Mandarine Napoleon Part Two (Cocktails): Seven Heavenly Virtues

It really is the Seven Deadly Sins that get all the good press.

I mean, who isn’t thrilled to indulge in wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.

Especially all in one weekend. That is if you’re doing it right.

We here at Cocktails, 365 are particularly fond of gluttony and lust. Unfortunately you can’t often get those without sloth and wrath following closely behind.

But I digress.

There are equal and opposite virtues to balance out those sins.

They don’t get nearly enough love, so we created a cocktail that we feel reflects the Seven Heavenly Virtues. Just as a refresher to our readers who aren’t theology scholars.

Seven Heavenly Virtues

  • Chastity – Purity in conduct and intention
  • Temperance – Habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passions
  • Charity – Benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity
  • Diligence – Persevering application
  • Patience – Bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
  • Kindness – Good and charitable behavior
  • Humility – Not proud or haughty, nor arrogant or assertive

If you have an entire day to kill, be sure and check out the TV Tropes article on the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

While we realize that alcohol isn’t often associated with temperance (or chastity for that matter), we wanted to encapsulate that bright, ethereal feeling.

Plus, it helps us not feel like such pricks because we tend to enjoy our vices more so than our virtues.

Seven Heavenly Virtues

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Mandarine Napoleon Orange Liqueur
  • 5 large fresh mint leaves
  • 1 large fresh strawberry
  • Strawberry for garnish

Place the mint leaves and the strawberry at the bottom of a cocktail shaker with the Mandarine Napoleon. Thoroughly muddle. Fill the shaker with the ice and vodka, shake well, and then strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a strawberry.

The first taste up front is of strong mint, followed by the orange of the Mandarine Napoleon, and the strawberry lingers on the back. Use a higher quality vodka for this cocktail, as it will help cut down any burn and let the other ingredients take front seat.

There are light, delicate flavors. The perfect cocktail for late spring/early summer.


— Mark


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