Mango Lime Bellinis
How’s the weather with you? Are you miserable because it’s raining and it’s June or are you needing some respite from the heat? Well, either way, I have something that can help. Last week my mum and I flew over to Florida to visit my brother who’s living out here for 6 months (alright for some, huh?) at the house my grandparents bought when I was one and has been a home from home ever since. Upon our arrival my aunt swiftly handed me a bag of mangoes from her tree and asked for some cocktail ideas to use some of them up. This is the first thing that sprang to my mind, we made these for my friend Hayley’s hen do a couple of years ago and I’d totally forgotten about them, not something I intend to do again I assure you.
I woke up early Tuesday morning and sat in the garden having breakfast and making a quick shopping list before whizzing off to grab the bits we needed. After a very stressful morning lying in the sun I decided I’d waited long enough (I am on holiday after all) and set to work whipping up a batch.
This little baby is delicious, fruity and refreshing, everything you want from a summer drink. It’s also great if you’re having people over for brunch as you can make up a batch of the mango/lime mix the night before and then all you have to do in the morning is top it up with prosecco and you’re good to go.
So, here’s what you need:
2 and a half cups of fresh mango, peeled and chopped
3 fresh limes
2 bottles of chilled prosecco
Pop your mangoes in a blender with the juice from your limes and whizz up until you have a nice smooth purée, this is not the place for lumps.
Fill your glasses halfway with the mango mixture and then top up with ice cold prosecco. I find its easiest to pour in a little prosecco at first and give it a good stir (a chopstick works well for this) before pouring the rest in or it doesn’t mix properly.
There, that was pretty painless wasn’t it?
Now all that’s left to do is sit and enjoy, preferably with a view like this as your backdrop but if not, pop on this classic and dance around your kitchen. It reminds me of being 16 and carefree in Barbados and it makes me smile every time I hear it.