If you live near where I live you know water ice is a big deal.
Around these parts the first day of Spring and water ice are synonymous. A local water ice chain always celebrates the first day of Spring with free water ice for everyone – all day. It is quite a scene. People stay in line, for an hour or more, just waiting for their share of the free ice. I know, I know, it sounds a little crazy but it’s all about the tradition. And yes, we wait too.
In the spirit of the first day of Spring – and water ice for all – I prepped a mango water ice martini.
Now, before you get super mad at me I know water ice is not available everywhere, so I apologize for that. But, making your own isn’t very hard and it is truly worth the effort. Not just for this cocktail but water ice is also a fantastic dessert (the GGG boys love it).
My friend Colleen, of Souffle Bombay, has a great recipe for DIY Philadelphia-style Water Ice. So, if you have a place to purchase water ice near you then you are set to get started on this mango water ice martini. If not, then give Colleen’s recipe a try and then loop back to me.
The recipe is super hassle free and requires just three ingredients: flavored water ice (I used mango but if mango is not your thing, go with a different flavor), vodka and sour mix. The sour mix helps cut the overly sweet flavor of the water ice as it begins to melt.
Mango Water Ice Martini
- Mango water ice or whatever flavor you have
- 2 ounces sour mix
- 2 ounces vodka
- To prepare, place several scoops of the water ice into a martini glass to form a large dome. In a cocktail shaker, mix 2 ounces of sour mix and 2 ounces of vodka (feel free to use flavored vodka to match your water ice style if you want maximum flavor) in a cocktail shaker over ice and strain the liquid over the water ice and into the glass.
This is a fun cocktail and great for way to celebrate the first day of Spring (and water ice for all) or a terribly hot Summer day (wishful thinking on my end since we are still feeling intense cold here).
I hope you enjoy it and even more, I hope this Summer-inspired drink ushers in the Summer sun.
This post was written by Linda Arceo for Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps. All rights reserved.