April 30, 2007

Mango Lemonade

4 cups cold water or club soda
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 to 1/2 cup ginger or plain simple syrup to taste
1/4 cup fresh mango puree
In a large pitcher, stir together the mango puree, lemon juice and simple syrup. Then stir in the cold water (very gently if using club soda) to distribute the juice. Serve icy cold with plenty of ice cubes*.

*A good trick is to make ice cubes out of lemonade so when they melt, they do not dilute the drink.

My thoughts:
Lemonade is the perfect warm weather drink and the addition of mango makes it a tiny bit more special. I like making it with club soda so it is a little bubbly. In the US, most lemonade is still and I think this is a shame, because there is something about a sparkling beverage that seems just that much more refreshing.