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Mango blood orange sorbet {Helado de mango y naranja}

This fruity and refreshing mango blood orange sorbet made with ripe mangoes, blood oranges, sugar syrup, lime juice and orange liquor.

Mango and blood orange sorbet

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This mango sorbet was inspired by a combination of two memories from Ecuador. The first one is of the fruit smoothies my mom made, she would mix different fruits together so that the result would be a whole new delicious flavor. My second inspiration are the refreshing Ecuadorian “helados de paila”, which are essentially fruity sorbets made from a huge variety of fruits: mango, strawberry, naranjilla, coconut, moras or blackberries, orange, taxo, guanabana, etc.

Mango orange sorbet

The traditional helados de paila are made entirely by hand using a large copper bowl called a “paila” over ice. They are so good and refreshing! My mango blood orange sorbet isn’t exactly made according to the traditional method (obviously no paila was used). The traditional style helados de paila also use beaten egg whites. I made this mango sorbet using blood oranges because they add a colorful and tasty kick, but regular oranges can also be used.

Mango and blood orange sorbet {Helado de mango y naranja}

Fruity mango and blood orange sorbet made with ripe mangoes, blood oranges, sugar syrup, lime juice and orange liquor.
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Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: Ecuadorian inspired, Latin fusion
Keyword: Blood oranges, Helados de paila, Mango, Mango and blood orange sorbet, Sorbet
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Freezing time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 to 6


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 ripe mangoes peeled and flesh removed
  • 1 cup blood orange juice from about 4 blood oranges, or 4 small regular oranges
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbs orange infused liquor Grand Marnier, Cointreau, etc


  • Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, cook until the sugar is well dissolved and let it cool down.
  • Blend the mango flesh and the orange juice with sugar syrup, lime juice and salt.
  • Put the mango orange mix in the fridge to cool down for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Add the orange liquor and prepare the sorbet according to your ice cream maker instructions.
  • Place the sorbet in the freezer for at least an hour and serve.
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  1. The flavor of the fruits seem to burst in the mouth as one takes each bite of a scoop of the helado de paila. My personal favorites are: Naranjilla, guanabana and taxo. When I last went with my wife we had an scoop everyday after dinner. That is a quality aperititif.

    By the way great blog.

  2. This looks wonderful! I made a mandarin orange sorbet this winter for the first time. It was so refreshing. I’ll have to try this version. Beautiful blog, by the way!

  3. This is my first time at your lovely website. I was cruising through the internet for some colorful sorbet and your website popped up! I took a look around and I am already a fan!

    Keep up the good work!

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