Mango Margaritas. Enjoy a homemade mango margarita without leaving home! These tart and sweet cocktails are quick, easy, and perfect for Taco Tuesday.
*Disclosure: I was delighted to be a guest on Princess Cruise Lines for a 4-day West Coast Culinary Cruise Adventure. All opinions expressed are my own.*
When I think of vacationing in Mexico, two of my favorite things come to mind -tacos and margaritas. During our trip to Ensanada, I indulged in food and drinks I would have never dreamed of. I sipped on an incredible mango margarita that I absolutely had to try and make myself.
As soon as I got home, I started shaking up margaritas with some helpful tips from our tour guide. She was very specific about making margaritas with quality white tequila, fresh juices, and not too sweet.
I prefer my margaritas on the rocks with lime and a rimmed glass but you can also make a frozen margarita using frozen mango chunks in place of ice.
For the margarita:
- Fresh Lime Juice & Fresh Mango Juice: are the mixers. For the best-tasting margarita, use fresh juice. If using store-bought juices, try to use 100% fruit juice (not from concentrate).
- Tequila: is the main spirit used in margarita recipes.
- Orange Liqueur (triple sec): is a key margarita ingredient. It sweetens up the drink and adds a hint of orange flavor.
To rim the glasses:
- Salt & Sugar – if you prefer to use one or the other instead of both, that works too.
- Zest from a Whole Lime – intensifies the zesty-citrus flavor around the glass.
Lime Wedges – to coat the glass and as garnish.
How to Make // The Steps
Once you’ve gathered the ingredients, you’ll have a fresh-made cocktail ready to go in seconds. Here’s how it’s done:
Step 1: Shake ingredients:
In a cocktail shaker, add lime juice, mango juice, tequila and orange liqueur. Add a cup of ice and shake vigorously until chilled (15 to 20 seconds).
Step 2: Rim glass:
On a plate, mix together salt, sugar and lime zest. Swirl a lime wedge around the rims of 2 glasses and then gently press the rim of each glass into the salt/sugar/zest mixture, so it sticks.
Step 3: Pour over ice and serve:
Fill 2 glasses with fresh ice and strain the drink over the ice into the rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
Tips & Tricks //
- Margaritas are shaken never stirred. so be sure to give your margaritas a solid shake.
- Don’t use the same ice you used to chill the drink to serve the drink. The shaken ice will be watered down, so always pour over fresh ice.
- If the margarita is too tart or too sour, you can add a small amount of simple syrup or honey to balance the flavors.
How to Make A Frozen Mango Margarita //
Pour the drink in a blender with ice or frozen mango chunks and blend into a slushy consistency. To make sure you’re using the right amount of ice, use the amount of ice you’d need to fill both serving glasses to the top with ice cubes (use the serving glass to measure).
“Straight Up” Mango Margaritas
Or if you prefer no ice in your drink then enjoy it straight up. After shaking the cocktail, strain the liquid into two salt/sugar rimmed stemmed glasses and serve martini style.
Best Tequila for Fresh Margaritas
Silver tequilas tend to have the mildest flavor and make the tastiest margarita. The options listed below are quality tequilas at a decent price:
- Jose Cuervo Silver
- Casamigos Blanco Tequila
- El Jimador
- 1800 Silver
- Don Julio Blanco
- Patron Silver
Why are Mango Margaritas So Good?
- The perfect warm-weather refreshing cocktail.
- Perfect for parties. These drinks are always a fan-favorite.
- Can be served straight up, on the rocks, or frozen.
- Only 4-ingredients plus the garnishes.
- Make different flavored margaritas by swapping out the mango juice for a different fresh juice like pineapple, grapefruit, or blueberry.
- Try adding fresh fruit to the drink like strawberries, diced peaches, raspberries, or diced mango. Either leave the fruit in pieces or use a blender to incorporate the fruit into the liquid.
- Make a spicy mango margarita: To add a little heat to your margarita, shake the drink vigorously with 2 to 4 slices of fresh jalapenos before pouring over fresh ice and garnishing with fresh jalapeno slices.
How to Store //
Storing: If you have any leftover margarita, store it in a sealed container in the fridge and consume it within a day. After that, the flavors will start to change.
Make-Ahead Options //
Make-Ahead: If making a larger batch for a gathering, you can mix the lime juice and mango juice beforehand. When ready to serve, shake the juice mixture with the tequila and orange liqueur right before serving.
Yes, a classic margarita is made with lime juice, tequila, and triple sec (or orange liqueur).
To adapt this drink for the non-drinkers, shake the lime juice and mango juice together with 1 to 2 tablespoons of simple syrup or honey, pour over fresh ice and top the drink with lemon-lime soda.
This recipe makes 2 drinks that contain 1.5 ounces of alcohol each which is one full shot by most standards.
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Friday 3rd of March 2017
I have to commend you. I, on a wild moment of creativity, tried salt AND sugar together as the rim for our margaritas. We loved it! Then, since I had never heard about combining salt and sugar for rimming any cocktail, I googled it. This recipe is the only one I have found with this wonderful combination. How did you discover it? Cheers! ;)
Saturday 1st of April 2017
I must have had it in a bar somewhere, I normally don't get such divine ideas on my own. :)
Sunday 29th of November 2015
As cheesy as this may sound, this drink reminds me of meeting you on our cruise since we drank them together on the deck. Makes me miss you even more! I want one now :)
Tuesday 1st of December 2015
Same here! Let's go back on the cruise and drink more!