Sparkling Mango Lemonade
Sparkling Mango Lemonade is a fun, fizzy beverage you’ll want to drink all summer long. Customize it to your own tastes – make it sweet or tart, or spike it with your choice of alcohol.
Nothing says “summer” to me than my first batch of homemade lemonade. Mind you, I did NOT grow up drinking anything resembling homemade lemonade.
The powdered mix stuff was where lemonade began and ended, and hey, it was delicious. But somewhere along the line, that stuff started giving me a sore throat every single time I drank it.
While the first sip of ice cold lemony goodness makes the thought of a future sore throat seem worth it, I knew there had to be a better way.
I love them because you know exactly what ingredients are going into them, and you can create just about any flavor combination you’re in the mood for.
You can also customize the sweetness level to your own personal taste. I like more tart, less sweet lemonade (especially when paired with spicy potato chips or wonton nachos), so that’s what I make for myself. I also love fizziness and fruitiness, which is how this sparkling mango lemonade recipe came about!
About this mango lemonade recipe:
This sparkling mango lemonade was my first batch of lemonade for this summer, and I think it might be my favorite homemade lemonade ever.
This mango drink recipe is kind of like a classic lemonade on steroids. The tart lemon juice and simple syrup for sweetness are there, but then there’s the addition of pureed and strained fresh mangoes (so basically just homemade fresh mango juice).
And I love fizziness (I drink plain sparkling water all day long to stay hydrated), so the bulk of the water in this recipe is actually sparkling water, making this a sparkling lemonade recipe.
How do you make homemade mango lemonade?
First, you’ll be making a simple syrup for this mango drink recipe, which is as simple as it sounds (even a flavored simple like rosemary simple syrup is ridiculously easy).
Add equal parts water and sugar to a small pot, bring it to a simmer on the stove until the sugar dissolves, and let cool. Done!
Then, you’re going to peel, pit and roughly chop two fresh mangoes (buy a couple extra mangoes to make chicken kabobs with mango curry sauce). You can also use 2 cups of frozen mango chunks for this sparkling lemonade recipe.
Throw the mango chunks and fresh lemon juice (from real lemons, none of the bottled stuff!) into a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the juice through a mesh strainer to get any chunkies or pulpies out.
Then, combine the simple syrup and the mango-lemon juice puree in a pitcher. Divide the mixture between six glasses that have been filled with ice, and then top each glass off with sparkling water, and you have sparkling mango lemonade!
You can add alcohol to this sparkling lemonade recipe!
Interested in adding some alcohol to this sparkling mango lemonade recipe? I love that for you. Let’s do it. Here are some options for adding alcohol to this mango drink recipe:
- vodka – This is my #1 recommendation. It’s classic, neutral flavor is perfect in ANY kind of lemonade.
- tequila – now you’re verging on mango margarita territory, and there’s nothing bad about that (or try my blackberry tequila mojito). I love this type of drink to pair with a fajita bar.
- rum – my favorite is dark rum, because it makes me feel like I’m in a tropical paradise. But light rum works, too!
- gin – If you’re a gin lover, go for it (or try my rosemary gin cocktail).
I recommend adding a shot of your desired liquor to each glass, after you’ve added the ice and the mango juice mixture. Stir the liquor and juice together and then top with sparkling water.
You can also use a different flavor of sparkling water for this mango drink recipe.
I used lemon sparkling water for this mango lemonade recipe since I always have it around (I even make Lacroix salad dressing), but honestly, ANY flavor of sparkling water would work just as well here.
Lime, mango, or tangerine sparkling water would all work. Heck, even coconut sparkling water will work! Whatever you have in the fridge is what you should use here.
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 mangoes, peeled, pitted, and chopped (or 2 cups frozen mango, thawed)
- 1-1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups lemon-flavored sparkling water
- In small saucepot, stir together sugar and water. Cook over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add mangoes and lemon juice to blender and puree until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher; discard solids.
- Add sugar syrup to pitcher and stir until well combined. Fill 6 glasses with ice and divide mixture between glasses. Top each glass with 1/2 cup sparkling water.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 2gSugar: 41gProtein: 1g