Mango Sunset Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:10%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Mango Sunset cocktail is a vibrant and tropical concoction that has become a favorite for those who enjoy fruity and refreshing drinks. Its origin is not well-documented, but it is believed to have been inspired by the beautiful sunsets seen on tropical beaches around the world.

  • Inspiration: The cocktail's color gradient resembles the hues of a sunset, making it visually appealing and an instant hit on social media.
  • Popularity: It's particularly popular among beach-goers and in coastal resorts where mangoes are abundant.
  • Target Audience: Ideal for those who prefer sweet cocktails with a tropical twist.

How Mango Sunset Tastes?

The Mango Sunset cocktail offers a sweet and fruity flavor profile with a hint of tanginess from the citrus. It's a light and refreshing drink with a smooth mango taste that is complemented by the subtle warmth of rum.

Interesting facts about Mango Sunset

  • Colorful Presentation: The layered colors of the drink make it as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palate.
  • Versatility: It can be easily adapted for a non-alcoholic version by omitting the rum, making it suitable for all ages.
  • Seasonal Popularity: The Mango Sunset is especially popular during the summer months and in tropical destinations.


  • Mango puree: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Orange juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lime juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • White rum: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Grenadine: 0.5 oz(15ml)

Mango Puree

Mango puree adds a tropical sweetness and rich texture to the cocktail. Using 2 oz gives just the right amount of flavor without overpowering the other ingredients. If less is used, the mango flavor may become too subtle, and if more, it could make the drink too thick and sweet.

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Orange Juice

The acidity and sweetness of orange juice, at 1 oz, create a balanced citrus background for the mango. Too much could overpower the mango, and too little could leave the cocktail tasting flat.

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Lime Juice

A zesty touch of lime juice (0.5 oz) brightens up the cocktail and cuts through the sweetness. Skipping it could make the drink cloyingly sweet, while too much can make it too tart.

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Simple Syrup

Simple syrup (0.5 oz) is used to ensure a balanced sweetness. Without it, the drink might not be sweet enough, especially if the fruit purees are tart. Excess, however, could make the cocktail too sweet.

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White Rum

The spirit of the cocktail, white rum (1.5 oz), provides an alcoholic kick and subtle sweetness. Not enough rum and you won't feel the warmth and depth, too much could overpower the delicate flavors of the fruit.

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Ice Cubes

Ice is crucial for chilling and diluting the cocktail just right to make it refreshing and sessionable. A cocktail without ice can taste too strong and lack the right texture.

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Grenadine (0.5 oz) not only sweetens further but provides the signature sunset effect in the drink. Omitting it loses the visual appeal and a layer of sweetness. Adding too much may result in a drink that's overly sweet and heavy with syrup.

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Recipe. How to make Mango Sunset Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add 2 oz of mango puree, 1 oz of orange juice, 0.5 oz of lime juice, 0.5 oz of simple syrup, and 1.5 oz of white rum.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass.
  5. Slowly pour 0.5 oz of grenadine into the glass. It will sink and create a 'sunset' effect.
  6. Garnish with a slice of mango or an orange wheel.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: To enhance the refreshing experience, chill the serving glass in the freezer for about 15 minutes before making the cocktail.
  • Layering: Pour the grenadine slowly over the back of a spoon to achieve a more defined layering effect.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Use fresh mango puree and freshly squeezed citrus juices for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus notes in the cocktail will complement the char and slight sweetness of grilled shrimp or fish.
  • Spicy Appetizers: The sweetness of the mango can help balance the heat from spicy dishes like jalapeño poppers or spicy Thai chicken skewers.
  • Cheese Platter: A selection of cheeses, especially those that are mild and creamy, will pair nicely with the fruity and vibrant notes of the Mango Sunset cocktail.

Drink Pairings

  • Coconut Water: For a non-alcoholic pairing, coconut water can accompany the cocktail, providing a refreshing and hydrating balance.
  • Sparkling Water: A spritz of sparkling water on the side helps cleanse the palate between sips of the sweet cocktail.

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What you could change in Mango Sunset

  • Mango Puree: Can be substituted with mango nectar or mango juice if puree is not available.
  • White Rum: For a non-alcoholic version, omit the rum or use a rum-flavored syrup.
  • Grenadine: Pomegranate juice mixed with a bit of sugar can be used as a homemade alternative.

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Berry Sunset

Swap mango puree with mixed berry puree for a berry twist. Reduce simple syrup to 0.25 oz since berries can be sweeter. This will give a more tart and berry-rich taste with a dark and alluring 'sunset'.

Tropical Breeze

Add 0.5 oz of coconut cream and use pineapple juice instead of orange juice. This brings a creamy and exotic profile to the cocktail, resembling a tropical oasis.

Spicy Sunset

Infuse the rum with jalapeños for a spicy kick. Replace simple syrup with agave syrup for a more complex sweetness. The final drink will have a sweet heat that sneaks up on you, perfect for those who like a little spice in their life.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mango Sunset

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Mango Sunset

How do I achieve the perfect 'sunset' layering in other drinks?

The sunset effect is created by the density of the liquid poured last. To achieve this with other cocktails, choose a heavy syrup or liqueur and pour it slowly over the back of a spoon so it settles at the bottom, creating a gradient.

What's the best type of glass to serve the Mango Sunset cocktail in?

A highball glass or a hurricane glass is ideal for the Mango Sunset because they are tall, allowing room for the ice and the layering effect of the grenadine.

Can I use frozen mango instead of mango puree for the cocktail?

Yes, you can use frozen mango. Just ensure it's thawed and blended smoothly to a puree-like consistency before using it in your cocktail.

Is there a specific technique to garnishing the Mango Sunset?

For aesthetics and added flavor, consider slicing the mango or citrus wheel thinly and placing it on the rim of the glass or floating it on top after pouring the cocktail.

What are some popular variations of the Mango Sunset cocktail?

Variations might include swapping out the type of citrus juice, adding different fruit purees, using flavored syrups, or experimenting with other types of rum, like spiced rum for a more complex flavor profile.

How should I store leftover mango puree?

Leftover mango puree can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days, or it can be frozen in ice cube trays for easy portioning and longer shelf life.

Can I make the Mango Sunset in a batch for a party?

Yes, the Mango Sunset can be made in larger quantities. Just multiply the ingredients proportionally based on the number of servings you need. However, add the grenadine to each glass individually to maintain the visual effect.

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