With a tropical flavor boost, mango iced tea is the perfect summer beverage.
Although cutting a mango might be difficult, mango iced tea is just a refreshing sip away. With many people enjoying mango in a variety of recipes, favorite beverages are getting a mango flavor upgrade. In a way, this summer is all about the mango.
Although some people might be produce paranoid, the mango holds many types of health benefits. From aiding digestion to boosting immunity, there are many reasons to cut open another one of these tropical fruits.
With mango becoming more popular, that flavor has taken over many popular beverages. Mango iced tea has seen a surge in popularity. While the tea flavor is still predominate, the tropical fruit enhancement lends itself to being a popular summer beverage.
Mango can work with sweet, spicy and even savory flavors. When combining it in a beverage, the balance needs to highlight all of those flavor notes. One of the reasons why iced tea works so well with mango is the flavor balance options.
For example, Pure Leaf Mango Iced Tea is a great example of a beverage that gets it right. The mango flavor is apparent but does not over power the tea itself. It is a lovely, refreshing blend.
Since iced tea can be the mixer for a great cocktail or mocktail, Pure Leaf has created two mango forward beverages that are perfect for summer sipping. Get that cocktail shaker ready.
Here’s how to make a Mango Cranberry Gin & Juice cocktail.
- 1 oz Pink Gin
- 2 oz Pure Leaf Mango Hibiscus Herbal Tea
- ¼ oz Simple Syrup ½ oz Lemon Juice
- 6 dashes Cranberry Bitters
- 3 dashes Orange Bitters
- ¾ oz Cranberry Juice
- Shake all ingredients over ice and serve in a coupe.
- Garnish with Thyme sprig
One key to this cocktail is the bitters. The combination of cranberry and orange bitters brings out a lovely herbaceous quality. There is a balance of sweet and tart. Plus, the pink gin keeps the color quite vibrant.
It is best to garnish with the thyme. The aroma as you drink the cocktail really adds to the experience.
Since not everyone wants a cocktail all of the time, a refreshing mocktail can be a great option. Pure Leaf shared this refresher. With an unlikely ingredient, it could have you preferring non-alcoholic drinks more often.
Here’s how to make a Mango Hibiscus Refresher.
- Pure Leaf Unsweetened Mango Hibiscus Tea
- Hibiscus Syrup (to taste)
- Yuzu Juice (to taste)
- Hibiscus Flower (garnish)
- Pour 1 – 2 cups of tea into a glass and add hibiscus syrup and yuzu juice to taste.
- Garnish with flower.
While the hibiscus flower garnish makes for a pretty picture, it can be omitted. Only some people have a hibiscus growing in their back yard.
The addition of the Yuzu juice is quite nice. The citrus forward flavor adds the brightness to balance the floral notes.
Why not pour yourself one these mango iced tea beverages and think about that tropical getaway. While this year’s vacation might be a mirage, you can still appreciate that tasty sip.
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