Frozen Mango Lemonade & Simple Syrup Recipe

Frozen Mango Lemonade & Simple Syrup Recipe

Yay!  The grandsons have arrived for their annual vacation with us!  That can only mean that summer’s here!  They arrived Memorial Day weekend, sure it may be a few weeks before the official first day of summer, it’s June 20th. this year in case you want to know, but at our house summer officially begins the day Dion and Devon arrive.

Aside from ushering in summer the boys’ arrival also means I’ll be mixing up more refreshing drinks for them and their buddies who seem to gravitate at our house when they’re here.  Instead of filling the kids on soda and juice boxes, which are on my daughter’s list of “do not give the boys”, I mix them up a variety of healthier alternatives.  I like to use seasonal fruits to make summer drinks, popsicles, and other frozen treats.

This year we’re really into lemonades.  We discovered Brazilian Lemonade on last year’s trip to Jordan and have been making it ever since.  But to mix it up a bit I thought I’d experiment with lemonade, trying different fruits to mix in.

Frozen Mango LemonadeOne of the best lemonades I’ve come up with so far is Frozen Mango Lemonade.  It’s not just any lemonade, it’s a homemade slushie that can double as dessert, it’s that good!

It’s super easy to make and uses some of the fresh mangoes my husband comes home with every week.  Yes, his mango guy is back this year supplying him with bushels of fresh ripe mango.  This frozen mango lemonade is really one of the easiest ways to use up that mango supply.

 

Frozen Mango Lemonade

Simple Syrup

But before you haul out the blender and start blending this summer you should really consider making a pint or so of simple syrup.  Why you might ask do you need simple syrup and what exactly is it.  Simple syrup is really just sugar water, you’ve seen it at Starbucks when you add sweetener to your coffee, they call it Liquid Sugar.  Most mixologists (bartenders) use simple syrup in cocktails instead of plain granulated sugar, it mixes better.  I’m sure you’ve seen undissolved sugar at the bottom of a glass of iced tea or lemonade, sugar may not easily dissolve in cold drinks.  Well simple syrup solves this problem because it’s already dissolved.  It’s really the best way to sweeten any cold drink you make including cocktails, except maybe a Manhattan that calls for a sugar cube.

I like to keep jars of simple syrup around specially during summer to sweeten all my cold beverages.  It’s very easy to make and stores in the fridge for weeks.  So here’s how to make a pint of simple syrup, you can cut the recipe in half, double, or triple it according to your needs.  It’s super easy!

2 cups white sugar

2 cups water

 

Place sugar and water in saucepan and put it on the stove over medium high heat.

Stir until sugar dissolves, turn heat down to medium.

Simmer on stove for 5-10 minutes or until it thickens just a bit, the consistency is really up to you.  I like my simple syrup a bit thicker, not quite the consistency of pancake syrup but not watery either.

Remove from heat and pour  into pint size mason jar, keep it uncovered until it cools to room temperature.

Screw on the lid and store in fridge to use as needed.

Sometimes I make it using a 2:1 ratio, 4 cups sugar to 2 cups water.  This gives you a higher concentration of sugar meaning you use less to sweeten beverages, but this takes a bit longer for the sugar to dissolve.  Either way is fine, it’s really up to you.

So now that you have your simple syrup let’s mix up some Frozen Mango Lemonade!

Frozen Mango Lemonade

Ingredients:

4 Oz. Minute Maid Pure Lemon Juice from Concentrate – you can find this in the frozen juice section.  It’s sold in plastic bottles.  Thaw it out to use.

2 Large Ripe Mangoes, peeled and sliced off the seed

1/4 cup simple syrup, or add to suit your taste

Ice Cubes

How to:

Place lemon juice, mango slices, and simple syrup in blender and puree.  After it’s pureed you may want to taste it to see if it’s sweet enough, if not add more simple syrup until it is.

Fill blender pitcher to the top with ice cubes.

Blend until all the ice cubes are dissolved, you should end up with a thick slush.

Pour into a pitcher or glass and serve.

See very easy!

