Recently we were at Milestones restaurant and my son ordered a Miami Ice drink (not to be confused with a Miami Vice). It's a refreshing non-alcoholic drink that's a combination of iced tea, pureed mango and fresh mint. He loved it and I wasn't surprised because he's crazy about mango!
But what I loved about it was not only how easy this 3 ingredient drink was to make, but the fresh, unique flavor of this drink. I also loved that I could use my fresh mint in it. I have a lot of fresh mint this year and it tastes incredibly delicious in drinks!
A Miami Ice is a great mocktail for any time of the year, but especially for New Year's eve, dry January, hot summer days or late summer/early fall when mint is being harvested.
This is not a virgin Miami Ice cocktail, which is typically made with vodka, gin, rum, blue curacao, sour mix and soda, which some say tastes like lollipops. This is a very different drink- it's really like a mango iced tea. I'm not even sure why Milestones calls it a "Miami Ice."
You only need 3 key ingredients for this recipe:
- iced tea
- pureed mango
- fresh mint
- fresh lemon (garnish)
*See recipe card for quantities.
- Purée mango in food processor
2. Mix iced tea and mango purée together. *If the mixture is too cloudy and too many particles are floating, strain it.
3. Strain through a sieve. Then pour back into a clean highball glass.
4. Add mint leaves and lemon wedges as garnish. Serve over ice.
*If you want more 'mango' taste, add additional puréed mango.
📖Variations & Substitutions
- Mango - use fresh or frozen mango * just add 1-2 tablespoons of water to the food processor if you are using frozen
- Lemon - you could substitute limes
- Fresh mint - you really need fresh mint for this recipe, but if you don't grow it, you can get it at farmer's markets or even the grocery store
- Iced Tea - you can use store-bought instant iced tea powder or make your own (see below).
🧊☕How to Make your own Iced Tea
I worked at a Fishing Camp in Ontario one summer when I was a teenager. And since the majority of our guests were American, we made iced tea the "American way, " (which is just unsweetened tea with lemon). We'd make huge vats of it, let it cool, then put it in large sealed jars and set them on the window sill in the sun, where they'd sit for days. At first I thought it was odd to drink iced tea this way, but by the end of the summer I was used to it. My friend that I worked with there said this is still the only way she drinks iced tea.
If you don't have 'sweetened instant iced tea', which we tend to drink in Canada, you can make your own this way, then add as much sweetener as you want (agave is a good sweetener to use or you could use honey instead).
Simply add the tea bags and lemon slices to a large bowl, let it cool, then move to a jar or pitcher to sit on a window sill, in the sun. I only left mine 24 hours and it was enough time (although ideally, you'd leave it for a few days). Then I added agave to sweeten to my preferred taste.
Store leftovers of this drink in the fridge for up to up to 3 days. *Stir well before serving. If you want to make it a day in advance, keep the mango puree in a separate airtight container from the iced tea, mix and add mint before serving.
If it's been sitting in the fridge for a day or two, stir well before serving.
👪 Serving Size
This recipe makes 2 servings. However, you can half, double or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
So if you're looking for a refreshing drink without alcohol and love mango and iced tea, this Miami Ice is the drink for you!
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🍹Miami Ice Drink Recipe (non-alcoholic)
- 20 ounces Iced tea (instant sweetened)
- ⅔ cup mango purée
- 10 mint leaves
- lemon slices
- Purée mango in food processor until smooth. *If using frozen mango, just add 1-2 tablespoon water to the food processor
- Mix 10 ounces of iced tea and ⅓ cup mango purée together. *If the mixture is too cloudy and too many particles are floating, strain it. Repeat for 2nd glass
- Strain through a sieve.Then pour back into a clean glasses
- Add ice, mint and lemon wedges.
- *If you want more 'mango' taste, add additional puréed mango.