Fourth of July

Tiger Lily Cocktail

July 12, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Makes 1 drink
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

Test Kitchen Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 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 ounces 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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Recipe by: gingerroot

My most vivid childhood memories have to do with family and food. As a kid, I had the good fortune of having a mom who always encouraged trying new things, and two grandmothers who invited me into their kitchens at a young age. I enjoy cooking for the joy it brings me - sharing food with loved ones - and as a stress release. I turn to it equally during good times and bad. Now that I have two young children, I try to be conscientious about what we cook and eat. Right about the time I joined food52, I planted my first raised bed garden and joined a CSA; between the two I try to cook as sustainably and organically as I can. Although I'm usually cooking alone, my children are my favorite kitchen companions and I love cooking with them. I hope when they are grown they will look back fondly at our time spent in the kitchen, as they teach their loved ones about food-love. Best of all, after years on the mainland for college and graduate school, I get to eat and cook and raise my children in my hometown of Honolulu, HI. When I'm not cooking, I am helping others grow their own organic food or teaching schoolchildren about art.

16 Reviews

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.
gingerroot May 23, 2013
Thanks so much, Susan! These hit the spot at the end of a hot summer day.
Kitchen B. July 18, 2011
Love kaffir limes....and mangos. This sounds like Tropical paradise
gingerroot July 19, 2011
Thank you, KB! The kaffir really picks up the flavor of the sake contrasts nicely with the mango and sparkling soda.
gingerroot July 22, 2011
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.
Let me know what you think with the zest!
fiveandspice July 14, 2011
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!
gingerroot July 19, 2011
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.
Sagegreen July 12, 2011
Amazing flavors!
gingerroot July 12, 2011
Thanks, Sagegreen!
Midge July 12, 2011
Happy to see a sake cocktail. This sounds fab!
gingerroot July 12, 2011
Thanks, Midge! I'm usually not a big sake drinker, but it works really well with these flavors.
mrslarkin July 12, 2011
Great name!! and great flavors, gingerroot!
gingerroot July 12, 2011
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.
hardlikearmour July 12, 2011
Yum! This sounds complex and delicious.
gingerroot July 12, 2011
Thanks, hla! They go down easy and I look nice too (I'm hoping to get a pic up soon)!
gingerroot July 12, 2011
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..."