Moonlight Sonata

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Author Notes: If Beethoven had been a mixologist instead of a composer, this might have been one of his signature pieces. It’s sweet and pleasant at first, with a bit more excitement as the limeade melts and makes its presence known. The limeade ice cubes are key. Give them a bit more kick, if you like, by simmering a couple slices of fresh ginger in about a half cup of water until it’s reduced by half, to use in the simple syrup you make for the limeade. Either way . . . . Enjoy!!! - AntoniaJamesAntoniaJames

Food52 Review: This Moonlight Sonata is anything but a lullaby! The fresh mangoes lead the way while the acidity of the lime and orange harmonize blissfully. The subtle peach flavor provides a solid base line ... top it off with champagne and you have a lively tune. If you don’t have the patience for limeade ice cubes, you can pour the chilled limeade directly into the mix without worry. Best enjoyed with sunshine and sand. - CatherineJagersA&M

Serves 8-10

  • 1 very ripe mango
  • Juice of 1 large navel orange
  • 1 cup chopped peaches (frozen, home-canned or fresh)
  • 4 twelve–ounce bottles of GUS (Grown Up Soda) - or other very dry - ginger ale
  • One large bottle seltzer water OR a bottle of Prosecco OR a combination of both
  • Limeade ice cubes made from homemade limeade (Please see note below.)
  • You'll need 4-6 limes and sugar to taste for that.
  • Mint or lime slices for garnish.
  • Note: You can use Reed's Ginger Beer instead of the GUS, if you like.
  1. Chill the ginger ale, seltzer and/or Prosecco. Chill your pitcher, too.
  2. Peel the mango and cut/scrape the pulp into a blender.
  3. Add the orange juice and peaches. Puree for about two minutes. Push through a fine-mesh sieve.
  4. Pour into the chilled pitcher with the ginger ale and seltzer water and/or Prosecco.
  5. Stir well. Serve over limeade ice cubes, and garnish with mint or a slice of lime.
  6. Enjoy!! ;o)
  7. Note: To make one tray of limeade ice cubes, make a simple syrup (easily done in a one cup glass or plastic measuring cup in the microwave) by cooking 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar with 4 tablespoons of water until the sugar dissolves. Squeeze 2 or 3 limes directly into the cup. Stir well. Immediately add enough cold water to fill up the ice cube tray (1 to 1 ¼ cup total, for most trays). Freeze. Make as strong or sweet, or not, as you like. To serve 8, you should make two trays. ;o)
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Linda_cooking

over 2 years ago Beautiful, Memorable Food

Could not be prettier! And I love the limeade ice cubes.

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over 2 years ago jenniebgood

This is making me so thirsty - I can imagine drinking this on my porch on a warm afternoon. Nice TJ's tip below - I love that you can make this all year round.

Fb

about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Mango, Prosecco, peaches...oh my! Absolutely gorgeous drink and I can't wait to make it. Thanks for sharing!

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thanks so much, BKR. I have to confess that since someone pointed out to me that you can get a decent mango, peach and orange drink in cartons at Trader Joe's (sold in our stores in the refrigerator cases near the milk), I've actually used it on occasion to make this. It tastes pretty good!! ;o)

Fb

about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thanks for the tip! I've seen it at TJs and I'll check it out.

Sausage2

over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Ohhhh, this has so many of my favorite flavors in it! YUM!

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Thank you, F&S. See my comment above, regarding the ultimate "cheat" for this. ;o)

Me

over 3 years ago wssmom

I missed this first time around but on my Maine vacation this week, this is on the menu! Thanks for entering it!

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Thanks so much, wssmom. ;o)

Bike2

over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Beautiful!

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You're so kind, SG! Thank you.

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over 4 years ago nutty_cook

My wife and I poured these up this weekend to go with our backyard pizza party. It was the perfect drink for a hot Southern evening. THANKS!!!!

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over 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

So glad you liked it!! Thanks for letting us know. The puree mix (mango, orange juice and peaches) makes a great milk shake or smoothie, too, by the way. ;o)

Ry_400

over 4 years ago melissav

This sounds like my kind of drink.

Stringio

over 4 years ago testkitchenette

This looks great and what a sunny color. I say yes to anything with mango in it.