Living in Thailand it is summer every day, with temperatures in Central Thailand around 30°C (86°F) all year long and getting up as high as the low 40°C (104°F) degrees centigrade in our summer.
When I wake up to the sun every morning it energizes me and brightens the mood but by 11 o'clock it is often so hot that it is not only the plants that start wilting!
What is needed is a long ice-cold drink!
There is, of course, the option of a visit to one of the 7-11 convenience stores which tempt on every corner and in-between. They offer an air-cooled respite from the heat and some super cold drinks from their fridges which perhaps goes some way to explaining their success.
But I prefer my drinks homemade and so whilst there is an occasional visit to 7-11 to restock with ice when the fridge runs out, I typically rustle up a drink at home.
Thailand is awash with delicious fruits and vegetables and the place to get them is definitely at one of the local markets. I prefer the morning market, which is cool enough if you can get up early before the sun has wiped the sleep from its eyes.
You can get all manner of edible things at the market and one of my favorite purchases is a handful of sweet, juicy yellow mangos and a pocket full of limes.
Check out my video on how to make this easy recipe
The whole family loves the taste of this mango lemonade that I can throw together in a jiffy to cool us all down. Since it is made with limes perhaps I should call it limeade, but let's not be picky about it because you can use lemons instead if it's easier. It will not taste so greatly different I think.
In contrast to Thai food which is often little bits of dozens of ingredients, this drink is deceptively simple.
It is just mango, lime juice, ice, and sweetener.
And a sprig of mint because it's pretty. Thai people are fixated on making presenting things well so we need something to pretty it up and anyway I like the taste!
Talking about sweeteners, white sugar is not my favorite ingredient. Brown sugar is OK and coconut sugar is the thing to use in cooking. But for drinks, you cannot beat the taste of honey. And so that is what I use for this drink.
Drinking Mango Lemonade (Limeade)
When you have blended up your drink it is best drunk straight away.
You will have a sort of mango smoothie type thickness to this elixir which I like as is but the kids prefer it thinned down a little with about 1 part soda to 4 parts mango lemonade. My husband calls this a mango spritzer. Spritzer sounds like a fizzy word so I suppose that's sort of apt.
If cocktails are your thing then you can mix it with something stronger but I'll leave you to experiment!
Health Benefits of Mango Lemonade
Mango and lime are quite effective at helping with digestion with a good dose of dietary fiber to move things along.
The fiber in mangos comes in both a soluble and insoluble form. The soluble fiber forms a gel when dissolved and once inside you the gel binds with fatty acids and helps to reduce the absorption of cholesterol which is a plus. They also help to reduce the speed of sugar release into your blood.
Insoluble fiber helps bulk out your poop, making it easier to go and by some accounts may help reduce the onset of Type 2 diabetes. You can read up more on that here.
Half a mango tots up to nearly 3g of fiber so go grab a mango I say!
Not only that but mangos contain potassium to help reduce blood pressure and vitamin C which is a super anti-oxidant.
So, together, the mango and limes provide a good shot of vitamin C to keep you healthier as well as tantalizing your taste buds.
Please check out the recipe and let me know what you think.
Homemade Honey Mango Lemonade (Limeade)
- 300 Grams Ripe Mango 12 oz
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1/4 Cup Lime Juice or lemon juice
- 1/2 Cup Drinking or Mineral Water
- 1 Litre Crushed Ice
- 1 Sprig Mint For decoration
- 1. Peel the mangoes and cut in a small pieces
- 2. Add ice, mangoes, sugar, lime juice, water into the blender, then blended well
- 3. Pour into a glass and decorate with mint on top
- 4. Enjoy your lovely drink with your family
- Optionally - Top up with a little soda water for a super refreshing spritzer!!
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