By the way grown ups can add a shot of rum for a frozen cocktail.  Add the rum at the same time as the other ingredients and blend before adding in ice cubes.  Trust me it’s delish!  I’ve been doing this for years for me and my girlfriends, but we call them Mango Daquiris!


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Frozen Mango Lemonade
Frozen Mango Lemonade
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A sweet and refreshing summer drink or dessert!
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Frozen Mango Lemonade
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A sweet and refreshing summer drink or dessert!
Ingredients
Frozen Mango Lemonade
Simple Syrup
Servings:
Instructions
Simple Syrup
  1. Place sugar and water in saucepan and put it on the stove over medium high heat.
  2. Stir until sugar dissolves, turn heat down to medium.
  3. Simmer on stove for 5-10 minutes or until it thickens just a bit, the consistency is really up to you. I like my simple syrup a bit thicker, not quite the consistency of pancake syrup but not watery either.
  4. Remove from heat and pour into pint size mason jar, keep it uncovered until it cools to room temperature.
  5. Screw on the lid and store in fridge to use as needed.
Frozen Mango Lemonade
  1. Place lemon juice, mango slices, and simple syrup in blender and puree. After it's pureed you may want to taste it to see if it's sweet enough, if not add more simple syrup until it is.
  2. Fill blender pitcher to the top with ice cubes. Blend until all the ice cubes are dissolved, you should end up with a thick slush.
  3. Pour into a pitcher or glass and serve.
    Frozen Mango Lemonade
Recipe Notes

Sometimes I make simple syrup using a 2:1 ratio, 4 cups sugar to 2 cups water. This gives you a higher concentration of sugar meaning you use less to sweeten beverages, but this takes a bit longer for the sugar to dissolve. Either way is fine, it's really up to you.

By the way grown ups can add a shot of rum to the lemonade for a frozen cocktail.  Add the rum at the same time as the other ingredients and blend before adding in ice cubes.  Trust me it's delish!  I've been doing this for years for me and my girlfriends, but we call them Mango Daquiris!

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Lemon Grass Ginger Iced Tea Recipe!!!

Lemon Grass Ginger Iced Tea Recipe!!!

Lemon Grass Ginger Cold Tea

Lemon Grass, also called fever grass, is an herb with long, thin, leaves that occurs naturally in many Asian countries. This herb is used in various Asian cuisines as a flavoring agent due to its potent flavor.

Lemon Grass is a very good source of  vitamins and minerals including folic acid, magnesium, zinc, copper, vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and manganese.  It also has minute traces of B vitamins. It has many beneficial medicinal properties including analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant,  antibacterial, antifungal, astringent,  diuretic, and anti-cancer properties. The leaves, stems and bulb of lemongrass are used in various treatments.

Ginger is among the healthiest and most delicious spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.   Here are some scientifically researched health benefits of ginger..

Ginger contains gingerol a substance with powerful medicinal properties.  It can treat many forms of nausea, especially morning sickness and motion sickness.   Ginger may reduce muscle and joint pain and soreness.  Ginger may drastically lower blood sugars and improve heart disease risk factors.   It can help treat chronic indigestion. Ginger powder may significantly reduce menstrual pain.  Ginger contains a substance that may help prevent cancer.   It may improve brain function and protect against alzheimer’s disease.  The active ingredient in ginger may also help fight infections.

So combining the nutrients of Lemon Grass with Ginger’s health benefits in a daily glass of Lemon Grass Ginger Ice Tea may help make diseases go away.  This is also perfect for summer, this blissful blend of ginger, lemongrass, and green tea refreshes and invigorates.  I made my own version and everyone loves it, im sure you will love it too.


 

Ingredients:
10 individual bags green tea or 3 heaping tablespoons loose green tea

1/3 cup sugar or 1/4 cup agave nectar, or sugar substitute to taste – just add to taste after it’s chilled

8 cups water

1 stalk lemongrass

1 piece of ginger, about the size of two thumbs or one freakishly large thumb

2 – 4 tbsp. lime juice

 

Directions:

Lemon Grass Ginger Cold Tea

Cut lemongrass into two-inch pieces, and crush with the flat side of a knife, or just cut each piece lengthwise a few more times.

