Mango Collins Cocktail Drink

Mango Collins

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

In the mood for a dynamic cocktail? This Mango Collins recipe won’t disappoint! It’s a tasty drink, loaded with fresh ingredients, and it’s a breeze to make.

Mango Collins Recipe

Spring calls for this straightforward Mango Collins recipe! This revitalizing cocktail is a mix of Gin, lemon juice, mango puree, simple syrup and soda water.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

325 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • oz mango purée
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Soda water, to top-up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon zest twist and/or mint sprig, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Collins Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer

Instructions

  • Start by stirring some ice cubes in the highball glass with a bar spoon.
  • Measure and pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add 1 oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Add 1½ oz mango purée as well.
  • Finally, add 2 oz Gin to the mix.
  • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture from the shaker into the ice filled glass.
  • Top-up with chilled soda water and stir gently to combine.
  • Finally, place a lemon slice and/or a mint sprig into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka is a great alternative that will still work well with the other flavors in this cocktail. For a non-alcoholic version, several non-alcoholic gins are available that do a good job mimicking the botanicals in Gin.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used as a substitute for lemon juice if needed. It has a similar acidity but a slightly different flavor profile to the drink. Although we always recommend using fresh citrus juice, bottled juice can be used as well for this drink.
  • Simple Syrup: If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, mango syrup can replace the simple syrup for an even fruitier version. Finally, agave syrup can also be used as a sweetener for this cocktail.
  • Mango Puree: You can either use canned mango puree or fresh homemade mango purée (simply blend fresh mango with a bit of mango or apple juice). Mango juice is also a great alternative; if possible, just try to find one that has no or very little added sugar. Another alternative would be to use fresh mango cubes muddled into the shaker.
  • Club Soda: You can use any type of sparkling mineral water to make this drink. Just make sure it contains no added sugar or flavoring.

Making a Pitcher of Mango Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of simple syrup, and 16 oz of mango puree.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and mango puree. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Collins glasses, top up with soda water and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a lemon slice and mint sprig, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals. You can also omit it, in which case we recommend using sparkling lemonade or tonic water (flavored or not) to top-up your drink.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Gin, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Mango Collins cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including gin, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
325
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
17
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
50
g
17
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
49
g
54
%
Potassium
 
39
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
24
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
4
mg
0
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Mango Collins Cocktail Drink

Mango Collins Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Spring calls for this straightforward Mango Collins recipe! This revitalizing cocktail is a mix of Gin, lemon juice, mango puree, simple syrup and soda water.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 325

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • oz mango purée
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Soda water - to top-up
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon zest twist and/or mint sprig - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Collins Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer

Instructions

  • Start by stirring some ice cubes in the highball glass with a bar spoon.
  • Measure and pour ½ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add 1 oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Add 1½ oz mango purée as well.
  • Finally, add 2 oz Gin to the mix.
  • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture from the shaker into the ice filled glass.
  • Top-up with chilled soda water and stir gently to combine.
  • Finally, place a lemon slice and/or a mint sprig into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka is a great alternative that will still work well with the other flavors in this cocktail. For a non-alcoholic version, several non-alcoholic gins are available that do a good job mimicking the botanicals in Gin.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used as a substitute for lemon juice if needed. It has a similar acidity but a slightly different flavor profile to the drink. Although we always recommend using fresh citrus juice, bottled juice can be used as well for this drink.
  • Simple Syrup: If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat. Alternatively, mango syrup can replace the simple syrup for an even fruitier version. Finally, agave syrup can also be used as a sweetener for this cocktail.
  • Mango Puree: You can either use canned mango puree or fresh homemade mango purée (simply blend fresh mango with a bit of mango or apple juice). Mango juice is also a great alternative; if possible, just try to find one that has no or very little added sugar. Another alternative would be to use fresh mango cubes muddled into the shaker.
  • Club Soda: You can use any type of sparkling mineral water to make this drink. Just make sure it contains no added sugar or flavoring.

Making a Pitcher of Mango Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of lemon juice, 4 oz of simple syrup, and 16 oz of mango puree.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and mango puree. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Collins glasses, top up with soda water and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a lemon slice and mint sprig, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals. You can also omit it, in which case we recommend using sparkling lemonade or tonic water (flavored or not) to top-up your drink.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Gin, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Mango Collins cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including gin, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

What is a Mango Collins?

A Mango Collins is a gin-based fruity cocktail made of mango juice or purée, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and soda water. It’s not difficult to make as it involves simple mixing techniques and easily accessible ingredients. The Mango Collins is an exciting variant of the classic Tom Collins drink, with the addition of mango providing a tropical twist to this traditional favorite. Its vibrant color and refreshing taste make it particularly popular during summer gatherings or poolside parties.

