Homemade Mango simple syrup with fresh mangoes

Tropical Mango Simple Syrup for Cocktails

By Timo Torner / Last updated on January 24, 2023

Our easy Mango simple syrup recipe is a beautiful way to sweeten cocktails and add a tropical touch to your drinks. You can make this tasty fruit syrup in just a few minutes and only need a few ingredients.

All you need to make it are fresh Mangoes, granulated sugar, water, and a bit of vanilla. And the best part is that this simple Mango syrup is super versatile. Besides cocktails, you can also use them for desserts, pancakes, or non-alcoholic beverages like tropical soda.

Flavored syrups are great in mixed drinks like cocktails or mocktails. But store-bought syrups like the ones from Monin or Giffards are not always the best option. Excessive amounts of sugar and chemicals help to make the sweetener shelf-stable. That is also why we usually recommend making fruity syrups at home.

For this mango syrup, we're using fresh mangoes. This way, you can check the quality of the fruits thoroughly. If you can't get them fresh, frozen mango chunks work too. The tropical sweet syrup with the refreshing taste of mango works perfectly in cocktail recipes and in non-alcoholic mixed drinks like sodas or mocktails.

Ingredients

  • Fresh Mango - Ripe and sweet mangoes are best for making our mango syrup. Alternatively, frozen mango works too.
  • White granulated sugar - To compliment the sweetness of the fruits, we need to add sugar. 
  • Water - A bit of water helps to keep the syrup fluid.
  • Vanilla Extract - The taste of vanilla not only pairs perfectly with mango but adds a bit of complexity.
  • Vodka - Just a shot of Vodka helps to double the syrup's shelf life. 

Step-by-Step Guide

So, how to make mango syrup now? There are different ways to extract flavors of fruits, like maceration and infusions. We use the latter for our mango syrup recipe. Here's our detailed step-by-step guide:

  • Step 1: First, peel the mango and cut it into small chunks. Then squeeze as much juice as possible from the pit and peel leftovers. Add juice and mango chunks into a pot together with the other ingredients.
  • Step 2: Gently heat the mango syrup ingredients while stirring the mixture. Slowly increase the heat and bring everything to a boil. Once it cooks, reduce the heat and let the syrup simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Step 3: Strain the cooled-down mixture to get rid of chunks, then fine-strain it to remove remaining fibers or other smaller bits. 
  • Step 4: Now, add vanilla and Vodka to the mix and stir again before bottling the syrup. 

Pro Tips

If you're new to making fruit syrups, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Syrup thickens when cool - The colder your fruit syrups become, the thicker the consistency of the syrup. Don't worry if it feels too fluid after boiling or simmering.
  • Let it cool down - Always let your syrup rest after heating. First, this helps the flavors to infuse properly. But also because syrup shouldn't be stored in the fridge warm. Best to wait until it reaches room temperature before bottling.
  • Sanitize bottles - Make sure the bottles or jars you use to keep the syrup are sanitized.
  • Double-strain - Mango syrup should always be strained and fine-strained to remove fibers.
  • Try other sugar - Instead of white granulated sugar, you can experiment with richer and sweeter options like Demerara sugar. Also, sugar-free sweeteners like Stevia are an option if you're on a diet.

How to use

This homemade mango syrup is versatile and can be used in desserts, pancakes, sodas, or low-ABV drinks. Yet, our preferred way to use it is in cocktails. It goes perfectly in Rum and Vodka cocktails or when paired with Gin.

Here are a few drink recipes to make with mango syrup:

  • Negroni Spritz: This refreshing spritz cocktail is sweetened with mango syrup to balance the bitter and herbal notes with fruity sweetness.
  • Gin and Tonic: Add just a bit of mango syrup for a tropical Gin and Tonic variation for a taste of tropical islands at home.
  • Lemonade: Replacing regular simple syrup with this mango-flavored sweetener makes your homemade lemonade even better.
  • Collins cocktails: Add it to your favorite Collins cocktail recipe for a fruity twist.

Variations

  • Spice the syrup with cardamom, cinnamon stick, or allspice berries for spiced mango syrup.
  • Adding fresh red chili slices can spice the mixture up and create a beautifully spicy Mango syrup.
  • Fresh ginger also pairs perfectly with mango and is an excellent ingredient to increase heat in the syrup.
  • Adding herbs like basil or thyme pair perfectly with mango and bring wonderful herbal flavors to the syrup.
Homemade Mango simple syrup with fresh mangoes

Mango Simple Syrup

A sweet tropical syrup made from fresh mangoes, sugar, and water.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cool down: 1 hour
Course: Syrup
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Mango, sugar, water

Ingredients

  • 2 large Mangoes (total approx 190g to 200g)
  • 200 g White granulated sugar
  • 180 ml Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Peel the mango. Then cut it into small chunks and add them to a saucepan with sugar.
  • Extract as much juice as possible from the peel leftovers and the mango pit and add it to the saucepan.
  • Add water and slowly increase the heat while stirring the mixture.
  • Bring the mix to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Strain the syrup for the first time and heat the strained syrup for another 5 minutes after adding the vanilla extract.
  • Set the syrup aside to cool down, then fine-strain the mixture. Stir a shot of Vodka into the syrup before bottling it.
  • Store in the fridge and use it up within four weeks.
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FAQ's

Does mango syrup need to be refrigerated?

Yes. Keep the syrup in the fridge to increase shelf life.

How long does mango syrup keep in the fridge?

Typically mango syrup will keep for two weeks. By adding a shot of Vodka to it, you can double this to 4 weeks.

Can you freeze mango syrup?

Yes, you can. Freezing is a great way to preserve a simple syrup. You can either freeze it as a whole or make mango syrup ice cubes.

What blends well with mango syrup?

The taste of mango goes well with other fruits like banana or pineapple. But mango is also great when paired with coconut, ginger, chili, lime, and Rum.

Where can I buy mango syrup?

You can buy mango syrup in many specialty stores, coffee shops, or online. Many big brands like Monin produce it. However, fresh and homemade mango syrup tastes better and is more natural.

What is mango syrup made of?

A basic mango syrup is made of only mango, sugar, and water. Additional ingredients like vanilla, ginger, chili, or spices can make it more complex in flavor.

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