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Friday Cocktails – Spiced Mango Shandy

by on May 13, 2016
 

On another edition of Friday Cocktails, mangoes are the star.

This is one of the most fragrant mango drinks I've ever had. I'm not a huge fan of mango drinks - I find them overly rich and thick but here, the sweet fizz of sprite and hoppy beers combined with refreshing lime juice, fresh green chilies and warming gi

And this drink, this shandy is one of the most fragrant mango drinks I’ve ever had.

See, I’m not a huge fan of mango drinks – I find them overly rich and thick but here, the sweet fizz of lemon and lime soda and ‘hoppy’ lager combined with refreshing lime juice, fresh green chilies and warming ginger make this an awesome combination.

I have to say that a lot of creativity is birthed by inspiration and I have to Angela Davies of The Kitchenista Diaries for sharing an article about mangoes and myrcene.

Myrcene, which is the terpene responsible for giving mangoes their unique smell, is also found in high concentrations in hops…. Myrcene has a light earthy and fruity clove like odor in small amounts, but in higher concentrations like those found in hoppy beers, the odor can be much stronger; Source

So I read an article about mangoes and about 'Myrcene, which is the terpene responsible for giving mangoes their unique smell...and how it 'is also found in high concentrations in hops and cannabis. Myrcene has a light earthy and fruity clove like odor in

Then my heart and my mind skipped and hopped (no pun intended :)) to Shandy – that refreshing combination of lager and lemon-lime soda (Sprite, 7 up) that was popular in Nigeria in the 80s, . And then I wondered how that combination would work with mangoes, because…yes, science say they have similar compounds and contrary to opposites attract, sometimes like and like work a treat.

Which is how come I ended up making a gorgeous Mango Shandy.

Shandy is a combination of lager and soda, typically lemonade or lemon and lime soda. I find it so refreshing and really enjoy the sweetening of the beer :) #kitchenbutterfly #newNigeriankitchen #newNigeriancuisine #drinks #Nigeriandrinks #inseason #mang

Which goes beautifully with many things, like Akara/ Nigerian Toast.

Dinner - Akara Toast with pawpaw chutney and Mango Shandy #kitchenbutterfly #newNigeriankitchen #newNigeriancuisine #drinks #Nigeriandrinks #inseason #mangoes #shandy #mangoshandy #tropicalFruits #tropicalflavours #tropicaldrinks #dinner #Akara #Akaratoa

 So yeah, thank you @Kitchenista and thank you inspiration. This will be my go to all of Mango season.
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