Mango Shake

Mango shake is a blended fruit drink made with Philippine mangoes and evaporated milk. It’s creamy, refreshing, and the perfect cold treat to beat the heat!

I bought a couple of green Philippine mangoes last Thursday with the intention of turning them into pickled mangoes, but by the time Saturday rolled in and I finally remembered my plans of making buro, the fruits were already beginning to ripen and yellow. Perfect for a refreshing drink!

I blended the mango chunks with evaporated milk, cane sugar, and some ice, and oh boy, oh boy. What a treat! The shake was so creamy, tangy, and rich in mango flavor; it was just like drinking summer in a glass!

Ingredient notes

  • Mangoes– I find Philippine mangoes or carabao mangoes are best to use in this recipe. They have a sweeter taste, intense aroma, and smoother flesh. If you can’t find them in the U.S., the closest cultivar is the Ataulfo mangoes. Use semi-ripe mangoes for a slightly tart green mango shake version!
  • Milk– I like to use evaporated milk as it adds a rich, deep flavor. You can substitute regular milk if you prefer. You can also use plant-based milk such as soy, almond, oat, or coconut for a vegan smoothie.
  • Sugar– adjust the amount according to how ripe and sweet the mangoes are. You can swap it with brown sugar for a hint of molasses flavor. Or use maple, honey, or coconut sugar as an alternative sweetener.

Helpful Tips

  • Blend in batches to make processing easier or use a high-powered blender if available. Add a splash of water or milk If the mixture is too thick.
  • For a richer flavor and more intense fruit taste, freeze the mango cubes before blending and skip the ice.

How to serve and store

  • Mango shake is best enjoyed freshly made as it tends to separate and water down over time.
  • Serve the smoothie in tall glasses and garnish with diced mangoes if desired. You can also sprinkle in a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon for a burst of warm spice.
  • If you want to store it longer, you can freeze the mixture in popsicle molds or in a freezer-safe container. Enjoy frozen or thaw to soften slightly and blend again.

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