Refreshing homemade mango juice on hot summer days is a delightful treat for mango lovers. It is full of flavor, sweet, slightly tangy, and so summery. Mango nectar is loved by kids and adults alike and is a great way to enjoy a fresh tropical drink in minutes. It is one of our favorite drinks in the mango season.
This mango nectar is thicker than most other juices so adjust the water as per desired consistency. Mangoes cannot be juiced in a juicer as it is fibrous and needs to be ground to extract the juice. You will need a blender instead to juice them.
Make them with fresh mangoes when they are in the season or use frozen mangoes. It is perfect for quenching thirst on hot days. Stop buying juice filled with sugar and preservatives. This is one of the easiest mango drinks you will make. Make mango nectar at home with just 3 ingredients (including water) and without a juicer or any other fancy gadget.
Why you will love this mango nectar recipe?
- Freshness: Homemade mango juice is made from fresh, ripe mangoes, which means it has a natural sweetness and flavor that cannot be matched by store-bought juices.
- No added preservatives: Store-bought mango juice often contains added preservatives to extend its shelf life. Homemade mango nectar, on the other hand, doesn't require any preservatives since it is made fresh and consumed quickly.
- Customizable sweetness: When making mango juice at home, you have control over how much sugar or sweetener you add to it. This means you can adjust the sweetness to your liking, whether you prefer it more or less sweet.
Mango (and mango tree) benefits
Mango is one of the healthiest fruits and is considered a superfood. In India, it is sometimes referred to as being the "king of fruits". They are an important part of Ayurveda for their medicinal properties. Not just the fruit, but most part of the mango tree is used for its medicinal properties.
Tender mango leaves are dried, powdered, and used as medicine. Mango leaves are added to a bath to help relieve restlessness. These leaves are also used to make a healing tea.
Mangoes are dense in antioxidants, folates, minerals, and vitamins. It is rich in fiber and aids in improving digestive health. It is also believed to contain immune-boosting nutrients.
Mango: Use ripe and sweet mangoes that are not fibrous.
Water: You can use filtered or tap water. Adjust the amount of water as per desired consistency.
Sweetener: I use raw sugar in this juice. However, other sweeteners like white sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, etc. can also be used.
Step-by-step instructions to make mango juice
Step 1: Chill the mango in the refrigerator for a few hours. Peel and cut the mango into cubes. Add the mango flesh to a blender.
Step 2: Add water and sugar. Blend for a few minutes.
Step 3: Adjust sugar and consistency as desired. As an optional step, pass the juice through a sieve.
Step 4: Add ice to serving glasses and pour the juice. Serve immediately.
What mangoes to use for the juice?
I like to use Indian mango varieties Alphanso or Kesar. Both these fruits have a juicy non-fibrous pulp. Champagne/honey mangoes also are great for making juice.
Use sweet, ripe, and juicy mangoes, and avoid unripe mangoes. Mangoes that are overripe can also be used as they tend to be very sweet. Make sure the variety of mango is not fibrous. Select mangoes that do not have bruises or spots on the skin.
Frozen mangoes also work well also can be used. Thaw them in the fridge for a few hours before blending them.
Useful tips and variations
Chill the mango in the refrigerator before using it. Also, use cold water or a few ice cubes when blending the juice. This way, you can serve chilled juice immediately.
Alternatively, you can make the juice and place it in the fridge for a few hours before serving. However, it is best to consume mango juice fresh within a day.
Ripe and juicy mangoes like Champagne or Honey mango works best for this recipe. If the mangoes are fibrous, strain the juice before serving.
You can add a small amount of orange juice or pineapple juice. But if you are a fan of strong mango flavor, don't add any other fruit or fruit juice. Fruits that pair well with this drink are orange, pineapple, apple, and berries.
Use coconut water instead of plain water for added taste.
Blend in a small piece of ginger to make mango ginger juice.
More mango recipes
Yes. Frozen mangoes work well and also can be used. Thaw them in the fridge for a few hours before blending them.
No. A juicer cannot be used for mangoes so we need to use a blender. Mango flesh needs to be ground to release juice and a juicer mostly spins a fruit to release juice. Some other fruits that cannot be used in a juicer are berries, bananas, avocados, and figs.
Yes. Sugar or any other preferred sweetener can be added. White sugar, raw sugar, maple syrup, honey, etc. work well. Adjust the amount of sugar as per the sweetness of the mango.
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Mango Juice (Homemade Mango Nectar)
- 1 large mango (around 12 oz)
- 1-1½ cup water
- 2 teaspoon sugar (adjust depending on the sweetness of the mangoes)
- Chill the mango in the refrigerator for a few hours.
- Peel and cut the mango into cubes. Add the mango cube and flesh to a blender.
- Add water and sugar. Blend for a few minutes.
- Adjust sugar and consistency as desired.
- As an optional step, pass the juice through a sieve.
- Add ice to serving glasses and pour the juice. Serve immediately.
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