Mangos are a coveted fruit in our house. I don’t buy them that often, because for some reason I am the subject matter expert when it comes to cutting a mango – and to tell you the truth, it stresses me out. I hate to waste food, and I can never seem to get all the good mango around the pit without seeming like I am leaving a lot of good fruit. In the scheme of things, if that is what I am getting stressed out about, I am pretty darn lucky. Too bad that’s not the only thing…
So – this weekend, I had three beautifully ripe champagne mangos sitting in the fruit basket, staring at me. I swear they were calling to me, and the cucumber vodka I had just bought in the liquor cabinet – that started chiming in as well. I knew what I had to do. So – I looked around the kitchen while thinking about a recipe I saw in Cooking Light the other week (Champagne Mango Margaritas), and decided to go my own route. Basically you can’t go wrong with deliciously ripe mangos. I made a virgin batch for my kids first, and they were hooked. The next batch was for my husband and I, and wow…that’s just about all I can say…wow (who knows what that’s from???). What an awesome drink. The cucumber vodka gave it this flavor like I was in a spring meadow, the wind whipping through my hair…ok, I have no idea where I am going with this, but it was one of the best cocktails I have ever made.
So – how did it get its name? I was looking for the pictures I took tonight, and my phone syncs wireless with my computer, and to my files on the cloud (what an awesome phone I have). When it syncs, it gives me a little notice that new files were loaded – so I clicked on the program, and it showed me one of the pictures – and put a title on the photo with the folder name. I named the folder “Mango Martini” – but for some reason it cut off the last two letters – so I had a picture called Mango Marti. I burst out laughing – my husband asked if I named the drink after my long-lost friend “Marti” – I said who? Then he proceeded to make up this story about my long-lost friend (that doesn’t exist), and how I created this drink in honor of him. So – there it is, our Mango Marti, best drink ever. Here’s to you Marti!!
- 3 Champagne mangoes, peeled, seeded, chopped, and frozen (about 3 cups)
- 1/2 cup cucumber vodka
- 1/4 cup mango nectar
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup Triple Sec
- 1 cup ice
Combine mango, and next 4 ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth. Add ice to blender; pulse to combine. Chill in refrigerator 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.
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