Cardamom and Sage Mango Spritzer

Sometimes, excessive snow outside gives you a yearning to bring the summer in and escape. For those days, I opt for a fruity drink like this one, filled with the warm spices and herbs I associate with winter. It’s the best of both worlds, really.

The drink starts with a flavoured simple syrup with cardamom pods, ginger and sage. Plan to make this well ahead of time as the syrup has to cool before you use it. Once cooled, you can keep it in your fridge and put the drink together at the very last minute.


This was the beverage I chose to serve for the third iteration of the Cookbook Club I’m part of (more on that in a couple days!). Here’s how to make it.

Cardamom and Sage Mango Spritzer
Serves 1

2/3 cup water
2/3 cup granulated sugar
5 cardamom pods
5 sage leaves, plus more for a garnish
4 slices of peeled, fresh ginger
1 cup mango nectar
Carbonated water

In saucepan over medium heat, combine water and sugar. Cook, stirring once or twice, until sugar is completely dissolved. Immediately stir in the cardamom, sage and ginger. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. Strain; discarding cardamom, sage and ginger.

In glass, add a few ice cubes. Pour in mango nectar, 2 tablespoons of the flavoured simple syrup; stir. Top with carbonated water and stir again. Garnish with sage leaves. Enjoy!


8 Comments on Cardamom and Sage Mango Spritzer

  1. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    February 9, 2014 at 8:58 pm (4 years ago)

    This was SO good Jenn. I need to make it again and keep a big pitcher of it in the fridge so I can escape to warmer climes (at least, in my head!) in this horrid winter!

    • jennifer
      February 10, 2014 at 9:24 am (4 years ago)

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I love mango and this is an easy way to showcase it.

  2. Jan @ Family Bites
    February 10, 2014 at 8:43 am (4 years ago)

    Such a great drink. I’m going to make it later this week while I’m lounging around during my week “off”! 🙂

    • jennifer
      February 10, 2014 at 9:25 am (4 years ago)

      Let me know how it turns out!

  3. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    February 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm (4 years ago)

    This is so pretty and summery – I love it! Cardamom is one of my favorite spices! Yum! Pinned!

  4. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes
    February 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this drink! The addition of cardamom sounds like a delicious addition and a nice spice factor!

  5. Katie
    February 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm (4 years ago)

    This sounds like such an interesting combination of ingredients, and it looks so beautiful! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron
    March 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm (4 years ago)

    I would never have thought to combine mango with cardamom but it sure sounds like a really good idea! It looks so bright and pretty!


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