This mango mocktail makes for such a delicious tropical twist on a classic virgin mojito mocktail recipe. Includes a homemade mango coulis (done in 2 min and easy), fresh mint, zesty lime juice and sparkling water for a bubbly festive drink. Perfect during pregnancy and kids can enjoy it too, plus it makes for a delicious non-alcoholic drink for when you want to skip the booze.
Whether you are looking to cool off with a refreshing drink on a hot summer day or trying to brighten up a rainy afternoon in the fall, this mango mocktail drink is guaranteed to lift your spirits! Like a touch of sunshine in your day!
I recently shared a virgin paloma drink that I have been making a lot since then. But now I was craving summer flavors to beat off the weather that's getting more grey and colder, so I made a fresh mango non-alcoholic drink that was too delicious not to share.
It is fresh, fizzy, tasty and has that addictive combo of sweet, zesty and salty flavors. Plus, this non-alcoholic mango drink is healthy and packed with vitamin C.
The highlight of the mocktail is the fresh mango purée, which is very easy and takes 2 minutes to make. Then, the purée is simply combined with lime juice, fresh mint and sparkling water.
Also, I highly recommend trying out the sweet and salty chili rim that pairs so perfectly with the sweet mango flavor. It will add character to your mocktail, plus a little crunch and a savory little something.
It is a non-alcoholic drink that feels super special and festive, plus you can enjoy it during pregnancy and serve it to kids, too. Perfect tasty and fun drink for when you want to skip the alcohol but still feel like something fancy!
Why you will love this recipe
- Easy to make and the coulis can be made ahead
- Delicious festive drink made without alcohol
- Healthy, hydrating and rich in vitamins
- Easy to customize
- Perfectly tangy, zesty, sweet and bubbly
- Sweetened to taste and naturally lower in added sugar, thanks to sweet fresh mangoes
- Makes for a perfect drink for special occasions, it is so appetizing and stunning!
Ingredients you will need
- Mango purée: all you need is fresh mango, lime or lemon juice and a touch of sweetener. I like using maple syrup to sweeten the fruit coulis, but granulated sugar, agave syrup or simple syrup work too.
- Lime: you will add some fresh lime juice for an extra zesty flavor. Can be swapped for lemon juice.
- Fresh mint leaves: fresh herbs add so much more brightness! I like fresh mint in this recipe to make a mango mint mojito mocktail, but fresh basil would work too.
- Sparkling water: I used San Pellegrino, but you can use any sparkling water or soda water you like. Tonic water, club soda and seltzer work too. You can use lime-flavored sparkling water if you want an extra zesty drink.
- Chili salt: all you need is chili powder, salt and sugar to make it.
How to make a mango mocktail
The biggest step really is to make the mango coulis, which should only take 2 minutes to prep. You can also make the fruit purée ahead of time, especially if you want to skip making it later if you have some guests coming over.
Make the mango purée
All you will have to do is blend some fresh mango pulp with lime or lemon juice, a touch of sweetener and a little water until desired consistency. You can see how I make the mango coulis here. In the recipe, I cook the fruit briefly to help soften it, but you can skip the cooking step if that's easier.
You can keep it in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use and serve the extra as a topping oatmeal, ice cream, overnight oats, yogurt, etc.
Prepare the sweet and salty chili rim
This step is optional, although it will add so much more personality to your drink and take only 2-3 minutes to make, so I highly recommend it!
In a small shallow bowl or plate, combine together the chili powder, salt and sugar. You can adjust the spices depending if you prefer a sweeter or saltier flavor.
Then, run a lime wedge all around your serving glasses and flip them over the chili mixture. Twist so the spices stick to the rim.
Assemble the mocktail
Add the fresh mint and lime juice to the individual glasses and use a muddler or the back of a spoon to crush the mint to help release the flavorful oils.
Then, add the mango puree, then some ice cubes and pour the sparkling water over. Stir and decorate with a fresh mint sprig and lime slices. Enjoy!
- This drink is better when super cold, so add plenty of ice cubes and enjoy it right away once served.
- You might have to add more sweetener to your mocktail depending on the sweetness of the mango.
- The better your fresh produce is, the tastier your mocktail will be! Look for bright green mint leaves, ripe mango that's sweet and juicy sweet fresh limes, if possible.
- Making the mango puree ahead will save you some time when making the mocktails, plus it will allow the coulis to chill and enhance in flavor before using.
