This summer has everyone looking for a light and healthy way to cool off. So, let us share one of our secret weapons with you: Sparkling Mango Agua Fresca.
Just think, “Mexican Mango Mimosa Mocktail.” Agua frescas or “fresh waters” are a favorite drink around these parts. The Latin markets line their counters with large glass barrels filled with these fruit waters in every color of the rainbow. Papaya, tamarind, pinapple, take your pick. Not too sweat, not too tart, but always made fresh right in the market.
What’s the big secret? They are super fast and easy to make at home. You can make a big batch and keep it in the fridge to help your family resist the temptation of overloading on sugary sweet sodas and soft drinks.
To save some extra calories, you can play with the ratio of sparkling water to mango puree. The more water, the fewer calories ;-)
This light and healthy Sparkling Mango Agua Fresca puts a new spin on Latin America's classic drink.
4 cups fresh, diced mango (about 3 pounds)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
⅓ to ¾ Agave syrup
2 quarts S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water or your favorite sparkling water, chilled
Garnish with slices of lime or mango, if desired
Combine mango, lime juice and ⅓ cup agave syrup together in a blender or food process and process into a smooth, fine puree. Taste the puree to test for sweetness. If the fruit is tart, you may need to add additional syrup as desired. Pour puree into a pitcher and chill.
When ready to serve, add sparkling water and stir.
Serve in large glasses over ice.
To make individual 12 ounce servings, scoop ice into glasses. Pour ½ cup chilled mango puree over ice. Then, top with 8 ounces of chilled sparkling water.
Garnish if desired.
The amount of agave syrup used will depend on the ripeness of the mangos. The agua fresca should be light and taste like the essence of the mangos themselves and should not be over powered by the addition of too much sweetener.
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