Try this Tropical Mango Lemonade! A delicious fruit and fresh citrus infusion for the summer! This no-fuss recipe makes a half-gallon pitcher of freshly squeezed lemonade blended with fresh mango puree. It’s perfect for pool parties, lemonade stands, and more.
Do mango and lemon go together? YES. Mango and lemon are a blissful pair of fruity and citrusy flavors that taste fantastic together. Hence, fresh mango belongs in freshly squeezed lemonade!
These easy-to-follow instructions teach you how to make fresh mango puree and freshly squeezed lemonade and then mix it all to make a pitcher of mango lemonade. It’s the perfect blend of vibrant flavors: tart, tangy, and sweet, with a burst of juicy mango in every sip.
When you’re out and about, you can stop into Dunkin or Wendy’s and quench your thirst with a mango lemonade, but when you’re at home and craving a tart, tropical treat, this easily accessible DIY version is simply the best.
🥭 Why You Should Make Mango Lemonade From Scratch
- It puts a fruity, tropical twist on a classic summer drink.
- It’s more cost-effective to make at home.
- Better tasting and better for you than what you’ll find at Dunkin’ and Wendy’s.
- Great for summer gatherings and to upgrade lemonade stand menus.
- It doubles as a dynamic cocktail mixer!
To make lemonade with mango, here’s what you’ll need:
- Ripe mango – If you can’t find a good, ripe mango, you can also use chunks of frozen mango (or a frozen medley of mango and other tropical fruits).
- Simple syrup – A liquid sweetener to balance the acidity. It’s effortless to make and can even be made in the microwave. As a naturally sweetened option, you can use honey or agave.
- Lemon juice – Freshly squeezed! Lemons with thin skin are juicier. To get the juices flowing, microwave lemons for 10-15 seconds, then roll them on a flat surface.
- Water – For a clean, fresh-tasting lemonade, filtered or distilled water is best here.
- Recommended Tools:
- Sharp knife
- High-speed blender
- 1/2 gallon pitcher
🥣 How To Make
1️⃣ Step One: Puree mango
Cut ripe mango into cubes and add to a high-speed blender. Pulse to break up the large chunks, then increase the speed and blend into a smooth puree.
2️⃣ Step Two: Combine mango with lemonade
Add the mango puree, simple syrup, lemon juice, and filtered water to a 1/2 gallon-size pitcher, and stir with a whisk until thoroughly combined.
3️⃣ Step Three: Adjust to taste
Taste and add additional simple syrup or lemon juice to your taste preference.
4️⃣ Step Four: Chill and serve
Place the pitcher in the fridge to chill for 2 hours, then immediately serve over ice. Enjoy!
💭 Recipe Tips
- Selecting ripe mangos – Look for mangos that have turned almost entirely from green to shades of yellow and red. Squeeze it. It should have some give but never mushy.
- Cutting mango – With a sharp knife, cut the mango in half length-wise, carefully working around the seed, then make several slices down each half without breaking through the skin. Next, use a spoon to scoop the pieces out of the skin. Then, cut into cubes.
- Adjusting – Some mangos are naturally sweeter than others. You may need to add more simple syrup and lemon juice to balance the flavors.
- Chill for 2 hours – Plan ahead soo you have time to chill your mango lemonade for a couple of hours before serving. This gives the flavors time to wake up and intensify.
🧋 Variations & Serving Suggestions
Switch things up. See below for possible mango lemonade modifications.
- Flavored syrup – Infuse another layer of fruit flavor with fruit-flavored simple syrups like peach, raspberry, watermelon, orange, blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, and kiwi. You can substitute all the unflavored syrup with a flavored syrup or use half and half.
- Serving garnishes – Stir fresh mint or basil leaves and firm, fresh mango slices into the pitcher.
- Add bubbles – Top the pitcher or individual glasses with club soda or fruity seltzer.
- Frozen – Freeze freshly made mango lemonade into cubes, then blend the cubes in a high-speed blender until frothy. You can also freeze this in popsicle molds.
- Keto – To make with less sugar and carbs, use keto simple syrup.
But wait, here are more ways to enhance your drink.
- Mango Arnold Palmer – Fill a glass of ice with equal parts cooled black tea and mango lemonade, and stir!
- Starbucks mango dragonfruit lemonade – Make a copycat by adding dragonfruit and mango puree to lemonade.
- Spiked mango lemonade – Add bourbon, vodka, or a tropical fruity flavored vodka.
🧊 How To Store
This mango lemonade is the perfect summertime thirst-quencher to make once and sip on throughout the week.
Storing: Keep the lemonade in a covered container or a pitcher with a lid in the fridge for 5-7 days. Then, when you’re craving a nice cold glass of mango lemonade, stir the mixture with a long spoon, and pour over fresh ice.
Freezing: To freeze, pour the lemonade into ice cube trays and freeze. Then, place the frozen cubes in a freezer-safe airtight bag and freeze for up to a month. The frozen cubes are great in lemonades, ice teas, cocktails, and more to keep them cold and infuse flavor.
This recipe calls for mango puree, which isn’t the same as mango juice. Mango puree is the flesh and juices blended until smooth. To make mango juice, strain mango puree through cheesecloth to press out the juices.
Three large or four medium lemons yield about one-half cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Absolutely. Set it out for a few minutes to soften, then add frozen mango to a high-speed blender and blend into a puree.
Mango lemonade is the perfect caffeine-free afternoon refresher.
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- Activated Charcoal Lemonade
- Lemon Cordial Concentrate
- Iced Matcha Lemonade
- Cucumber Mint Lemonade
- sharp knife to cut mango
- High Speed Blender to puree mango
- 1/2 gallon pitcher
- 1½ cups ripe mango
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 1/2 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 6 cups water filtered
- Cut ripe mango into cubes and add to a high-speed blender. Pulse to break up the large chunks, then increase the speed and blend into a smooth puree.
- Add the mango puree, simple syrup, lemon juice, and filtered water to a 1/2 gallon-size pitcher, and stir with a whisk until fully combined.
- Taste and add additional simple syrup or lemon juice to your taste preference.
- Transfer the pitcher to the fridge to chill for 2 hours, then immediately serve over ice. Enjoy!