Summer Cocktail Hour—Cayman Mango Season

Food |

Locals are eagerly awaiting the coming mango season in the Cayman Islands for the opportunity to pick mangoes straight from the tree or pop them into their baskets at the local Farmer’s Market.

Mangoes are lovely simply sliced up. They elevate a dish with their soft texture and bold flavor. Local Cayman mangoes tend to be sweeter and more juicy than their North American counterparts, and are a “must-try” when visiting the Cayman Islands.

Or, for a particularly fun addition to your Grand Cayman summer vacation, serve up one of the delicious mango cocktail recipes below as you watch the sun set into the glimmering blue Caribbean Sea from one of our luxury beachfront villas.

Ginger Mango Sling

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe, fresh local Cayman mango, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • ⅜ cup shredded ginger
  • ⅔ cup agave syrup
  • 4 oz premium gin
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 limes
  • club soda
  • fresh mint (for garnish)

 

Purée the flesh of mango with the shredded ginger. Bring to a boil over medium heat with the agave syrup, gin and water. Reduce heat and simmer to form a light syrup.

Strain, mix with the juice of 2 fresh limes, and allow to cool. Divide syrup between 6 ice-filled double old-fashioned glasses and top with club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Mango Rum Cooler

Ingredients

  • ½ oz Caribbean light rum
  • 1 oz Caribbean gold rum
  • 2 oz mango juice
  • 2 oz starfruit juice
  • juice of ¼ lime
  • lime peel or starfruit slice (for garnish)

Combine light rum, gold rum, mango juice, starfruit juice, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a curled lime peel or a starfruit slice.