A mango margarita is a fantastic way to enjoy the tropical flavor of mango in a delicious cocktail. It is a perfectly refreshing summertime drink that comes with options: Make it with either fresh mango or your favorite mango liqueur and choose to shake it or blend it.
Any great mango margarita begins with tequila. Choose a decent blanco tequila or, if you're in the mood for an upgrade, a slightly aged reposado. You will also want to have fresh lime juice on hand because it adds a fantastic zing to the drink.
Once you have those two elements, it's time to choose your recipe. The first is a simple three-ingredient drink that adds mango liqueur to the tequila and lime. This one is shaken and served up, making it a quick and fancy cocktail that's perfect for any occasion.
Of course, frozen margaritas are a delight as well and mango just happens to be a perfect fruit for it. When you spy plump mangoes in the produce market, get out the blender and give a blended mango margarita a try.
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce mango liqueur
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the tequila, mango liqueur, and lime juice.
Serve and enjoy!
- Mango is not the most common flavor for liqueurs, but there are some nice options available. Look for it from brands like Bols and Gabriel Boudier. Malibu makes a fun mango-flavored rum liqueur as well that adds a hint of coconut.
- Adding a sugar rim to the glass is a fantastic idea for any margarita and it's very simple to do.
- To play off the mango, consider adding some contrast to the rim. Cinnamon sugar is a great option and can be done by mixing equal parts of sugar and ground cinnamon. Another idea is to use something spicy like Tajin Seasoning, which is often used for the tamarind margarita.
- A slice of mango for a garnish is always a nice touch as well.
- With fresh mangoes, you can make frozen margaritas for two. Begin by peeling and dicing 1 1/2 cups mango and chop them up a little more in the blender with 1 cup of ice. Add 3 ounces blanco tequila, 1 ounce orange liqueur, 2 ounces fresh lime juice, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Blend until smooth then pour into two margarita glasses and garnish each with a lime wheel.
- If your margarita is too thick, add a little more of one of the liquids and blend again. Too thin? Toss in a few more ice cubes or mango chunks. Make these adjustments in small amounts until you get the perfect consistency for you.
- You can also blend the ingredients in the shaken mango margarita with 1 cup of ice.
- Add a dash or two of hot sauce to this margarita to give it a little kick. Mango is the perfect fruit pairing for spicy peppers, so if you're a fan of hot and spicy, give this a try.
How Strong Is a Mango Margarita?
The shaken mango margarita is going to be significantly stronger than the blended version. It should mix up to 23 percent ABV (46 proof), or about the same as the original lime margarita. On the other hand, the frozen margarita's alcohol content is just 6 percent ABV (12 proof), making that more like drinking a high-point beer.