Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mango Lemonade

Summer is here!   

In Maui that means it is mango season.    At the farmers market over the weekend, I picked up two lemons the size of softballs with the intention of making lemonade.     Then there were the mangos.   Mangos all ready to go.   Ready to go into lemonade, that is.

Check out these lemons!

Gourmet lemonade is a thing here on Maui - one of my periodic splurges is going to Wow Wow Lemonade and getting a hand made lemonade full of local flavors.    The farmers market inspired to make a gourmet lemonade of my own.

My Wow Wow Aloha jar

Are you ready to make some lemonade?    Let's do this summer!

What You Need

1/2 cup lemon juice,  from one giant softball size lemon, if you have one on hand
1 mango, pureed (mine yielded 2/3 cup)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 cups water, divided
Mint for garnish, if desired

What You Do

Squeeze your lemons.   Pulp is okay....seeds not so much.
Peel and slice your mango.  It doesn't have to be pretty because you're going to put it in the food processor to puree it into smooth mango goodness.

In a small sauce pan, combine 1/3 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and the lemons that you juiced.   It's a chance to infuse a little more lemon goodness into the simple syrup.    Bring the sugar, water and lemons to a boil.   Remove from heat.   Strain the syrup, keeping the lemons and any bonus seeds out of  your syrup.

In a pitcher, combine the lemon juice,  simple syrup, and mango puree.    Add the other 2 cups of water.   Stir to combine.    Fill your lemonade glass, or jar, with ice and then pour the lemonade over the top.   Garnish with mint.  Or flowers.

Makes 1 quart.

Do you like flavored lemonade?   What's your favorite?
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