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This mango lemonade is summertime, sunshine-on-the-patio, bliss in a cup! And that's not even overselling it. It's refreshing, tropical, and super juicy – since it's made with real mangoes. Learn how to make mango lemonade in minutes and serve it up at your next backyard bbq!
The best 4-ingredient mango lemonade
This mango lemonade is the perfect balance of tart citrus and sweet mango flavor, perfect to cool off on a summer's eve or crush by the pool mid-afternoon. The best part is that it's made with only four ingredients and one of them is water! Adding fresh mangoes to the blender makes for a silky-smooth sip and slightly thicker mouthfeel – it's luxurious, really! If you don't have fresh mangoes, frozen and thawed mango will also work.
How to make mango lemonade
This recipe can be made in three easy steps:
- Blend the mangoes using a blender until nice and smooth.
- Make the honey syrup by adding honey to hot water until the honey dissolves.
- Mix all the ingredients, including mangoes, honey syrup, lemon juice, and water into a pitcher and serve chilled!
Mango lemonade ingredients
It takes just four simple ingredients to make this recipe (full recipe below), and two of them you probably already have on hand.
Mangoes: Any type of mango will work in this recipe, including frozen and thawed. Fresh, ripe mangoes, however, will provide a wonderful, goes-down-smooth, texture. They add a sweet, bright pop to complement the lemon juice. We blend the mango chunks into mango pulp (mango puree) for the ultimate sweet flavor.
Honey: The honey will be used to make sweet honey simple syrup. It adds sweetness and a depth of flavor, however, you can use sugar in a pinch. Just make sure to use berry sugar or simmer the water and sugar so the sugar dissolves before using it.
Lemon juice: freshly squeezed lemon juice is a top choice for this recipe. It'll add that familiar, bright, citrusy flavor of lemonade.
Water: The concentrated taste of blended mangoes, honey syrup, and lemon juice need water to turn this into a delightful drink. Six cups of water will do to fill a large pitcher with mango lemonade!
Mango lemonade add-ins
Enjoy the mango lemonade as is, or you can try some of these add-ins for a twist!
- Berries: raspberries or strawberries are delightful in this drink! Add either berry into the blender with the mangoes, or add some into the mango lemonade as a garnish.
- Fizz: You can easily make this a fizzy mango lemonade by substituting sparkling water for still water.
- Pineapple: for a super tropical twist, blend in some pineapple to complement the mangoes and lemon juice.
- Alcohol: Easily turn this mango lemonade into a punch or cocktail by adding vodka or rum.
- Lime: If you fancy a citrusy punch, you can add fresh lime juice or slices of lime to garnish the glass. It will turn it into a mango limeade!
- Mint: Another variation you can try is to add fresh mint leaves to your glass or the pitcher. It will infuse your lemonade with a lovely mint flavor.
- Ice cubes: Really need to cool off? You can add ice cubes as desired, just know that as the ice cubes melt in the pitcher it will slightly dilute the mango lemonade.
Can I use frozen mangoes?
You can use frozen mangoes for this recipe, just thaw them in advance of using.
Can I use sugar instead of honey?
You sure can! Make sure the sugar dissolves in the water you'll add to your mango lemonade before using it, otherwise, it will be a bit gritty.
How long does mango lemonade last in the fridge?
Cover your mango lemonade before popping it in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you've added sparkling water or bubbles of any kind to it, it will keep the fizz for 1 day in the fridge.
What type of mangoes should I use?
We love Ataulfo mangoes – the smaller, yellow-skinned, oblong-shaped mangoes you see in the grocery store. They're extra sweet with loads of mango flavor. But any variety of mango will work in this recipe. Choose what you have on hand or the kind you enjoy the most!
- 3 cups cubed mango (see notes)
- ½ cup honey (see notes)
- ½ cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed for the best flavor)
- 6 cups water (divided)
- Add the cubed mango to your blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Optional: strain the juice through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the pulp.3 cups cubed mango
- Make the honey syrup by mixing the honey and 1 cup of hot tap water in a cup until the honey dissolves.½ cup honey
- Pour the mango juice, honey syrup, lemon juice, and remaining 5 cups of cold water into a pitcher. Stir well then serve over ice.½ cup lemon juice
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