Los Cabos style Sparkling Mango Cocktail
This refreshing sparkling mango cocktail offers a golden-hued mix of sweet ripe fruit and tart lemonade. It’s best with tequila, meszal or the brilliant yellow Damiana liqueur that’s popular throughout Baja California, but you can also use vodka. Or, skip the alcohol and enjoy it like a summertime smoothie.
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I was inspired to make this cocktail following a weekend at the new Paradisus Los Cabos in Baja California where I was surrounded by colours quite different than the blue and green hues of the Caribbean Coast. Paradisus Los Cabos, a luxury all-inclusive resort owned by Melia Hotels, just reopened after a $35 million renovation and is now the fourth Paradisus in Mexico. The soaring architecture of the resort is spectacular and offers dramatic views of sky and sea throughout the property.
For food fans there’s the added attraction that Paradisus Los Cabos is home to a fantastic new dining experience Gastro Bar by Martin Berasategui, the acclaimed Basque chef. Watch for my in-depth interview and recipes from this unforgettable culinary experience. In the meantime, if you have a chance to eat at only one place in Los Cabos, make it Gastro Bar by Martin Berasategui. You’ll be talking about it for the rest of the year.
In Los Cabos, my days were an ever-evolving palette of warm tones– from the straw of the desert landscape, the burnished gold of rocks such as Lovers Arch in Cabo San Lucas and the deep orange of the historic Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico.
While a classic lime margarita might be the perfect beach cocktail when you’re at a beach resort on Mexico’s Pacific or Caribbean coasts where you’re wrapped in hues of blue and green, here in Baja California, a golden hued cocktail seemed the perfect drink of choice.
When making a sparkling mango cocktail, you can rim the glass with a mix of chile salt and garnish the cocktail with a wedge of fresh lime like they do at Hotel California or just top it with a simple fruit garnish.
- 6 cups chopped, peeled, fresh mango
- One 6 ounce can frozen white lemonade
- 4 ounces vodka or tequila or mezcal
- ¾ cup ice cubes
- fruit for garnish ( your choice of lime, orange, mango)
- Place all ingredients in a blender
- Blend at low and then high speed for 60 seconds until ice is pulverized into tiny pieces
- Garnish with mango pieces
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