When you put peppers in a cocktail you have my attention because I love spicy cocktails and the Mango Spice does spicy right.
The key to using pepper in cocktails is two-fold: use the pepper sparingly and offset the spice with a contrasting flavor. In this drink, the spice is paired with sweet mango (both mango-flavored vodka and mango nectar) that adds depth and cools it down.
Notice also that just two slices of jalapeno are muddled and a third is a garnish (though I prefer a citrus garnish) and it is best to stick with that. Spicy drinks are not like spicy foods and can easily become unpalatable - nothing can salvage an overly spicy drink. Trust me; I've tried.
Find more tips below the recipe.
- Muddle jalapeno, agave syrup and mango nectar.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Shake with ice.
- Fine strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a jalapeno slice.
More Tips for Making the Mango Spice
To reduce the spice a bit, be sure to remove all of the pepper seed as these contain the real heat of the jalapeno. Without seeds, the pepper is actually quite mild, similar to what you get when making jalapeno poppers.
If you like, make your own mango-infused vodka. It's very easy: cut fresh fruit into chunks, add to a bottle of vodka, and allow it to rest for about 1 week.