Peel ginger and cut into thin slices.

In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water, lemongrass and ginger to a boil.

 

Lemon Grass Ginger Cold TeaRemove saucepan from the heat, and add the green tea (if you’re adding the loose tea, put it in something so you can  get it out right after it’s steeped, while leaving the ginger and lemongrass in). Steep for about a minute, or until it’s the right color/flavor for your tastes.

Remove the tea bags/leaves, then let sit for about 30 minutes.

Lemon Grass Ginger Cold Tea

 

Then add the lime juice or lemon juice for a unique blend of taste.

Pour the tea through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher.

Refrigerate until cool – about a couple of hours

 

Serve and Enjoy!!!!

Lemon Grass
Lemon Grass Ginger Cold Tea Recipe!!!
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You can add 3 tbsp. of Rum if you want, it can add a unique taste for your cold tea.
Servings Prep Time
8 Glasses 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 Minutes 2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Glasses 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 Minutes 2 Hours
Lemon Grass
Lemon Grass Ginger Cold Tea Recipe!!!
Print Recipe
You can add 3 tbsp. of Rum if you want, it can add a unique taste for your cold tea.
Servings Prep Time
8 Glasses 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 Minutes 2 Hours
Servings Prep Time
8 Glasses 5 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-15 Minutes 2 Hours
Ingredients
  • 10 individual bags green tea or 3 heaping tablespoons loose green tea
  • 1/3 cup Sugar or 1/4 cup agave nectar, or sugar substitute to taste – just add to taste after it’s chilled
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 1 pc. ginger about the size of two thumbs or one freakishly large thumb
  • 2 – 4 tbsp. lime juice
Servings: Glasses
Instructions
  1. Cut lemongrass into two-inch pieces, and crush with the flat side of a knife, or just cut each piece lengthwise a few more times.
  2. Peel ginger and cut into thin slices.
  3. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring the water, lemongrass and ginger to a boil.
  4. Remove saucepan from the heat, and add the green tea (if you’re adding the loose tea, put it in something so you can get it out right after it’s steeped, while leaving the ginger and lemongrass in). Steep for about a minute, or until it’s the right color/flavor for your tastes.
  5. Remove the tea bags/leaves, then let sit for about 30 minutes.
  6. Then add the lime juice or lemon juice for a unique blend of taste.
  7. Pour the tea through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher.
  8. Refrigerate until cool – about a couple of hours
  9. You can serve your tea over ice for a refreshing drink.
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Copycat “Orange Bang” Drink

Copycat “Orange Bang” Drink

Orange Bang Drink

When we go out for lunch or dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants my grand children love to order this sweet orange drink they call Orange Bang.  It’s sort of like a liquid creamsicle. It costs just about $4 for an 8oz. drink, it can get pricey when you have to order 3 or 4 of them.

I started making the drink at home, so much more cost effective and best of all we can have it anytime we want.

Here’s the recipe, all you need is a blender and a strainer!

Ingredients:

2 oranges

1/2 cup sugar

1 can condensed milk

2 cups water

2 cups orange juice

Directions:

1.  Wash the wax off the oranges and cut into quarters.

2.  Place oranges, sugar, condensed milk, water into blender.

3.  Pulse 6-8 times – you don’t want the oranges to get too chopped up

4.  Strain mixture into a pitcher

5.  Stir in orange juice

Serve well chilled or over ice.  You can store this for a couple of days in the fridge, but you must stir it before serving.

Copycat "Orange Bang" Drink
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Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Copycat "Orange Bang" Drink
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Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Quart
Instructions
  1. Wash the wax off the oranges and cut into quarters.
  2. Place oranges, sugar, condensed milk, water into blender.
  3. Pulse 6-8 times - you don't want the oranges to get too chopped up
  4. Strain mixture into a pitcher
  5. Stir in orange juice
Recipe Notes

Serve well chilled or over ice. You can store this for a couple of days in the fridge, but you must stir it before serving.

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The Best Lemonade:  Brazilian Lemonade

The Best Lemonade: Brazilian Lemonade

LemonadeOn our recent trip to Jordan my family and I made a day trip to the Dead Sea.  We spent the day at the Dead Sea Movenpick Spa & Resort where we floated in the Dead Sea and relaxed at the Movenpick’s facilities.

