April 6, 2011

Mango Spritzer



This space has been eerily quite for a while—my apologies for the short absence. I was not able to get in touch as my Internet connection ceased to exist without notice. Anyways, I’m glad to connect with you all again and feel a sense of oneness. I missed all the warmth and joys from this much appreciated web of companionship. Thank you so much, new and old readers, for coming back every time with your thoughtful encouragement and generous words. As always, I’m very touched. You make this space different, this journey worthwhile. Thank you.
Strange to say, this disconnect from the cyberspace was a good chance to step back for a few deep breaths—a nice break from my normal routine of cooking, testing, styling, photographing and writing. This short break was filled with time spend with family, with the kids enjoying a two week vacation before the beginning of their new academic year— watching movies in a row, going for walks in the park enjoying the beauty of the passing spring, chatting with friends and yeah, lots of sleep. A much welcome slowdown from the normal frenzy of activities, I admit. Of course, the cooking never stopped. In fact, most days the house smelled of the wonderful aromas from baked goodies -- cupcakes, macaroons, crumbles -- that disappeared within minutes of cooling, spoiling my plans of elaborate decorations and photography! In addition to the guilty baking, I made lots of healthy smoothies and popsicles for those warmer spring days, loving the ease with which I could make them, while the kids enjoyed how delectable it tasted. Summing up, it was fun and relaxing.  

Today, I am sitting at my desk keen to catch up on the piles of messages that were left behind. Meanwhile, let me start with a fairly simple drink recipe to slowly get back into the swing of things.


 
This drink is prepared with the delicious and juicy Alphonso mango, one of the best mangoes from India, which I had been so excited to find at the local store last week. This fruit reminds me of those wonderful days spend in my paternal grandparents home enjoying fresh ripe mangoes from the trees in their garden. I remember that the mango tree next to our balcony was so heavy with fruit that whenever it rained, the mangoes would fall and my cousins and I would rush downstairs to pick our share. My grandmother would have buckets of deliciously ripe mangoes to give away to relatives and friends, which made everyone happy. Ah, I miss those carefree childhood days.

Mangoes are a favorite snack with my family. The kids love them especially this time of the year when the days are beautifully sunny and clear. Yes, summer is definitely starting to take shape and settle. An ice-cold drink made with fresh, fragrant, juicy mangoes is the perfect choice for a refreshing and healthy summer drink. Pureed mango blended with ice and sparkling water makes a refreshing summer drink.
Mango Spritzer

Ingredients
Serves 2
Prep: 10 min

2 ripe mangoes, peeled
sugar, to taste
juice of half lemon, or one lime
chilled club soda, or chilled sparkling water
ice cubes, to serve



Directions

Blend the mangoes with the lime/lemon juice and sugar. Transfer to a pitcher and chill for a minimum of 30 minutes. To serve, divide the ice between glasses; pour 1/2 cup puree into each glass, and top off with sparkling water. Stir to combine. Serve immediately.

71 comments:

  1. Beautiful pics. I can't wait for the inexpensive crates of juicy alphonso mangoes to appear here. It's almost mango season, but not quite. Thanks for popping over to my site and your nice comments.

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  2. Awesome clicks... Perfect drink

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  3. Sally: Oh yeah, the mangoes are expensive now. I'm actually waiting for the mango festival at the supermarkets here when you are truly spoiled for choice. Hey, glad I made a new friend, thanks :)

    Thank you, Kalpana!

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  4. Nice to see u back in action :) Lovely pictures. Making me crave for some mangoes already. Though they havent started appearing in Bangalore much.

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  5. Mango Spritzer looks wonderfully refreshing... :-)

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  6. nice to see u bak........hope enjoyed the days with kids........refreshing drink and pics are awesome..........

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  7. so good to see u back in action...loved reading thru ur blog..very very good presentation... I was having fresh orange juice while going through ur spritzer pics... and now I badly want mangoes!!!!!!!!! oh yeah, I could visualize u rushing downstairs to get those mangoes fallen from the trees.... makes me nostalgic- my childhood was pretty much the same during vacation at mom's place.

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  8. welcome back dear.. Lovely click & refreshing recipe..

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  9. Mango spritzer...that looks really refreshing.
    I am a die hard mango lover!!Wud love to try it..
    Awesome presentation and great clicks..

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  10. nice drink superbb click nw to ur blog. lots of yummy recipes and ur clicks all awesome...do vist my space when time gets

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  11. A superb & refreshing drink!! Glad to have u back :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  12. Omg...real treat to eyes...great clicks...divine..:P
    check out mine sometime..

    Tasty Appetite

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  13. Nashi.... so good to see you back. Wow... if this is the kinda reception one gets when one's back.. I would love to disappear once in a while. Shows how much you were missed.

    Your photography is mindblowing.

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  14. Wow awesome clicks dear,refreshing drink.

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  15. Very refreshing and yummy one.amazing clicks.nice to see u after a long time

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  16. wow very excellent clicks !! very refreshing and delicious drink!!

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  17. Superb drink....great pics...

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  18. Nice to see u back!..been wondering y there was no post onur blog for sometime now!!
    back with a bang I should say...awesome clicks of the mango drink!...cant wait for the mango season to kick into full....i am a mango freak!
    Smitha
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

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  19. ingane kothipikkalle dear...superb n tempting clicks n mango ....

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  20. What a lovely color u have got... Perfect drink...

