I’m a man, dammit. I drive a V-8 and laugh at the drivers of hybrids. I work until my hands bleed and feel grateful for the chance to do so. I drink straight bourbon, followed by a cold lager and a swig of paint thinner because I like to get tore up and I don’t need any panty waste flavors added in to hide the burn that lets me know I’m doing it right.
I laugh at the word “cocktail.”
So what is this then? How did I end up drinking it? It’s hazy yellow and smells like fruit.
Well, it’s here and so am I, so I may as well get on with it…
The New Amsterdam Mango Sunrise. It’s the kind of drink that deserves a parasol or lemon wedge for no other purpose than looking at it in the glass. It belongs on a beach-wood bar somewhere in the tropics, being sipped casually by a middle-aged holiday maker as he wonders why he thought buying a timeshare would be a good idea.
It is the kind of drink a young man in his twenties orders for his girlfriend, then samples out of curiosity before returning to his own domestic draft and wishing he could sip on something so flavorful without looking like he let her place their orders. It is one of those drinks which, like a Sex on the Beach or Red-headed Slut, is something that a man seldom orders but one he enjoys all the same when he finally bothers to try it. As a whiskey drinker myself, I’d have likely never tried this were it not for my obligation to you, the reader.
A part of the care package sent to me by the folks over at New Amsterdam, the mango vodka arrived as something of a curiosity to me. Unsure of exactly what to do with it, as I’m pretty much never greeted by a flavored liquor generally, I took to the internet to seek out what common recipes there were which called for such. And lo’ and behold, there was the Mango Sunrise, made entirely of that which I already had in my fridge.
A simple recipe, the drink calls for:
- 1.5 parts New Amsterdam mango vodka,
- 2 parts orange juice,
- A splash of lemon-lime soda and some ice.
Simply mix, pour and drink. The funny thing about this fruity concoction however which has surprised me a bit, is that it is – unlike so many other mixed drinks utilizing flavored liquors – not overtly dominated by any single flavor.
On a sip, the mango is there, the orange is there, the hints of lemon-lime are there and the basic smooth booze of vodka is just barely detectable. Zesty yet crisp, citrusy yet mellow, it is proving as I write this to be the kind of drink I have a hard time putting down. Where I, a ‘hair of the dog’ type of drinker, could easily see this accompanying a breakfast for its peppy, altogether delicious flavor and smooth, fruity characteristics.
Though not often a cocktail drinker, mixes like this could very well change my opinion on the matter. Not too boozy, it lends itself well to seconds and maybe thirds and yet is watery enough to where the likelihood of any vicious hangover is very minimal. Unaware of too many other mango vodkas out there (and there very well could be some, I’m just not sure) the balanced manner in which the fruit is infused in this particular vodka (I’ve taken shots, it’s actually rather nice,) suggests it is an ideal candidate for the cocktail, of which I think I’ll go and make another.
While the company may have provided the product mentioned above for free, I was not required to write a positive review, I did not receive any monetary compensation, and the honest opinions I have expressed are my own.
Nicholas Goroff is an actor, writer and craft beer reviewer at EveryJoe.com. Certified as a Cicerone beer server, he is working towards obtaining certification as a beer judge while employed at Bert’s Better Beers in Hooksett, NH. When not reviewing beer, wine and spirits, he is typically writing political essays, screenplays and short fiction. Follow him on Twitter @wizardofcause.
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