Making mango juice is a simple and refreshing process that requires just a few ingredients. Here’s a basic recipe for making homemade mango juice:
- Ripe mangoes (2-3, depending on their size)
- Sugar (optional, to taste)
- Water (about 1/2 cup, or as needed)
- Ice cubes (optional)
- Cutting board
- Fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth (optional)
- Choose Ripe Mangoes: Select ripe, sweet mangoes for the best flavor. You can tell if a mango is ripe by gently squeezing it; it should give slightly when pressed.
- Wash and Peel the Mangoes: Wash the mangoes thoroughly under running water. Then, using a knife, carefully peel the skin from the mangoes. Try to remove as much flesh as possible from around the seed.
- Remove the Mango Flesh: Hold the peeled mango vertically and slice off the flesh from around the pit. Repeat this process for each mango. Collect all the mango flesh in a bowl.
- Blend the Mango: Place the mango pieces in a blender. If you want to sweeten your juice, you can add sugar at this stage. Start with a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) and adjust to your taste later. If your mangoes are very sweet, you may not need to add sugar at all.
- Add Water: Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the blender. This will help thin out the juice and make it easier to blend.
- Blend Until Smooth: Cover the blender and blend everything until you have a smooth, creamy mango puree. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a bit more water and blend again.
- Strain the Juice (Optional): If you prefer a smooth, pulp-free mango juice, strain the blended mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a pitcher. Use a spoon to gently press the juice through while leaving behind any solids. If you like some pulp, you can skip this step.
- Chill and Serve: Transfer the mango juice to a pitcher and refrigerate it for a few hours or until it’s nice and cold. You can also add ice cubes to the individual glasses when serving.
- Enjoy: Pour your homemade mango juice into glasses, garnish with a slice of mango or a sprig of mint if desired, and enjoy your delicious and refreshing mango juice!
Feel free to adjust the sweetness and consistency of the mango juice to suit your taste. You can also experiment by adding a squeeze of lime or lemon juice for a tangy twist