This 4 Ingredients Mango Iced Tea is what we need to keep our Summer cool and refreshed. Made from real fresh Mango that has been pureed, a choice of your favorite tea and honey to sweeten the drink. When it comes to Summer, nothing beats fresh fruits in season and a glass of iced cold drinks. Let’s cheers to that!
Friday Drink Day ♥♥
With the weather getting warmer and warmer everyday, I think we could all agree that we need something that will cool us off and keep us feeling refresh. Since it is Summer, I am making a seasonal post just for the Summer season and this will happen on Fridays. I am calling it Friday Drinks and Frozen Day 🙂 The post will mostly be about Summer drinks and frozen treats to keep up cool and comfy during the Summer season. If it is not Summer where you are right now, do not worry because you can always go back and search for these recipes whenever Summer arrives in your area or you are just feeling to get chilled. Some of the drinks that I am sharing here and even the smoothie can be made any day of the year.
With the hot summer weather we are currently having, all I can think of is to drink and drink and drink. I just want something refreshing to drink, something light and non-carbonated too. Summer is the time of the year when coffee shops big or small starts promoting more and more cold ice tea drinks or different flavors and variations. I favor this kind of drink over pop or carbonated drinks because I find cold fruity tea drinks more refreshing and light. As the heat continue everyday, and so as my ice tea making series. Today we are making another variation of ice tea but with a slight twist because we are adding fresh Mango puree in this drink. This drink screams Summer 🙂 in a good and delicious way.
If you are one my my beloved regular readers, you probably have an idea now how I love Mango judging by my almost every week post of Mango recipe lately. This is one seasonal fruit that I can never stop buying until the very last end of the season. From pie, tarts, bars, cakes, jam and anything I can use Mango, count me in!
So for me, it wouldn’t be right not to share this Mango Iced Tea because I make this even more often than my other Mango desserts. When you watch the video, you will understand why. Because it’s AMAZING! and super easy to make, and it taste absolutely delicious and better than store bought. I don’t need to state the obvious but nonetheless I will. It is worth making because 1.) you get to use fresh Mango, and nothing beats fresh fruits 2.) You skip using processed sugar, instead a much better sweetener alternative, honey; 3.) it is super easy to make! Puree, boil, cool, serve. 4) When in season, fresh Mango are naturally sweet, and quite reasonably priced.
Ingredients to make Mango Iced Tea
- Tea Bags – I’m using Earl Grey, you can use other mild neutral tea
- Honey – I often sweeten my homemade iced tea with honey. I find the taste complements the fresh fruits and it really has a nice distinct sweet taste that I love. You can also use any sweetener of your choice just be mindful of the measurements. The measurement will depend on the sweetener you are using.
- Mago Puree – I used fresh Mango, frozen Mango will work too. It will have an icy texture which is not bad at all. It will eventually dissolve when you pour it in the tea.
How to make Mango Iced Tea
This is a very simple process, if you can even call it a process. Start by making you tea first. Steep the tea of your choice with the sweetener and let cool completely. If using fresh Mango, puree the Mango and then mix it with the cooled tea. Add ice cubes in a glass or jar and pour the Mango Iced Tea. Just like that!
How to make it Cold Brew Mango Iced Tea
I had done quite a few cold brew iced tea and I loved it. I even prefer it compared to the regular steeped tea. Check out my cold brew post at the end of this post to get more information. Basically, the main difference is that the tea is steeped in cold water overnight, rather than in boiling water. The cold water along with the long stepping time produces a sweeter flavor. To do this, simply pour the water in a jar. Add about 1/4 cup water to the honey and microwave for 30 – 45 seconds or until fully dissolved with the water. Pour in the jar with the water, add the Mango puree and put the tea bags. This makes for a great make ahead drinks. Leave it overnight in the fridge for serving the following day.
What tea will work for this?
I used Earl Grey tea, you can use other tea flavor but make sure to choose the right fruit that will work with the tea you are making, for this case Mango. Fruit flavored tea will work as well, I find that any mild tea works best for this tea. There’s no right or wrong in making this tea, it’s homemade anyway so make it your own version and creation.
I like to use honey or simple syrup. Simple syrup is just sugar that’s been heated and dissolved in water, and it’s the best way to add sweetness to cold tea. I used honey to sweeten the drink, you can use other sweeter but you may have to adjust the measurement. 1/3 cup of honey is not the same as 1/3 cup of granulated sugar in terms of sweetness, as honey is sweeter than sugar. Add gradually and play around with it.
Can I make this unsweetened?
Definitely! If you prefer unsweetened tea, just skip the step where you add the sweetener. Simply add the puree Mango pour in a glass with ice. It is totally your choice.
I love to make a big batch of this, double this recipe for my week drink. A tall glass of Mango Iced tea with lots of ice cubes is how I want it served.
What I do not have fresh Mango?
I had been talking about fresh Mango because it is in season. But if where you are right now is not a season for Mango, you can definitely use canned Mango puree. That will work too. Also, if you plan to make it for family and friends, using canned mango puree could be a cheaper alternative. For 1-4 people, fresh Mango is recommended, it will not be that expensive.
Ok, it’s time for us to make this Mango Ice Tea. First, lets watch the short video, shall we? Let’s get started!
- 3 cups Water – for the tea
- 3 Tea Bags – Earl Grey, Camomile, Green Tea (or any mild neutral tea that will work with Mango)
- 1/3 cup Honey (or any other sweetener of your choice)
- 1 Large Ripe Mango – puree
- Ice Cubes
- Steep the Tea: Pour the water in a pan. Add honey and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down and add the tea bags. Steep for 3 -5 minutes, or longer if you like a stronger taste. Transfer in a serving jar and let cool completely.
- Serve: Add ice cubes in the serving jar/glass. Add the Mango puree and pour the cooled iced tea. Stir to combine. Add some fresh diced mango (optional)
- Alternatively, you can mix the Mango puree with the iced tea before pouring it in the serving glass with ice.
Makes 4 cups
- Sweetener measurement will vary depending on what type of sweetener you use. Add gradually and adjust taste as needed.
Enjoy! If you make this, share and tag me in Instagram #SweetNSpicyLiving. I would like to see your creations too.
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