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Tangy Mango Lemonade Recipe

Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" and "Taste of Home." She belongs to Cook's Recipe Testers for "Cook's Illustrated."


The Best Mango Lemonade Recipe

Tumbes, Peru is an inferno. While the tropical sun blazes, heat radiates from the ground with volcanic intensity. How did we survive two years of such torment? Mango lemonade was one of the few saving graces during our time spent near the equator.

Aside from fish and bananas, which are the lifeblood of Tumbes' economy, two food items are rock bottom cheap: lemons and mangos. What Peruvians call "lemons" are actually Key limes, the true lime known the world over and the only citrus fruit which grows exclusively in the tropics.

Although any mango lemonade is delicious, nothing beats a beverage made with Key limes. First of all, Key lime juice provides an assertive tanginess that's the perfect compliment to mango's intense, syrupy sweetness. I love to hand an icy glass of mango lemonade to a guest who walks through my door on a summer day and see the relief wash over them. Why is this lemonade extra thirst quenching? Mango's natural sweetness means you can go light on the extra sugar. In Tumbes we sweetened our lemonade with freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, but a bit of raw sugar, agave or stevia works just as well.

Taste for yourself and discover the wonders of mango lemonade! All you need is a blender, a lime squeezer and a strainer. So let's get started, before the summer heat gets the best of me...

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  • Since ice cubes dilute a beverage, try making lemonade ice cubes ahead of time.
  • Chill glasses in the freezer.
  • Serve with a lime or mango slice on the lip of the glasses.
  • For a fancy touch, rub glass rims with leftover lime halves and dip in sugar.
  • Invest in a lime squeezer, the best tool for juicing a Key lime. See Amazon capsule.
  • Limes yield more juice when squeezed at room temperature.
  • Apply pressure while rolling the lime back and forth. This will also allow you to squeeze out more juice.
  • For a lower calorie beverage, sweeten with stevia.
  • Since mangos vary in sweetness, start with less sugar and taste before adding more.

Mango Limeade

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

Serves 6


  • 1/2 - 1 cup white sugar, raw sugar or agave, to taste
  • 2/3 cup fresh squeezed Key lime juice
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 mango, cubed (or 1 cup frozen mango cubes)
Mango and Key limes

Mango and Key limes

Lime squeezers are the best way to juice Key limes

Lime squeezers are the best way to juice Key limes

Cut mango into cubes

Cut mango into cubes

Blend and strain

Blend and strain

  1. To make simple syrup: combine 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a simmer and stir for a few seconds, just until sugar dissolves. Chill before use.
  2. Pour ingredients into a blender container.
  3. Blend until mango has been pureed.
  4. Strain juice through a sieve.
  5. Serve mango lemonade in chilled glasses with mango or lime slices on the rims.
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A Splash of Lime

A Splash of Lime

What's So Special About Limes?

Limes are rich in the flavonoids, which have been shown to stop cell division of cancer cells, and are both antioxidant and antibiotic. A special flavonoid in limes has a strong effect against the bacteria that cause cholera. They also have detoxifying properties which can help the healing of peptic and oral ulcers. Limes also contain Kaempferol, which is widely used in anti-congestive medicines such as balms, inhalers and vaporizers. Scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it can give immediate relief of congestion and nausea.

And what about weight loss? In Peru, a home remedy for weight loss involves Key limes. Just juice a lime into a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach before each meal. An excellent fat burner, it will also aid in digestion and provide relief from constipation. And lime water tastes great! You should see results in a week or two.

Due to Vitamin C and flavonoids, lime juice rejuvenates the skin and protects it from infection. Just rub the juice on clean skin before moisturizing. It has even been known to lighten brown patches caused by sunlight exposure. Also good for mosquito bites, the juice reduces inflammation and irritation. Cut a lime in half and rub right on the affected spot.


Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on November 07, 2014:

Don Bobbitt, your adult version of this tangy mango lemonade would be delicious and refreshing! Enjoy.

Don Bobbitt from Ruskin Florida on November 07, 2014:

I can just taste this drink with a shot of Rum in it, on a Hot day.


I will try this one as soon as I go and pick up some Limes.

Thanks for the recipe,


Tanya Jones from Texas USA on August 24, 2014:

I definitely have to make this. Great lens. Love the pics. Excellent recipe.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 16, 2014:

Thanks for your comment RTalloni.

RTalloni on June 15, 2014:

I was just thinking about how much I am looking forward to our limes this year. Thanks for the recipe and tips.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 07, 2013:

Twig22bbend, glad you're going to try this mango lemonade! It's so refreshing and good for you, too. Thanks for your comment!

twig22bend on June 07, 2013:

I love mangoes. I will be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 19, 2013:

Kevin Peter, thanks so much for your feedback! This is one of our favorite summer drinks. Enjoy!

