Mango Tango — A cocktail of many variations
Almost everyone has heard of the Mango Tango Cocktail. But if you asked five different people for a recipe, you would get five different answers.
It has to be Caribbean-tropical, right? Not even that is certain because not every recipe uses classic rum like it is usually used for fruity cocktails of the South Sea regions. It takes the creativity and genius of every cocktail shaker out there to conjure up this mix.
Where does the Mango Tango come from?
The Mango Tango is probably one of the few cocktails that don’t have a uniform recipe. This drink has its origin somewhere between Mexico and the Caribbean islands, but nobody can say for sure.
This drink is popular on cruise lines and in Caribbean resorts. But every bartender mixes it according to their recipe. Most recipes include white or dark rum, sometimes both.
A frozen version is also popular. Perfect for the hot weather on a cruise or when you are lounging by the pool. The combination of a mango and strawberry Daiquiri results in a brisk dance, a Mango Tango.
In Europe, however, the drink has changed completely. Here you can find variations with Vodka, Gin, or Prosecco. The only ingredient that all recipes have in common is the mango. Whether mango juice or the purée of ripe fruits, there has to be a variation of the sweet-fruity aroma.
The classic Mango-Tango recipe
A single recipe cannot sum up the Mango Tango; it invites you to create your dream beach cocktail. And nobody wants to miss that. Let’s begin with the Frozen Daiquiri version.
Classic Mango Tango
- long drink glass
- 6 cl rum
- 3 cl Cointreau
- 4 cl lime juice fresh
- 200 g mango
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 handful ice cubes
- 5 cl white rum
- 200 g strawberries can be frozen
- 2 cl lime juice fresh
- 1 handful ice cubes
- Put the ingredients for the mango daiquiri (Rum, Cointreau, lime juice, sugar, some ice cubes) in the blender and blend until they have a creamy consistency.
- Fill the Hurricane glass halfway.
- Do the same with the strawberry daiquiri (the other ingredients).
- Tilt the mango daiquiri and fill the glass with the strawberry daiquiri.
- Add a straw and decorate with half a strawberry.
How do I mix the Mango Tango with rum and prosecco?
Another version of this cocktail is a mango cocktail made from mango tea, rum, and prosecco. It is a lot easier to prepare than the frozen Daiquiri version, but still a bit difficult, as you, unfortunately, cannot get mango tea everywhere.
Is this drink also available as a shot?
If you are looking for a smaller version of the cocktail, the Mango Tango Mini is just the right thing for you.
Tips for the best Mango Tango Cocktail
The Mango Tango is a wonderfully cooling drink, but it comes with an elaborate preparation most of the time. For that reason, the shopping list should be well thought out so that you can get everything in one go without forgetting anything.
The daiquiri version will likely lead to some leftover ingredients. You could invite a few friends for a Mango Tango and Daiquiri evening and try the drinks together.