Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mangoneada - Azul

This exotically beautiful lady is known by the name of Mangoneada. I had a taste of her last Sunday when I went to lunch with my friend at Azul, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar. There were some really seductive cocktails on their signature drink menu, such as Paloma Picante (a spicy tequila cocktail with raspberries and Serrano pepper) and Margarita Del Mercado (a creative blend of tequila and refreshing cucumber). Both of them intrigued me quite a bit but failed to win me over. In the end, I decided to go with Mangoneada, an adventurous concoction of silver tequila, mango, tamarind, pepper and Tajin (a chili-lime-salt mix). Most of these ingredients sound like they belong more in a salsa or tacos than a cocktail, don't they? Well, that's part of the reasons why I found her fascinating. And she didn't let me down at all. It was love at first sip, packed with an almighty punch of flavors--zesty, spicy, tangy, sweet. I'd never had a cocktail with such an intense amount of kitchen spices like this before. In fact, I was a bit worried that Mangoneada might taste like a weird mango soup with an accidental spill of alcohol. But no, she turned out to be a perfect summer drink. The best tequila cocktail I've had in my life so far. 

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