Strawberry Mango Limonata, my way!
So about a month ago, we celebrated our daughter’s first birthday! A Mother Goose-themed party, I had to have something for “Jack and Jill” to contribute to the party. I didn’t want plain water and I didn’t want sparkling water.
What did I have in my stockpile…aha! San Pelligrino Limonata! Our Costco sells cases of the San Pelligrina Aranciata and Limonata together; I love Aranciata, but I’m not such a big fan of Limonata. Too tart for me. Maybe, just maybe, I could come up with a recipe for Limonata.
I ran an extensive search online for drinks using Limonata, but except for handful or so of alcoholic drinks, there really wasn’t anything out there. But I kept reading about people wanting Strawberry Mango Limonata recipes…apparently, this is a very popular drink sold at The Olive Garden.
Well, I can’t vouch that my version is anywhere similar to the Olive Garden version (since I’ve never had it), but I like it (and so did our party guests, young and old), so I’m going to share the recipe here. Here’s to summer!
Ingredients (will serve approximately 6-8 people):
- 16 oz bag frozen strawberries, thawed
- 16 oz bag frozen mangos, thawed
- 1/2 to 1 cup sugar, depending on your preference
- 6 (11.15 ounce) cans of chilled San Pelligrino Limonata (see note at the end for a substitution that works great!)
- In a large blender, blend the thawed fruit together.
- If you are using one of the San Pelligrino substitutes below, stop here.
- If you are using San Pelligrino Limonata: Stop the blender and add the sugar, a little at a time, tasting every now and then until the fruit is to your desired sweetness. I like mine sweet enough to have as a topping for a dessert, but still tart enough to make a statement.
- At this point, you can chill the fruit base for use within the next three days, or freeze into cubes for later use.
- To assemble your drink, take a glass and half fill it with your fruit base. If you prefer your drink lemony, use less fruit; fruitier, use more.
- Carefully pour the Limonata into the glass, stirring gently until the fruit is dissipated throughout. You will not use a whole can of Limonata unless you have a very large glass.
- If you want to make the Limonata a little naughtier, add a shot of vodka.
- Gather your friends around and enjoy this fruity, tart drink!
Substitute for Limonata:
- 7-Up or Sprite or other lemon-lime soda
- 1 can of frozen lemonade concentrate (you’ll use 1 tbsp per serving)
- Half-fill your glass with the fruit base.
- Add 1 tbsp lemonade concentrate.
- Top off with the 7-Up or Sprite and stir.