jacqueline has just won 4 International awards for her craft gin. Both Ginifer and Westcliff won medals and the Ginifer Chilli infused gin won 2 awards.
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