Kevin Peter from Global Citizen on May 19, 2013:

I tried the Mango Lemonade Recipe as soon as I read your hub. It was really very tasty. It tasted entirely different from the usual drinks. A good and perfect recipe!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 25, 2013:

Lindacee, it makes plain ol' lemonade into something special! Thanks for all your support.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on March 25, 2013:

What a great way to kick up lemonade! I'm putting on my must do list for the summer! Voted up, useful and interesting. :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 16, 2013:

Sgbrown, I'm glad you're going to make this mango lemonade! It's good to hear your weather is warming up and lemonade weather is on its way. This is one of our favorite summertime beverages. It's so refreshing and special, too. Thanks for the comment, votes and pin!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 16, 2013:

So glad this was shared, I can't believe I missed it the first time around! It is finally warming up here, for good I think. It was in the low 80s here today. I have busy outside cleaning our flower beds and planting some onions and mustard greens. I sure could use a big glass of this right now! I will be buying some mangos and limes next trip to the store. I love mangos and this sounds so good! Voting up, useful and pinning! :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 16, 2013:

Careermommy, I'm glad you plan to make this lemonade for your family! It's one of our favorites and is so refreshing in the summer. The mango helps sweeten the lemonade so you don't need quite as much sugar, either. Enjoy!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on March 16, 2013:

Wow, this is a great, refreshing recipe, vespawoolf. I love the idea of using lemonade ice cubes instead of ice. My family will love this treat. Thank you for sharing this!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 16, 2013:

Suzie HQ, mangoes are in season here in Peru so we're drinking lots of mango lemonade! I'm glad you like the recipe--thanks as always for all your support!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on March 16, 2013:


How did I miss this one??? Love it it sounds so tasty! Linking to my mango hub, votes +++++, sharing, pinned!

Love the easy instructions and ingredients, so refreshing!!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on February 04, 2013:

LadyLyell, how nice that your daughter was able to visit Peru! It's a beautiful country and they do make some colorful textiles. Enjoy the mango lemonade! I had the same experience with laser skin lightening. I've read that natural apple cider vinegar also works to lighten spots. Thanks for coming by.

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on February 04, 2013:

I have read your article with keen interest, inspired by your recipe which I will try now as mangos are in season and I love all things 'lemon.'

As I have a dark spot on my face which laser treatment did not help I now know to use lime juice on it. This has been a wonderful tip from your article, thank you. I hope to get results and sure I will if I persist.

By the way, my daughter was visiting your country recently and bought me some beautiful clothes and shared all things wonderful there with me.

Have a nice day!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 07, 2013:

iguidenetwork, it really is the ideal flavor combo. Please let me know what you think!

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on January 06, 2013:

Wow, mango and lemonade, haven't tried that combination before but it sure will taste really good. Voted up. :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on January 06, 2013:

Au fait, I'm interested in what your mother puts in her lemonade! I really love this mango lemonade. The Key limes and the mango complement each other so well. I know what you mean about trying new things... I call it "kitchen mojo". : ) I hope you enjoy this lemonade as much as we do. Thank you for your meaningful comment.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 06, 2013:

I drink lemonade a lot. I have the best recipe in the world passed on to me by my mother and I used to always make it from scratch. Everyone loves it, but I've gotten lazy. I drink so much of it, it's just quicker to prepare a can of concentrate.

This recipe looks delicious and I think I'll have to give it a try when I go through my next cooking, try new things streak. Yes, I go through that sort of thing every once in a while and it lasts anywhere from a day to several weeks. That's when I add lots of new things to my repertoire.

Voting you up, BAUI, gave you 5 stars, and will share!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on December 04, 2012:

MillionaireTips, it really is a special drink. Mangoes and key limes are cheap here, but now that you mention the expense in other countries it makes me appreciate it more!

Shasta Matova from USA on December 04, 2012:

That looks absolutely delicious! Mangoes and key limes are not cheap here, but this beverage looks like it is worth the extra expense.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on October 18, 2012:

Rodric29, that is a very good question! The downside of Key lime pie is all the sugar, but as desserts go I'd say Key lime pie is a pretty good choice. Enjoy the tangy lemonade and greetings to your mother!

Rodric Anthony from Surprise, Arizona on October 18, 2012:

I am so having this today! It is my mother's birthday and I think she would like this so much.

I do have a questions. Does the same health benefits from lime apply when eating key lime pie? If you can respond that is great.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on October 05, 2012:

Peggy, thank you for the 5 star rating! It is super refreshing on a hot day and one of my favorites. It's always nice to hear from you...I appreciate the tweet, too. : )

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2012:

Gave this another 5 star rating because even though I have never tasted it, I know it would be delicious and particularly on a hot summer day. Thanks for your recipe! Up votes and tweeting.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on September 24, 2012:

The mango is such a good complement for the Key lime juice. Enjoy!

DragonBallSuper on September 24, 2012:

another healthy lemonade recipe that is worth a try!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on September 04, 2012:

Our mangos are just starting to come in season. They're little, expensive and not as sweet as they will be by November. Can't wait! It's nice to see you again, KoffeeKlatchGals!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on September 04, 2012:

It sounds so delicious. I will definitely try it once the magoes are back in season.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on August 26, 2012:

It's a great drink and so refreshing. Enjoy! Thanks so much for coming by, rebeccamealey.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 26, 2012:

OMG! This sounds terrific. It is so unique. Mango lemonade soon!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on August 25, 2012:

MamaKim, you're right! I didn't think to mention it, although it is one of my favorite ways to enjoy mangoes. The lime just compliments the mango so well. Thanks for coming by!

