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This Easy Mango Mocktail is so simple, refreshing, and delicious to sip on! It’s perfect for parties or whenever you just want a tasty drink!
The reason I love mocktails so much is because it’s fun to sip on an adult drink, but it’s not fun to have a hangover on a random weeknight or weekend. Now that I’m…*a little older* than 21…it’s hard to get away with having a cocktail or a glass of wine whenever I want one without any after effects.
So, for the foreseeable future, mocktails it is!
What I like about this drink
Nothing complicated here, just 4 simple ingredients: mango juice (you can make your own and we’ll talk about that), apple cider vinegar, lime juice, and ginger beer.
You might be thinking the apple cider vinegar sounds like a weird addition to the mix, but ACV gives it that cocktail flavor that you’re likely missing in most drinks. Give it a try!
Again, because this is an easy drink, it doesn’t require any fancy equipment or fancy ingredients. It’s just a simple mocktail that you can enjoy within a few minutes of deciding you’d like to make a mocktail.
You won’t be making any crazy flavored syrups (although, this is fun to do), or shaking anything in a cocktail shaker.
Minimal time, minimal ingredients, maximum flavor!
Ingredients + substitutions
I’ve already mentioned that the ingredients are minimal and simple, but let’s talk about why they work together.
- Mango juice - you can get store-bought or make it fresh. I got store-bought mango juice because I wanted to keep things easy with this recipe. But you can definitely make your own (instructions below).
- Apple cider vinegar - ACV might seem like a weird addition to a mocktail. Typically, mocktails are just fizzy juice, but I don’t make mocktails like that! Mine often have some adult flavors and some “bite” so that you can sip and enjoy them like real cocktails. Adding a little bit of ACV to your drink gives it that classic “cocktail” flavor. As a matter of fact, if you serve this to a friend or partner without mentioning the lack of alcohol, they might be none the wiser!
- Lime juice - for some citrusy kick. I love to use fresh lime juice, but bottled works. You can even substitute this for lemon juice in a pinch.
- Ginger beer - I like “Fever-Tree Ginger Beer” because it’s naturally brewed, contains real ginger, and is made with spring water. It’s not too sweet and it has a deep, sharp ginger flavor. This is my preference but any ginger beer will work! You can swap the ginger beer for ginger ale or lemon lime soda, too!
Step-by-step (with photos)
I keep saying it, but this recipe is so simple. There’s nothing complicated about making this cool, refreshing mocktail! Just a few minutes and a few ingredients!
Let’s discuss the process:
STEP 1: Fill a short glass with ice. Then add the mango juice.
STEP 2: Next add the apple cider vinegar and lime juice. Give it a gentle stir.
STEP 3: Finally top with a few splashes of ginger beer. How much you add will be up to you, this is just for a little sweetness and bubbles. Add a few splashes, then taste it, and add more if you’d like or enjoy it as it is!
Variations + additions you might like
- Add chamomile tea - if this is perhaps an evening drink, I recommend adding ¼ cup of brewed and cooled chamomile tea. Chamomile has a light honey flavor and goes extremely well with the flavor of mango!
- Add bitters - if you’d like this drink to have a little more “bitterness and bite” you can add a few dashes of bitters. I like to buy mine from Trader Joe’s but any bitters will do. It’ll give you that spice and burn that you’re looking for if you miss “real” cocktails.
How to make fresh mango juice
You can buy mango juice at the store (like I did) or you can make your own by pureeing a mango in a blender or food process, then strain. One fresh mango will yield about ½ cup of juice. It’s okay if it’s a little more or less.
When are mangos in season?
Typically mango season stretches from May until September, but luckily, like most things, you can find mangoes year-round at your grocery store. And you can find mango juice at any time during the year.
More mocktail recipes
If you love this mocktail, chances are you’ll love my other mocktails. I love to use fresh, functional ingredients (such as tea), rather than sodas and sugary syrups. Give them a try! Here are some of my favorites:
- ½ cup mango juice
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar raw, unfiltered is best
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- ginger beer for topping
- Fill a short glass with ice. Then add the mango juice.
- Next add the apple cider vinegar and lime juice. Give it a gentle stir.
- Finally top with a few splashes of ginger beer. How much you add will be up to you, this is just for a little sweetness and bubbles. Add a few splashes, then taste it, and add more if you’d like or enjoy it as it is!