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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.

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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

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Linda Arceo


  • 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.


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