Tiger Lily

By • July 12, 2011 • 24 Comments



Author Notes: One part delicate, one part tropical, and one part tiger, this fragrant drink surprises by leaving a spicy whisper on your palate. The slightly bitter kaffir lime picks up the sour edge of the sake, while sweet mango makes you want more. gingerroot

Food52 Review: Gingerroots Tiger Lilly cocktail is a tropical treasure trove of flavor. I used a champagne mango which on it's own is delicious and when muddled with kaffir lime leaves and black pepper it is literally bursting with flavor, topping it off with sake, clementine soda and coconut water makes for a perfectly balanced and unbelievably delicious drink. Served ice cold on a very warm spring evening, it was the perfect before dinner drink. I will absolutely be making this again, probably by the pitcher.sdebrango

Makes 1 drink

  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ripe or overripe mango (you want it to be a little mushy)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 ounce chilled sake (Junmai Gingo)
  • 1 ounce sparkling Clementine soda (I used IZZE)
  • 1/2 ounce coconut water (I used Zico)
  • Ice
  1. Stack 2 kaffir lime leaves and tear and fold to release oils.
  2. Muddle torn kaffir lime leaves, mango and black pepper in a cocktail shaker, until fragrant and mango is well smushed. Add 4-5 ice cubes. Pour in sake, sparkling Clementine soda and coconut water. Shake until well combined. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with a kaffir lime leaf. Enjoy!

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about 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Oh, I'm adding this to the list of must-makes! Next time I see kaffir lime leaves at the market, I'm grabbing them to make this.

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about 1 year ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, Susan! These hit the spot at the end of a hot summer day.

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Can't wait for my mango to ripen I finally have the kaffir lime leaves so I can make this drink, I forgot about it until now so glad it resurfaced.

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, sdebrango! Let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it.

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about 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Love kaffir limes....and mangos. This sounds like Tropical paradise

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, KB! The kaffir really picks up the flavor of the sake contrasts nicely with the mango and sparkling soda.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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I have everything but the kaffir lime leaves, I hurt my back and cannot go to the store to get them. Is there a substitute? I really want to make this drink but will wait if the leaves can not be switched with any other ingredient.

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Hi sdebrango! So sorry to hear about your back injury. Hope you are feeling better soon. It won't be exactly the same flavor, but you can substitute lime zest for the leaves. http://www.foodsubs.com...
Let me know what you think with the zest!

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Ooh, what a beauty. I have a friend who brings back kaffir lime leaves from California when she visits her parents, and I'm going to make her make me one of these the next time she has a stash!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, fiveandspice! Not sure how I missed your comment, other than summer is zipping by right before my eyes. I hope you get to try this, it is not too sweet and a lovely summer sipper.

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Amazing flavors!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, Sagegreen!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Happy to see a sake cocktail. This sounds fab!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, Midge! I'm usually not a big sake drinker, but it works really well with these flavors.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Great name!! and great flavors, gingerroot!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, mrslarkin! It's a long story but in the end, the name fits (did you know Tiger Lilies have black spots?). I hope you try it. It's a great erase-stress-of-the-day kind of drink.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you! maybe whole foods has them.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Yum! This sounds complex and delicious.

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, hla! They go down easy and I look nice too (I'm hoping to get a pic up soon)!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

HA, what a terrible case of editing while typing and not re-reading before pressing the submit comment button!! Let's try that again "They go down easy and look nice too..."

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Great cocktail, are kaffir lime leaves easy to find?

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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You can generally find them at Asian markets. I also sometimes see them in well-stocked grocery stores.

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, sdebrango! I'd love to hear your thoughts if you give it a whirl. My local WF carries kaffir lime, though I've also found them at the Asian market.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Have to go to whole foods friday will maje this weekend. Will let you know saving in my recipes.