ice cubesSummer is definitely here. After a bit of a stormy start, Summer has reared it’s glorious head. I got burnt yesterday at the beach; I applied sunscreen (patchily, as it turns out) and have awkward sunburn patches on my back and legs.

On top of the 30+ degree weather, this sunburn makes me feel like I’m melting! I had a box of quickly ripening mangoes and was in need of something refreshing, speedy and healthy to ease the pain of the sunburn. This mango lemonade ticks all of these boxes and it tastes like a little bit of heaven. I’m in love with it.

dog ice cubesNow I’m going to sit in an air conditioned room, drink mango lemonade and feel sorry for myself! On hot days like today remember to keep yourself and your dogs cool – ice cubes are a great idea for humans and furry friends!

Mango lemonade

Makes 500mlpour

  • 250g mango flesh (approx. 2 medium mangoes)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups water

Put ½ cup of the water and the sugar in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Stir to help dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat when the sugar has dissolved. This is called simple syrup. Set to one side.

mango fleshPeel your mango and puree the flesh. I recently discovered the ease with which you can peel the skin from a mango using a glass tumbler. It’s amazing!

Next, add the simple syrup, water and lemon juice to the blender until mixed, then transfer to a pitcher filled with ice.

Drink immediately. This recipe will give you two generous drinks. Enjoy!

aboveYou may wish to jazz up your ice cubes with some fresh fruit – I used strawberry quarters and a few raspberries to give my mango lemonade a pop of colour.

If you’re interested in Summer drinks, these delicious beverages might also take your fancy:

Passionfruit mint cocktailBerry slushie

Rooibos iced tea

Pimms

Strawberry and lemon cordial

8 comments

  1. Hi Gab.
    I love your blog! Can you please tell how to do the “thing” with mangos and a glass tumbler?
    Cheers
    Kathryn

    1. Hi Kathryn, Thank you for the lovely comment 🙂 I was going to explain the mango trick in a blog post, but I’ll explain it as simply as I can here first – you slice the mango into thirds (two cheeks and the stone section) and then grab a tumbler and slide the rim of the tumbler in between the flesh and skin of the cheeks. Voila!

  2. This looks and sounds delicious! I love mangoes and any drinks involving mangoes… 🙂 I hardly remember what summer’s like, though, haha! Lucky you in the southern hemisphere 😉 Hope your sunburn heals quickly!

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