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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Spicy Latin Guava and Mango Cocktails

Crazy drink concoctions are all the rage right now; bartenders are now Mixologist's and egg whites aren't just for breakfast anymore. While I do fancy complex drinks, there is something to be said for simple flavors.

We were enjoying a watermelon and tuna ceviche at National 27 the other day and one of the drinks we ordered was a spicy mango cocktail. It inspired us to make our own version at home using jalapeno and fresh ginger. Along with mango we experimented with guava juice, it turned out the spicy kick worked tremendously against the sweet, fragrant flavor of the guava.

Chop the ingredients, shake with juice and rum, line the glass with a spicy nutmeg and you've got a tasty, simple cocktail with a touch of heat. Sit back on the patio, watch the sun set and enjoy the flavors of fat and happy. 

Tips and Techniques:  If you really want to get rustic, peel and juice a mango or guava.  For ease, purchase mango and guava juice.

Spicy Latin Guava and Mango Cocktails

1 can of Guava juice, chilled
1 can of Mango juice, chilled
1 Jalapeno
1 finger of  fresh ginger
White Rum
Spicy Nutmeg mixture (see below)

For each cocktail - In a shaker, add 2 slices of fresh jalapeno, 1 tbls chopped ginger, 1 shot of rum and 1/2 cup of juice.  Shake well. Strain into a nutmeg rimmed glass.

Spicy Nutmeg Glass Rim
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cayenne
1/4 tsp ground  cinnamon
1 lime wedge

Mix all the ingredients on a flat plate. Wet the rim of the glass using a lime slice.  Dip the glass in the nutmeg mixture.

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