Well, it is no doubt, no bones about it, officially spring up here, and I must admit, I’m kinda loving it. Though I am still sort of holding my breath waiting on the massive rains to come that so far really haven’t, I cannot and will not complain about our recent gorgeous weather. The skies are brilliantly blue, the trees are budding, and mangoes are front and center in my grocery store’s produce department.
Though I didn’t really grow up eating them, I took to mangoes quite easily as a young adult. I know of no one who dislikes their sweet taste and toothsome freshness. And I love their versatility. They work in dishes both savory and sweet, and they are a wonderful vehicle for a refreshing drink, spiked or not.
This Mexican refreshment is delightfully sweet, but not cloying or the least bit heavy. And it’s extremely healthy. There is no added sugar or dairy. And it’s also quite flexible – you could serve it to accompany a cheerful brunch, have it as an afternoon refresher, or even serve it as a light dessert.
So definitely make this while it’s mango season, it’s delicious! And if for some reason mangoes aren’t your thing, or you crave this while they’re out of season, subbing in pretty much any other fruit would work beautifully. Apparently Mexicans also make this drink with pineapples, bananas, and melons.
Source: lightly adapted from ModMex by Scott Linquist
Recipe notes: you can pour the puree through a strainer to serve. I did not, and we liked it just fine. The choice is yours!
4 cups diced fresh mango (about 2 large mangoes)
2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
2 cups ice
4 tbs fresh squeezed lime juice
Mango slices, for garnish (optional)
Lime slices, for garnish (optional)
In the jar of your blender, combine the diced mango, orange juice, ice, and lime juice. Puree until smooth. Pour into 4 tall glasses, add the garnish, if using, and serve. It’s more fun to drink with a straw, I think.
This will make 4 tall glasses as written.