Mang-Mo: Alcohol-Free Mango Mojito

For a tropical twist on the classic recipe, whip up a glass of this alcohol-free mango mojito.  

The hallmark flavors of zesty lime and cool mint remain at its core with the succulent mango puree adding a fresh layer of juiciness.  The irresistible sweet and sour combination is guaranteed to have your taste buds tingling with delight.

Light and refreshing, it’s the perfect summer sipper to reach for on those lazy sunny days.

Ingredients

  • 8 mint leaves
  • ½ lime, cut into 3 wedges
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 oz. (60 ml) mango puree (see below)
  • 5 oz. (150 ml) soda water or sparkling water
  • Sprig of mint, to garnish (optional)
  • Cube of mango, to garnish (optional)
  • Ice

For the mango puree:

  • 1 ripe mango

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Immersion hand blender
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Muddler
  • Cocktail spoon
  • Highball glass

Instructions

  1. First, make the mango puree.
  2. Peel the mango and cut the fruit into small pieces (discarding the stone).
  3. Use an immersion hand blender to liquidize the mango into a smooth puree.
  4. Next, assemble the mocktail.
  5. In a highball glass, muddle the lime wedges, mint leaves and sugar.
  6. Add the mango puree.
  7. Fill the glass with ice and top with sparkling water.
  8. Use a cocktail spoon to gently mix the ingredients together.
  9. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a cube of mango.

Note:  The mango puree can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Alcohol-Free Mango Mojito FAQ

Can I use frozen mango instead of fresh mango?
Yes, you can use frozen mango.  Remember to thaw the fruit before blending it into a puree.

Can I substitute the sparkling water with a different carbonated beverage?
For a slight variation on this recipe, you could substitute the sparkling water for another carbonated beverage such as lemonade.  Bear in mind that it will change the flavor profile of the drink and could make it sweeter too.

Can I make the mango puree ahead of time?
Yes.  To speed up the mocktail assembly time, it is recommended to make the mango puree in advance and keep in the fridge (for up to 2 days) until you are ready to serve the drinks.

Can I omit the sugar in the recipe?
In a classic mojito recipe, it is traditional to sweeten the drink with sugar.  However, you can choose to omit this ingredient if you prefer your mocktails on the sour side.  Alternatively, you could use a different type of sweetener such as agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup.

Can I use a blender instead of an immersion blender to make the mango puree?
Yes.  You can use any type of blender to puree the mango.  I like using an immersion blender because it is easy to set up and clean: perfect for small jobs. 

Can I use a different type of fruit instead of mango?
Yes, you can experiment with different types of fruit instead of mango.  Some good options include strawberries, watermelon, or papaya.  You’ll simply need to blend the fruit into a puree and follow the rest of the steps above.

Is this recipe vegan?
Yes, this recipe is vegan as it does not contain any animal products.

Can I use still water instead of sparkling water?
Traditionally, mojitos use sparkling water to give the drink a refreshing fizziness.  However, you can use still water instead of sparkling water if you prefer.

Can I make this recipe without the ice?
Yes, you can make this recipe without ice. However, adding ice will help to keep the drink cool and taste more refreshing.

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