Mango Lemonade or Mango-ade, Mango Madness Month
Although there is nothing lemonade-y about this drink, I am still calling it a Mango Lemonade…just because it really is like a lemonade but without lemons and also because I cant think of a better name! At home in Hindi there is a drink called aam ka panna - this is very similar to that, only with less spices.
I was first thinking of making mango lassi in this section because it is such a popular drink and I am sure there are a lot of people out there who might want to learn how to make it at home. But when I searched it online I realized that there are a ton of recipes/versions out there for it, so I went with this one instead. That said, if you would like me to do a mango lassi recipe here, then please leave a note in the comments. If I get enough requests of people who are interested in it (5 or more) then I would surely include it in the Mango madness Month.
In the meantime, this recipe is the basic mixture of fruit cooked in simple syrup till it becomes soft. Then pureed and cooked with some more water. Finally strained and cooled after adding some seasoning. An interesting twist to this drink is to top it up with some plain soda and make it fizzy. I always like it better with fizz. This also cuts down on the sweetness of the drink.
The drink is full of vitamin c as mango is really high in vit c – when served chilled with loads of ice…its just perfect on a hot afternoon. You can spike it up a bit with mango or plain rum and enjoy it on a warm evening in a lounge chair on your porch!
Makes about 6 glasses
Cooking time 30 minutes
Things you will need:
1 large raw mango
1 cup of sugar
7 1/2 cups water
½ tsp salt
few sprigs of fresh mint
plain soda to top the drink
- Cut mango into small bite size pieces.
- In a deep saucepan add mango, sugar and 1 ½ cups water and cook on medium low till the mango is cooked through for about 20 minutes.
- Let cool and bring to a room temperature. Puree in a blender.
- Add the pulp back to the saucepan and now cook it with the rest of water for 10 to 12 minutes on medium low.
- Add salt and stir well. Let cool.
- Strain into a jug and refrigerate till the lemonade is chilled.
- Lightly muddle some fresh mint leaves in a tall glass and pour the lemonade.
- Top with some plain soda and garnish with fresh mint sprigs before serving.