Now out of vaguely northern European ways to spell the names of fruits, Absolut turns the mango (mangeaux?) for its latest infused vodka.
The contents of Absolut Mango should not surprise you in the slightest: Absolut Swedish vodka, infused with natural mango flavor. There are no artificial additions or sugar or anything else in the vodka (which remains at 80 proof).
I don’t know if it’s because the mango is such a foreign fruit to decidedly non-tropical Sweden, but this is not my favorite Absolut infusion. It’s got a wonderful and promising mango aroma, but after drinking it straight (chilled or on the rocks), one is left with a moderately bitter character and a harsh aftertaste and only a hint of mango in the body. Thankfully it works much better in cocktails, imparting more mango flavor and generally adding complexity to standard mixers (lemonade, cranberry juice) than you would get with regular vodka. And, since it’s 80 proof, your drink is just as strong.