Cinco de Mayo (Part III)

May 5, 2010 (Day 95) — Vero Mangoma

Feliz Cinco de Mayo, todos muchachos!

It’s finally Cinco de Mayo! After two days gearing up with two classic Mexican cocktails, I decided to do something unorthodox. Tonight. For Cinco de Mayo. I’m making an original cocktail. My own take on the Paloma.

Risky? Yes. Foolhardy? Definitely. Delicious? Heck yes.

The first thing the Paloma reminded me of — for whatever reason — was those Mexican suckers that were mango candy drenched in chili powder. Those things were an indelible part of my childhood. In fact, my mouth is watering just thinking about ’em. So, I had a stroke of genius while sitting in my office today.

Tonight, I was to make a cocktail that would approximate those amazing suckers, based off the Paloma. And personally, I think the results speak for themselves.

The Vero Mangoma (a Cocktails, 365 original):

2 oz tequila (1800 Reposado)

6 oz grapefruit soda

1 oz mango puree (homemade)

1/2 oz key lime juice

3 dashes chili powder

Pour your tequila, puree, lime juice and chili powder into a cocktail shaker. Shake until the outside of the shaker is almost too cold to handle. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Pour your grapefruit soda over the top. Stir. Garnish with one dash of chili powder on the top.

Holy crap, that is delicious. The Paloma itself is an incredibly refreshing drink. Add that pureed mango and the saltiness of the chili powder and you have a perfectly balanced drink. I’m going to tweak this a bit as a develop it, but first impressions of the its first iteration are incredibly favorable.

And, if you’re feeling especially spicy? Add a dash or two of tabasco sauce. That really livens things up.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

— Mark


  1. Wow, that looks delicious… did you buy the mango puree or did you make it? I’ve never seen mango puree on store shelves.

  2. vierthalerphotography says:

    Beth, I actually made it myself. It was really good too.

    2 mangoes, diced

    3 key limes

    3 table spoons sugar

    Put everything in a food processor and spin until smooth. I’ve found fresh ingredients can really make or break a cocktail.

    Thanks for reading!

  3. Yum! I think this would be good served up too! Maybe with a tiny slice of mango with chili pepper garnish? Salted rim? If you’re going for presentation…

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