Being pregnant makes it kind of hard these days to try and test new cocktail recipes for my Friday Drinks section. Don’t get me wrong, I can still dream up, what I think are, some delicious cocktail ideas, but sadly it will be a little while until I can try them and test whether they are actually good in reality. Luckily for you though, and my husband, I do have my gorgeous husband on hand who has declared that he is more than willing to try new recipes for me – of course he is! So don’t fear, you still will get some great cocktails for Friday Drinks, but when taste tester hubby is not on hand, you’ll get the occasional virgin drink. Its not all bad, while sometimes nothing compares to a good cocktail, there really are some delicious non-alcoholic drinks out there…a.k.a. virgin mojitos! I was out for dinner the other night for our wedding anniversary (we don’t go out very often these days with a toddler, so this was a real treat) and the waiter asked what flavour of mocktail I wanted. Having a blonde moment, or maybe it was nappy brain, I started off stumbling over my words trying to describe the flavours of a mojito (my all time favourite drink). “So you want a virgin mojito?” he says. Duh! Why didn’t I think of that! From now on virgin mojito it is! Apart from when I’m making these utterly addictive, refreshing and tropical Mango and Mint Lassis.
These Mango and Mint Lassis really are the ultimate refreshing drink. I have never been to India, but I have spent a lot of time in Malaysia where I guess it has a similar climate and also lots of delicious Indian food. There really is nothing like a big glass of Mango Lassi to refresh you in the hot heat and give you just a little sweetness and energy to get you through those hot humid days. Of course, they are also the perfect accompliament to any hot food. Have you ever noticed that water just doesn’t cut it when you’ve eaten something hot? Try a Lassi, a glass of milk or even some yoghurt next time – I guarantee it will cool you off! Back here in NZ I like to drink my Mango and Mint Lassis like I would a smoothie – a great morning pick me up, afternoon treat or even post work out drink. While my Lassis are anything but authentic, I think the mint and lime make them even more refreshing and I like to freeze the mango rather than adding ice because this makes them even more creamy without adding any calories. Delicious, refreshing, creamy and pretty healthy – my idea of the perfect non-alcoholic drink!
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.
P.S. You may want to double or triple the recipe because these really are so good you can never just stop at one!
How to dice a mango: (1) first select a mango by smelling it, the ones that smell sweet like honey are the best. The mango has a large flat stone/seed in it. You’ll notice that the mango has almost two flattish sides that indicates which way the seed is orientated. (2) Place the mango upright on the chopping board, stem end up. Orient your knife with the direction of the seed and place your knife about 1cm (1/4″) from the midline of the mango and slice downwards, contouring the seed, to remove one “cheek” of the mango. Repeat on the other side. You’ll just be using the two cheeks, the excess around the seed is a treat for you the cook. It does get a little messy eating the cook’s treat, but worth it. I know Nigella Lawson eats this in the bath! (3) Slice a criss cross pattern in the cheeks being sure not to slice through the skin. Turn the cheeks inside out to reveal the cubes of mango. (4) With a paring knife, remove the cubes of mango. Voila!
Friday Drinks: Mango and Mint Lassi
- 1 mango
- 1 cup honey flavoured natural yoghurt or 1 cup plain natural yoghurt plus 2 tsp honey
- 1 cup full fat milk
- juice of one lime
- palmful of mint leaves
Dice mango (approx 1-2cm/1/4" cubes) and place in freezer for at least 3 hours or until frozen.
Remove from freezer and place in a blender (or use a stick blender as I did) with yoghurt, milk, lime juice and mint. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.