Fizzy, Tart Mango Lemonade Is Our New Favorite Nonalcoholic Party Drink

Visitors at Padma Lakshmi’s Diwali celebration were welcomed with glasses of this not-too-sweet shimmering mango lemonade, produced by Vijay Kumar of Semma restaurant and administered by the bartender. It’s simple to see why this non-alcoholic refresher was on deal: It’s easy to make, with vibrant, sweet mango pulp joining forces with tasty fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and bubbly club soda.

For all of its simplicity, this is a rewardingly complicated beverage: sips start off tart and sweet, and after that the fruity and floral mango comes through. It’s likewise easy to scale for a crowd; just make more of the mango base.
Mango Lemonade
Instead of requiring fresh mango, this mango lemonade uses the canned pulp of Alphonso mangoes– Alphonsos are called the king of mangoes and are valued for their extreme sweet taste and fragrance and smooth, nonfibrous flesh. Canned mango pulp from India provides a brighter, more vivid taste than the fresh mangoes readily available in America, and provides the advantage of currently being processed to the smooth consistency that you desire in this beverage.

Often asked questions
What can I make with leftover canned mango pulp?
Mango pulp is usually offered in 850 gram (30-ounce) cans, which has to do with 3 1/2 cups. As this recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of mango pulp, you will have 2 cups leftover. The leftover mango pulp can be used to make our velvety mango rasmalai, mixed into mixed drinks and healthy smoothies, or turned into a spicy chutney or to make a frozen dessert such as mango-cashew kulfi pops.

Make ahead
The mango base can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a day. Leading the glasses with club soda just before serving.

Notes from the Food & Wine Test Kitchen
Canned Alphonso mango pulp is available at a lot of Indian supermarket or online. Canned mango pulp is typically sweetened with sugar; if you prefer a more tart lemonade, change the amount of basic syrup in the dish according to your preference.

Simple syrup is made by liquifying sugar in an equal amount of water. See our recipe for simple syrup– it’s exceptionally easy to make.

Active ingredients
1 1/2 cups canned Alphonso mango pulp (such as Deep).

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 large lemons), plus lemon wheels for garnish.

3/4 cup easy syrup.

2 cups club soda.
Stir together mango pulp, lemon juice, and easy syrup in a small pitcher. Equally divide mango mixture amongst 6 ice-filled highball glasses.

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