There are so many reasons to have a great mocktail recipe on hand.
Whether you’re making mocktails for kids, have pregnant or abstinent guests, or are having a large get-together for which alcohol would be too pricey, this mocktail mango recipe is sure to be a hit!
Inspired by traditional Italian granita recipes, this mocktail mango recipe has a icy smooth texture and a vibrant mango flavor, complimented by a slight hint of cherry from the grenadine. It’s a crowd pleasing drink and super easy to prepare.
At least six hours before you need the drinks to be ready, freeze mango juice in ice cubes. You’re going to need about 6 ice cubes for each drink, or 1/2 cup of juice.
(If you can’t find mango juice, puree mangos and mix 1 cup of pureed mangoes with 1/2 cup apple or grape juice, before adding them to the ice cube trays.)
After the mango cubes have frozen and when you’re ready to serve, grate the mango ice cubes in a blender on the lowest setting. This ensures that the ice crystals are big enough to avoid melting for a few minutes, allowing your guests to enjoy the slushy-like texture.
What is the best way to cut a mango into cubes?
Cutting a mango into cubes is not as hard as it may first seem! For the best results, start by slicing off both ends of the fruit with a sharp knife.
Then place the mango flat on its cut side and position your knife near the center of the fruit. Slice in a circular motion, cutting off one side in strips. Repeat this process on the other side of the mango, creating two halves with exposed flesh.
Cut these halves into smaller cubes while connected to the stone in their center and then carefully detach them from it.
This can easily be done by pushing either an offset spatula or a spoon between the fleshy cubes and the pit. Making perfect cubes out of mango has never been so simple!
What does mango taste like?
Mango is a sweet and succulent fruit that is beloved by many. Its taste is sweet and citrusy, with a hint of tartness.
When ripe, mangoes have a smooth texture and an undeniably delicious flavor that you will never forget.
Small amounts of sugar may be added to bring out the natural sweetness in mangoes.
Its flavor has been compared to honey and custard, though it contains neither of those ingredients – just its own unique deliciousness!
If you like tropical fruits, the flavor of the mango should be among your favorites!
Is there a difference between frozen and fresh mango?
Fresh mangoes are bursting with summery sweetness, while frozen mangoes provide a more consistent taste year-round.
While they both contain the same nutrients, there can be significant textual variance between fresh and frozen mangoes.
Fresh mangoes tend to have a full flavor that is influenced by seasonality and ripeness, whereas the icy coldness of the freezing process gives frozen fruit a firmer texture and intensifies the flavor of its juicy pulp.
Additionally, it is important to note that certain preservatives might be used in preserving frozen fruits that may slightly alter the taste profile over time.
Ultimately, fresh and frozen mangoes offer health benefits, so it depends on preference when deciding which one to choose!
What other fruits pair well with mangoes?
Mangoes are one of nature’s sweetest gifts and pair wonderfully with many other fruits. Paired with strawberries, the flavor combination of the rich, tropical mango and biting, sweet strawberry is a delicious contrast for you.
Pineapple and mango create an incredible tropical duo you can top off any summer smoothie with.
To add a bit of brightness to the mix, adding some citrus, like lemons or oranges, can help cut through the sweetness while adding another layer of flavor to this delicious combination.
Not to mention, these colorful fruit combinations make for a beautiful aesthetic in any dish!
- 2 cups mango juice
- 4 teaspoons grenadine or cherry juice
- Maraschino cherries garnish
- Mango cubes garnish
Freeze the mango juice into ice cubes until right before you need your drinks.
Grate the mango juice cubes in a blender, along with the grenadine.
Top with a cocktail skewer with a maraschino cherry and mango cube and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 666Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 167gFiber: 7gSugar: 151gProtein: 4g