The best homemade mango juice recipe uses organic Alphonso mangoes for a terrifically sweet, nectar-like drink. Follow our step-by-step instructions with photos to learn how to make a delicious juice that’s perfect for enjoying by the glassful or including in any number of juice-based beverage recipes.
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I am somewhat of a mango juice expert, as I love all things mango. From Mango Milkshake and Mango Smoothie, to Mango Cheesecake and Mango Pudding, this bright and tropical fruit is absolutely my favorite to include in recipes. And if given the option between a slice of mango or a glass of juice, I’ll happily choose the mango nectar juice every time.
Although I’ve been a big fan of mango juice for many years, I more than often prefer to make it specifically with organic alphonso mangoes. Hands-down these are the most prized variation of the fruit: they’re large with lots of delicious, perfectly sweet flesh.
While you can make a refreshing glass of mango juice with other mangoes, if you have alphonso available I highly recommend that you use them.
Mangoes are nutrient rich, so obviously it is good to include them in your diet. They are also a rich source of Vitamin A, C and dietary fibre.
Here I share with you my easy mango juice recipe and tips to prepare the best, most refreshing mango juice from scratch. It’s great to make on a hot day, and perfect to enjoy as it is or with your favorite snacks!
Storing mangoes, the right way
Now that you’ve got a good quantity of mangoes from the market to make your Mango Juice at home, you must be wondering as to what is the best way to store the remaining excess mangoes.
And why not, because the ‘king of fruits’ is a precious one and should be carefully preserved, so that you can enjoy it later too.
Here’s a checklist that you should read and refer to, carefully.
When you want to store fresh mangoes for a short period
Begin by checking the ripeness of the mangoes. Ripe ones are softer as compared to the unripe, harder ones. Ripe mangoes also have a fruity smell which is missing in the unripe ones.Green, unripe mangoes can be stored in dark at room temperature, in a container/jar with air flow. This will guard the mangoes from insects and not block the oxygen too.Yellow, ripe mangoes can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.When you want to store fresh mangoes for a long period
You can freeze chopped fresh mangoes in ziploc bags to enjoy in the off-season. The mango should be chopped into small pieces to fit properly in the ziploc bags. Peeling the skin is optional.While packing in ziploc bags, ensure that the mango pieces are not on top of one other. Also, before sealing the bags, push out as much oxygen as possible from them.You should keep your ziploc bags with mango horizontally in the freezer, for the fruit to freeze evenly.You can also make puree from the mangoes. Freeze them in ice trays. Then remove the frozen cubes and transfer them to container or ziploc bags. Keep in the freezer. When you want to enjoy any mango based drink or dessert, remove the frozen mango cubes and add them while making the recipe. You can thaw them slightly before you proceed. It is advisable to consume the frozen mangoes within 6 months of storing in the freezer.Step-by-Step Guide
How to make Mango Juice
Peel and chop mangoes
1. First, rinse the mangoes very well under clean water. Dry them with a clean kitchen towel. Use a sharp knife or peeler to peel the skins.
Start at the bottom of each mango, and slice upwards towards the more narrow end to remove the skin, keeping as much of the flesh intact as possible.
TIP: To reduce the heating qualities of mangoes, soak them in water in a bowl or pan for a couple of hours.
2. Next, chop the mangoes and discard the stone. To separate the flesh from the center pit, first slice large chunks off on both sides of the stone.
Scrape or slice through the remaining flesh and place them on the chopping board. Chop these slices and scrapings into small pieces, like in the photo below.
Make Mango Juice
3. Transfer the chopped mangoes to a blender.
4. Blend until smooth. Add a splash of water or milk (dairy or plant-based) to thin out slightly into a flowing runny juice, if you like.
You can add a few ice cubes to make into an icy smoothie-like mango juice. Personally, I like my mango juice without anything added for the richest, creamiest and pulpy drink.
5. Serve the fresh juice immediately, or you can chill in the refrigerator. Feel free to garnish with your favorite juice or smoothie toppings, like chopped nuts, fresh berries, herbs or seeds.
I like to add a sprinkle of chia seeds to my juice, and my family loves chopped cashews and almonds. Get creative and enjoy!
Additional flavors: I recommend that you do not add any additional flavorings to this mango juice recipe, to really let the mango shine. That said, if you prefer you can combine some other fruit juice like strawberry juice, pomegranate juice, orange juice with mangoes. Mangoes: Use sweet and ripe mangoes that have a firm juicy pulp, like alphonso. Avoid fibrous, unripe mangoes. If your mangoes are sweet, you absolutely do not need to add any sugar or sweetener. Garnish and toppings: Keep a few pieces of mango intact while you prepare the juice. Then you can use these slices as a lovely garnish with your drinks. You could garnish with fresh herbs like mint or with berries (fresh or dried), nuts or seeds. For a cold juice: Add some ice cubes while blending. Or refrigerate the mango juice for a few hours. Keep the mangoes in refrigerator overnight before juicing them. Consistency: To thin the consistency slightly, add water or a fruit juice or ice cubes. FAQs
Can this mango juice recipe be increased? Yes, as-is this mango juice recipe makes two servings. However you can easily double or triple the number of mangoes used to make larger or more servings. If want to store, then pour the juice in ice trays and freeze them. Once frozen, remove the cubes and place them in ziploc bags or freezer safe containers. Keep the ziploc bags or containers in the freezer. What should I serve with homemade mango juice? This refreshing and sweet drink is great to enjoy as it is or with nearly any savory snack! I love to serve thick pulpy mango juice with Puri and even Roti. How long does this juice keep well? Freshly prepared mango juice definitely tastes best when enjoyed right away, but it can be refrigerated to make it cold. Keep covered in the fridge for up to 1 day. How do I make mango nectar from mangoes? To make mango nectar, simply blend the 2 cups of chopped mangoes with ½ to 1 cup water adding some sugar or honey or your preferred sweetener.
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