It was a wonderful day, but it came with a price, the trek down to the beach was done in the searing heat of Jordan’s record breaking summer.  That day the temperature was 116 degrees!

The long walk down from the resort’s lobby was hot but manageable, we were looking forward to what we thought would be a cool dip in this amazing sea.  I had forgotten that the Dead Sea during the summer is warmer than my bath water!  Our dip in the sea did nothing to ease the heat, but it was fun none the less.  But what goes down must go up and the trek up was a different story!

We managed to walk up to the closest pool and bar which turned out to be an adult only area.  But when the staff saw that we were about to pass out, I swear I think we had heat stroke, they allowed us to rest at the bar and drink water.  We drank 2 large bottles of cold water before my daughter and I stopped seeing stars!

The hotel staff  called for a golf cart to drive us back to the family pool area where we remained for the rest of the day.  Another golf cart drove us back to the lobby when we were ready to return to Amman.  It was at the lobby while we were waiting for our driver to bring the car that we had the most refreshing drink ever.  It was lemonade served by this gentleman dressed in traditional Turkish attire carrying an elaborate brass dispenser on his back.  He dispensed his amazing drink to everyone in the lobby for free.

Lemonade

The Lemonade Man

We all loved his lemonade, it was sweet, cold, and very refreshing.  A welcome beverage on such a hot day.  My grandsons liked it so much they went in search for seconds!  Before we left we complimented the lemonade man on his delicious drink.  He was so pleased we enjoyed it that he gave us the recipe, sort of.  He rattled off the ingredients but didn’t tell us the measurements, but I was determined to figure out how to make this lemonade.

This weekend I searched the web for a recipe.  In the end it seems like he was serving Brazilian Lemonade or Limonada Suica as it’s called in Brazil,  which is actually made with limes.  That was the only lemonade recipe I could find that contained his “secret” ingredient, milk.  I had come across recipes for Brazilian Lemonade on Pinterest, but a lemonade containing milk, I was skeptical.  Well the lemonade man said “just a little bit of milk” so I gave it a try.  I tweaked the recipes I found on line and actually came up with one that tastes as heavenly as the lemonade I had in Jordan!

Here’s the recipe, it would be great served at your next summer barbecue!  I know I will be serving it for ours!

Ingredients:

Yields 1 quart

3 Limes – choose the thin skinned ones to avoid the bitter taste

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk

4 cups water

Directions:

1.  Wash limes well to remove any wax.

2.  Cut of ends then cut limes into quarters.

3.  Place lime pieces, sugar, condensed milk, and 2 cups of water into the blender.

4.  Pulse blender about 4-5 times.  You want the limes to get mushed but not shredded and definitely not pureed.

Lemonade5.  Place a strainer on the lip of the pitcher you will be serving lemonade in and pour the lemonade into the strainer.

6.  Toss the limes in the trash.

7.  Pour remaining 2 cups of water in the strainer to wash down any remaining juice in the strainer.

8.  Serve well chilled or over ice.

Lemonade
Brazilian Lemonade
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The most refreshing lemonade ever! Brazilian Lemonade is actually made with limes.
Servings Prep Time
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Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
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Lemonade
Brazilian Lemonade
Print Recipe
The most refreshing lemonade ever! Brazilian Lemonade is actually made with limes.
Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Cook Time
0 Hours
Servings Prep Time
1 Quart 10 Minutes
Cook Time
0 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: Quart
Instructions
  1. Wash limes well to remove any wax.
  2. Cut of ends then cut limes into quarters.
  3. Place lime pieces, sugar, condensed milk, and 2 cups of water into the blender.
  4. Pulse blender about 4-5 times. You want the limes to get mushed but not shredded and definitely not pureed.
  5. Place a strainer on the lip of the pitcher you will be serving lemonade in and pour the lemonade into the strainer.
  6. Toss the limes in the trash.
  7. Pour remaining 2 cups of water in the strainer to wash down any remaining juice in the strainer.
  8. Serve well chilled or over ice.
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