It is raining mangoes everywhere. Grocery stores, food blogs, photography sites, lunch/dinner menus I’m hearing from my friends and family – all have something to do with mangoes now. I’m joining the mango bandwagon too with this simple yet super delicious Mango Citrus Mocktail.
I have a few good mango based recipes under my belt that have been trying to make their way to the blog here. But, the realization about making a post usually comes only after the season gets over every year. I’m trying to wake up a little early this year and post at least a couple of them before it is too late.
The varieties and quality of mangoes you get here in the US can in no way be compared to what you find in India. Despite that, it is quite hard to not stock up your fridge with these lovelies when they are available. The desserts and drinks that you can make with the ripe fruits and the pickles and other spicy dishes that you can make with the green ones are just countless.
If you have any favorite or family recipe that uses mango as the key ingredient, I’d love to hear from you. I’d appreciate if you can take time to leave a comment about it . Green mango rice, avakkai oorgai (pickle), green mango thokku, and mango kulfi are some our family favorites. This mocktail is a new entrant into the favorites list and it has become such a hit in my parties too. If you relish mangoes, you’ve gotta try this.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 12 mins
1 cup mango pulp (fresh or canned)
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup simple syrup (see recipe below)
4 cups water
Mix all ingredients well in a pitcher and refrigerate.
To serve, fill a tall glass with ice and pour the mocktail. Garnish with mint and serve cold.
Recipe for Simple Syrup
Combine equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan. I used 3/4th cup of sugar and water each for this mocktail. Stir sugar and water over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Continue to heat and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and allow the syrup to cool down completely.
1. Canned pulp usually contains added sugar. Adjust the quantity of simple syrup in the mocktail to suit your taste. When mangoes are in season try to use fresh pulp for best flavor and taste.
2. Always use juice from fresh citrus fruits. Store bought juices don’t give you the best results.
3. You can skip oranges if you don’t have them.
4. The mocktail that you get from this recipe is a concentrate. If you don’t use much ice, dilute the drink a little more with a cup or two of water.
5. You can use this mocktail as a margarita mix too.