BY ELAINE MAGLIARO
I LOVE champagne mangoes. When they’re available in our local market, I buy a half dozen or so. I like to keep them on hand to eat as a snack or for breakfast with some strawberries. Back in 2012—when my granddaughter was less than a year old—I puréed some champagne mangoes and fed them to her for lunch. She loved them too!
When I looked at the remaining puréed mangoes, I got the idea of inventing a cocktail. My first attempt met with a highly positive response from my “cocktail tasters.” This week, I made up a batch of Champagne Mango Martinis…and I have a bottle of them chilling in the refrigerator. I may enjoy one this evening.
Champagne Mango Martini
2 jiggers vodka
2 jiggers champagne mango purée
1 jigger triple sec
1 jigger freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 jigger simple syrup
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a strawberry. Enjoy!