What Is A Mangonada (Or is it Chamangos)
Sweep me away to the dusty streets of Mexico City, where I can get a Chamango (also called Mangonada) on the side of the street made with mangos so fresh you can almost still hear them growing. Just waiting to be transformed into pure pleasure.
At its base, a mangonada is a blended mango iced drink, but just like pizza, it is far greater than the sum of its parts. Made from fresh mango, mango syrup/puree, lime juice, ice and chamoy, it definitely becomes difficult to make at home. But given that the internet exists (as well as speciality grocers), we were able to get everything delivered by the next day. And the day after because we wanted it all over again!
How To Make A Mangonada
When it comes to creating this icy treat, it’s pretty simple. The majority of the time you will spend making it will be spent finding the ingredients. You will have the best luck searching online – Amazon have a surprisingly well-priced bottle of Tajin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find it in stores. We have heard that some Walmarts even carry this Mexican staple.
The Chamoy can be a little harder to find, but again – Amazon has your back! You should also be able to find it in the hot sauce aisle of most big supermarkets, too.
Once you have assembled the ingredients, check that your mango is still ripe after all of that shipping, and then grab yourself a blender. It’s as easy as that! We recommend you spend the time to layer the chamoy and takin throughout the drink, or even go for a Starbucks glass drizzle if you’re feeling up to it. But regardless of how you decide to make it, as long as you have great mangos, you will have an otherworldly treat!
The one thing to watch out for is that you can properly crush the ice. A lot of older blenders have trouble handling the power needed to properly crush the ice, in that case, make sure you get a blender that can!
Don’t Have Any Tajin? | Our Substitute Tajin Recipe
Either you’ve run out, or you couldn’t find it in the first place – we have you covered! But definitely keep looking, you won’t regret finding the real stuff!
- 1 tsp Lime Zest
- 1 tsp Ground Cumin
- Pinch of Garlic Powder
- 1 tbsp Paprika
- Pinch of Sugar
Keep in mind that you can’t jar this stuff, the moisture from the lime zest would make it clump and ruin its shelf life. This is only for quick fixes and immediate use! Or, you know, a day maybe.
Mangonada | Chamangos (Alcohol Optional)
- 1 Ripe Fresh Mango
- 1/2 Cup Ice
- 1 Cup Mango Sorbet
- 1-2 tsp Lime Juice
- 2-3 tbsp Chamoy
- 2 tsp Tajin We Like TJs Chile and Lime Salt as a substitute
- 1 Tamarind Candy Straw
- 1/4 Cup Tequila / Rum Optional
- Blend together the Ice, Sorbet, Lime Juice and Fresh Mango. Reserve a small amount of mango for garnish.
- Pour 1/3 of the blended mixture into the glass and add 1 tbsp of chamoy and 1 tsp of the Tajin
- Repeat the last step to 2/3 full
- Pour the remaining liquid into the glass and top with your Fresh Mango, remaining chamoy and add some more tajin to taste.
- If you prefer a slurry-like consitency, place it in the freezer for 10-15 mins before serving
- Optionally spike the mixture with your chosen alcohol and serve with a tamarind candy straw
Be sure to leave us a comment if you made this yourself! The only thing better than drinking a Mangonada is seeing someone else drink one!