Whether you enjoy your tropical fruit drinks with alcohol or ala Shirley Temple, tropical drinks made of pineapple, mango, guava or passion fruit can be so refreshing on a hot summers days. And tropical fruits are loaded with vitamins, particularly vitamin C.
According to the BBC, one of the top 10 non-alcoholic drinks is a mango and banana smoothie. To make, simply pour around two cups of orange juice, a sliced banana, and a large sliced mango into a blender along with four ice cubes. Blend on high until the mixture is thick yet smooth. Particularly with breakfast, this vitamin C blast will have you feeling zippy and refreshed all morning.
Don’t feel like chopping up your own mangoes? Mango syrup from Monin is an excellent mango syrup that is perfect for not only making smoothies, but is excellent mixed with black tea. Go to monin.com and read the customer reviews Monin provides on their website about not only how good the syrup is, but how it has no chemical aftertaste. Although we can’t personally confirm it, customers say that the Chili’s restaurant uses Monin syrup in its iced teas. Customers looking to replace their mango-flavored iced tea at Starbucks (apparently no longer available) have been able to get their mango fix from Monin.
One absolutely stupendous recipe Monin provides is a recipe for Habanero Mango Lemonade. To make this thirst quencher, you need both a bottle of Monin’s Mango Syrup and a bottle of Monin’s Habenero Lime Syrup. You begin by filling a tall glass with ice cubes. Squeeze two slices of lime into the glass, and then add the remaining lime wedges. Next, you add 2 ounces of lemonade, 1 ounce of Monin’s mango syrup, and a half-ounce of Monin’s Habanero Lime Syrup. Then fill the rest of the glass with lemon-lime soda. If there is any better thirst quencher for the summer months, trust me, we haven’t found it.
For those of you who are wine drinkers, a surefire crowd-pleaser is Monin’s Going South Sangria. You add some ice to a tall mixing tumbler that you can put a lid on, pour in 3/4 ounce of pineapple juice, to which you add 1 ounce of orange juice, 1 ounce of Monin’s mango syrup, 4 ounces of wine, and 1/2 ounce of cinnamon schnapps. Cap the tumbler and give it a light shake, then pour the contents into a 14-ounce goblet and top it off with a garnish of orange slices. This is a sangria to die for, and it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare.
What are some other popular tropical drinks?
According to Wine Traveler, the most popular tropical drinks include:
#1. The Blue Hawaiian
A mix of vodka and curacao liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice, half milk/half cream, and a sweetener.
#2. Pain Killer
A concoction made of coconut cream, pineapple juice, orange juice, and rum.
#3. Hula Dancer
A drink combining pineapple-flavored vodka, lychee juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, and rum.
#4. Blue Ocean
This tropical drink is made of grapefruit juice, vodka, and blue curaçao.
#5. Melon Ball
To make a melon ball, you combine pineapple juice, melon liqueur, vodka, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
#6. Mai Tai
A combination of rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, passion fruit juice, guava juice, and orange curacao. This is one of everyone’s most favorite tropical refreshers.
#7. Rum Punch
Bartenders mix this popular drink by combining red rum, mango rum, orange juice, and pineapple juice.
#8 Pineapple Margaritas
You can crush up chunks of pineapple in a blender, or use a quality pineapple syrup. Either way, the drink is made by mixing the pineapple with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. What makes this drink so refreshing is that it finds the perfect sweet spot between sweet and tart.
The bottom line
Whether you drink alcohol or like your drinks without, tropical flavors such as mango, pineapple and guava can make your summer a tropical delight of refreshment.