Each summer a particular refreshment seems to mysteriously make its way from our subsconscious toward our frontal lobes to become the mascot drink of the summer. Last year it was rosemary lemonade with Manitou spring water. This summer it’s Key Lime Mango Lassi (all due credit to my wife and the ready abundance of cheap mangoes). It’s preparation is exceedingly simple and requires the following ingredients:

-2 Mangoes (medium ripe/semi-firm if you like it tart, ripe/soft if you like it sweet)
-16 oz. (half of a large container) of plain yogurt (we like whole milk yogurt with the cream on top, but nonfat will do just as well)
-1/4 cup of cane sugar (or not, depending on how sweet you like it).
-1/4 cup key lime juice
-6 ice cubes
-milk or water to thin it to your preference, or not.

Choosing the right mango is definitely an acquired skill. It’s good to try a few different hardnesses to see what flavor you like. We like our mango tangy, so we tend to buy a firmer fruit that has a red and green skin. When I lived in Colombia many years ago I learned that the easiest way to get at the fruit is to cut the meaty parts off the sides of the fruit beginning at the top and cutting just to the sides of the axis so as so avoid the large, flat pit in the center. Once you’ve removed those two large pieces you can score them in a grid and scoop the fruit out into the blender with a spoon. You can also salvage the remaining fruit around the pit to whatever degree of obsessive-compulsivity your personal constitution demands (kids like to gnaw the meat off the pit).

Having taken care of the hard part, add all the other ingredients and blend until the ice is as finely chopped as you like it and serve with a striped paper straw and a wedge of lime.

For the popsicle lovers, you can pour the lassi into ice cube trays or popsicle molds and freeze them for an equally delicious treat.

Enjoy!

 

3 Responses to Big Something Summer Beverage 2011: Key Lime Mango Lassi

  1. Jeremy says:

    … and don’t forget the rum.

  2. Sarah says:

    I’m about to make this for my Sam with plain soy yogurt. Excited!

  3. Sarah says:

    Sam has said “isn’t this so good?” four times. The best part is he thinks he hates mangos and I neglected to tell him that is one of the main ingredients – he thinks I made him a peach lassi. Sam also recommends dipping a slice of green apple in it.

News

Getty Images/Ikon Images
December 22, 2014 | KHN · Researchers find that high-risk heart patients in teaching hospitals fared better when their cardiologists were away at national conventions instead of working at their usual jobs. Why?
 

Penn State University
December 22, 2014 | NPR · In the landscape of modern Africa, they are a link to the long-ago past. They know everything about plants and animals. But their way of life — and language of clicks — may be doomed.
 

AP
December 22, 2014 | NPR · More than 22,000 young immigrants are now eligible to apply for a license in Arizona, something they were blocked from doing in 2012, thanks to an executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
December 22, 2014 | NPR · In Paris, holiday buche de Noel cakes verge on art. Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has created her own Franco-American version that’s fun to make and “just as good as birthday cake,” she says.
 

Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
December 22, 2014 | NPR · Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but “it’s not exactly Exodus; it’s panorama and pageantry, which is what film does.” And, he adds, why not?
 

AP
December 22, 2014 | NPR · Christmas carp is a holiday mainstay in many central European nations. Traditionally, it swims in the family tub for a day or two, sometimes becoming a sort of pet before it ends up on the plate.
 

Music

December 22, 2014 | NPR · The British singer who won American hearts for his performance at Woodstock has reportedly died of lung cancer.
 

Courtesy of the artist
December 22, 2014 | WXPN · Fueled by Naseem Khuri’s songwriting, the folk-rock band is releasing an EP for each season in 2015.
 

WXPN
December 22, 2014 | WXPN · Hear a mix of old and new music in this session, recorded at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab