This refreshing Mexican Mangonada recipe is made with fresh or frozen mango, blended with lime juice and layered with Mexican chamoy sauce. This traditional frozen Mexican drink has the perfect balance of sweet, tangy and spicy. Serve it with tamarind straws on a hot day.
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Spice up your day with the bold taste and vibrant color of this classic Mexican mocktail. This Mangonada recipe is bursting with flavor and is so easy to make that I’m sure you will be sipping this fun drink throughout the year.
Why You’ll Love This Mexican Mangonada
- It’s a Mocktail: This fun and delicious iced drink is like a party in a glass. This is a non-alcoholic drink that definitely makes a statement.
- Can Be a Cocktail: If you are craving lazy summer days by the beach or happy hour at your favorite local bar, spiking this drink is as easy as pouring some tequila in a glass. Mangonada margaritas are “a thing” and they are amazing!
- Versatile: Make it skinny or light by using coconut water instead of mango nectar. Adjust the level of spiciness to your taste. Add a little spice or make it as hot as fuego. It’s up to you!
- Make Ahead: Blend the frozen mango mixture and keep it chilled until you are ready to layer it with chamoy.
What is a Mangonada?
Mangonada also called chamoyada, chamango, raspado or mangoneada is an authentic Mexican frozen drink, like a mango smoothie or a refreshing mango slush or soft sorbet. It’s made with mango and fresh lime juice and it’s served in a glass layered with spicy chamoy sauce then, sprinkled with chile-lime seasoning.
In Mexico, street vendors serve this frosty drink with a chewy tamarind candy straw. This popular fruity drink is sweet, savory, tangy and spicy. In other words, it’s an explosion of flavor in your mouth!
Mexican Mangonada Ingredients
- Mango: For this recipe, you can use fresh mangoes or frozen mango chunks. If you cannot find fresh ripe mangoes, frozen mango is available in any grocery store year round.
- Mango Nectar: I prefer nectar but mango juice can be used.
- Lime Juice: Nothing compares to the taste of fresh lime juice. The bottled stuff just doesn’t taste the same.
- Sugar: OPTIONAL .Check the sweetness of your mangoes before adding any sweetener. You can also use honey, monkfruit, stevia or agave.
- Chamoy: This ingredient is becoming more popular, but for now it’s sold in Hispanic markets and online. I am providing a recipe so you can make this hot sauce at home. Chamoy only has 4-ingredients, apricot jam or mango jam, chili powder, salt and lime juice.
- Tajin: I always have tajin seasoning in my pantry but you can use any other chili lime seasoning.
- Ice Cubes: It helps blending this drink into an almost slushy consistency.
What Is Chamoy Made Of?
Chamoy is a popular Mexican condiment traditionally made from dried ume plums (which are actually not plums but sour apricots) pickled with spicy chili de arbol, lime juice, sugar and salt. Other fruits like green mangoes and tamarind are sometimes used to make this vibrant sauce.
How Does Chamoy Taste Like?
This popular Mexican condiment is sweet, sour, salty and spicy.
Is Chamoy a Sauce?
Chamoy comes in many different forms. Here are a few:
- Sauce: This is the condiment used in this recipe. You can buy it or make it at home. For your convenience, I am providing a recipe for a homemade version in the recipe card.
- Dried Fruit: This is also known as saladito.
- Candy: Mexican candy or golosinas are sweet, sour and have a spicy kick.
- Popsicles and Shaved Ice: Known as chamoy paletas and raspados.
How To Make Homemade Chamoy
Making chamoy sauce at home is very easy and takes less than 5 minutes. Homemade chamoy is made with only 4 ingredients that are available in all supermarkets. Actually, I keep 2 of them in my pantry at all times!!
- Apricot jam, mango jam or peach jam or preserves
- Chili powder
- Lime juice
To make homemade chamoy, simply place all the ingredients in a blender or mini food processor and blend until smooth. Done! For a lighter consistency, simply add water.
How To Make a Mangonada
- Place the fresh or frozen mango, the mango nectar or coconut water, lime juice and ice into a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add sugar, if needed. Blend for a few seconds to combine. The mixture should have the consistency of soft sorbet or a slushy.
- Pour or scoop some of the mango mixture into the prepared glass, then layer it with chamoy sauce (about 1-2 tablespoons per layer), working your way up the glass and finishing with chamoy sauce. Top with fresh mango slices or chunks and a sprinkle of Tajin or your favorite chile-lime salt. Serve with a tamarind candy straw or a regular straw and enjoy!
You have questions? We have answers!
What Does Mangonada Taste Like
Mangonada aka chamoyada is a fruity frozen drink with a perfectly balanced bold flavor. Chamoyada tastes a bit sweet and salty, tart and spicy all in one drink!
What’s the Difference Between Mangonada and Chamoyada?
Both are the same sweet, savory, tangy and spicy drink! This delicious frozen drink is called different names depending on where you are in Mexico. Other names for mangonada or chamoyada are chamango, raspado or mangoneada
Is a Mangonada Healthy?
This smoothie or slushy type drink is not only incredibly flavorful but also quite healthy. Although mango nectar can contain a lot of sugar, this drink can be made with coconut water which cuts on calories but not on flavor.
What is Tajin?
Tajin is a popular brand of Mexican seasonings. Their most popular spice blend is a mixture of chili powder, dehydrated lime juice and salt. The mildly spicy seasoning is used to season many things from chips to veggies although its mostly served with fresh fruits. Although an odd combination, the bright citrus flavor and mild spice blend pairs well with the natural sweetness of fruits.
What Are Tamarind Candy Straws?
Tamarind candy straws or a tamarin sticks are straws wrapped in thick and chewy tamarind fruit leather and covered in spicy chili powder. Sometimes this sweet and spicy treat is made with tejocote, an Aztec sour stone fruit loaded with vitamin C.
Tips for Your Mexican Mango Drink
- You can use mango nectar or coconut water to make this drink.
- Make your own homemade chamoy in 5 minutes! All you need is 4 common pantry ingredients! See recipe below.
- Spike up your drink with tequila. Mangonada margarita is the perfect cocktail for any gathering or fiesta. I use tequila silver or reposado.
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Mangonada (Mexican Mango Drink)
- 16 ounces fresh or frozen mango chunks
- 12 ounces mango nectar or coconut water for a lighter version (1 1/2 cup)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 cup ice
- 1-2 tablespoons sugar, optional and to your taste
- Chamoy sauce to taste recipe below
- Chili lime seasoning or Tajin
- For serving: Fresh mango slices or chunks
- Tamarind candy straws aka Tarugos (optional)
Make it A Cocktail
- 1 cup tequila silver, or to taste
- Pour a small amount of Chamoy onto a small plate (to wet the rim of the glass). On a separate small plate, put some of the chili lime seasoning. Dip the rim of the glass in Chamoy, then dip the rim into the chili lime seasoning (Tajin)
- Place the frozen mango, mango nectar (or coconut water), lime juice and ice into a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add sugar, if needed. Blend for a few seconds to combine. The mixture should have the consistency of soft sorbet or a slushy. Add additional mango nectar (or coconut water), if needed.
- Pour or scoop some of the mango smoothie mixture into the prepared glass, then layer the smoothie with the chamoy sauce (about 1-2 tablespoons per layer), working your way up the glass and finishing with the chamoy sauce. Top with fresh mango slices or chunks and a sprinkle of chili lime seasoning (Tajin). Serve with a tamarind candy straw or a regular straw.
1/4 cup of fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons ancho chile powder (or more for a spicy version)
1/2 teaspoon of salt Put all the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.