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Tangy Mango Lemonade Recipe
The Best Mango Lemonade Recipe
Tumbes, Peru is an inferno. While the tropical sun blazes, heat radiates from the ground with volcanic intensity. How did we survive two years of such torment? Mango lemonade was one of the few saving graces during our time spent near the equator.
Aside from fish and bananas, which are the lifeblood of Tumbes' economy, two food items are rock bottom cheap: lemons and mangos. What Peruvians call "lemons" are actually Key limes, the true lime known the world over and the only citrus fruit which grows exclusively in the tropics.
Although any mango lemonade is delicious, nothing beats a beverage made with Key limes. First of all, Key lime juice provides an assertive tanginess that's the perfect compliment to mango's intense, syrupy sweetness. I love to hand an icy glass of mango lemonade to a guest who walks through my door on a summer day and see the relief wash over them. Why is this lemonade extra thirst quenching? Mango's natural sweetness means you can go light on the extra sugar. In Tumbes we sweetened our lemonade with freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, but a bit of raw sugar, agave or stevia works just as well.
Taste for yourself and discover the wonders of mango lemonade! All you need is a blender, a lime squeezer and a strainer. So let's get started, before the summer heat gets the best of me...
More Delicious Recipes:
- Since ice cubes dilute a beverage, try making lemonade ice cubes ahead of time.
- Chill glasses in the freezer.
- Serve with a lime or mango slice on the lip of the glasses.
- For a fancy touch, rub glass rims with leftover lime halves and dip in sugar.
- Invest in a lime squeezer, the best tool for juicing a Key lime. See Amazon capsule.
- Limes yield more juice when squeezed at room temperature.
- Apply pressure while rolling the lime back and forth. This will also allow you to squeeze out more juice.
- For a lower calorie beverage, sweeten with stevia.
- Since mangos vary in sweetness, start with less sugar and taste before adding more.
- 1/2 - 1 cup white sugar, raw sugar or agave, to taste
- 2/3 cup fresh squeezed Key lime juice
- 6 cups water
- 1 mango, cubed (or 1 cup frozen mango cubes)
- To make simple syrup: combine 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a simmer and stir for a few seconds, just until sugar dissolves. Chill before use.
- Pour ingredients into a blender container.
- Blend until mango has been pureed.
- Strain juice through a sieve.
- Serve mango lemonade in chilled glasses with mango or lime slices on the rims.
What's So Special About Limes?
Limes are rich in the flavonoids, which have been shown to stop cell division of cancer cells, and are both antioxidant and antibiotic. A special flavonoid in limes has a strong effect against the bacteria that cause cholera. They also have detoxifying properties which can help the healing of peptic and oral ulcers. Limes also contain Kaempferol, which is widely used in anti-congestive medicines such as balms, inhalers and vaporizers. Scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it can give immediate relief of congestion and nausea.
And what about weight loss? In Peru, a home remedy for weight loss involves Key limes. Just juice a lime into a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach before each meal. An excellent fat burner, it will also aid in digestion and provide relief from constipation. And lime water tastes great! You should see results in a week or two.
Due to Vitamin C and flavonoids, lime juice rejuvenates the skin and protects it from infection. Just rub the juice on clean skin before moisturizing. It has even been known to lighten brown patches caused by sunlight exposure. Also good for mosquito bites, the juice reduces inflammation and irritation. Cut a lime in half and rub right on the affected spot.