The Story Behind The Secret Life of Plants
The Secret Life of Plants cocktail comes to us from Emily Mistell, the owner of Portland’s indoor-jungle cocktail spot Hey Love. The drink was originally created for a special event called Big Feast in Little China, but is now a popular mainstay on Hey Love’s menu.
"It was so fun to take Chinese flavors and mash them up with tiki tropical fun,” says Mistell. "The mango and Oolong tea marry so nicely together and really start to sing when added to the Magdalena rum, made by our friends right down the street at House Spirits.” The name of the drink is inspired by the many beautiful plants throughout Hey Love.
Mango Oolong Syrup Ingredients
- 850 grams mango puree
- 850 grams white sugar
- 12 ounces water
- 1 can (12 ounces) mango nectar
- 12 grams citric acid
- 4 tablespoons brewed and cooled Oolong tea
Mango Oolong Syrup Directions
- Combine all ingredients in a small pot on the stovetop, and heat, stirring occasionally, until dissolved.
- Remove from heat and let cool.