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Jamaican Mango (Frozen) Apr 29

Jamaican Mango (Frozen)

Having recently tried a half decent Mango Daiquiri and on the day in question picked up a bottle of Mango Puree, a little bit of experimentation led to my Frozen Jamaican Mango.

While most of the Mango cocktail recipes I’ve seen use light rum, I decided to add a bit more weight to the rum flavours by using a Dark Jamaican Rum. The Pineapple rum flavour is more subtle, but blends well with the mango flavour. Of course the addition of the 150+ Proof Rum float will give this tropical frozen drink a bit of a kick. However, if you are unable to source 150+ Proof Rum, then the Overproof Rum of your choice will suffice as a substitute.


1 1/2 Measures of Dark Jamaican Rum
1 1/2 Measures of Pineapple flavoured Rum
3 Measure of Mango Juice
1/2 Measure of Mango Puree
1/2 Measure of 150+ Proof Rum
Pineapple Wedge to garnish


Hurricane Glass (Large Cocktail Goblet)
Tall Drinking Straw

Quarter fill the Blender with Ice and pour in the Dark Jamaican Rum, Pineapple flavoured Rum, Mango Juice and Mango Puree.

Blend the ingredients for approx 30 – 45 seconds. Once ready, pour the blended mix into the Hurricane Glass and pour the 150+ Proof Rum on top of the drink as a float. Add the Drinking Straw and Pineapple Wedge to garnish before serving.

The Trailer threw out all of the Trash Apr 29

While some of my fellow Rum Blogger’s headed off to the sunshine and parties of Miami this week, for the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, I had the pleasure of heading to last night’s reopening party of Trailer Happiness, in London’s Notting Hill.

While the decor may have changed for the better, what hasn’t changed is the quality Tiki cocktails or relaxed atmosphere of one of London’s best hangouts. For those who haven’t as yet discovered Happiness at the Trailer, head to 177 Portobello Road and sample some of the best cocktails in London.

Trailer Happiness describes itself as a “Cosmopolitan Kitsch Tiki Bar in Notting Hill.” Authentic Tiki cocktails are their speciality and along with Trader Vic’s they certainly know how to make a proper Mai Tai. Other notable cocktails sampled last night include the Atomic Punch, Cotton Mouth Killer and a flaming Mexican Head Hunter.

For those that maybe prefer their spirits less diluted, you will find one of the better selections of rums in London town, along with the usual suspects of tequila, vodka, gin and other fine spirits. This isn’t surprising as Trailer Happiness has been the home of London’s Rum Club for several years now and is often frequented by several notable experts in the rum industry.

Of course it wouldn’t be good to drink on an empty stomach and the Trailer’s kitchen ensures that this isn’t the case. Delicious nibbles and finger food are found aplenty and I can highly recommend the aubergine tempura, the mini burgers and the prawns.

Of course, no bar – no matter how Kitsch, would be complete without a good atmosphere. So if it isn’t the laid back tunes, the chances are it’ll be the friendly bar staff ensuring that you and your friends leave at the end of the night happier than you started the day.

So the next time you’re out and about in west London, don’t just take my word for it but make sure you soak up the atmosphere and cocktails at Trailer Happiness. For more information, please visit

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