My dilemma with this post was whether I should share a post on mango iced tea or should I share mango lemonade. Eventually my lop sided love for fruity lemonades made me go ahead with lemonade. And when you have bought yourself two dozen of the sweetest Alphonso mangoes, you want to enjoy them in every possible way!
I am already planning what I am going to make next with the current batch of mangoes. Probably a burfi (fudge) I guess as I am badly craving some Indian mithai (Indian confection). I have not enjoyed any mithai ever since lockdown was clamped in Mumbai.
I had earlier shared with you Aamrakhand / Mango Shirkhand (using my previous batch of mangoes) and also the skinny version of the Mango Cheesecake served two ways. It was now time to enjoy mangoes in a non-alcoholic drink and what better than a simple lemonade. Simple yet always so satiating and cooling.
I took a cue from my Roasted Peaches & Mango Chilli Ice Cream, which happens to be one of my most popular and loved post. The chilli adds that subtle hint of heat which pairs beautifully with the sweet mangoes in the lemonade. In fact I love adding chillies to my fruity drinks may that be the Indian Java Plum Drink (Jamun Kala Khatta) or the Strawberry Limeade
An easy breezy recipe that comes together in minutes. Sweet juicy Alphonso blended with freshly squeezed lime juice, chilled water and topped with ice is one delicious way to ‘enjoy’ the Indian summers 🙂
1 medium sized Alphonso Mango, peeled and diced
⅛ – ¼ tsp Chili Powder (adjust amount according to the heat of chillies)
1½ tbsp Lemon Juice
3 tbsp Sugar (I used brown sugar) or any sweetener of your choice
400 ml Chilled Water
(Please keep in mind that Indian lemons are intensely sour therefore very less amount is required for making the lemonade)
A few Ice cubes
Fresh Mint leaves, to garnish
Lemon slices, to garnish
Puree the mangoes along with chilli powder and sugar. (It yields heaped ½ cup of thick puree)
Now add lemon juice and chilled water and blitz everything in a blender or liquidizer.
Pour the lemonade in two tall glasses and serve topped with ice, a few mint leaves and lemon slices. Enjoy!
Serves – 2 adults
(Yield – 600 ml)
Note – You can use store brought canned mango pulp for making the lemonade if fresh mangoes are not available or if they are not in season.
Thanks for your visit and see you soon again with another exciting recipe.