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Mangonada Ice Cream Float
The Mangonada Ice Cream Float combines creamy mango gelato and mango soda, topped with fresh mango chunks and pica.
This is the latest in our Latin / Mexican Inspired Ice Cream Float series. When I started the series, I knew I had to include this flavor, especially after it was mentioned as a suggestion on our Facebook page.
This float is a delicious mix of sweet, tart and spicy all wrapped up into one! What I love about this float is that there are so many ways you can put your own twist on it.
Add a variety of fresh fruit or your favorite Mexican candies, like salted fruit, Vero Mango, and tamarindo straws. We even went one step further and rimmed our glasses with chamoy and Tajín to add an extra pop of flavor.
Jarritos mango soda makes a great base for this float, but you can honestly use any flavor or even opt for a flavorless soda water, like Jarritos Mineragua.
Either way, you’re going to get that gentle fizziness that makes Summer ice cream floats so endearing and special.
Constructing the Mangonada Ice Cream Float
Serving this float in a tall diner glass with fresh fruit, like mango or pineapple or even strawberries brings so much vibrancy to the drink and really boosts the flavor.
The chile too…whether you choose Tajín, chamoy, tamarindo, pica (like Lucas) or another option…they all really punch up the flavor and prevent this drink from being one note.
Salty, spicy, tart, sweet. It has all the makings of a great mangonada! And if you want to turn this drink into an adult cocktail, it’s super easy to add a splash of your favorite beer or liquor.
For this particular float, I used a creamy, dairy-free gelato, instead of the typical ice cream. You can use either, but I opted for this version for readers who want to enjoy their mangonadas more traditionally, without cream or dairy.
It came out beautifully, with crisp, intense mango flavor. Although I think you could make it either way.
Mangonada Ice Cream Float Sundae
Ya’ll know, because I’ve said it before, I love eating my floats in a small ice cream bowl. The mangonada is no exception. Today’s float was transformed into a fun sundae for mango lovers everywhere!
Fresh mango chunks, mango gelato, a splash of Jarritos soda and all the pica your palate can handle. The spices are what really make this treat exceptional.
I mean, fresh mango is amazing…but trying it with pica is on a whole other level!
Omg…these pictures got me wanting a mangonada float all over again…lol.
Ya’ll ready to try one for yourself? Scroll down to see the recipe and create your own!
Mangonada Ice Cream Float
- 1 bottle mango soda or club soda
- 2 scoops mango flavored ice cream, sorbet or gelato
- 1/4 cup fresh mango chunks
- 1 tamarindo candy stick
- Tajín, pica, chamoy or other toppings (to taste)
- Add 2 scoops of mango flavored ice cream to a large glass.
- Pour in 1/2 to 1 full bottle of soda.
- Gently mix with a sundae spoon or tamarindo straw.
- Top with your favorite toppings, like chamoy, pica, Tajín and fresh mango chunks.