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  21. very tempting.............will try when mango festival comes here..........

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  22. that drink looks so refreshing and delicious!! I wonder how it would be with a little proseco?
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and stalk all you want!!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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  23. Nice to see you back.The mango spritzer look so refreshing and delicious.

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  24. Gald to see you back..Mango spritzer is so fresh and yummy drink..Beautiful clicks too.

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  25. eey happy to c u back...Mango is my all time fav fruit and this looks TERRIFIC...

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  26. That looks so refreshing and beautiful...

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  27. Glad to see u back dear, wat a wonderful drink,sooo refreshing and yummy..

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  28. nashie, wht's your email?
    terrific post...typo in the first line.

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  29. love anything with mango flavor..pics are amazing..tempting me more :)

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  30. thank you for dropping by my place...your pics are absolutely gorgeous and gosh im so in love with yellow i cant stop declaring that all over the place:)
    On another note, its not yet mango season here and i cant wait to get my hands on some asap.

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  31. wow.....I'm just drooling over this pic.....mango spritzer looks absolutely refreshing !

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  32. how could i missed your page in the past ?? I wonder....Fabulous blog. With superb presentation and eye catching pictures. Really happy to follow you.
    Me too waiting here for mango season. Perfect cool drink

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  33. Love the juice in the tiny shot glass, though I would need many of those to beat the heat here...and alphonso mangoes are just too good, wish I could get hold of some.

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  34. super refreshing drink

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  35. Wow,drooling,lovely clicks! Love the way you have cut the mango,yumm!

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  36. Missing ur pictures.superb pictures,feel like grabbing them immediately and gulping.

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  37. I was thinking where did you vanish all of a sudden...:) Glad that you are back with mindblowing and treat to eyes pics. I am drooling..

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  38. Beautiful! I'm up for anything mango!

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  39. Hello everyone, I'm so delighted to be back to see all your lovely messages..thanks much for the warm welcome:) Each comment is special, trust me!

    Hi Chef Dennis! Mangoes with proseco sounds like a cool idea, though I've never personally done it :) Thanks so much for your support, much appreciated!!

    Hello Ann, thanks for popping in and leaving your comments!

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  40. Waiting for some warmer weather over here but his sounds delicious! Might be fun to spike it for a party.

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  41. Ho very refreshing and elegant drink :)

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  42. lovely drink - the color is very inviting :)

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  43. That looks so beautiful. Your photographs are just gorgeous and elegant in their simplicity. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  44. What a wonderful post as come back!!!!!!!!!!!!1pics are awesome:-)Love the colour......ooooh....am drooling:-)

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  45. That is exactly what you need when you get home from the scorching heat outside- your pics truly deserves 5 stars!

    US Masala

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  46. Simply lovely!
    I have shared few awards with you. Please accept these :)
    http://simplysweetnsavory.blogspot.com/2011/04/gateau-gingli-rier-sesame-seed-balls.html

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  47. What a refreshing drink!! I will definitely give it a try when Alphonso is in season. Beautiful shots! ;)

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  48. Beautiful

    I will make it once the price of mango will......

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  49. Superb Clicks!Loved the bright background!thank the sun!BTW which school in abu dhabi did u go to?....i did my schooling and college also there:)...my sis is in doha too:)..

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  50. Its nice, isn't it..the food blogging world?
    The mango spitzer sounds SO good, and the photos are lovely!

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  51. Beautiful pictures! I just could not take my eyes off it.Refreshing drink

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  52. Hello everyone, once again, thanks for stopping by to say hello and the smiles, too!

    Steph, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Just serve it chilled and use fragrant, sweet and juicy mangoes.

    Ambreen, thanks a ton dear. Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated!

    Food4Tots and Gargi, thanks much for stopping by!

    Shabs, I went to Indian Islahi, how about you? It's nice to know you sis's in Doha. When you visit her, you could stop by at my place too...! :))

    Hey Jyoti, I totally agree. The food blogosphere is one lovely space. Thanks for the greetings!

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  53. These look so good. Love your photographs.

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  54. @Nash, me was in Model:)....Oh....nostalgic I feel now...Where in Kerala r u from?Sounds liek Malabar?

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  55. Such great presentation!! Lovely blog. I must say I have to spend more time as there are some really amazing recipes there..

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  56. First time here and loving ur clicks...looks gorgeous and the drink looks yummy

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  57. Thank u so much for link with my event dear....

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  58. Shabs, sorry I missed this--I'm from Thrissur and my hubby from Guruvayoor...:) Yes, it's nostalgic to meet a fellow blogger who studied in AUH, ah!

    Hey Anita, it's a pleasure to see you here! Thanks so much for your lovely note.

    Hi Sharmilee, thanks for being so kind. This might be your first here, but I'm a regular visitor of yours..! Welcome!!

    Hey Kurinji, my pleasure!

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  59. Love the tall glass.. such a wonderful flavor and color..

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  60. Lovely clicks.... Such wonderfull post, that i want to have the drink now....lovely space ,happy to follow you :)

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  61. What's the difference between lime and lemon?

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    1. Lime is small, usually green, and thin skinned. Where as lemon is yellow, big and thick skinned. That's the basic difference :) What you see in the pics here is lime.

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A million thank you's for stopping by, taking the time to connect, and coming back to visit again. I genuinely appreciate each of your kind thoughts, lovely words, love and support. Happy, happy to hear from you, and hope to see you again!

♥ Nashi