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!!! - AntoniaJames —AntoniaJames
Test Kitchen Notes
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. - CatherineJagers —The Editors
- 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.
- Chill the ginger ale, seltzer and/or Prosecco. Chill your pitcher, too.
- Peel the mango and cut/scrape the pulp into a blender.
- Add the orange juice and peaches. Puree for about two minutes. Push through a fine-mesh sieve.
- Pour into the chilled pitcher with the ginger ale and seltzer water and/or Prosecco.
- Stir well. Serve over limeade ice cubes, and garnish with mint or a slice of lime.
- Enjoy!! ;o)
- 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)