Serving suggestions and variations
Whenever I make a Mexican meal, I crave this mango mojito mocktail recipe. The combination of mango with chili spices makes for a perfect match for tacos, taquitos, fajitas, guacamole dip, salsa and tortillas, Rotel dip, etc. We especially loved it with this taco bowl and this roasted habanero and mango salsa!
Also, what's amazing about mocktails is that you can customize them to your personal preferences. Here are a few variation ideas:
- Spicy mango mocktail: you can add a few slices of jalapeño to your drink. You can gently muddle the jalapeño with the lime and mint to get more flavor.
- Fruity mocktail: feel free to add some strawberries, raspberries, orange slices or pieces of pineapple to either the blender when making the mango purée or simply crush the extra fruit to the bottom of your glass.
- Frozen mango drink: you can blend ice cubes with the mango purée, lime juice and mint leaves until finely crushed, then scoop in your serving glass and pour just a little bit of sparkling water over (not too much so it stays thick and frosty).
- Kombucha: swap the sparkling water for your favorite kombucha for a healthier drink that's loaded with probiotics!
- Coconut water: you can also use coconut water instead of sparkling water for a tropical drink, although this would make for a non-bubbly mocktail.
- Mango ginger mocktail: you can swap the sparkling water for ginger beer if you want a ginger-flavored drink.
What if I don't have a blender?
You still can make this mocktail even if you don't have a blender! You can use a food processor if you have one or also, you can simply mash the fruit using a fork until as smooth as you can. If your mango is super ripe, then this should be easy!
Can I use frozen mango?
Yes! Simply thaw the mango first before blending. Also, I find frozen mango to often be less sweet and more on the sour side. If this is the case, then you can add a little more sweetener to your mocktail.
Can I make a pitcher using this recipe?
Yes, you can! If serving multiple people, then you can make a big batch and multiply the recipe by 4, 5 or 6. Simply combine the mango purée, mint, lime juice, ice cubes and sparkling water in a pitcher instead of individual serving glasses. You can make the mango coulis ahead of time, but make sure to assemble just before serving for the best bubbly effect!
What if I don't have fresh mango? What else can I use?
Instead of making the mango coulis using fresh mangoes, you can also make the mocktail using mango juice, mango nectar or even a little mango jam. You can also use other fruit, such as fresh pineapple or peaches. Pineapple juice would work too to flavor this mocktail if that's all you have.
More mocktail recipes you might like
- Grapefruit mocktail
- Blueberry mojito lime mocktail
- Passion fruit mocktail
- Piña colada mocktail
- Watermelon mint mojito mocktail
- Cranberry orange mocktail
- Virgin strawberry mocktail
- Raspberry matcha mocktail
- Coconut water mocktail
- Apple cider vinegar mocktail with orange juice
I hope you like this mango mocktail recipe as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Mango Mocktail (Easy Virgin Mango Mojito)
- 3-5 leaves fresh mint
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 3 tbsp mango purée - find the mango coulis recipe here
- sparkling water (about 1 ½ cup)
- ice cubes - for serving
Sweet and Salty Chili Lime Rim
- 1 tsp coarse sea salt or Kosher salt
- 1 tsp sugar - brown sugar, coconut sugar or white sugar
- ¼ tsp chili powder
- lime wedges
- Start by making the mango coulis. You can skip on cooking the fruit if you want a quicker recipe, especially if your mango is super ripe, it should blend to smooth very easily! You can make the purée ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.
- When ready to assemble: add the chili powder, sugar and sea salt on a small plate and combine. Run a lime wedge all around your serving glass and then, flip it upside down over the plate. Twist it in the spice mix so it sticks to it.
- Add the lime juice and mint leaves to the glass and muddle gently to release the flavor from the mint (you can use a muddler or the back of a spoon). Then, add the mango purée, ice cubes and pour the sparkling water over. Stir and enjoy!
- Add more sweetener as needed, which will depend on how sweet your mangoes are.
- You will have best results if using freshly squeezed lime juice, although store-bought lime juice can work too if in a pinch.
- You can turn the recipe into a pitcher to serve many people. Just be sure to pour the sparkling water right before serving for the best bubbly effect. That being said, if serving 3-4 people, I still prefer to make individual glasses. You can align the glasses and make the mocktails at the same time, which is as quick as making a pitcher and it makes for a more beautiful look with the layers of colors.