Spicy Mango Juice


I recently bought a juicer after watching the movie, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”.  It appears I am a sucker for sensationalism with a valid point. I am currently experimenting with juicing anything green I can find at my local farmer’s market. After several weeks of drinking green, something orange is a pleasant change. 

Mangos to the Rescue

Last weekend I attended Camp Blogaway – a bootcamp for food bloggers. We learned about blogging, different foods and products, not to mention making many wonderful friends.

One of the sponsors – National Mango Board educated us on the magnificent mango, entertained our palates with several dishes, and topped off our goodie bag with mangos to take home.

Mangos for Spicy Mango Juice

A few things I learned:

  • Don’t judge a mango by its color. Red doesn’t mean ripe.
  • Gently squeeze to check ripeness. They should be soft, not mushy.
  • To accelerate ripening, place mango in a paper bag with a banana.
  • To delay ripening, place mango in the refrigerator.
  • A one-cup serving of mangos is only 100 calories
  • Mangos provide 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber.

Tango with the Mango

Once I arrived home with my complimentary mangos, I decided to juice them. I wasn’t sure what would taste good with mangos so I pulled out my Flavor Bible to find complementary flavors. I choose according to the contents of my refrigerator, and it just happened to work really well.

Mango ingredients for Spicy Mango Juice

I started with mango, carrot, ginger and lemon.  After tasting it, I decided it was too sweet for my taste.

Bell Peppers for Spicy Mango Juice

I added yellow peppers and that balanced out the sweet. I topped it off with cayenne pepper for a kick. I am so pleased with my spicy mango juice recipe, and look forward to making it again.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Spicy Mango Juice
This easy and healthy recipe is a great balance of sweet and spicy. Add more ginger and cayenne pepper if you have been known to say, “Go ahead and try to hurt me”.
  • 1 large mango
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small lemon (or lime)
  • 1” piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 miniature yellow or orange bell peppers or 1 large pepper (optional)
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  1. Wash all fruits and vegetables before making juice.
  2. Peel the mango with a sharp knife. Cut the mango into pieces. Discard the peels and pit.
  3. Wash carrot in cold water and scrub using a stiff brush. Scrape lightly, but do not peel, as valuable vitamins and minerals lie close to the surface.
  4. Peel the lemon as you would an orange, removing the outer skin. Cut off as much of the white skin as possible. Cut the lemon in half across the middle, and remove the seeds.
  5. Feed all ingredients into your juicer except the cayenne pepper. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on the fresh juice and stir.
Prep time: 10 mins. - Serves 1

Fun Facts

  • More fresh mangos are eaten every day than any other fruit in the world.
  • “Big Mango” is the nickname for Bangkok, Thailand just like “Big Apple” is the nickname for New York City.
  • The paisley pattern was developed in India and is based on the shape of a mango.

Paisley design on Mango

I love fruit-inspired art. I wonder how many other patterns evolved from fruit. If you can think of any, please let me know.

Inspiration is all around you… including on your dinner plate.
…and then she paused for thought.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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16 Responses to Spicy Mango Juice

  1. Brenda Nelson May 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Yummmm. I’m trying this!

    • cathyarkle May 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

      I am working on a spicy mango drink for the blender as well.

  2. Leslie Macchiarella May 10, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Whoa! Rock the mangos! I thought I was well read in the mango realm but I just learned bunches from your post. Great idea for sweet and savory blending! I’ll try it! P.S. Awesome mango art!

    • cathyarkle May 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      Leslie I am going to try that first mango recipe we tasted at Camp Blogaway in the juicer. Mango Chow-Chow Juice with Sweet Chili Dust! Juicing a jalapeno could be interesting. Could be a disaster or amazing. 🙂

  3. Nan May 10, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Yum! Great job.
    I loved the tidbit about the paisley pattern echoing the mangos shape!

    • cathyarkle May 10, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      Thanks Nan. I thought the paisley-mango connection was so fascinating.

  4. Lynne @ CookandBeMerry May 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    Your mango drink looks really delicious. I’m still trying to figure out what I am going to do with my mangos. It was so much fun talking to you at CampBlogaway this year. xo

    • cathyarkle May 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

      Thank you so much Lynne for taking me under your wing at Camp Blogaway. I love your blog and I know you will do something fabulous with the mangos.

  5. Natalie May 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Cathy, this sounds amazing!! I never would have thought to put in yellow peppers, but it makes perfect sense! I’m looking forward to your blended mango drink. I don’t have a juicer, and am SOOOOO on the mango bandwagon after Camp Blogaway!! 😀

    • cathyarkle May 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

      Natalie you can use a blender just add coconut water and eliminate the carrot. You can you ginger in a tube from Gourmet Garden instead of fresh ginger. Still great taste.

  6. Mary Platis May 23, 2012 at 4:42 am #

    Love this recipe for a morning drink! Just love the Flavor Bible. Would be fun to join forces and play in the kitchen making combinations! Come visit me in San Diego for some Fun in the Sun Cooking!

  7. mis noof from kwt August 1, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    Loved the recipe .. ,and it’s good for burning bodyfat .. 🙂

    • Cathy Arkle August 1, 2014 at 8:41 am #

      I never thought about it burning body fat… That makes it even better! Thanks for stopping by.


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