Aloe Kim on August 25, 2012:

When you asked the question about mangoes recently you should have told us about this! This sounds so yummy ^_^ If I can find some good mangoes soon I'll have to try it... if not it'll have to wait until next year. Oregon's not really mango growing friendly so it really has to be a good season to buy it. Thanks for another great recipe ^_^ voted up!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on August 07, 2012:

Thelma Alberts, I'm glad you can appreciate a mango lemonade! Thanks for the vote and comment.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on August 07, 2012:

I love mango lemonade. It´s very refreshing. I have used calamansi / lime juice for making the mango lemonade. It´s delicious. Thanks for reminding me on making this drink again. Voted up and yummy!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 25, 2012:

Michelle Keiper, what a great idea! I hope your neighbor enjoys the recipe and shares her mangos so you can try this refreshing drink, as well. Thank you for taking the time to read and vote!

Michelle Keiper on July 24, 2012:

What a great combination key limes and mango. I love them both and can't wait to try it. I spotted a house a few blocks over with a mango tree; loaded. I was going to ask if I can pick some. What a great way to break the ice I'll give her your recipe. Thanks

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

Jackie Lynnley, thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

Angelo52, I enjoy this lemonade with just the natural sweetness of the mango while my husband enjoys extra sweetener. Enjoy and thank you for reading and commenting!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

anglnwu, I've read about your hot weather on the internet. This drink is so refreshing during hot weather and the lime is such a perfect compliment for the mango. Thanks for your vote and share!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

Ericdierker, I also enjoy lemon juice in my herbal teas. Fresh-squeezed juice is always more nutritious and delicious than bottled concentrates. I would recommend pouring fresh-squeezed juice into ice cube trays and freezing. Then store the cubes in ziplock bags and thaw one or two at a time as you need them. Please let me know how it goes and thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

Mecheshier, what a great idea to add peppermint tea for an extra refreshing summer drink. Thanks for commenting!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

Mhatter99, nice to hear from you.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

Alocsin, thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Lemon and lime are the perfect compliment for mangoes. Enjoy!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

Moonlake, I'm glad you plan to use this recipe. Enjoy! The lime and mango are so delicious together. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

ChristyWrites, I just love this lemonade on a hot summer day. Thanks so much for coming by!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

Julie DeNeen, thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Mango is also one of my favorite fruits!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 23, 2012:

LetitiaFT, a food processor will make wonderful mango lemonade. Enjoy! Summer will be here before we know it! Thanks so much for dropping by!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on July 22, 2012:

Mm this sounds so good and I love having the knowledge of how good something is for me!

Angelo52 on July 21, 2012:

Nice recipe. I think I'll try it without the extra sweetners since mango itself is very sweet, then adjust if needed.

anglnwu on July 21, 2012:

This lemonade would have saved my day--it's sizzzling hot in S. california. I love the two key ingredients. Lime limes and mango--sounds like my idea of a good cold drink. Rated up and shared.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 21, 2012:

This drink was awesome. Thank you.

I have a question for you. I like to use lemon or lime in my herbal teas. Sometimes I take the time for fresh and other times a bottle concentrate. Other than fresh squeezed what is the best method of storing or the best product?

mecheshier on July 20, 2012:

Mango lemonade is my favorite! I also mix it with peppermint tea, it is very refreshing in the summer. Thank you for sharing. Voted up for awesome.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on July 19, 2012:

delicious, thank you

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 19, 2012:

I'm not a big fan of lemon but by adding my favorite fruit, mango, to it, you've created something that I'd want to drink. Voting this Up and Useful.

moonlake from America on July 19, 2012:

This sounds so good. I love mango. Will keep this recipe so it's going into my pins. Voted UP.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 19, 2012:

Mmm this does sound refreshing!

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on July 19, 2012:

This looks great. I am a big fan of mango!

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on July 19, 2012:

Pefect! I just replaced my food processor after years without one, and I've got a couple a mangoes I'm hoping will ripen and I can substitute regular limes. Now if only it would get hot...

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 19, 2012:

Ericdierker, enjoy the mango lemonade! It's extra refreshing during the summertime. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate it.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 19, 2012:

I'm on a Key lime kick lately! Wow, enjoy the mango lemonade. Anything would be refreshing with that weather!

kelleyward on July 19, 2012:

Oh wow another key lime ingredient recipe with mango. My kids love mango and it's so hot here 108 degrees F! I'll surprise them with this. Take care, Kelley

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 19, 2012:

Bravo! Delightful read. Of course I will be drinking this at first chance.

How can anything with Mango and Lime not be delicious. You know when you wrote a good food piece, when it makes the readers' mouth water.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 19, 2012:

Dexter Yarbrough, enjoy the mango lemonade and thanks for commenting!

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on July 19, 2012:

I am in heaven! I am having a get together this weekend and I plan to make this! Thanks, Vespawoolf!

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