Mango-Mint Limeade

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Author Notes: I love sweet mango with tart lime so I created this drink to celebrate the two. I also wanted to add a herbal note so decided to create a simple syrup infused with mint -- mostly because mint makes so much sense with mango and lime but also because I have a huge pot of it outside my porch door. Basil makes a fine substitute, or a combination of basil and mint would be lovely, too. The use of turbinado sugar gives the drink a nice complex sweetness that you don't get with regular white sugar. If you happen to be lucky enough to have a surplus of fresh, ripe mangoes, by all means use them here. Otherwise, a bag of frozen mango, something I always keep on hand, makes a great substitute.EmilyC

Food52 Review: This is a very nice beverage that is both refreshing and light. The addition of mint and cardamom gives the limeade a lovely combo of spice and herb on the background of the mango and the lime. Feel free to adjust the mint and cardamom amounts to your liking. I found it was best with 4 cups sparkling water. Stephanie Bourgeois

Serves 8

  • 1 pound bag frozen mango, thawed, or 3 cups fresh mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup turbinado or raw sugar
  • 1 T grated lime zest + 1/2 cup juice from 4 to 5 limes
  • 10 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed with the back of a knife
  • 1 cup loosely packed mint (basil or a combination of mint/basil can be substituted))
  • Sparkling water
  • thinly sliced limes and mint for garnish
  1. In a bowl of a food processor, combine mango and lime juice and process until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, pressing down and scraping back and forth with a spatula to extract as much of the mango-lime juice as possible. Also make sure to scrape the underside of the strainer into your bowl -- just make sure you rinse your spatula first! You should have about 2 cups of mango-lime juice. Chill until ready to use.
  2. To make the mint simple syrup, combine the sugar, 1 cup water, lime zest, cardamom pods, and mint in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until a thin syrup forms. Pass the syrup through a strainer into a bowl or measuring cup. You should have about 1 cup of mint simple syrup. Chill until ready to use.
  3. When ready to serve, combine the chilled mango-lime juice and mint simple syrup in a 1.5 quart or larger pitcher. Stir to combine, then add sparkling water. I find about 4 cups to be right, but add more or less to get the dilution you prefer. Pour into glasses filled with lots of ice. Garnish with lime wedges and mint.
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4 months ago Phillippa Cannon

I had extra mint-basil simple syrup to use in cocktails such as basil-mint gimlet or mojito.

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4 months ago Phillippa Cannon

I tried this recipe yesterday. I used a combination of basil and mint in the simple syrup. It is a very refreshing drink, especially today when we are experiencing 90 degree temps and rain here in Chicago.

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6 months ago Ema Phelps

Used fresh mango and swapped the sparkling water with beer for the adults, delicious both ways!

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6 months ago EmilyC

With beer -- intriguing! So glad you tried and liked this!

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7 months ago JanetFL

The Florida me eats fresh mango only with a squeeze of lime so this is very appealing. I think I know what I'm bringing to our 4th of July in Colorado since frozen mango is readily available. Thanks, Emily!

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over 1 year ago Kitchen Butterfly

My daughter and I are scheming.....planning on making this tomorrow, for it is mango season in Nigeria. It sounds delicious and fresh, refreshingly perfect for the hot Nigerian weather!

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over 1 year ago EmilyC

Hey KB -- really hope you try this! I have to admit that I've only used frozen mango, but I'm sure it's even better with ripe, juicy, in-season mango. Let me know what you think if you try it!

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over 1 year ago teri.l.taylor.37

Looks amazing!!!

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over 1 year ago EmilyC

Thanks -- it's great for spring and summer!

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over 1 year ago EmilyC

Very cool! Thanks so much for featuring my recipe (and for the reminder to make this again soon)!

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over 2 years ago HoustonHeat

Made this yesterday for a Memorial Day grillout. It was a hit - with either sparkling water or sparkling water and vodka for an adult beverage! Very flavorful and refreshing. I think next time I will add more mint -- maybe muddled - to brighten the flavors more; it seemed to get a little lost competing with the lime and mango. This is a keeper!!

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

So glad you made and enjoyed this! Your idea to add some muddled mint is a great one. Thanks for reporting back!

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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This sounds fantastically refreshing. Your photo is exquisite.

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

Thanks so much, HLA, on both counts!

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over 2 years ago wssmom

This sounds amazingly luscious (even without booze!)

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

I'm sure a little rum wouldn't hurt!

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

I'm sure a little rum wouldn't hurt!

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over 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

lovely, just lovely. i plan to make this maybe tonight, w/ thai basil leaqves (what i have) ,so when you get chosen CP i will alrdy have a comment!!
best,
mindy

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

Ooh...LOVE the idea of using Thai basil...might be fun to swap out the lime zest with kaffir lime leaves, too. Hope you find the time to try them...would love to know what you think!

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over 2 years ago meganvt01

Yum! I'll be making this for boat rides this summer.

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

Thanks Megan -- be sure to report back if you try them! And congrats again on your win this week!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I know I will be making this one this summer. Refreshing and loaded with flavor. Wonderful Emily.

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

Thanks so much, sdebrango! They're very refreshing and a fun twist on a classic limeade.