As a self-proclaimed mixologist, I can’t help seeing ingredients and imagining how I can incorporate them into a new mocktail. So when the opportunity came along for me to collaborate with the lovely ladies of Vela Scarves to create a signature mocktail, I couldn’t turn it down. Based in Los Angeles, California, Vela was holding an event to celebrate the release of their Threads Collection and wanted to serve a mocktail fit for a “Vela Girl”. Marwa Atik, of Vela Scarves, described the Vela Girl as confident, outgoing, and adventurous, and we made sure to develop a mocktail that she’d love. Mixing sweet and tart fruit flavors, complimented by a spicy kick, this Sweet & Spicy Mango Sangria was a refreshing mocktail fit for a day full of fashion, photos, and fun.
This sangria can be mixed and made ahead of time, making it perfect for when you have a crowd over. The spicy/salty kick is added by rimming the glasses with lime juice and Tajin, a seasoning mix that combines chili, salt, and lime. Spicy mango from Mexican fruit carts are one my favorite indulgences, so it was only due time until I was going to incorporate Tajin spice into one of my mocktail recipes. You can find it at most Latin supermarkets or even online. You can use lemonade, limeade or a combination of both! This drink is best served over lots of ice in a tumbler style glass, preferably on a hot, sunny day. Enjoy!
Check out the recipe below!
The Vela Girl Mocktail – Sweet & Spicy Mango Sangria
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: None Yields: 6 servings
- 1 part mango nectar (2 cups)
- 1 part pineapple juice (2 cups)
- 1 part lemon/limeade (2 cups)
- 2 limes (sliced for garnish and 1 half for rimming glasses)
- Tajin spice
In a large pitcher, combine the mango nectar, pineapple juice, and lemon/limeade. Rim each glass by rubbing a lime half all around the rim and then generously dipping it in the Tajin spice. Fill each glass with lots of ice, pour the juice blend over, and garnish with lime slices.
I’ve been asked for mocktail recipes so many times, so I’m happy to finally share one. Make sure to snap a photo and tag me when you make this so I can see your take on this great mocktail!