A Simple Recipe from the AFR Kitchen
If you’re on the lookout for a new summer beverage that’s as bright and sweet as the season itself and sure to quench your thirst, we’ve got the perfect recipe for you. Mango iced tea is delicious, easy to make and customize, and perfect for cooling off poolside, on the deck, or at your next backyard party or barbeque.
In celebration of the summer season and our beautiful Mango upholstery collection, we invite you to grab a couple of fresh mangos and treat yourself and those around you.
Not sure when a mango is ripe or not? Or how to dice and peel one? Read on – we've got you covered!
Pick a Ripe Mango
A brightly colored mango is great, but we still need to check a few more things.
If the mango feels hard, that usually means it needs more time to ripen.
A ripe mango will feel slightly soft but not squishy or mushy.
Smell the mango around the stem, and if it smells sweet, it’s ripe and ready to eat.
Ripe mangos can be stored in the fridge for a few days.
If a mango isn’t ripe yet, leave it at room temperature to speed things up.
What You’ll Need
This drink is refreshingly simple to create because it only requires a few common ingredients: water, sugar, tea, mango, and ice. This will make enough to fill about a half-gallon pitcher.
Pitcher of Iced Tea:
Dice and Peel a Mango
Stand up on the stem and cut downward, carefully separating each half from the pit in the center.
You will be left with two half pieces and a center piece that holds the pit.
Lay each of the half pieces flat and cut several straight lines in the flesh, avoiding the peel.
Now cut across your straight lines to make little even boxes, again avoiding the peel.
Now press or “fold” the mango outward so the boxes you made stick out.
Cut or pull your mango chunks away from the peel and you're good to go.
Plus, there's still good mango left in the center part that holds the pit.
Making Mango Syrup
Making Iced Tea
Mix and Enjoy
Making it Your Own
One of our favorite things about this recipe is that you can substitute any of your favorite fresh, in-season fruits for the mango to create all kinds of delicious fruit-flavored iced teas, lemonades, cocktails and more! You can even mix a few different fruits to make your own strawberry/mango blend as an example. The point is the possibilities are endless.
Another way to customize this recipe is to consider adjusting what kind of tea you use for your iced tea. We suggest green or black tea in this recipe for simplicity sake but there’s no rule against swapping that out for something you like even better.
Finally, if granulated sugar isn’t your thing, make sure to search online for alternative simple syrup recipes made instead with stevia, or honey, or agave nectar. While this may slightly change some of the ingredient amounts and cooking times listed above when making your syrup, the main idea is still the same. No matter what you choose, the key is in breaking up the fruit really well so all the flavor transfers over to the syrup.
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