Tropical Tangerine and Ginger Smoothie
Coconut milk, tangerine, lime, ginger, banana and mango are the perfect combination of flavors to take you away to a tropical paradise.
Smoothies are delicious any time but when it’s burning hot outside, sipping on an ice-cold smoothie is like a vacation in a glass.
It’s practically a requirement to kick off your shoes and put your feet up while enjoying a smoothie on a hot day.
About this Recipe
Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a tropical “vacation getaway in a glass” that tastes wonderful.
This smoothie not only comes with tropical fruit (mango, banana and coconut milk), but also citrus (tangerine and a splash of lime).
And for a light and spicy flavor boost, just a bit of fresh grated ginger root is added.
About the Mangos in this Recipe
In this recipe a yellow mango is used.
At the farmers-type market where I shop, they generally have mangos that are the more common variety called “Tommy Atkins Mangos” (red with green and bright orange, or yellow accents), or yellow mangos called “Honey (Ataulfo) Mangos” (kidney shaped).
When the yellow mangos are available, I’ll buy them because they’re generally less expensive than the regular ones.
Unless of course the more common (Tommy Atkins) mangos are on sale then count me in for the ones with the best price.
The yellow Honey mangos are sweet, creamy and higher in both sugar and acid, so they have a bit of a flavor boost when compared to the more mildly sweet Tommy Atkins mangos.
For more information on the various types of mangos and details about each one, Mango.Org is a helpful site to check out.
About the Order of Ingredients
A rule of thumb is that liquids and soft ingredients go in first, and the harder ingredients go in last.
So, for example to the blender jar,
- First, add liquids such as juice, water or milk
- Second, add soft ingredients like yogurt, fresh (unfrozen) cut fruit and berries, or honey
- Then add items such as frozen cut fruit and berries, vegetables or nuts
- Lastly add the ice
When blending a smoothie, to avoid an air pocket from forming by the blade in the blender jar, there needs to be a good balance between the liquid and frozen ingredients (including ice).
Let’s check out the ingredients.
Yellow mango (or a Tommy Atkins Mango), tangerine, banana, coconut milk, ginger root, lime, crushed ice and honey
HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.
Coconut Milk, Tangerines and Lime:
To a blender add…
…coconut milk, tangerine segments,
and lime juice.
Add crushed ice.
Next add a banana.
To the blender add mango.
Ginger Root and Honey:
Blend on the smoothie setting.
Give the smoothie a taste test and add more honey if needed.
Serve ice cold and…
…garnish (optional) each serving with a slice of banana,
…small piece of mango,
…and half of a segment of tangerine.
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Tropical Tangerine and Ginger Smoothie
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 large tangerine with about 11 segments, no seeds (peeled) (reserve 1 segment, halved for garnish, optional)
- 1/2 whole lime juiced
- 3 cups crushed ice
- 1 whole banana peeled (reserve 2 slices for garnish, optional)
- 1 whole yellow mango (or regular Tommy Atkins Mango) peeled and flesh removed from seed (reserve 2 small cut pieces for garnish, optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon grated ginger root peeled (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons honey or to taste
- In a blender, add coconut milk, tangerine segments, lime juice, ice, banana, mango, ginger root and honey.
- Blend on the smoothie setting. Give the smoothie a taste test and add more honey if needed.
- Serve right away. Garnish each serving with a slice of banana, a small piece of mango, and half of a segment of tangerine (optional).
TIP:This smoothie tastes best when served right away while it's ice cold.
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