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Smoky Mango Ginger Spritz

An intense and complex bouquet of flavors that come together on the grill top makes a fantastic way to bring some extra life into your ginger beer and make a dazzling spritz. A recipe from the Sizzle & Smoke Backyard BBQ recipe series on the Cuisinart Woodcreek 4-in-1 Pellet Grill with Full Heart Hospitality, featuring Chef Matt Jennings and Mixologist Silas Axtell.

Ingredients

For the smoked mango syrup

  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 mangos, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 orange, peels only
  • ½ teaspoon five spice
  • ¼ cup basil Leaves

For the drink

  • 5 fluid ounces smoked mango syrup
  • .75 fluid ounce lime juice
  • 4 fluid ounces ginger beer (or sparkling water if you prefer)
  • Garnish with lime wheel and fresh mango

Nutritional information

Makes about 4 drinks

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the basil, in a shallow pan and smoke inside the Woodcreek for about 30 minutes. Stir after the first 10 minutes.

  2. Add basil after removing from the heat, allowing the basil to gently steep. Let liquid cool before straining through a fine strainer. Seal in a container and keep for party time.

To present: 

Start by chilling 4, 16-ounce glasses in the freezer or refrigerator. Fill with ice and then add the syrup and citrus juice and top off with your favorite ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel and fresh mango.