Mango Margarita — easy and flavorful fruity cocktail with mango and shots of tequila. Perfect for simple celebrations or holiday gatherings. Truly a refreshing summer cocktail!
When it comes to fruits, it’d be pretty obvious by now that I’m deeply in love with the tropical ones — pineapples, coconuts, mangoes — those are on my top list. Go check my blog and you’ll see a long list..
They always make me dream of an island getaway, relaxing along the beach or sailing on a yacht with a glass of boozy yet fruity drink and a good read . Just sooo much fun under the sun — if lying counts as a fun thing though. But definitely it’s a total yesss for me!
I think you know where this is going.
And if I only have to celebrate life and summer and get boozed up, I’d certainly want some tropical flavors on it like this Mango Margarita. I’m not into alcohol drinks but when I tried this Mango Margarita, oh boy, pour me some more!!
Margaritas have many variations. They can come in different flavors like chile-mango and watermelon mint and depending on how you serve them up like on the rocks, frozen and up in a martini glass. It’s pretty customizable!
In this recipe, I used a mango nectar instead of fresh mangoes since I can’t get hold of good mangoes in my area now that summer is almost over. I’m staying for a while in my sister’s place and it’s reeeally hard to find good mangoes at a decent price unlike in LA where I can easily whip up any recipes with mangoes and they are usually on sale.
The standard margarita recipe also varies in different locations. In interior Mexico, margarita is equal parts of decent blanco or silver tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice.
Whereas in the US, it leans toward a sweeter and softer version (just how I’d prefer it to be) with 3 parts tequila, 2 parts orange liqueur, 1 part lime juice and either ½ or 1 part simple syrup or equal parts sugar and water.
If tequila isn’t your kind of jam, you can substitute it with Vodka but the drink won’t have that distinct bite and kick and is much subtler than with tequila. Aroma-wise, Vodka is bland, quite odorless while tequila has the herbal peppery and fiery aroma. Still, Vodka margaritas are refreshing cocktails that pretty much retains that sweetness and hint of tartness from the original version.
So it’s pretty up to you on how you want your margaritas to be like! Cheers to good life! Bottoms up!!
Tips and Notes:
- If it’s hard to find good mangoes in your area, you can always sub fresh mangoes with mango nectar or jarred mango chunks available in groceries.
- Best deal of fresh mangoes are typically available during spring. You can cut mangoes in cubes and place them out in a baking pan covered with plastic wrap for 24 hours. Then place those frozen mango cubes on freezer plastic bag and store until you need so.
- Aside from vodka, you can sub tequila with rum which has some of the basics flavor and aroma of tequila, mescal – a Mexican liquor made from agave plant and cachaca – a Brazilian liquor from sugar cane. Both mescal and cachaca are stronger than tequila, so you need to cut back on it or add more syrup into your cocktail.
- For non-alcoholic subs (and more on the kid-friendly side), you can sub tequila with agave syrup, tequila extract OR you can simply drop the tequila subs and go for a combo of orange, lime, frozen mango, simple syrup and water and serve it to the kids as a smoothie.WIN-WIN!
- 1 Large mango chopped (about 11/2 cups )
- 3 tablespoons tequila
- 1 ½ tablespoons grand marnier (or orange liqueur of choice)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 -3 cups or more ice
- 3 tablespoons sugar or more
- sea salt or sugar (for lining rim) optional
- Rim margarita glass -Use sliced lime to rub the rim of the glass. Then dip the glass upside down in sugar or salt ( I used pink salt to add some extra color) - Just an optional step, not necessary
- Then add chopped mango, lime juice, tequila ,orange liqueur, sugar and ice to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour the blended mango into a glass - you may add additional ice, if inclined. Give it a stir, garnish with a lime wedge
- Serve immediately.