A side shot of a Mango Collins cocktail in a highball glass on a turquoise tray surrounded by mint leaves, lemon wedges and a white cloth

What is a Mango Collins made of – The ingredients

A Mango Collins requires the following ingredients:

  • Mango Puree: Adds a sweet, tropical flavor to the cocktail. It’s the main ingredient that gives the Mango Collins its distinctive taste.
  • Gin: Provides the alcoholic base for the cocktail. Its botanical notes complement the sweetness of the mango.
  • Lemon Juice: Balances out the sweetness of the mango puree with its tartness. It also adds a refreshing citrusy note.
  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the cocktail and helps blend all other ingredients smoothly.
  • Club Soda: Gives the cocktail its characteristic fizziness and lightness, making it more refreshing.

Gin, mango puree, lemon juice, lemon, and simple syrup laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Mango Collins?

Our detailed instructions will help you make a perfect Mango Collins:

1
<p>Begin by stirring some ice cubes in the highball glass using a bar spoon.</p>

Begin by stirring some ice cubes in the highball glass using a bar spoon.

2
<p>Pour ½ ounce of simple syrup into the shaker. This will add a touch of sweetness to your drink and help mellow out the lemon juice's tartness.</p>

Pour ½ ounce of simple syrup into the shaker. This will add a touch of sweetness to your drink and help mellow out the lemon juice's tartness.

3
<p>Add 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice. The acidity of the lemon juice will balance out the mango's sweetness and the Gin's bitterness.</p>

Add 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice. The acidity of the lemon juice will balance out the mango's sweetness and the Gin's bitterness.

4
<p>Pour 2 ounces of mango purée into the shaker. This will give the cocktail its distinctive tropical and fruity taste.</p>

Pour 2 ounces of mango purée into the shaker. This will give the cocktail its distinctive tropical and fruity taste.

5
<p>Now, add 2 ounces of Gin to the mix. The Gin is the star of this drink, so choose a quality brand you enjoy (preferably a London Dry or Old Tom style of Gin for a sweeter cocktail).</p>

Now, add 2 ounces of Gin to the mix. The Gin is the star of this drink, so choose a quality brand you enjoy (preferably a London Dry or Old Tom style of Gin for a sweeter cocktail).

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Secure the lid and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).</p>

Secure the lid and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).

8
<p>Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the glass over the ice.</p>

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the glass over the ice.

9
<p>Top off the drink with club soda. This will add a refreshing fizz to the Mango Collins. </p>

Top off the drink with club soda. This will add a refreshing fizz to the Mango Collins.

10
<p>Stir gently to combine.</p>

Stir gently to combine.

11
<p>Squeeze a lemon peel over the drink.</p>

Squeeze a lemon peel over the drink.

12
<p>Finally, garnish the drink with a lemon wheel slice and a mint sprig. This will add a visual appeal to the drink and enhance its flavor.</p>

Finally, garnish the drink with a lemon wheel slice and a mint sprig. This will add a visual appeal to the drink and enhance its flavor.

History and Origin of the Mango Collins

The Mango Collins cocktail is a fruity take on the classic Tom Collins cocktail. By the late 20th century, bartenders started to play around with classic cocktails recipes, including the Tom Collins: they added new ingredients to give it a fresh twist, and that’s how the Mango Collins was born.

A Mango Collins cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, mango puree, lemon juice, lemon, and simple syrup

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FAQ

How many calories does a Mango Collins contain?
A standard serving of Mango Collins contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
What is the strength of a Mango Collins cocktail?
The strength of a Mango Collins cocktail typically ranges from 10-15% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 20-30 proof. This makes it a relatively light cocktail compared to others.
What type of alcohol is used in a Mango Collins?
The primary alcohol used in a Mango Collins is Gin. The Gin gives the cocktail its distinctive flavor profile, complemented by the sweetness of the mango.
In what type of glass is a Mango Collins served?
Traditionally, a Mango Collins is served in a highball glass. This tall, straight-sided glass allows plenty of ice, enhancing the overall drinking experience.
What does a Mango Collins taste like?
A Mango Collins offers a refreshing blend of sweet and tart flavors. The sweetness of the mango juice contrasts beautifully with the tartness of the lemon juice, while the Gin adds depth and complexity.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Mango Collins?
A typical recipe for a Mango Collins includes 2 parts gin, 1 part fresh lemon juice, 2 parts mango juice or puree, ½ part simple syrup and approximately 3 parts club soda. This ratio ensures a balanced flavor profile where no ingredient overwhelms the others.
How is a Mango Collins served with ice?
A Mango Collins is usually served over ice in a highball glass. The ice not only chills the drink but also helps to dilute it slightly, making it more refreshing.
Is Mango Collins a good cocktail for summer?
Absolutely! The refreshing flavors of mango and lemon, combined with the cooling effect of ice, make Mango Collins an ideal drink for hot summer days.
Can I use fresh mangoes to make Mango Collins?
Yes, you can use fresh mangoes to make Mango Collins. Just ensure to puree them well before using them. Fresh mangoes will give your cocktail a more authentic and vibrant flavor.

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